2020 Tournament Honorees

Gary McCord

Gary McCord“Life is full of ups and downs, good and bad, but it wouldn’t be fun any other way.” Living his life by this optimistic philosophy, Gary McCord persisted through years of mediocrity before finding great success in many aspects of the world of golf. An outstanding player, announcer, instructor, author, speaker, and even actor, Gary McCord has become a golf celebrity.

 

Gary McCord is well known for enduring 23 years and 422 tournaments on the PGA Tour without nabbing a single victory. A man of good humor, he boasted a “NO WINS” license plate for years to poke fun at his own less-than-glamorous career as a professional golfer.

 

“Trapped in the headlights of bankruptcy,” as he liked to describe it, McCord pursued other avenues of golf, and found himself launched into the world of broadcasting. He scored big when a CBS executive tossed him a headset and asked him to do commentary – giving him only 15 minutes to prepare. A friend of failure, McCord jumped in with no fear and impressed CBS with his performance. Fans and critics alike praise him for his knowledgeable perspective, refreshing humor, and sometimes irreverent wit towards a game that is known for taking itself too seriously.

 

In 1999, Gary McCord joined the PGA Tour Champions and took it by storm.He won the first and last events of the year – the Toshiba Senior Classic and Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship. Over the past few years, Gary has continued his excellent play, proving himself to be an extremely talented golfer.

 

Gary has also established himself as a talented author. The fourth edition of his best-selling instructional manual Golf for Dummies was released in January 2011. McCord also worked with Wiley to convert the manual into an instructional DVD in 2004 and a popular app for smart phones in 2011. And Gary delighted fans with his autobiographical collection, Just a Range Ball in a Box of Titleists.

 

Non-golfers might recognize McCord for his appearance in the Kevin Costner movie, Tin Cup, in which Gary played himself and served as a technical director. In preparation for the movie, Gary gave Costner golf lessons along with Peter Kostis, a friend, fellow CBS announcer, and co-founder of the Kostis-McCord Learning Center.

 

Gary plans to maintain his busy schedule by working on various creative projects, speaking at corporate outings, and enjoying the “ups and downs” of his very busy, very fun life.

Peter Kostis

Peter Kostis
Not many people have reached the pinnacle of two professions simultaneously, but that is what Peter Kostis has accomplished in golf broadcasting and instruction.

 

Peter Kostis had a passion for teaching as an assistant professional that quickly grew as he studied the greats of the game. In 1974, he was named one of the original head instructors of the Golf Digest Schools, collaborating on a daily basis with playing legends Sam Snead, Paul Runyan and Bob Toski, and teaching icons Jim Flick, Davis Love Jr. and Jack Lumpkin. He has given more than 150,000 lessons in over 20 countries across the globe, including Paul Casey and major champions Bernhard Langer, Mark Calcavecchia and Grace Park.

 

In addition to being one of the game’s most respected instructors, Kostis has simultaneously crafted a 30-year announcing career that began with the 1989 Ryder Cup at The Belfry. Since then, he covered 29 consecutive Masters, 27 PGA Championships and every Ryder Cup from 1989-2004, among hundreds of other golf events for CBS Sports.

 

During his time as a teacher and a television analyst, Peter has been in both the Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher and the Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher List every year since their inception. His reputation as an innovator as both an instructor and an announcer earned him an Emmy for his Konica-Minolta Bizhub Swingvision analysis on CBS.

 

1974-1987 Instructor Golf Digest schools …head instructor from 1977-87

 

1989 started TV career at The Ryder Cup, Belfry, England

 

1990-2004 Lead analyst at USA Network

 

1992-2019 golf analyst with CBS Sports

 

Top 50 teacher Golf Digest magazine every year since it’s inception

 

Top 100 Golf Magazine instructor every year since it’s inception

 

Emmy Award winner for introducing the Konica-Minolta slow motion swing analysis to TV golf

 

Coached multiple major champions including Mark Calcavecchia, Bernhard Langer, Tom Kite, Grace Park, Hollis Stacey among others.