Sandy Terry is heading to Las Vegas next week but the Tyler Junior College golf coach has already hit the jackpot.
Terry, who has been all birdies and aces while at TJC and previously at Lon Morris College, is being inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America. The induction ceremony will take place at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet on Dec. 7 in Las Vegas.
Also in the Class of 2015 are BYU's Bruce Brockbank, Texas A&M's JT Higgins and Barry's Jimmy Stobs.
In his 33rd season of coaching, Terry has coached Tyler Junior College since 2001 after beginning his career at Lon Morris College in 1983. Over his career he has claimed two national championships, advanced to the NJCAA National Championships 23 times, produced 47 All-Americans and three NJCAA medalists.
Terry led Lon Morris to four Region XIV championships and nine appearances at the NJCAA National Championships. Seven golfers earned All-America honors. Additionally, Terry's linksters earned all-region honors 25 times and six claimed individual conference championships and one state title.
Terry, in his 15th season at TJC, has found even greater success at Tyler, leading the Apaches to national championships in 2003 and 2008.
He has led Tyler to 10 Region XIV titles and a Texas State Championship in 2006. Under Terry's direction the Apaches have qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Championship for 14 consecutive seasons. A total of 25 of his Tyler golfers have earned NJCAA All-America honors with an additional 12 PING All-America honorees. Three times his Apaches have earned medalist honors at NJCAA nationals with two earning the Arnold Palmer National Individual Champion Award. Additionally, 42 Apaches have earned NJCAA All-Region honors and 10 claimed PING All-Region accolades.
In addition to his duties with the men's team Terry also coaches the TJC women's squad. Under his direction they have claimed 11 Region XIV championships, advanced to the NJCAA national tournament 14 straight years, produced 14 All-Americans and 12 individual conference champions. His assistant coach is Jess Hamilton.
Terry was elected to the NJCAA Hall of Fame in 2001 and serves as the NJCAA Men's Division II Coaches Association Vice-President. He serves as a voting member of the Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll and on the GCAA NJCAA Division II West Region Committee.
Terry and his wife Judy have two sons, Scott and Todd, and five grandchildren.
He is a graduate of TJC and Stephen F. Austin State University. He has his master's of education from Tuskegee Institute and SFA.