Homecoming flashback: Kent Stauffer

Indiana University of Pennsylvania men’s golf has a long track record of success, with notable golfers such as Ryan Sikora, Gavin Smith and, most recently, Zack Kempa.

But, out of them all, the most notable might be Kent Stauffer, who attended IUP from 1978 through 1981.

While playing for the school, the Bradford-raised player earned first team All-American honors in 1979 through 1981.

Additionally, the team made the NCAA Championships each year he was on it, finishing seventh in 1978 and 1979, 12th in 1980 and sixth in 1981.

In honor of his excellent play during his time at the university, he was elected to the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.

After graduating, Stauffer pursued a professional career and joined the PGA Tour.

After two years of being a part of the tour, his path changed when he became an assistant golf professional in the greater Pittsburgh area in 1984.

After 16 years, he moved to Charlotte, N.C., where he became Director of Instruction at the Carmel Country Club.

His tenure in that opportunity saw Stauffer develop “one of the best recognized junior golf programs in the Carolinas Section PGA at Carmel Country Club,” according to Charlotte Public Golf.

During this time, he was also recognized as both the PGA Player of the Year and PGA Teacher of the Year in the Tri-State PGA Section.

He spent 11 years at that position and then moved on to hold the same position at the Impact Performance Golf Learning Center in Charlotte.

Stauffer also made contributions to Ratcliffe Golf Services as Director of Instruction.

Stauffer has also been a life member of the PGA of America since 1988.

Over the course of his career, he has participated in four PGA Championships and three U.S. Opens.

Additionally, he has appeared in and won 13 National Club Professional Championships.

His most notable performance at one of these events was in 1988, when he finished 47th in the U.S. Open with a seven-over 291.

As an instructor, Stauffer was named Golf Magazine’s Top Instructor in North Carolina from 2000-2010, Golf Digest’s Top Instructor in Southeast US from 2008-2010, was nominated for Teacher of the Year Carolinas Section PGA from 2001-2011.

He was also on the PGA President’s Council in Growing the Game from 2006-2011.

Stauffer is also a Titleist Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, which means he is allowed to perform a student’s golf swing evaluation. That includes a physical assessment in order to determine golfers’ specific strengths and weaknesses.

This information is then sent to Titleist – a golf outfitter – where professionals construct a specialized fitness regimen for the student.

It should be no surprise that Stauffer has become as accomplished as he has. After all, golf appears to run in his blood.

His two brothers, Kirk and Keith, were also notable players for IUP.

Kirk was a third team All American in 1983, and he is currently the golf professional at Pine Acres Country Club in Bradford.

He is also the President of Western New York PGA Section.

As for Keith, he is the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s men’s golf team.

While coaching at Pitt, he guided the program to its best finish in school history in 2013.

He also qualified for the 2009 U.S. Amateur and was named a runner-up participant in the 2010 West Penn Mid-Amateur.