Eagles’ Mike Gardner enters 50th year as golf coach

J. Patrick Eaken

It is now official — Mike Gardner has begun his 50th year, that is a half century, as the head boys golf coach at Eastwood.

In dual matches his teams are 558-189 and in tournaments they are 2,722-1,819.His teams have won 13 league championships and qualified for state four times. That does not include multiple individual state qualifiers.

Gardner was elected to the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1992.  He won the prestigious Burt Silverman Memorial Award in 2016 and is the past president of the Northwest District Golf Coaches Association. Gardner presently serves on the Ohio High School Golf Coaches Association executive committee and serves as a rules official at the state golf tournament.

As a senior at Eastwood in 1968, Gardner became the first golfer in school history to advance to the state tournament by shooting a 72 at the district tournament. 

At Bowling Green State University, he joined the golf team for his junior and senior years. The Falcons were Mid-American Conference champions in 1972, his senior year.

Golf not only plays a big role in his life, but in other family members’ lives, too.

Gardner could be seen on a near-daily basis at Eastwood’s former home course, Tanglewood, in Dowling, cutting the greens and setting hole positions. He continued to work there for six decades as a greens keeper on the course and at times in the pro shop. 

His late father, Dallas, was a charter member at the now-closed Tanglewood Golf Course and a former Eastwood Schools superintendent who was also a three-sport standout athlete at Ashland University.

Mike’s son Chris is the head golf professional at Bluestone Country Club near Philadelphia. Chris’s wife, Emily, is the media coordinator and graphic designer at Llanerch Country Club.  










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