The 2017-18 academic year will mark the eighth year for long-time New England PGA golf professional Mickey Herron as head golf coach at Bentley University.
During his first seven seasons, the Falcons qualified for the NCAA Division II East/Atlantic regional annually and have captured a pair of Northeast-10 Conference championships. In the regional, Bentley has placed 17th, 13th, 10th, a program-best sixth in 2014, 13th, 13th and most recently, 12th.
Herron's tenure has included 16 tournament championships, including the 2011 New England Championships at The Captains Golf Club in Brewster and both the 2011 and 2014 Northeast-10 Championships. In that time, 13 individual wins, along with 12 seconds and 18 thirds have been recorded. Click here for more detailed golf stats from Herron's first seven seasons.
In addition to success on the course, Bentley golf has also excelled in the classroom under Herron. The Falcons have captured the Northeast-10 Academic Team Excellence Award for golf four times, and a Bentley student-athlete won the conference's Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award for golf annually from 2012-14 (Harry Kirkpatrick in 2014, Matt Michel the previous two years) and again this past year (Cal Meyers).
Bentley has twice earned All-Academic honors from the Golf Coaches Association of Americam (2012-13, 2016-17), and both Michel and Dan McQueen were chosen for the 2013 Capital One NCAA Academic All-America team in the men's at-large category. This past year, Meyers was recognized as an All-America Scholar by the GCAA.
In addition to his coaching duties, Herron serves as the New England PGA Tournament Manager for the Cape Cod chapter. He is a past president of the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association, a member of the NEIGA Board and is the NE10 golf coaches' liaison. Herron is also a member of the NCAA Divsion II Men's Golf Regional Advisory Committee.
Herron works as a rules official for both the NEPGA junior tour and the Cape Cod Junior Golf Association. He also has been a longtime chair of interviewing committee for the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund – a Massachusetts based financial assistance organization which aids college bound youth who work in the golf industry in the commonwealth.
Herron has won the Dutch Wessner Award seven times – emblematic of player of the year within the Cape Cod PGA region. He has played in three PGA Tour events, six National Club Professional championships and three Senior National Club Pro championships.
Herron has been cited for the NEPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award (2007), the Cape Cod PGA Professional of the Year Award (2005) and the Cape Cod PGA Teacher of the Year Award (1997). In addition, he's authored numerous articles on golf design and instruction for several New England publications.
Herron, who earned to PGA membership in 1982, is the former Director of Golf at several New England golf facilities. He played for both the Macalester College golf team (NAIA) and the University of Pennsylvania golf team (Div I) in the mid-70’s.
THE HERRON RECORD
|New Englands||NE-10 Champ.|
|2013-14||14||4||11||6th (1st D-II)||2nd|
|2014-15||12||4||10||3rd (1st D-II)||1st|
|2015-16||13||1||11||3rd (2nd D-II)||3rd|