The 2019-20 academic year will mark the tenth year for golf professional Mickey Herron as head men's golf at Bentley University.
During his first nine seasons, the Falcons qualified every year for the NCAA Division II East/Atlantic Regionals. Last May, Bentley finished second in the regional championships, qualifying for the NCAA Division II Championship as a team for the first time in program history. Though the Falcons finished 17th in the nation, they were paired with the number one team for the first two days of competition and held their own each round.
Competing in the Northeast-10 Conference, Bentley has emerged as champions on three occasions (2011, 2014, 2017) and runners-up three more times. Herron’s tenure includes 21 tournament victories in ten seasons. In that time, 17 individual victories, along with 16 seconds have been recorded. Click here for detailed golf results from Herron's first nine 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 five times (Matt Michel in 2012 and 2013, Harry Kirkpatrick in 2014, and Cal Meyers in 2017 and 2018.
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. In 2018, Meyers, Brett Chatfield and Doug Kulikowski were recognized as All-America Scholars 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 has formerly served as the NE10 golf coaches' liaison and as 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|