EKU legend Pat Stephens to be inducted into prestigious Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame
Stephens will join the Class of 2022 along with five other statewide winners. Details of the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.
“I can’t put words to what this means. The Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame has never been on my radar. I was totally surprised when I found out I was receiving this honor,” Stephens said. “There are so many people who have been an integral and important part of my golfing career over the years – family, friends, teammates, colleagues, competitors, playing partners, student-athletes, PGA members and many more. others. I have been so blessed to have played and worked in the great game of golf for over 50 years. Finally, I would like to thank Eastern Kentucky University Athletics for giving me the opportunity to pursue my passion for the golf as a student/athlete and coach.
Stephens, a former student-athlete and head coach of the Colonels, has made his mark on the program in his 23 years wearing maroon and white.
The local product began his collegiate career at the University of Kentucky, he played at Lexington for two seasons before heading to EKU in 1982. During his two years as a colonel, Stephens helped the program win the Ohio Valley Conference title in consecutive years. , was named the 1982 OVC Player of the Year and Medalist, won the 1983 OVC Finalist, and received All-OVC nods both years.
After his college career, Stephens sought out the professional realm and played in several PGA Tour events, including the 1988 US Open. He was a three-time Kentucky Open runner-up (1978, 1983 and 1995) and has was named PGA of Kentucky Player of the Year in 1996 and 2007.
He then led the Colonels from 1997 to 2018 as head coach. During that time, he guided three teams to OVC Championships and NCAA Tournaments and won the OVC Coach of the Year award five times (2006, 2008, 2015, 2017, and 2018). While leading the Colonels, Stephens led his teams and student-athletes to 48 first-place finishes, 35 individual tournament champions and all-conference selections, and 18 team tournament titles.
Stephens won the Kentucky Senior Open in 2012 and 2016. He went on to win the Kentucky Senior PGA Professional Championship five of six years, including four straight wins from 2011-2014.
Stephens’ name was etched in EKU Sports history when he was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2020.
Those joining Stephens in the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2022 include Dick Bradow, Buddy Bryant, Kevin Greenwell, Betty Baird Kregor and Tennye Ohr.