Gary Wiren is a golf educator, a Master member of the Professional Golfers Association of America and a former national PGA staff director. He is a graduate of Huron University in South Dakota with a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. He was a collegiate conference golf champion and winner of long-drive contests.
He has written or participated in the writing of over 250 magazine articles and 14 books. His popular and award winning, “When Golf Is a Ball,” was selected as the “best golf book in the year 2004.” He has 13 film credits, four videos on the market including the award-winning, “The Fascinating World of Golf,” and has taught, privately, in groups, at seminars and stage performances, over 250,000 people in 32 countries. Wiren was featured on ESPN’s “How to Play Your Best Golf,” and also “Par for the Course,” was carried weekly in Japan on his own TV show, and was seen in a series on the Golf Channel’s “Preserving the Game.” He is a national winner of the Golf Collectors’ Society wooden-shafted tournament and one of its premier collectors, has won the South Florida Seniors PGA title, the South Florida long-driving championship, played in the USGA Sr. Open and the PGA Sr. Championship, was six years on the professional panel for the 100 Greatest Courses.
Wiren has received several awards, among them the Herb Graffis Award, together with Arnold Palmer, for “contributions to the game of golf,” plus the Joe Graffis Award for educational leadership in golf each from the National Golf Foundation; the LPGA’s “Wind Under Wings” and Rolex Ellen Griffin awards; Distinguished Service Awards from the Swedish Golf Union and Italian Golf Federation and the National Merit Award from the Golf Course Owners Association of America. He is an honorary member of the New Zealand PGA, was educational consultant for the Japanese PGA and has an honorary doctorate from Ferris State University in Michigan. In 1987, Wiren was selected by the PGA of America as its “Teacher of the Year” in the USA, and has consistently been picked by Golf Magazine as one of America’s 100 Best Teachers and by Golf Digest as Top 50 (currently ranked 23rd). He is honored in six golf halls of fame in the United States including the PGA Hall of Fame and the World Golf Teachers’ Hall of Fame. He is one of only three professionals in the world in both Halls of Fame.
Dr. Wiren served the PGA of America for 12 years. He founded its National Junior Academy of Golf and served as director of education, learning and research, and the the Founder and Director of Club Relations. Wiren has been a proponent of fitness training for golf for over 30 years, lecturing and writing on the subject around the world.
Dr. Wiren was the keynote speaker at the First Scientific Congress of Golf at St. Andrews University and was chairman of the coaching section there on two other occasions. He keynoted the second PGA Teaching Summit in Nashville, Tennesse, and was a featured speaker at all of the others until 1996, as well as being a featured speaker at three European teaching summits — 1991 in Milan, Italy, in Montreaux, Switzerland and in Nimes, France. Gary spoke at Canada’s Summit in Toronto and was keynote and lead speaker at the first Australian PGA Teaching Conference in Sydney, which he repeated in 1995.
Wiren is married, the father of four and lives in North Palm Beach, Florida. His current activities include chairman and founder of Golf Around the World, Inc.; Sr. Director of Instruction at all Trump Golf properties; consultant to PGA of America and represents Mizuno Golf USA. Wiren was the 26th Master Professional in the country to earn that rank and was among the first to be recognized by the PGA of America as a Master Certified Teacher.