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Former Hoosier Athlete now CEO of Golf Training Systems

Posted: April 16, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Golf

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Wayne McDonald came to IU  to play golf after he won the Ontario Junior Championships in 1964.  In 2010, McDonald was inducted into the IU Hall of Fame.  At Indiana, he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

McDonald won golf letters from 1968-1970 and placed second and seventh in the Big Ten meets as a junior and senior.  He was a two-year All-American, placing second and ninth in NCAA championships, IU’s only two-time first team All-American player in men’s golf.

In 1969, McDonald won the Canadian Amateur title and also played in the Eisenhower Cup for Canada.  In 2001, McDonald became a Senior Professional golfer at the age of 51 and competed with the top-ranking players on the Champions Tour.  He has finished successfully in the US Senior Open, British Senior Open and Canadian Senior Open.  Furthermore, he won four professional events on the secondary Senior Tours.

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Today?  McDonald currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he is the managing partner for Matteson Partners, Inc., an executive search firm.  On top of that, he also founded and was Chairman and CEO of Golf Training systems, a company he took public in 1995.  Prior to that, he served as President of a venture capital backed firm in Atlanta, Cornerstone Products Inc., which became the leading visual merchandising supplier of in-store products to promote and sell logo merchandise for professional sports leagues, including the MLB, NBA, NASCAR and USOC.

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Now, his focus is in C-level searches in addition to working with Engineering and Architectural Firms, Sports, Non-Profit Organizations, Sales and Marketing Professionals.  With Golf Training systems, the company successfully developed golf products and programs for well-known instructors David Leadbetter and Dave Pelz.  It helped brand and market these names and products lines worldwide.

Currently, McDonald continues to play golf.  Of course, it is at a reduced schedule.  I would say the man is pretty busy!

Just when you can’t get enough J.O., he wears the candy-stripes at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on IU v Michigan College Gameday, Feb. 2nd, 2013. (Photo credit: BTN)

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Jeff Overton continues to emerge as one of my favorite Hoosier alumni.

J.O. also puts in plenty of hard work off the course.

During and throughout the off-season, he trains with Janay Jackson, the Indiana Golf strength and conditioning coach.

Love watching Overton on the tour. Hope he continues to get longer and progress in his game.

Traveling Mom: Michele Redman

Posted: February 26, 2013 by kelseyray in IU Golf

Where is she today?  The professional golfer, who played on the LPGA Tour from ’92-’11, and the current women’s golf coach at the University of Minnesota is also a working mom.

At IU, Redman won four events, was named All-American twice and All-Big Ten four times.  She was also the Big Ten Conference Champion in 1987.  Redman was recently inducted into the Indiana University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.

Now, Redman is keeping super busy as a mother and a coach.  Check out how she balances motherhood and coaching.

Boom Baby.

Posted: February 19, 2013 by tklawitt in IU Golf
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I have a giant man crush on Jeff Overton. Not sorry about it either.

Please follow this guy on Twitter: @JeffOvertonPGA