ABOVE: PGA of America President Paul Levy presents the PGA Horton Smith Award to Joseph Hallett of Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Tennessee, during the 2018 PGA of America National Awards at the 102nd PGA Annual Meeting at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort on November 6, 2018 in Indian Wells, California. // Darren Carroll/The PGA of America
Joe Hallett, a PGA Member in the Tennessee PGA Section and Director of Instruction at Vanderbilt Legends Golf Course in Franklin, is the recipient of the 2018 Horton Smith Award.
This honor goes to a PGA Member who exhibits commendable additions to the education of PGA Professionals. An accomplished teacher, who is recognized as a Golf Magazine Top 100 instructor and a Golf Digest Top 50 instructor, Hallett has taught/coached some of the top LPGA players in the world, including 2008 U.S. Women’s Open Champion, Inbee Park and two-time Rolex World #1, Stacy Lewis.
A sought-after presenter at PGA Section, PGA of America and Allied Association education events and seminars, Hallett relishes the opportunity to educate, assist and offer guidance to his peers, colleagues and aspiring members. He has been instrumental in the development and delivery of PGA education programs for PGA Members, PGA Associates and PGA Golf Management University Students.
A multiple award winner at the PGA Section level, Hallett was the recipient of the Tennessee PGA Section Horton Smith Award in 2012 & 2018 and was named the Section’s PGA Teacher of the Year in 2013.