RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College Head Golf Coach Jimmy Hamilton was named one of the top-10 best instructors in North Carolina by Golf Digest, as voted on by his peers. He earned the same recognition between the years of 2003 and 2006.
Hamilton joined the Meredith staff in August 2017 to direct the college's new club golf program. With his more than 40 years of professional golf leadership and teaching experience, he positioned the program for a successful transition to varsity status this fall as the college's ninth intercollegiate sport. With the addition of Meredith's program, the USA South Athletic Conference is now on track to host the league's first golf championship for women next April.
A golf instructor at Wildwood Green Golf Club since 2012, Hamilton now directs The Golf Academy, while still conducting private lessons and junior programming aimed at long term player development. He coached 18 years at two area schools and was integral in the establishment of North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Girls' State Golf Championship beginning in 2011.
Hamilton's professional golf career began at North Ridge Country Club as the assistant golf professional, and he spent one year as the head golf pro at Raleigh Country Club. Before joining Wildwood Green, Hamilton also owned and operated two Raleigh-area golf practice centers, managing all aspects of each business while continuing to teach.
He has received multiple nominations from his PGA peers for Carolinas PGA Junior Golf Leader, Teacher of the Year, and Club Professional of the Year. Several of his golfers have gone on to compete for NCAA Division I programs, including 2017 U.S. Amateur Champion and the 2016-17 Clemson University ACC Freshman of the Year, Doc Redman.
Hamilton made the cut in 1991 at the Greater Greensboro Open and finished tied for eighth in the 2009 National Senior Club Professional Championship. He played the following year in the 2010 Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club in Denver.
After competing in three tournaments this fall, the Avenging Angels resume competition in early 2020.