Tom Mirus was elected to the Professional Golfers’ Association of America in 1980. In 2000, he qualified for Life Membership in 2000 and for the Quarter Century Club in 2005. He is among the elite PGA members who are certified Playing Ability Test Examiners; Tom conducts the qualifying rounds for players to be considered for the PGA of America’s Golf Professional Management Program. The North Florida Section of the PGA presents a Standard of Excellence award annually to a select few members “in recognition of outstanding performance in Education, Participation and Service.” Tom has received this prestigious award seven times.
Tom also holds the distinction of being the only PGA of America member who has been legally blind since birth. In 2019 and 2020, the East Central Chapter of the North Florida PGA awarded Tom the Deacon Palmer Award, named after Arnold Palmer’s father in recognition of a PGA professional who displays outstanding integrity, character and leadership in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in their life. In 2020 Tom received the same award for the North Florida Section PGA.
In May 2019, Tom received the Dennis Walters Courage Award presented by the International Network of Golf (ING) at their Spring Conference in Sebring, FL. Past USBGA President Bob Andrews received the same award in 1997.
Tom owns a Golfweek Amateur Tour franchise, which boasts a membership of more than 200 players. Holding tournaments on central Florida’s best courses, along with Tom’s expertise in tournament administration, have made the Golfweek Amateur Tour the fastest growing tour in central Florida. There are 50 local Golfweek Amateur Tours across the country and Tom was honored as National Director of the Year in 2012.
In 1998, Tom was invited to serve as the Senior Rules Official at the 1998 World Blind and Vision Impaired Championships hosted by the USBGA. He has served as the Senior Rules Official at the USBGA national tournaments since. The association also asked Tom to serve as its Director of Education. He has conducted seminars for fellow PGA professionals on teaching and coaching blind golfers. Tom has served as the Senior Rules Official at the Corcoran Cup since 2001. The event is now called the Pat W. Browne, Jr. Memorial Tournament.
He served as the Tournament Director for the 71st US Blind Golf Association National Championship played at Palm Aire CC in Sarasota, FL in September 2016 and is doing the same again at the 75th Championship in 2021 (postponed from 2020) at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Golf became his greatest passion, lifelong companion, and career focus. His goal is to share his knowledge and give back to the game that has given him so much.