Former Temple men’s golf coach John MacDonald has been named the recipient of the GCAA Honor Award, while Jack Jensen of Guilford will be honored posthumously with the GCAA Meritorious Service Award.
Each will be recognized at the GCAA Hall-of-Fame banquet on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas.
The Honor Award is given to a member of the GCAA Hall of Fame who is retired from coaching and has made significant contributions to golf. The Meritorious Service Award honors individuals that have made a substantial impact on college golf and the GCAA.
MacDonald, hired by Temple in 1971, had a 30-year stint as the Owls head coach before retiring in 2001. He led his team to 15 conference championships, including nine undefeated seasons when the team played dual-match competitions. His players earned All-America status 22 times, and four played on the PGA Tour. MacDonald was named District II Coach of the Year 12 times and was inducted into the Temple Hall of Fame in 1987. He was inducted into the GCAA Hall of Fame in 1996.
MacDonald also has served as executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Scholastic Golf Association for 31 years, conducting tournaments and clinics for inner-city youth.
Jensen coached four of Guilford’s five national-championship teams, including three by his golf squad, in 1989, 2002 and 2005. He also coached the men’s basketball team to the NAIA national title in 1972-73. He won 386 games as a basketball coach.
Jensen is a Hall-of-Fame member in the NAIA, North Carolina, Guilford County, Guilford College and Wake Forest University. He also was enshrined into the GCAA Hall of Fame in 2008.