PGA Member & Host of “Golf it Up! Radio”
Jay Williams, a 25-year PGA of America Member, is the Director of Golf at Briar Leaf Golf Club in LaPorte, Indiana. Jay has been involved in golf since the age of five, and has worked continuously in the golf business since the age of 15. Upon graduating from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State) where he attended on a full golf scholarship, Jay turned professional and explored the possibility of playing the game for a living.
When that didn’t pan out, Jay happily turned to the life of a club professional, and has dedicated himself over the past 20 plus years to promoting the game of golf through teaching, conducting tournaments and providing golfers with all of the services that mark a quality PGA Professional.
Jay has been featured in Golf Digest, Country Club Golfer, PGA Magazine and various other publications for teaching, is a member of the PGA of America’s President’s Council on Growing the Game and is a past Chairman of the Greater LaPorte (IN) Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
In July of 2011, Jay was named the first Men's Golf Coach at Purdue University-North Central, and will be heading the start-up program beginning in the fall. Jay is looking forward to working with the student-athletes and creating a highly competitive program that will positively represent PNC.
He is hosting, along with Tod Allen, “Golf it Up! Radio,” a golf themed variety show and is well known in community theatre circles having acted in numerous productions as well as two independent films. When away from the daily operations at Briar Leaf, Jay, a self-described "avid indoorsman," enjoys coaching his sons’ sports teams, reading and following the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
Co-Host & Producer of “Golf it Up! Radio”
Tod is a veteran broadcaster of over twenty years having worked at several radio stations in the Chicago/Northwest Indiana Market. He is currently the Morning Man and Production Manager at WEFM 95.9FM in Michigan City, Indiana and Co-host of “Golf it Up Radio.”
Tod has not only worked behind a microphone but has also been behind and in front of a camera. Tod hosted a popular local television show “In Touch” for 5 years and is an experienced videographer and video editor. He also freelances with an area video production company.
Tod considers himself a non-golfer but he says, “While I am not a golf pro by any stretch of the imagination, I do like to be called “Tiger.” However that’s a whole other story. I do believe, in all seriousness, my layman’s insight into the game of golf adds an element to “Golf It Up Radio” that makes the show interesting to novice and non-golfers alike.”
Tod has been married for 24 years to Mary and has a great 8-year-old son named Samuel. He also owns a cat named Pause (correct spelling) who is very attached to both he and Sam. (Not so much Mary, he’s a man’s cat and yes there are such things.) Tod enjoys music, movies and studying history in his spare time. He is looking to another great season of Golf It Up Radio.