BY JEFF FALK
No one has had a greater influence on Lebanon County amateur golf over the years than Mike Swisher. But Swisher’s sphere of influence reaches well beyond the county boundaries.
Swisher, the Lebanon Country Club’s former head professional, was recently elected into the Philadelphia Section of the PGA’s Hall of Fame. Swisher was the 36th person recognized with the honor and joins legendary golfing greats like Ben Hogan in the Philadelphia Section of the PGA’s Hall of Fame.
Swisher will be formally inducted into the Hall-of-Fame during a ceremony at the Wilmington Country Club on October 27.
Before his retirement in 2010, Swisher served as the Lebanon Country Club’s head professional for more than 40 years. One of the top teaching professionals in Pennsylvania, Swisher is widely recognized for founding the Lebanon County junior golf program and increasing the popularity of the Lebanon Country Club’s W.B. Sullivan Better-Ball-of-Partners tournament.
Swisher is currently the head golf coach at Lebanon Valley College.
Over his career, Swisher has worked with, tutored and coached such well-known players as Jim Furyk, Greg Lesher, Ben Witter, Blaine Peffley, Stu Ingraham and current LPGA professional Jennifer Johnson. The Philadelphia Section of the PGA named Swisher its Professional of the Year in 1985.