April 16, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Upon first glance at the University of New Mexico Championship Course clubhouse, Dick McGuire looks like your typical 86-year-old waiting for his buddies to shoot a few holes.
But as the Golf Channel found out Tuesday, McGuire is so much more than that, especially to the University of New Mexico and to collegiate golf.
McGuire did a 15-minute interview with the television network as part of a program the story the network is doing on the history of the Lobo men's golf program that is tentatively scheduled to air at the end of April.
The story will focus on the success of the program, thanks to McGuire and the lineage of coaches that followed at UNM.
McGuire coached the Lobos from the 1954-55 season through the 1976-77 season and was instrumental in the construction of the UNM Championship Course in 1967.
Along the way, McGuire coached a student-athlete by the name of Dwaine Knight. Knight eventually replaced his mentor as coach and spent 10 seasons as UNM coach from 1977-78 to 1986-87. One of the players Knight instructed at UNM was a golfer named John Fields (1978-81).
Fields then replaced Knight as Lobo coach in 1987 and guided the program for 11 years (from 1987-88 to 1997-98). One of Field's pupils was a golfer named Glen Millican (1994-97), who eventually found his way to the Lobo coaching gig from 2002-03 to the present.
The golf channel wanted to explore the program's sustainability by hiring former Lobo players as coaches.
UNM is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the latest Golfweek.com/Sagarin poll.
McGuire remains UNM's all-time leader in tournament wins with 28. Millican is next with 20. Asked about his run of success at UNM, McGuire deflected all praise to his players during his interview with the Golf Channel.
Another spoiler alert: McGuire told the Golf Channel he came up with the idea of making tournaments multiple-day and multiple-round events. He said when he first was coaching the Lobos, the team would have to drive hundreds of miles to play in an event that was 18 holes, and the team would have to come back home. So he said he talked other area coaches into stretching out the tournaments to make the travel worthwhile.