Fayetteville, North Carolina
2001 Inductee, Executive Category
Born: December 15, 1945
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina
Residence: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Education: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Occupation: President, Southern Golf Distributors (Retired); Vice President, Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, Inc. (Retired)
Joined PPA: 1968
PPA Accomplishments: PPA Hall of Fame, 2001, Executive Category; Director, Junior Putters of America, 1976-1983; Technical Adviser, PPA World Putting Championships, 1974-1978;, League Commissioner and coach of the first Junior Putters of America team, Chamblee, Ga., 1973; Host professional, PPA World Putting Championship, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1971; Host professional, PPA World Putting Championship, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1969
Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America Career: President, Southern Golf Distributors, 1977-2000; Vice president, Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, 1995-2000; Putt-Putt Golf Courses Board of Directors, 1973-2000; Construction Coordinator, Putt-Putt Golf Course, Beijing, China, 1999; Director of Development and Construction, Putt-Putt Golf Course, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1997; Designer, Larethane Putter, 1987, Convention Director, Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, 1978-1986; National Franchise Director, Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, 1975-1977; Vice president, Southern Golf Distributors Northern Regional Office, 1973-1975; Northern Franchise Director, Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America, 1973-1975; Co-construction supervisor, PPA Course and Putt-Putt Golf Course of America Northern Regional Home Office, Columbus, Ohio, 1973-1974; Co-owner/Manager, Putt-Putt Golf Course, Chamblee, Ga., 1971-1973; Construction supervisor, Putt-Putt Golf Courses, Decatur, Ga., and Forest Park, Ga., 1970; Construction supervisor, Decatur, Ga., 1969; Manager, Putt-Putt Golf Course, Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1968-1971.
Never has there been a more consummate individual in the history of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America than Larry M. Lloyd. From course manager to course owner, from construction supervisor to national and international franchise director, from host professional of the PPA World Putting Championship to director of Junior Putters of America, from Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America convention director to PPA syndicated television series technical adviser, from Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America Board of Directors member to president of Southern Golf Distributors to vice president of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America Larry Lloyd did it all from 1968 to 2000.
Larry Lloyd began his career as manager of the Putt-Putt Golf Course on Bragg Boulevard in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he learned the business from E. G. Clayton, the course owner he would come to love, and Alvin Taylor, national custodian for Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America. Lloyd learned every aspect of the business from hosting the 1969 and 1971 PPA World Putting Championships to testing the first aluminum bump boards on the 11th hole of the No. 2 course. It was just the beginning in a career that would see Larry Lloyd ultimately operate his own franchise with his brother, David Lloyd, in Chamblee, Ga. And, it was in Chamblee where Larry Lloyd formed the first Junior Putters of America team, which included future PPA standouts Jay and Enid Klapper. He would direct the JPA program from 1976 to 1983, before devoting himself exclusively to his roles as president of Southern Golf Distributors, the supply arm for the franchise system, and vice president of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America from 1995 to 2000.
He came to know franchise owners, managers, clubhouse and game room employees on a first-name basis. And he treated one and all with respect and reverence, values that were instilled in him by Don Clayton, the game's founder, E. G. Clayton and Alvin Taylor, his beloved friend for 30 years.
"Larry Lloyd was one of the most dedicated stewards in the history of Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America," said Gary Hinshaw, general manager of the Putt-Putt Golf & Games in Richmond, Va. "When franchise owners and managers called on Larry, they knew it would be done and that it would be done right. He had a soft spot in his heart for young people, which is why he was so dedicated to helping develop Junior Putters of America. And, as president of Southern Golf Distributors, he worked to see that our PP and APA members had everything from the finest apparel to quality putting surfaces for competition."
Larry Lloyd's work with the franchise system was a matter of true grit and a labor of love. "I feel very humble that anyone would think that what I did as a job and for fun would make me worthy of the PPA Hall of Fame," said Larry Lloyd, enshrined as the 30th member of the PPA Hall of Fame on Aug. 9, 2001 in ceremonies at Lynchburg, Va. "The PPA was a large part of what I did while working with Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America. I had the privilege of calling some of the pros and amateurs my best friends. I will cherish the memories, and the Putt-Putt family will always be a part of my heart."