Gary McCord volunteered for the opportunity to be a part of the Patriots Honor team. In addition, when asked, Gary leaped at the opportunity to devote his time towards Patriots Honor Organization as an Advisory Board member and Patriots Honor national spokesman. Gary, for some time, has wanted to provide a vehicle for grateful Americans to honor and assist our great service members, veterans and their families.
Gary feels it is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Patriots Honor’s mission and joins America in the gratitude and appreciation for service member’s sacrifice. As a board member and national spokesman Gary will help improve American awareness of the effects of combat so many of our airman, soldiers and sailors deal with everyday. Essentially Gary’s professional and public achievements will help expand veteran assistance through promotion of the Patriots Honor Organization.
Gary was born in San Gabriel, California and raised in southern California. Got started in golf when he used to go with his mother to her golf class in Garden Grove, Calif., when he was 12. Gary also attended the same high school (Garden Grove HS) as the comedian actor Steve Martin.
He won the NCAA Division II individual championship in 1970 and turned professional in 1971 and was backed by the late Lawrence Welk early in his pro career appearing once on the musical conductor’s variety show.
During his years on tour, he had nearly two dozen top-10 finishes. At age 37 in 1986, Gary joined CBS Sports as a golf analyst, a capacity in which he still serves. Aside from his CBS commentary duties, Gary also plays a limited schedule on the Champions Tour. After turning 50 in May 1998, he won his first event at the Toshiba Senior Classic in March 1999, and also won that year’s Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship. Back in 1991, he won the Gateway Open on the Ben Hogan Tour, the second-tier tour in the U.S., now called the Web.com Tour.
In 1996, he appeared as himself in the Kevin Costner movie Tin Cup in which he was also the Technical Director. In addition to his busy schedule, he also authored three books; Golf for Dummies, Golf for Dummies II and Just a Range Ball in a Box of Titleists while hosting “Golf for Dummies” instructional DVD.
Gary quotes, “He lists the smell of free range balls in the morning as his biggest thrill in golf”.
Gary lives with his wife, Diane, in Paradise Valley, Arizona and Edwards, Colorado. Best known as a color analyst on CBS Sports’ golf telecasts.