The Palm Beach Atlantic University Alumni Association recognized former golf professional Bill Hobbs with the MacArthur School of Leadership Distinguished Alumnus Award as part of this year’s homecoming celebration held Nov. 16.
A native of Lockport, N.Y., Hobbs and his wife Kerry reside in Royal Palm Beach with their 9-year-old daughter, Rachel.
Hobbs served 14 years as a PGA golf professional, eventually becoming head professional at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens from 1984 to 1987.
In 1988, Hobbs went into full-time ministry with Palm Beach County Youth for Christ as the youth guidance director.
Hobbs was well into his ministry of serving the inner-city youth of West Palm Beach by the time he earned a degree in human resources management from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1991.
Hobbs, an ordained minister, and his wife formed Urban Youth Impact in 1997. He is the organization’s president and founder.
Hobbs is also the author of My Longest Drive, One Man’s Passion for the Urban Poor.
ABOVE: Bill Hobbs, center, receives the Palm Beach Atlantic University MacArthur School of Leadership Distinguished Alumnus Award from University President William M.B. Fleming Jr. (left) and alumnus Steve Scalici, chairman of the board of Urban Youth Impact.