August 22, 2017
|Meet Your Local PGA Professional|
When did you start playing golf and who was the person that influenced you the most?
Was introduced to the game by my parents at about age 8 but didn't get serious about it until I got a job at a golf course at age 11. My first boss (Leon Storm) was the most influential but I was very fortunate that I had a lot of others helping me as a junior golfer.
Best Round and where?
I've been playing the game for over 45 years, can't really answer that one. I can identify a most satisfying round when I shot 66 at Brown Deer for the first time. I had struggled there as a junior golfer and when I became the pro there I enjoyed getting familiar with the course and ultimately being able to score well there. (at least most of the time). Now I have a new challenge, how to shoot 66 at The Bull, I may need to skip a hole or two to pull that off.
What would be your dream foresome?
Jack Nicklaus for sure, Lee Trevino, Paula Creamer. If we could go back in time it would be Nicklaus, Byron Nelson, and Arnold Palmer.
What is your favorite golf tip and why?
Maintain your balance at the end of your swing. Pay attention to the professionals on TV, there is a reason why they hold that pose as they watch there shot. Golfers can improve their game just by slowing down enough so they can maintain there balance. I've seen it help countless people over the years.
Your most indispensable piece of equipment?
56 Degree Sand Wedge
What is the largest misconception the public has about the golf industry or the PGA professional?
I think the average golfer probably thinks we have a pretty cushy life, go to work, play golf, have lunch or dinner with a member and go home. The reality is much different, the hours are long and there are no Holiday's in the golf business. From March until December it's non stop. You don't get into this business for any other reason except you love being around golf and golfers. After all these years I still can't believe I get to go to a golf course every day, I've been very fortunate.
Craziest thing you have done to try to improve your game and did it work?
Never done anything real crazy to improve other than practice more. Repetition is the biggest key to success in this game at any level. Golf does not tolerate neglect very well. If you hit enough golf balls you can make just about any golf swing work, but most people don't have the time to hit as many golf balls as a tour professional.
What are some ways you, as a PGA professional help grow the game of golf?
I try to be a good representative for the game every day. We have a terrific junior program here at The Bull. We must bring new kids (and adults) into the game and make a very important fact very clear, you can play golf your entire life, not all sports can offer that.
Awards or special notes of interest in the industry?
None worthy of print, I'm not very good at self-promotion.
What interests or hobbies do you have away from the course?
Golf, and more golf.
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