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Local Golf
September 24, 2017

The Corner Office With Dave Tentis (Troy Burne Golf Club)
Dave Tentis finishing his round at the 2012 3M Championship
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Dave Tentis finishing his round at the 2012 3M Championship
By Rhett Arens

Tee Times has introduced a new column this year where we try to provide readers with an insightful look into the thinking and personality of the people in various golf club leadership roles. This month we sat down with Troy Burne PGA Head Professional, Dave Tentis (who, by the way, has played in 3 of the 4 majors). Dave is always ready with a welcome smile and a firm handshake. He offers up some humorous commentary, a healthy perspective on the benefits of playing and some surprising opinions about the state-of-golf. 14 questions, 14 answers and a pocketful of insight from one of the area's true-blue, golf legends. We hope you enjoy it.
1. How long have you been in the golf business and how did you get your start? I began my PGA golf professional career in 1994 after a career-ending injury ended my professional golf dreams.
2. Was there an 'aha moment' when you realized this is a good gig? No, daily I feel excited to provide an entertainment outlet to our golfers as we all know, we need to relax and enjoy life more and the game of golf offers that.
3. How would you describe your golf game? On ice... played very little golf in the past 20+ years. I average about 20 total rounds a year and we all know you get back what you put into the game. Still enjoy trying to find my golf ball but need to have four Advil in the system.
4. Is there a pet peeve about the game you would like to get off your chest? The silliness of aligning the golf ball while putting and the complexity of the rules.
5. Do you have any hero's in the game? Many, when I was trying to play golf for a living it was Byron Nelson. He's the only person I've meet in my life that when I shook his hand a shiver went up and down my spine. Ben Hogan for his focus and sheer determination. Jack Nicklaus for his character, sportsmanship and record.
6. Thinking back what is the most memorable moment in recent PGA history? DJ's 2016 U.S. Open win, nice to see Sergio get his Major.
7. Is there a trend or pattern in the game of golf you would like to see changed? Thinking you can control the outcome. I would like to see more 'hit it and chase it,' solve the challenge.
8. What is your opinion about the health of the state-of-the-game? Improving, nice to see juniors and women playing more golf. The PGA Junior League has generated some big-time interest for juniors.
9. What is the strangest player mishap or misstep to take place at your course? A twosome was out late one evening and decided to take a maintenance road in at sunset. It was so dark they failed to see a chain-link barrier strewn across the gravel path destroying the golf cars canopy roof but saving themselves from being decapitated!
10. What makes you most happy when considering the customers who play your course? My hope is they're able to relax and enjoy the game and our facility.
11. Do you consider yourself a golf purist or wide-open to new rules and regulations? I would be a golf progressive, I would like to see the game continue to be more inclusive. Shorter golf courses that play fast and require less maintenance is a wave of the future game that I would like to see take root.
12. Who do you consider the greatest golfer of all-time and why? I love Ben Hogan and have read thousands of pages on his career but Jack Nicklaus has my vote. As gracious in victory as in loss, fantastic mentor to many, amazing family man and that record.
13. Do you have a course in Minnesota or Wisconsin you consider highly underrated? New Richmond Golf Club... real gem there.
14. The single best reason for spending 4+ hours chasing a little white ball? Camaraderie with friends, outdoors and the beautiful landscapes the game offers.

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