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John Mabry - from the rough column

John Mabry - from the rough.

If you want a laugh or two, start following Club Pro Guy on Twitter (@ClubProGuy). He offers a comical look at the life of a club professional, with recent Tweets like these:

“Hope u all are enjoying this (July 4) holiday off with food, family and friends. I'm here, rotating range mats.”

“My next day off is November 7th. Book it.”

The life of a club professional is not for everyone. But for Chris Thomson, director of golf at Wilderness Ridge, it’s the only way to go.

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” he said. “When you are passionate about something every day and love to help people or create a fun experience, you have a winning formula.”

Wade Foreman of Lincoln City Golf added: “Every day is a bit different in the life of a golf pro. One day I may be running a golf tournament for 100 players in the morning, and then later in the afternoon, I might be giving some golf lessons.”

Playing the game is not first on the club pro to-do list. There isn’t time.

“Playing golf happens about once a week or once every two weeks for most professionals,” Foreman said.

Scott Carlson of Holmes said it requires a lot of different hats.

“We're in the hospitality business,” he said. “We're in food and beverage. We're merchandisers. We're teachers. We organize competitions and group outings.”

And the list of hats goes on and on.

“A PGA professional generally is the guy who is there before anyone arrives in the morning and sometimes is one of the last to leave,” Thomson said. “We coordinate retail operations as well as daily play and tee sheet operations. A pro will coordinate tournaments or leagues of all sizes on a daily basis. This requires a keen sense of awareness of what’s happening on your golf course so that there is always space and that people are moving around efficiently.

“In addition to the daily operations, a pro may be on the lesson tee with junior golf, adult programs, clinics or even private lessons.

“The profession is definitely not for everyone because the hours are long, and we work many times on holidays,” Thomson continued. “But for the ones like me who have a true passion to promote and grow the game, we wouldn’t trade what we do for anything.”


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