Name: Zack Vervaecke
College/University: Black Hawk Junior College and Southern Illinois University
Year turned Professional: 2008
Facility and Job Title: Jester Park Golf Course PGA Head Professional
Please give a summary of your Background and credentials
I started out as an Assistant for the City of Rock Island at Highland Springs and
Saukie Municipal Golf Courses. Got out of the business for about 3 years before
returning as an Assistant at Davenport Country Club. I was an assistant at DCC for
5 years before becoming the Head Professional at Jester Park Golf Course where I
have been for the past 4 years.
What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?
I have always loved the game of golf since a very early age. When I left the
business for three years, I worked various jobs from changing oil and fixing tires, to
cleaning industrial ovens and oxidizers, running CNC machines, and finally
construction. It was my last job working construction that I realized how much I
really missed everything that the golf business had to offer. I made a few phone
calls and ended up taking the job at Davenport Country Club nine years ago. I can say
without question that I am glad I got back into the business.
What is your specialty in the golf business?
Jester Park is leased by a small Golf Management group called Green Golf
Partners. I know that I was skeptical going to work for a Golf Management group
but since doing so it has opened my eyes to all aspects of the business. The
amount of resources at my disposal helps me make precise, prompt-to decisions on
marketing, equipment, best practices, and much more.
Please list any accomplishments (Awards, Certifications, and Tournaments.)
2010 Iowa Open Champion
What was your greatest moment in golf?
Winning the 2010 Iowa Open and becoming a Class A PGA Professional in 2008
What or who has had the greatest impact on your career?
My father who brought the game of golf into my life, my first mentor Kevin Kwak,
and Second Mentor John Panek.
Besides golf, what else do you enjoy?
Fishing, walking, spending time with my daughter, and any recreational activity.
If you could play any golf course in the world, which one would it be and who would complete your foursome?
Augusta National no question!! Me, Tiger, President Obama, and my dad.
If you could give lessons to anyone in the world who would it be and
what advice would you give?
Boy is that a tough one….I would say any young aspiring junior golfer that is
willing to put in time and effort into his/her swing/game to make themselves better.
I would let them know that everything isn’t always about mechanics/positions/and
looks…..sometimes you have to learn how to put the ball in the hole and make a
What is your favorite golf instruction tip?
You can sometimes be your own best friend on the golf course…..or your own
worst enemy….the decision is yours to make.
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