College/University: Mount Mercy University
Year Turned Professional: 2001
Facility/Job Title: Head Golf Professional Pinnacle Country Club
What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?
I always admired the Golf Professionals when I went to play their courses as a Junior Golfer. Thought they were fun, cool guys who do something unique for a living and everybody liked them.
What is your specialty in the golf business?
I am a good coach, I love when people ask me to help. Golfers have more fun if they have someone to talk to about their game, not just their swing mechanics.
Please list any accomplishments (Awards, Certifications, and Tournaments.)
I spend my time in my golf shop and teaching, but I did earn the Acushnet Scholarship as Level 3 South Florida PGA Professional Golf Management Program top scoring apprentice. And, I had a one under 36 hole total when I passed my Players Ability Test.
What was your greatest moment in golf?
Maybe I missed my calling as a caddie, but my greatest moment is caddying in Jack Nicklaus’ group for the grand opening of Verandah Club in Fort Myers, Florida in 2004. I was an Assistant at Verandah and Mr. Nicklaus traveled to our club to do a grand opening since his design firm did the golf course. My fellow golf professionals and I caddied for the Grand Opening foursome and got see Jack play our/his golf course. He hit it great and was a tremendous gentleman to make the other golfers in the group feel good about their game. I learned a lot about how the game of golf is bigger than any one person.
What or who has had the greatest impact on your career?
When I realized how much work this was going to be, I had a lot of people help me get excited about going to the club every day and take control of what happens in my career.
Besides golf, what else do you enjoy?
I enjoy horseracing and traveling to race tracks across the country, Braves baseball, Huskers and Dolphins football and a hot craps table!
If you could play any golf course in the world, which one would it be and who would complete your foursome?
We’d head to the Old Course at St. Andrews. My foursome would include Steve Elkington, Jim Rome and Clint Eastwood.
If you could give lessons to anyone in the world who would it be and what advice would you give?
I’d advise Tiger Woods to just play the game! He needs to be reminded that he is the most talented golfer ever.
What is your favorite golf instruction tip?
Make sure you have a target for each shot you hit, avoid mindless hitting balls.
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