Name: Kari Wachtl
College/University: Charleston Southern University
Year Turned Pro: Golf Professional since 1997;
Class A Member since 2005
Facility and Job Title: Ottumwa Country Club,
Assistant Golf Professional, A-8
What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?
I have always been competitive and strive to be the best at whatever I do. Becoming a PGA Member signifies being one of the best. Being able to combine my love of golf with my career is the best.
What is your specialty in the golf business?
Teaching, golfer development programs, customer relations.
Please list any accomplishments (Awards, Certifications, and Tournaments.)
2005 Acushnet Scholarship winner, won twice in college; All Big South, 3 years; Team MVP, 3 years.
What was your greatest moment in golf?
Winning on the Division 1 level and becoming a PGA Member. Also meeting Matt Damon while working at Kiawah Island.
What or who has had the greatest impact on your career?
My father introduced me to golf and I have been lucky enough to work at some great facilities with wonderful mentors such as Tommy Cuthbert, Jim Lane, Bob Green and Rich Tock.
Besides golf, what else do you enjoy?
Spending time with my family; husband Jason who is also a PGA Member, and our two children. I enjoy anything outdoors, shopping and watching reality television.
If you could play any golf course in the world, which one would it be and who would complete your foursome?
Augusta National with my father, my uncle Mike and my husband.
If you could give lessons to anyone in the world who would it be and what advice would you give?
I would give lessons to my mom. She needs a lot of help and I have never been able to dedicate the time to helping her. We would focus on her grip and posture and getting her to rotate. She always jokes that she is my biggest failure as a student.
What is your favorite golf instruction tip?
I am a strong believer in proper setup and getting onto your right side.