Eric Johnston, PGA

College/University: Central College

Year Turned Pro: 2003

Facility and Job Title: Glen Oaks Country Club, Head Golf Professional

What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?
My passion for the game of golf and having the ability to help others learn the game.

What is your specialty in the golf business?
Member Relations & Club Fitting – ensuring each member has the correct club to fit their game.

Please list any accomplishments (Awards, Certifications, and Tournaments.)
#1 golf course in the state of Iowa, Golf Digest 2011 Class A PGA Golf Professional.

What was your greatest moment in golf?
Being the captain of the Central College Golf team and playing in the National Championship.

What or who has had the greatest impact on your career?
Mike Moncel had a great impact on me throughout high school as my instructor and mentor for golf. Ken Schall has had an extensive impact on my career as a golf professional.

Besides golf, what else do you enjoy?
I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my wife, Megan. I also enjoy bowling and snowmobiling in the off-season.

If you could play any golf course in the world, which one would it be and who would complete your foursome?
Augusta National, my foursome would consist of my father Don, Jack Nicklaus and Dustin Johnson.

If you could give lessons to anyone in the world who would it be and what advice would you give?
Albert Pujols – I admire how great of an athlete/person he is. We would discuss how we were going to incorporate his flawless baseball swing into his golf swing.

What is your favorite golf instruction tip?
The grip is your connection to the golf club. Placing your hands properly on the golf club helps you better control the position of the clubface at impact. Work on pre-swing fundamentals first: grip, athletic posture, & proper alignment.

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