From One Game to Another

Hello friends! Welcome back. From time to time in this space I will drift away from my passion of helping others “Enjoy their Game” to other stories about golf and the people who love the game. Something funny or interesting, even a little something about myself just to get personal.

I would like to share a story with you about how I almost did not become a Golf Professional. To explain how I got my start as a Golf Professional I have to go back a little. Kind of a mini life story. Since I was about 15, I aspired to be a professional snooker player (billiards). I gave myself 10 years to pursue this and was willing to “get a real job” if I had not turned pro by the age of 25. I became one of Canada’s top amateurs and would be heading to England in the fall of 1987 to turn pro at the age of 22. Ironically that summer, on my way to a golf course to play golf with a friend my pick up truck was struck by an oncoming car trying to pass on a hill. The accident caused me to be bed ridden for about six months with injuries to my back, neck and left shoulder. Lucky to survive actually. I spent almost three years rehabilitating. Realizing I could not pursue my snooker career because bending over a snooker table was too painful on my back, I went back to school not knowing what I wanted to do with my life although I always knew I was cut out to be a professional athlete of some kind. I had just started school when I saw a golf course being built near where I lived. I thought I could work there part time while I went to school. I had played golf since I was a kid but not seriously, although I approach anything I do seriously and want to be the best I can be. I got the job but they wanted me full time so I thought I would work for the summer and go back to school in the fall. On opening day the person that was hired to cover the other shift quit. I took the bull by the horns and worked both shifts everyday for three months. I received a generous raise every month and eventually was running the operation. I was thoroughly enjoying it and decided to pursue golf as a career. I continued to work there for three years working on my game and learning as much as I could about the golf business. Three years later I turned pro and secured a job at another golf club. I have been a Golf Professional for 16 years now. I love my career and am very passionate about teaching others to golf!

I would like to thank my Father for instilling a strong work ethic in me, introducing me to golf, teaching me many things as well as to play golf and showing me how to win with grace and lose with dignity. I would also like to thank my sister Patricia for her guidance and inspiration.

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