An Opportunity To Come Home

When I first started playing this game, I had no idea that I would be making my living in the golf industry.  At 12 years old, I fell in love with the challenge of the game, the test of trying to shoot as low of a score as possible. I was addicted, and there was no stopping me. I had found my first love and was never going to take my hands off of her. As I grew older and my skills progressed, my competitive side did as well. I have always been highly competitive, whether it is in the school yard playing pickup basketball or playing a board game against my parents. So when the opportunity to test my skills against my peers became an opportunity, I was ecstatic. My competitive attitude and ability to play the game took me to the collegiate level. With some success in the college golf ranks, my “I can do anything” attitude lead me to believe I could take my game to the next level. However, I quickly learned that playing golf for a living was not in the cards. But the silver lining that appeared during this time was a passion for teaching, I fell in love with golf instruction and helping people get better at a game they love.

My first "real" Assistant Professional job came at the Longue Vue Club under the tutelage of Steve Antenucci. Steve quickly taught me how to conduct myself as a professional and how to make a living in the golf business. These are values that I think about every day. My next Assistant Professional job came at Shannopin Country Club. Shannopin gave me the opportunity to develop my teaching style and refine it. I had the chance to teach a broader range of student while learning the golf business from a different perspective. I will always be grateful of the opportunity that Shannopin gave me but I could not pass up this opportunity. Not every day does a person have the chance to go back home. And Youghiogheny Country Club is home; I grew up five miles from the club and always dreamed of the possibility of becoming its Head Golf Professional.

And now that dream of being the Head Golf Professional at Youghiogheny has come true. There are many emotions involved; excitement, joy, fears just to name a few. I would have never imagined this coming true so quickly but I am very thankful. The one thing I do know is that I will give it my all because that is the only way I know how to do it.