Growing up, my family could not afford to belong to a country club or pay green fees at a public course. Most of my friends belonged to a country club and played golf. Golf was a sport I wanted to participate in because of my friends and watching Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player etc. on TV. There were many less programs on TV then and golf was on every weekend.
At college a fraternity brother played golf. He took me to a semi private club which had a reasonable after 3pm rate and taught me to play. I was hooked. After graduating college with a teaching degree summers were free and I played golf at Briarwood with friends on the weekends. One weekend in 1982 the owner, Bob Blecher, asked me if I was looking for some summer work. I accepted the offer. As Briarwood continued to grow, in 1985 they needed a full time employee. The position was offered and I accepted. By 1988 I had earned PGA membership and became head golf profession. In 2006 the general manager position as offer to me again by Mr. Blecher and again I accepted. This year I am training my replacement and phasing into semi retirement. Golf has been my career for 38 years and the second best decision of my life behind my family !!