I had a summer job when I was 22 years old working on clay tennis courts and mowing grass on Fishers Island, NY when I got asked to work a Golf School for Billy Harmon. I was the fetch boy for chipping, bunker shots, range balls, etc…I wasn’t a golfer growing up, having played baseball and hockey in college. I remember listening to the passion he shared through his instruction, the demonstration skills he had, his great sense of humor, and the tremendous success his students were achieving in such a short time. It was the smiles on the faces of the students he was helping that sort of triggered something in me that “helping people can be so rewarding.”
Anyway, the golf school ends I get asked to drive him back to the ferry. We pull into the parking lot, and just before he backs his car onto the boat he commented on how hard I worked, and he asked me if I wanted to come work for him in California. I couldn’t say no, so three months later I’m out in Palm Desert at BIGHORN. Two years later I get a job working for Craig Harmon at Oak Hill, and the rest is history. Those six years with the Harmon’s constantly remind me of why I’m a Golf Professional: Passion, People Skills, Helping Others, and Pride. Oh, and a little bit of luck!