Iowa PGA PROfiles

July 2012 Iowa PGA PROfile-Bradley Sponseller-Sponsored by Harris Golf Cars

Name: Bradley Sponseller
College/University: Golf Academy of America – Orlando
Year Turned Pro: 2000
Facility and Job Title: Westwood Golf Course Head PGA Professional

1. What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?
As I reached my early twenties I fell in love with the game and became passionate about getting better. A few PGA pros helped me along the way and now I want to give back to others who enjoy the game as much as I do.

2. What is your specialty in the golf business?
Customer service is probably my specialty. I enjoy taking care of the guests and pass holders at my […]

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By |June 29th, 2012|0 Comments

June 2012 PGA PROfile-Sponsored by Harris Golf Cars

Nick Goblirsch

College/University: Mount Mercy University

Year Turned Professional: 2001

Facility/Job Title: Head Golf Professional Pinnacle Country Club

What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?
I always admired the Golf Professionals when I went to play their courses as a Junior Golfer. Thought they were fun, cool guys who do something unique for a living and everybody liked them.

What is your specialty in the golf business?
I am a good coach, I love when people ask me to help. Golfers have more fun if they have someone to talk to about their game, not just their swing mechanics.

Please list any accomplishments (Awards, Certifications, and […]

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May 2012 PGA PROfile-Sponsored by Harris Golf Cars

 

Andrew DeSollar

College/University: Miami University, Oxford Ohio

Year Turned Professional: 1990

Facility/Job Title: Lacoma Golf Club, East Dubuque, IL
General Manager/Head Golf Professional.

What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?
To be able to pursue a career being around the game of golf. I grew up playing the game in England and developed a great love for the history and traditions of the game.

What is your specialty in the golf business?
Being able to adapt to and manage successful golf operations in both the public and private side of the business.

Please list any accomplishments (Awards, Certifications, and Tournaments.)
PGA Master Professional, Golf Operations – 2004

What was […]

By |May 1st, 2012|0 Comments

April 2012 PGA PROfile-Gary Louvar-Sponsored by Harris Golf Cars

 
 
Name: Gary Louvar, PGA

College/University:  Upper Iowa University

Year Turned Pro: 1974

Facility and Job Title: Gardner Memorial Golf Course, Head PGA Golf Professional

What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?
Helping golfer’s make their experience more enjoyable and becoming a part of the best Professional sports organization in the world.

What is your specialty in the golf business?
Tournament management

Please list any accomplishments (Awards, Certifications, and Tournaments.)
Iowa Section Junior Golf Leader 1998
Iowa Section Bill Strausbaugh Award 2007

What was your greatest moment in golf?
Through the years I’ve had many. The most satisfying are seeing how many people enjoy this great game knowing PGA Professionals […]

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March 2012 PGA PROfile-Sponsored by Harris Golf Cars

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 […]

By |March 5th, 2012|0 Comments

February 2012 PGA PROfile-Zack Vervaecke-Sponsored by Harris Golf Cars

Name: Zack Vervaecke

College/University: Black Hawk Junior College and Southern Illinois University

Year turned Professional: 2008

Facility and Job Title: Jester Park Golf Course PGA Head Professional

Please give a summary of your Background and credentials
I started out as an Assistant for the City of Rock Island at Highland Springs and
Saukie Municipal Golf Courses. Got out of the business for about 3 years before
returning as an Assistant at Davenport Country Club. I was an assistant at DCC for
5 years before becoming the Head Professional at Jester Park Golf Course where I
have been for the past 4 years.

What was your motivation to become a PGA […]

By |February 3rd, 2012|0 Comments

January 2012 PGA PROfile – sponsored by Harris Golf Cars

Lisa Miller, PGA
College/University: B.A. in Education from the University of Northern Iowa (first woman to receive an athletic scholarship in golf at UNI); M.A. in Athletic Administration from the University of Iowa
Year Turned Pro:  1994:; first woman to attain PGA membership in the Iowa PGA Section
Facility and Job Title:  City of Cedar Rapids Golf Operations (four courses). Director of Golf Operations; 17 years as an adjunct faculty member for the PGA PGM program; National Education Committee member
What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional? My spouse was my motivating factor to become a PGA Professional. I was looking for a […]

By |January 9th, 2012|0 Comments

December 2011 PROfile – Jay Giannetto – Sponsored by Harris Golf Cars

Jay Giannetto, PGA
College/University:  Mississippi State University
Year Turned Pro:  2004
Facility and Job Title: Ames Golf & Country Club, Head Golf Professional
What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional? The love that I have for the game of golf was the only motivation that I needed in order to take the steps to become a PGA Professional.
What is your specialty in the golf business? I would say my specialty in the golf business is member relations. Being at a private club, it is important to make sure you always go above and beyond to make sure you take care of […]

By |December 2nd, 2011|0 Comments

November 2011 PROfile – Kris Kuhnel – Sponsored by Harris Golf Cars

College/University: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Year Turned Pro:  2011
Facility and Job Title:  Elmcrest Country Club, Assistant Golf Professional

What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?

I started thinking about what I wanted my career to be when I was a young kid, much like most people. I went through the normal Pro Athlete phase, which was then followed by the doctor phase. I was actually pretty set on being a doctor until the summer before my Senior year of high school when I heard about the PGA Golf Management Program at Nebraska. Being from a small town, I had no idea what […]

By |November 7th, 2011|1 Comment

October 2011 PROfile-Bill Fetty-Sponsored by Harris Golf Cars

College/University:  Harper College
Year Turned Pro:  1975
Facility and Job Title:  Manager of Golf Services

What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?
Love of the game, competition and dissatisfaction with life as a manager in a large manufacturer (International Harvester) assembly line floor.

What is your specialty in the golf business?
Taking non performing public/ municipal operations and making them profitable and an asset to the community by upgrading staff, amenities, conditions, tournaments and outings, and other programs like Junior Golf.

What was your greatest moment in golf?
Not sure it has happened yet- otherwise too many to count, but has to be connected to Junior […]

By |October 3rd, 2011|0 Comments