Saturday, March 25, 2006

Ladies And Gentleman; Davis Love III Has Left The House

In what may be the worst performance by a front runner in recent memory, Love turned in a stinkeroo score of 83 to miss the cut by a goodly amount. His last hole was really pathetic, carding a nine which tied for the worst score ever shot on that hole.

He's got a lot to think about, and a lot of practice to do.

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Why Does 3.5 + 3 = -396,000?

Because that was the difference between 1st and 2nd at the Bay Hill this weekend. The 3.5 represents the putt, in feet, Greg Owen had to make for par and keep his 2 shot lead going into 18. Lastly, 3 represents the number of hacks it took him to put the ball in the hole on 17.

He added a bogey on 18 to seal his fate. That's one of those nightmarish scenarios that will haunt Greg for a long time to come.

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Wanna Make A Small Fortune In Golf? Start With A Big Fortune Then Get A Job In Golf

There over 1000 jobs avaiable in golf right now but they're mostly just above minimum wage. Tom Govern at Point 1 Golf has an interesting article.

Here it is:

Help wanted: The pay is low, you work weekends and it’s likely you will be laid off when the weather gets cold. But you get free golf!

For the first time, the PGA of America has 1000 jobs posted at the PGA of America’s job clearinghouse, Careernet, according to an article at PGA.com. So your odds of getting a job in the golf industry are pretty good. Of those 1000 job postings, we, the non-PGA Professionals, can only see 395 of them.

With an added push over the last month called “Jobs in Golf Month Celebration” there are more jobs posted than ever before. One of two things is happening. More employers are simply using the service or there are more jobs available than ever before. Likely the first is happening because of the second. It is getting harder and harder to find qualified people to work for a little more than minimum wage and many of those minimum wage paying jobs are seasonal in the northern climates.

You have to really love the game of golf to get into the golf business right now. If you are a college graduate who played golf in school, but aren’t good enough to play for a living, getting into the typical golf job (Assistant Professional, Pro Shop Manager, etc.) is a common career path. Some stick it out and continue on to better jobs but I would be interested in seeing the figures for how many Assistant Pro’s leave the business long before they get to a level that pays decently. I made a decent living in the golf business for most of the 15 years I was in it. And like any career, you get out of it what you put in. It is unfortunate that one must start out so low on the pay scale to get into the business.

Expect to see the number of jobs available to increase in the years to come. And expect to see fewer and fewer young people in those positions. You will see more and more part-time and retired people taking your green fees and parking the carts. This is a reasonable short term solution. But I think it will undoubtedly lead to the elimination of the Club Pro as we have always known him.

If you ever wanted to be in the golf business, this might be your opportunity. Oh, and like I said at the top, in most cases you play free golf! Unfortunately you will be working during most of the daylight hours.


I guess it beats slinging hamburgers at Mcdonalds but that's about it.

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