Originally Posted by MTT
So @ what course do you plan to be the (Future Golf pro)? I assume that is what you are working towards?
I've already been a professional for a few years. The program I graduated from is a requisite part of being elected a Class A member of the PGA. As you go through the program and meet other service requirements you are considered an apprentice or Class B member. For example, assistant professionals such as myself are identified either as A-8 or B-8. The "A" documents you have completed a rigorous education program and have fulfilled some service time requirements.
The Class A membership, at my course, permits charging a higher rate for lessons. It also provides potential employers validation that you have persued education and self improvement-like a college degree of PSIA Level 3 it is not a guarantee. If I were competing for a job with an apprentice I might have a bit more "weight" than someone still in the program.
Where am I going-who knows. Currently I work at one of the best courses in Colorado-albeit only from May 1 to about October 10th due to our season in Breckenridge. Then back to Copper for the winter.
About 6 years ago I took a very early out from GM and abandoned (with haste) Detroit to return to Colorado where I had previosly had a field assignment with the General. I knew I could return to Copper where I worked part time in the GM days and figured I could find a way into the golf world. That combination had always been a dream so I am living the dream. Far too many people work to traditional retirement age then quietly checkout. Not this kid.
Could I go into golf year round-if I saw the right opportunity definitely yes. Retirement should not mean you quit growing. I'm not sure I would want at this stage to be Head Professional but a First Assistant or other good position might be enticing-in the right location. Now that the primary education is done I definitely feel the urge to raise the level of my game to where I would fell comfortable playing in sectional tournaments and not throw up all over myself.
When opportunity knocks be ready to answer.