The 2015 PGA Merchandise show has finished and it was even more than I had hoped for as a PGA Member. I had the opportunity as a Titleist Staff Professional to participate in seminars that included Butch Harmon, Claude Harmon III, Cameron McCormick, Mark Blackburn, Scotty Cameron, Bob Vokey and Aaron Dill.
I think everyone is familiar with Butch Harmon, swing and life coach for many top players. His son Claude Harmon III is listed as one of the top 50 coaches in America. Mark Blackburn and Cameron McCormick are listed as top 100 coaches in America. McCormick is the coach of Jordan Speith and has been since Jordan was in his early teens. Aaron Dill is Vokey’s tour wedge fitter and an amazing young man that taught me even more about the specific grind and bounce options available.
I was also able to spend a significant amount of time with the students of California University’s PGM program as well as many PGM Programs from around the country. I am pleased to say we will have a student working for us as an intern again this summer. Brandon Yuhouse will be helping out this spring and fall and he will be a regular addition to the crew during the thick of the golf season.
The addition of John and Brandon to the staff will support our mission of creating the “Lone Pine Experience” for you, your families and your guests. Our goal is to provide an exceptional level of service in every area of the facility. We have been working very hard this winter to prepare ourselves and the facility to support this mission. Renovations to the facility’s ballroom and wing are well underway, the bag room has been completely reworked, the staff is being put into place, and I am continuing to learn and grow in my position as your head golf professional. I am very excited for the upcoming season, having opportunities to play golf with the membership and focusing on continued improvements to the total club experience.
I will see you at the club,
J.R. Pond, PGA