Faces of Golf

Golf is more than just a game. It impacts two million jobs across American in a diverse range of professions across several industries. It’s a critical workforce to the U.S. economy and local communities. Here are a few of their stories.

Faces of Golf

Sean Ryan

Sean Ryan is an electrician specializing in golf events. He discusses the impact the sport has on his life and the service he provides to the industry.

Raymond Williams

Raymond works as a range tech in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He talks about the opportunities he has to further his career in the golf industry.

East Lake Golf Club

CBS Sports profiles East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta and how it impacts the community around it. The area used to be struggling with crime and has since been renovated with community centers nearby.

Sgt. Gary Henry

Sgt. Gary Henry of Indianapolis is a decorated fire department captain and war hero. His children are scholarship recipients from the Folds of Honor Foundation.

Ret. Staff Sgt. Ramon Padilla

Ret. Staff Sgt. Ramon Padilla of Wheaton, Md. survived a near-fatal attack in Afghanistan. Golf was a salvation for him as he worked through rehabilitative therapy.

Rock Lucas

When Rock Lucas was nine years old, his Dad transformed a part of the family farm into a golf course. Since then, he has performed every duty at Charwood Country Club, from superintendent to short-order cook

Hugh Smith Jr.

Hugh Smith Jr. is a scratch golfer and former college All-American. He is now giving back to the game as Executive Director of The First Tee of Phoenix and shares his life lessons through golf.

Rayshon Payton

Rayshon Payton is an alum of The First Tee and currently works for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. During National Golf Day 2014, he discussed how the game can be played when you are 8 or 98 years old.

Michael Mendoza

Mike Mendoza is a Sales Representative for TaylorMade Golf. His experience growing up in the golf business and his comfort, confidence, and humor in front of golf professionals has been the key to his success.

Nancy Dickens

Nancy Dickens is the Club Manager at Kierland Golf Club. She rose from the superintendent's position to her current role, operating th entire golf operations at westin Kierland Resort & Spa's 27 hole, resort golf facility.

Steve Havrilla

Steve Havrilla if the General Manager for Royal Golf Club, located in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He is Troon Golf's designated travelin' man. His assignments have includes the U.S,, Australia, Dubai, Fiji, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Korea and India. His frequent flyer account tops 250,000 miles!

Steven Outlaw

Steven Outlaw is a Golf Professional at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. He is an alum of The First Tee.

Tony Starks

Tony Starks is the Associate Editor of  PGA Magazine  and Editorial Director of  Golf Range Magazine.  After growing up in rural Virginia, where pastimes included hitting golf balls in cow pastures, his passion of the game grew while caddying at Pi…

Jared Williams

Jared Williams is the Managing Director of the Golf USA Tee Time Coalition, a partnership between the National Golf Course Owners Association and the PGA of America. The mission of the Golf USA Tee Time Coalition is to create a more competitive an…

Jeremy Poincenot

In golf as in life, it’s the follow through that makes all the difference. When Jeremy Poincenot lost central vision in both eyes at 19 years old, due to a rare genetic disorder (LHON), he thought the game he loved was over. But with a little he…

Dr. Michael Cooper

Dr. Michael Cooper serves on the GOLF 20/20 Diversity Task Force. He has worked in the golf industry for more than 35 years, including Director of Southeast Regional Affairs with The First Tee, and Director of Diversity for the World Golf Foundatio…

Jeehae Lee

Jeehae is the Director of Business Strategy at Topgolf, where she works to develop strategies that impact Topgolf’s growth and direction. In particular, she works closely with Topgolf Media to create new programming and partnership assets. She is c…

Save Muny

Ben Crenshaw and Luke Wilson are spearheading the campaign to preserve a civil rights landmark golf course in Austin, Texas. Lions Municipal Golf Course, locally known as "Muny" has been operating since 1924. It is recognized, unofficially, as the …

Chris Campbell

The food and beverage department at golf courses across America play an increasingly important role in a club’s success. Which makes stories like Chris Campbell's a true window in the golf industry.  Born in Jamaica, Campbell moved to Florida w…