George Carpenter - Pro Shop Attendant at Pawleys Plantation
Sep 23, 2014
How did you achieve your current position?
I graduated from Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach in 2014. With the help of a contact, I was selected for an interview with the Assistant Golf Professional and the Head Professional and was offered the job after the interview.
What were the biggest influences on your career choice of golf?
My love of the game and, being retired military, the opportunity to start a career in something unique. I wanted to find a job that was not high pressure, like a position with the Department of Defense or supporting contract agencies.
How did Golf Academy of America help you to achieve your goals?
The very first day I began work, I was given the task of building and posting scores on a leaderboard for a member's tournament. Since then, our course hosts two weekly members' tournaments as well as three monthly members' tournaments. We were also the host site for one round of the World Amateur tournament. In every one of these tournaments, the lessons I learned in the Tournament Administration and Operations courses have helped immensely. Additionally, the lessons learned in the Principles of Golf Course Operations came to use when explaining to our members why we aerate the course and other maintenance practices. Having the knowledge learned in the class is valuable. I am able to speak with confidence to our guests and members.
What advice would you give those wanting to get into the golf business?
Have realistic goals, be ready to work hard and maintain a positive attitude.
Are you currently a PGA member or seeking membership?
I am not currently a PGA member but hope to pass the PAT in late fall or early spring.