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Kris McCormack - Lead Club Fitting Specialist and Teaching Professional at The Legacy Golf Club

Mar 25, 2014

How did you achieve your current position?
When I was first hired, I expressed my career goals with management and asked what steps I needed to take in order to achieve my desired position. Likewise, I took it upon myself to contact TaylorMade and various other manufactures to inquire what they had to offer for training and continuing education, as well as what it took to become a certified club fitting professional for their respective brands. Less than a year after graduating from Golf Academy of America in Phoenix, I have been promoted three times and now have a job that gives me the opportunity to do exactly what I love. 

What were the biggest influences on your career choice of golf?
I graduated from a traditional university years ago, and had a career in finance for almost six years. However, I wasn't happy and always had a passion for golf. My biggest influence has always been my family. After many long conversations with them, I made the decision to pursue my passion and make a living doing something that makes me happy.

How did Golf Academy of America help you to achieve your goals?
GAA gave me the solid foundation I needed in order to know how to market myself and be successful in the golf industry. In addition, the instructors were extremely helpful in answering my questions and providing me with the one-on-one time that I needed to become a better instructor.

What advice would you give those wanting to get into the golf business?
I would tell them to figure out how to make yourself different and unique. It doesn't matter what part of the business you get into; what matters is making a lasting impression on those you have an opportunity to work with. Own what you do, and make what you do your own. That is the best advice I would give anyone.

Are you currently a PGA member or seeking membership?
I am not a PGA member and have no plans to become one. The majority of companies I work with no longer look at the PGA membership as being an advantage. That being said, I see no justification in spending the extra money.