Ross McCarthy - Assistant Manager at Moose Run Golf Course in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska
Dec 12, 2014
How did you achieve your current position?
Before I enrolled in the Golf Academy of America, I spent two summers working on the maintenance crew at Moose Run Golf Course, learning that side of the operation. I then enrolled at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix where I focused on pursuing a career in Golf Management. During my time at the Golf Academy, I received the Professionalism Award all four semesters and was on the Director’s List three times. After graduating in December 2009, I returned to Moose Run Golf Course where I worked as a Cashier in the golf shop for two years. In my third year at Moose Run, I was promoted to the Tournament Coordinator position. I managed more than 30 golf events in a two-month span, ranging from 16 to 288 participants, and directed more than 30 employees to ensure the success of these events. During the winter months, I broadened my knowledge by working multiple jobs such as an NAF Human Resource Assistant and a server in a fine dining restaurant. The following year, I was offered the position as the acting Assistant Manager. I excelled in this role, and was promoted to the Assistant Manager position, which I currently hold.
What were the biggest influences on your career choice of golf?
My love for the game of golf was my biggest influence on my career choice. That being said, my uncle and my mom were my biggest influences in getting me to love this great game.
How did Golf Academy of America help you to achieve your goals?
The Golf Academy taught me a wide variety of skills that serve as invaluable resources today. I think the biggest thing I learned was how to be professional in the golf industry, and that has gone a long way towards achieving my goals.
What advice would you give those wanting to get into the golf business?
If you are looking for an easy career where you will make lots of money right off the bat, the golf industry is not going to be for you. You will probably start off at a low paying job, but as long as you set goals, work hard and stay true to what you want to achieve, it can be attainable.
Are you currently a PGA member or seeking membership?
If so, what level are you in the program?
I just passed the PAT and am looking into registering as we speak.