Featured Golf Club Manager: Marc Ray
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As a 14-year-old boy, I started my career path working in the golf industry. I worked for six seasons on a maintenance crew at a 36-hole facility just north of Belleville, Ontario. During my college years, I was moved into the pro shop, where I learned another facet of the business. At that point, it was clear that I enjoyed the people and wished to pursue a career in golf.
After graduating from college from the Business Administration program, I went to work for my family business doing accounting and income taxes, primarily in the winter. This allowed me to continue working the summers in the golf industry. At age 25, I was offered a teaching position at a new nine-hole facility. That is when I joined the Canadian Golf Teachers Federation to pursue my dream of becoming a golf professional. I loved teaching and building my skills sets. In the first five years, I really learned how to communicate with people and help them to relax in order to learn.
In the fall of 2005, I was lucky enough to earn my Master Golf Teaching Professional(r) certification. That winter, I decided I was ready for more, and landed employment as general manager of golf operations in Timmins, Ontario, at a 27-hole golf club. After two great years, I moved on to manage two golf courses in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, for a housing developer. Now, I have made it full-circle, returning home to Belleville where I manage the oldest country club in the area. My work is very rewarding and challenging, and I cannot imagine doing anything else. I would love to thank the Canadian Golf Teachers Federation for helping me to attain my aspirations. I know now that my certifications have proved invaluable along the way.
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