15 minutes with … a golf professional | PostIndependent.com

15 minutes with … a golf professional

Saturday Spotlight Q & ATimekeeper: John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Age: 37Place of birth: Longview, TexasOccupation: Head golf professional at Glenwood Springs Golf ClubWhen did you move to Garfield County and why? Moved here in 1990 to be the assistant golf pro here at GSGC.How long have you been head pro at GSGC? For about 13 years. I was the assistant for the first five years.What’s the best part of your job in Glenwood Springs? Just being around the game of golf and the people that I work with. We’re like a big family.

What’s the best course you’ve ever played? That would have to be Pebble Beach Golf Links.If you could play any one course, anywhere in the world, which one would it be and why? St. Andrews in Scotland. I’ve been to the Masters and have seen Augusta National, but I would have to choose St. Andrews because it’s where golf was started.What do you think about hybrid clubs? I think they’re great. They have helped, not only amateur players, but professional golfers on tour increase their game, too.What’s your favorite club you carry in your bag? My Cobra 18 degree hybrid. Either that or whichever club is behaving the best that day.What do you do in your spare time? My spare time is playing golf. Playing in local and other state tournaments and playing with my wife. I like to play cards sometimes, too.Ever had an event change your life? I guess you could say yes. When I was in college I signed up for a golf class just for the credits. I told the instructor that I would help teach the class if he would sign me up. He did and that class is when I realized this is what I’m going to do for a career.Best piece of advice you’ve received: There’s a lot of them, but “Always be focused” is probably the best. It’s fitting for anything, work, life and golf.

As a child, did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up? No way, I had no idea. I’ve had a golf club in my hand since I could walk but I figured that I would be a farmer like my grandpa.If you had only three TV channels, what would you watch? The Golf channel, ESPN, and CMT.If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be and what would you serve? “Old Tom” Morris and my two grandfathers who are no longer living, Stewart and Charlie. We’re having steaks.Best golfer, Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods? If you’re talking from today back through the entire history of golf, that would have to be Jack because he’s got the records. But, Tiger will be the best of all time. At least in my lifetime.FavoritesMovie: “The Godfather”

Book: The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtryMusic: Country Athlete: Michael JordanFood: PizzaSport to play: GolfSport to watch: BaseballPlace in Garfield County: Glenwood Springs Golf Club

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