Q&A With 2022 Golf Professional of the Year, Jim GormleyJim Gormley is the Director of Golf at Palos Verdes Golf Club
- WHAT STARTED YOU ON THE PATH TO BECOMING A PGA OF AMERICA MEMBER?
- WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PGA MEMBER?
- WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A PGA MEMBER?
- WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE GOLF COURSES IN THE WORLD?
- WHAT ARE A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL COURSES TO PLAY?
- WHAT'S THE GREATEST LESSON GOLF HAS TAUGHT YOU?
I’ve always enjoyed being around the game of golf, and after a few years of playing professionally on mini-tours, I knew I still wanted to be around the game. I wanted to find a way to work in the golf industry and still have the opportunities to compete in tournaments.
It can be extremely rewarding to work around the game you love, but you have to be willing to put in the work. This includes oftentimes working on weekends and major holidays, as well as putting in a lot of long hours. At the end of the day, you get to build great relationships, you have quick access to top-of-the-line facilities, and the SCPGA Section will always support you.
It has to be the relationships. I’ve built some incredible relationships with my fellow PGA members over the years. It’s something I will cherish for the rest of my life.
I love playing at Palos Verdes Golf Club because it is always challenging with the undulation, the lies, and the wind. I enjoy Riviera, LACC, Bel-Air, and Lakeside, to name a few.
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The greatest lesson golf has taught me is how humble the game can make you. There are many highs and lows with this game.
I’ve been very fortunate to work with some incredible players over the years, but my time coaching LPGA Tour Player, Lizette Salas, has been rewarding to support her throughout her journey on the professional side of the game