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Eric L. Dovre, PGA College/University: Ferris State University Year Turned Pro: 2006 Facility and Job Title: Galloway National Golf Club, Assistant Golf Professional What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional? My motivation to become a PGA Professional came form the Head Golf Professional at the public golf course I grew up playing. He gave me an abundance of free lessons, tips, and advice; and he was an inspiration. There is no doubt in my mind, without his aid, I would not be the Golf Professional that I am today! What is your specialty in the golf business? I consider my strengths to be my playing ability, and my involvement in our clubs tournament operations. I am an active tournament player, and had a successful 2008 campaign. Also, I am responsible for the calligraphy for scoreboards, locker tags, scorecards, etc… I take pride in my craft and work hard to make it as appealing and creative as possible. Please list any accomplishments (Awards, Certifications, and Tournaments.) I consider my greatest accomplishment of my short professional career to be at the 2008 TPD Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. I was new to the section, coming from the Metropolitan section, and the TPD Championship was my first event. The day went very well, I finished with 68 to be the Co-Champion; not a bad way to get my name out in a new section and record my first professional victory! What was your greatest moment in golf? The win at the 2008 TPD Championship certainly rates high, as as my two holes-in-one coming on the same hole. The second hole-in-one came in my first collegiate event playing on the men’s golf team at Ferris State University. That was a lot fun, but it turned out to be a very expensive evening for an unemployed college student. What or who has had the greatest impact on your career? The man that I credit with having the greatest impact on my career is my PGM coordinator from Ferris State University, Matt Pinter. Ferris State University was the first school to offer a PGM Program, and he has been there since the beginning. Nobody knows how to better prepare young golf professionals for what they will face in the golf business than Mr. Pinter, and I praise him for the excellent job he does with all of his students. Besides golf, what else do you enjoy? Outside of golf, I am still a sport’s junky at heart. Basketball was my first love, and I still hold it near and dear. There are things you can do and emotions you feel on a basketball court that you just can’t get from walking 18 holes with the members. I was recently married as well, so I enjoy spending time with my wife Cara, and our two little dogs Dooney and Nikey. We love taking them to the beach; they can run around in the sand all day! If you could play any golf course in the world, which one would it be and who would complete your foursome? If I could play any golf course in the world, it would be Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand. I had the opportunity to travel and play there on a member trip in 2007, but the logistics didn’t work out, and I am dying to make that trip. To round out my foursome would be three of my best friends from college. We have all been spread around the country, so every time we are able to get together, the time is very memorable. If you could give lessons to anyone in the world who would it be and what advice would you give? If I could give lessons to any one in the world it would be my Wife! She plays a bit of golf, and is very athletic and coordinated. If she would practice and learn, she could be very good. What is your favorite golf instruction tip? My favorite golf tip involves putting, and I picked it up from Dr. Bob Rotella’s book, Putting Out of Your Mind. I teach to practice with only one ball, because that most closely represents what you will be doing on the golf course. When practicing lag putting, putt to a spot, or the edge of the fringe, or anything other than the hole. When you are putting from 40 feet, chances are pretty good that you’re not going to make a large percentage of those putts, and missing putts does not build confidence. So, if you are putting to a spot, and not a hole, you will not have the image of missed putts in your brain. The whole reason for practice is to improve, mentally and physically, and this accomplishes both!
"Eric L. Dovre_ PGA"