Colorado PGA Pro Peaks Digital Magazine
Quarter Century Feature
Help us honor those Colorado PGA Professionals who have attained 25 years of membership!
Paul Surniak, PGA
Director of Instruction Cheyenne Shadows Golf Course at Ft. Carson Where did you grow up? I grew up in South Plainfield, NJ where I caddied at the Plainfield CC where they hold the Barclays every 4 years. What was your first introduction to the game of golf? It came from my older brother Greg, he also caddied there and he started playing first and introduced me to the game. Why did you choose to become a PGA Golf Professional? From a very young boy I played football, basketball, baseball and golf. Golf presented a unique challenge to me. As I grew up, golf became more and more a part of who I was and it was only natural that I make it a profession. I enjoy every aspect of the business, from competition to managing a facility to instruction. What makes you most proud about being a PGA Professional? Golf offers everyone an opportunity to challenge themselves. I have seen this game change lives and help others through life. I have worked with our wounded warriors through the PGA HOPE program, the SMGA program the Evens Army Hospital in the pain Clinic bringing people back into the game after injury, I have worked with special needs children and so many others. What golf facilities have you been employed at and in what capacity? Currently, I am the Director of Instruction at the Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club on Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO. I have been the Head Professional at the Sumo Golf Club, Cherokee Ridge Golf Course and an assistant at Gleneagle Golf Course and the World Golf Center. I have taught this game overseas in China and played professionally on the China Tour. Prior to that, I spent seven years competing in National long drive competitions.
What do you feel is the most meaningful contribution to the game of golf you have made? I am very proud of the work I have done with the Military and helping our soldiers and their families enjoy this great game! I am also very proud of the work I have done with the special needs children. I love introducing new people to this game. What hobbies do you have outside of golf? My hobbies outside of golf are spending time with my kids, fishing, and scuba diving, good food and travel to quiet places. If you could have a dream foursome, who would it be and why? I think it would be a 5-some; me, my brother, my father, Jack and Arnie. Why? I do not think I need to answer that but I will; my two best friends and our Golfing Idols.