Quarter Century Club
Quarter Century Club
Quarter Century Club Celebrating 25 Years of Service as a PGA Member PGA Members who have served the PGA of America with honor and pride for 25 years are elected to the Quarter Century Club. Their steadfast promotion of our great sport is recognized with a letter from the PGA President, a special Quarter Century Club certificate and a gold Quarter Century Club lapel pin. This month, the Colorado Section is proud to feature three inductees into the Quarter Century Club. They are Stephen Black, General Manager at Arrowhead Golf Club; Steve David, Director of Golf and Athletics at Denver Country Club; and David Talaba, Assistant Professional at Indian Peaks Golf Course. Also receiving this designation is Reserve Member John Clendenin. Learn a little more about these Professionals and help them celebrate this accomplishment.
Stephen Black, PGA General Manager Arrowhead Golf Club
Steve David, PGA Director of Golf and Athletics Denver Country Club Where did you grow up? I was born in Wayzata, Minnesota, a community on Lake Minnetonka. What was your first introduction to the game of golf? I was introduced to golf as a driving range attendant at the age of 10. A member at the course asked if I would like to swing his 7 iron. I said yes and hit the ball about 135 yards. I was hooked! Why did you choose to become a PGA Golf Professional? I became a golf professional because of my passion for the game and my desire to help people. What makes you most proud about being a PGA Professional? The opportunity to represent the game of golf at the highest level and being trusted to help people enjoy the game through the many aspects of my job brings me great pride. What golf facilities have you been employed at and in what capacity?
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Kent, Ohio, and attended Kent State University.
Denver Country Club – Director of Golf and Athletics
What was your first introduction to the game of golf?
Brackett’s Crossing Country Club, Minn. – Head Golf Professional
Dakota Dunes Country Club, S.D. – Head Golf Professional
Cherry Creek Golf Club, Mich. – Head Golf Professional
Edgartown Golf Club, Mass. (Martha’s Vineyard) – Head Golf Professional
Bearpath Golf and Country Club, Minn. – Director of Instruction
Bermuda Dunes Country Club, Calif. – Assistant Professional
Lafayatte Club, Minn. – Teaching Professional
My first introduction to golf was when my dad introduced me to the game at the age of 6. Why did you choose to become a PGA Golf Professional? Like many in this profession, I have a passion for the game of golf. I had made many friends through golf and I wanted to continue my career in the golf business. What golf facilities have you been employed at and in what capacity?
What do you feel is the most meaningful contribution to the game of golf you have made?
• Windmill Lakes Golf Club (Ohio) – Assistant Golf Pro and Head Golf Professional • Brookledge Golf Club (Ohio) – Head Golf Professional / Manager • Woodside Country Cub (S.C.) - Director of Golf • PenderBrook Golf Club (Va.) – General Manager • SilverHorn Golf Club (Texas) - General Manager / Regional Manager • Stone Creek Golf Club (Ill.) – General Manager • Arrowhead Golf Club (Colo.) - General Manager / Regional Manager What do you feel is the most meaningful contribution to the game of golf you have made? It has been a great pleasure to me to work as a mentor to promote and help my assistant golf professionals and golf staff achieve their goals to be golf professionals, mangers and sales representatives. What hobbies do you have outside of golf?
We work in a great industry where we get to touch the lives of many people. I think my greatest contribution is helping people enjoy the game and improve their quality of life through personalized instructional programs and playing opportunities. Also, it is rewarding to me to help young assistants advance within the profession and into jobs of their own. What hobbies do you have outside of golf? I enjoy hunting, hiking, coaching hockey and spending quality time with my wife and twin boys. If you could have a dream foursome, who would it be and why? My foursome would be my twin sons, Carson and Hogan, and my grandfather, Phil. My grandfather was a remarkable man who loved the game of golf, people and life. He taught me many things but, most importantly, he taught me the significance of having a sense of humor and humility – things I try to teach my boys every day.
I enjoy skiing and cooking. If you could have a dream foursome, who would it be and why? My father and myself playing with Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson.