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Career Development

his off-season we re-thought the concept of our monthly magazine. We wanted to create a medium where we could highlight some of our outstanding PGA Professionals. We wanted to get their input on topics that were near and dear to their hearts while also pushing them to share stories that would often remain un-told. This month, we reached out to a number of PGA Professionals who we believe have made great strides in their career. These stories vary from member to member. We hear about setting an early goal to be a Master Professional from Bill Hughes, the GM at the Country Club of the Rockies. We learn about finding a mentor from Alan Abrams, PGA Director of Golf at Indian Tree Golf Club. We find out what it takes to make a career transition from Ed Oldham, PGA Director of Instruction from The Ranch Country Club and Kelly Deimund, PGA Sales Rep with Club Glove/Levelwear. Check out all of that and much more in this special Career Development Feature of The SUMMIT magazine.

People Key to Kelbel’s Career Meet Mark Kelbel, PGA

Mark Kelbel, PGA, Head Professional at The Broadmoor, had few stops along the way in his distinguished career. As an assistant, he worked in Naples, Fla., at Hole In The Wall Golf Club. From there, he spent the next decade as Head Professional on Mackinac Island in Michigan at The Jewel at the Grand Hotel. Kelbel could be found at The Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs as the Head Professional for the last 19 years. When asked what the key to his getting his current position, he stressed the following three things: He wrote a letter to Russ Miller, PGA, Broadmoor Director of Golf, expressing his interest in the position. Miller indicated that his letter was the single best-written letter he had ever received. Kelbel’s experience at The Grand Hotel was extremely varied and widespread. He did everything from score tournaments and merchandising to teaching, accounting, playing with VIP’s and much more. This broad experience helped him build his confidence to the level that he was able to take the next step. Finally, he was humble during his interview process. His approach of explaining that he could learn from the various accomplished members already on staff served him well. How important was finding a mentor to your career growth and why? In Kelbel’s Words: Having my father and brother as my mentors was the single most important reason for my success. I am a huge believer in everybody needing and benefiting from having a mentor. This person should primarily be a cheerleader and encourager while, at the same time, holding accountable. It was important for me to learn how a professional and a man in general should conduct himself. I never had far to look. Since losing them both, I have been fortunate to have had numerous people in the PGA and from our Broadmoor membership step up to care about me and serve as a mentor. I am extremely grateful for their impact on my life and career.

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The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - May 2019  

This month we highlight Career Development by interviewing Colorado PGA Professionals to find out more about their journey to where they are...

The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - May 2019  

This month we highlight Career Development by interviewing Colorado PGA Professionals to find out more about their journey to where they are...