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Quarter Centruy Club

Robert Stong, PGA Life Member Active

Where did you grow up? I was born in Peoria, Ill. What was your first introduction to the game of golf? When I was in third grade, I was hitting rocks in the backyard with my dad’s new Wilson Staff irons. My mom said to my dad, “Don’t get mad, get him in a program.” They signed me up for a Junior program in Nashville, Tenn. Why did you choose to become a PGA Golf Professional? I was working in the business as an Assistant Golf Pro at Fort Lewis Golf Course in Washington and the man in charge was not a PGA Member. I decided I wanted my card and so I started my apprentice program at the Broadmoor with Mr. Dow Finsterwald. What makes you most proud about being a PGA Professional? I am most proud of being able to pass on my love of the game to others. What golf facilities have you been employed at and in what capacity? After completing my apprentice program at Tiara Rado Golf Course, I went on to Battlement Mesa Club. It was there I was elected to Membership. I was able to return to Tiara Rado as the Head Professional. I also spent time at Lincoln Park as the Director of Golf. Upon moving to Denver, I worked at Dick’s Sporting Goods and then at Raccoon Creek Golf Course as an Assistant. What do you feel is the most meaningful contribution to the game of golf you have made? I feel my contribution has always been teaching peers and those who have worked for me to give great customer service. What hobbies do you have outside of golf? My hobbies include skiing and fly fishing. If you could have a dream foursome, who would it be and why? I would love to play another round with my father, who is 93, but is not able to play anymore. My best friend and fraternity brother, Will, who had a stroke and is also unable to play, would also be in the foursome. Finally, I would invite retired professional golfer, Ben Crenshaw.

This and That? Short par 5 or short par 3? Short par 5 - I love the risk and reward. Match Play or Stroke Play? Match Play Pizza or tacos? Pizza

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Music on or music off on the course? Music off Morning or evening person? Morning. I still wake up at 4 a.m.

Favorite fast food chain? Papa Murphy’s Shorts or pants on the course? Shorts, if weather permits. Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla - with brownies!

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The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - May 2020  

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The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - May 2020  

Golf is Back and it has an opportunity to showcase itself as a model of how people can begin a return to a more normal way of life while saf...