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Meet Our Minnesota PGA Board

March 7, 2013

Get to know our Minnesota PGA Board Members

Each month, we’re putting a much-deserved spotlight on our Minnesota PGA Section members who serve our Section.  The Minnesota PGA board consists of 12 members including the Executive Officers.

Our profile this month is:

Kris Smith

Kris Smith

Kris Smith, Owner – Ironman Golf Course

Not only is Kris a Board Member, but he is also the winner of the 2012 Minnesota PGA Section Junior Golf Leader Award.

What year did you turn pro?

1987

What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?

I became very passionate about golf after college. I taught school for three years and decided to get into the golf business. I have never looked back.

How are you growing the game of golf?

Purchased my own facility in the spring of 2000 so that I could control how I wanted to grow the game. I create opportunities for juniors to play anytime, all day, with affordable instruction.

What was your greatest moment in golf?

Winning the 1990 Connecticut Section PGA Championship.

Who has had the greatest impact on your career?

Russ Sherba and Bob Meyer, a teaching pro who showed interest in me as an assistant, and my first boss in the golf business who nurtured me through the process towards membership and my first job.

Besides golf, what else do you enjoy?

I enjoy improving our facility on a tight budget, watching my two kids play golf, traveling, friendship. Believe it or not, I enjoy watching golf on TV.

If you could play any course in the world, which one would it be and who would complete your foursome?

Clinton Country Club (my former job location in Connecticut) with my two kids and a member. I would also love to play the Old Course with old equipment and gutta percha balls!

Accomplishments:

2012 Minnesota PGA Section Junior Golf Leader

Dakota Chapter PGA Junior Golf Leader, 3 times

Facility Promoter Award

1993 Connecticut PGA Section Junior Golf Leader

1009 Connecticut Section PGA Champion

Played in 2 PGA Tour events, 3 Hogan Tour events

2nd Place in the Tri-State Assistants Championship in 1988

Thank you, Kris for all you’ve done for the Minnesota PGA Section over the years.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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