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Ray Vennewitz Jr. Named 2015 Private Facility Promoter of the Year

October 17, 2015

Ray Vennewitz Jr.-2015 Private Facility Promoter of the Year

The 2015 Private Facility Promoter of the Year honor is awarded to Ray Vennewitz Jr. of North Oaks Golf Club in North Oaks, MN. This award, given to private facilities, recognizes a PGA Professional for substantial contributions to their home facility. The recipient is chosen based on the facility’s golf programs offered, tournament operations, merchandising, rules, promotion, and facility history.

Ray has helped make North Oaks Golf Club one of the most attractive and sought after courses to play at in the state of Minnesota with his staff operations, programs offered, and tournament operations. North Oaks hosts casual events for family and social gatherings as well as competitive events for those looking for a challenge. The club hosts men’s and women’s leagues in the spring, summer, and fall. North Oaks also runs a junior league that will help local juniors learn the rules of the game, etiquette, sportsmanship, and fundamentals that are essential to the game of golf.

Hometown: White Bear Lake, MN

Golf Background:

Ray went to Hill Murray High School and after attended St. John’s University to play golf. He graduated with a Business Management Degree and two years later at the age of 24, he decided to get into the PGA program. Ray got his membership in 2002 starting as an Assistant Professional at Southview Country Club in 1994. After a few years at Southview, he worked at Briarwood Club in Iowa as the Head Professional for a year. Ray traveled back to Minnesota to become the Assistant Professional at North Oaks Golf Club for five years before making his second stint at Southview Country Club as the Head Professional. Following in his father’s footsteps, Ray returned to North Oaks Golf Club as the Head Professional where he has been for almost 8 years.

When and why did you decide to become a PGA Professional?

“2002. My dad was the Head Professional at North Oaks for 43 years, so I grew up out here watching my dad and played a lot. My dad had a large impact on my career because watching him be successful made me want to take after him in the golf business.”

What does winning this award mean to you and your facility?

“It is really more about the facility, we have a wonderful golf course. This year we held the Section Championship, last year we hosted the Assistants’ Championship, and next year we have the Minnesota State Am here. It says a lot about the golf course and staff when our course is used as a Championship site.”

Congratulations and thank you for your services to the Section, Ray.

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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