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Meet Metropolitan Director Ryan Hanford

November 13, 2015

Congratulations to Minnesota Section Member Ryan Hanford of Midland Hills Country Club for being elected the new Metropolitan Director on the Board of Directors at this year’s Minnesota Section Fall Meeting. We were able to talk to Ryan about his golf background and career.

When and what made you decide being a PGA professional was what you wanted to do?

I started working on the local golf course’s maintenance crew in high school and really enjoyed being there. When I moved away for college, I got a job in the bag room at a different golf course. After working in the bag room for a couple seasons, I knew that I wanted to become a PGA Professional.

What is the biggest factor or area of improvement towards growing and promoting golf in Minnesota?

Time commitment is the biggest factor. People have a hard time setting aside four to five hours to play a round of golf. We need to do a better job of promoting fast play and offering different formats to increase participation. When golfers do have the time to play 18 holes we need to make sure they can play in four hours or less.

What is the best advice ever given to you?

“Whatever you are doing, do it well and have fun while doing it.”

Who has had the biggest impact on your career?

My former boss and friend Frank Heinen as well as the Midland Hills members.

Excluding the game of golf, what do you love to do when not around the course?

Spend time with my family and friends.

Congratulations, Ryan.

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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