Assistant Golf Professional
Shangri-La Golf Club’s newest Assistant Golf Pro may be new to the job, but he’s not new to Shangri-La or our members. Jerrod has worked as Golf Shop Assistant for the past two years; and now, he’s moving up the ladder and onto the course.
A native of Pryor, Oklahoma, Jerrod played golf on his high school team before attending college at Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah.
“After two years at Northeastern, I got married and had to get a job. You know how that goes,” Jerrod laughs. He and his wife, Sherrie, have two children, Hunter and Paige.
For fifteen years, he owned and operated a screen printing company in Pryor. He still does a little screen printing and embroidery work on the side, but he no longer has the store in Pryor.
“I wanted to do something else, and I have always loved golf; so I decided that’s the direction I wanted to go,” he says.
His daughter Paige is no stranger to Shangri-La members, either. She has worked in the Golf Shop for four years. Her love of Shangri-La is actually what enticed Jerrod to the scene.
“Paige introduced me to the guys here, and I loved it. It’s a great team, and a great way to get more involved in golf,” Jerrod says. He is currently involved in the PGA program, a rigorous training program that, in itself, is like obtaining another college degree.
“It’s quite a bit of money and quite a bit of work,” he says. “At a bare minimum, it takes 30 months to get it all done. It’s a lot of studying and a lot of testing. “I want to get involved in teaching and learning how to run a golf course. Hopefully, I can end up as a head professional at a course somewhere, someday.”
Jerrod works outside in player services on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, helping with the flow of golfers. Friday-Sunday, he’s on the course and available to assist in any way he can.
“I’m very happy here,” he says. “I love the members, the staff – our entire team. I’m thrilled to be here and be a cog in the Shangri-La wheel.”