My Journey and Career with the Game of Golf
I was a latecomer to the game of golf, although I played on the high school team and won one tournament, I didn’t find my passion about the game until after I graduated from Lubbock Christian University in 2012 with a degree in business. My degree landed me a job at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course in Delta, Colorado in the Fall of 2012. I utilized the time between graduation and the time I landed the job to work hard and learn about my golf game. This was when my career in golf started to shape and take place.
After starting my job as “A Shop Guy” at Devil’s Thumb, the Pro, Rob Sanders, recognized my playing ability and encouraged me to turn Pro and study to become a Class A Member of the PGA of America. I took the encouragement to heart and decided to pursue the avenue of an Assistant Golf Professional. I enrolled into the PGA of America in May of 2014 while I was at Devil’s Thumb. In 2015 I moved to Lewiston, Idaho and became the Assistant Golf Professional at Lewiston Golf and Country Club. Another opportunity became available at Esmeralda Golf Course in Spokane, WA in 2017. This is where I now work as the Assistant Golf Professional. I can be found in the pro shop, on the lesson tee teaching students about the game, or on the golf course learning about the strengths and weaknesses in my game. In Colorado and Idaho, I taught individual lessons, couples lessons, ladies clinics, junior clinics, and playing lessons for all ages. I hope to expand this experience at Esmeralda Golf Course and become one of the well-known teachers in the Pacific Northwest. Teaching golf isn’t about the money, it’s about the relationships I get to build with my students and teaching them how to play the game I love.
If you are a beginner, intermediate, or a pure striker of the ball, I hope to not only help you lower your scores and improve your swing. But, to also help you find the fun in the game while learning.
My Playing Career
My most notable win up to this point was at the 2015 Inland Empire PGA Chapter Assistants Championship. I shot 67-70-133 to get into a playoff and won on the second playoff hole. I consistently compete in the Inland Empire PGA Chapter Pro-Am series and also play in USGA qualifiers for the U.S. Open.
I am the youngest of three brothers in the Baker family. I’m a proud Uncle of four nieces that are located in Denver, Colorado and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My parents reside in Cedaredge, Colorado where they enjoy the outdoors and living life to the fullest. In my free time, I enjoy playing golf, connecting with friends and family, and being in the outdoors.