General Manager, Director of Golf Operations / Head Golf Professional
Dick became Kalamazoo Country Club’s 4th Golf Professional in the fall of 1978. Dick previously worked summers at the Birchwood Farm Golf and Country Club in Harbor Springs, MI and The Jupiter Hills Club in Jupiter, Florida in the winters. He was born and raised in Petoskey, Michigan and attended Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During his tenure at KCC, Dick has been very involved with The Professional Golfers Association of America. Dick was President of the Western Michigan Chapter of the PGA and later became President of the Michigan PGA. Dick served on the Board of Directors of the Michigan PGA for 18 years. He has been honored by his peers and associates with the following awards: twice as Golf Professional of the Year in the Michigan PGA; four times as winner of the Bill Strausbaugh Award for Club Relations; three times as the Horton Smith Award winner for his work in education; six times as the Michigan Private Club Merchandiser of the Year; 20 times recognized on the list of the Best 100 Top Golf Shops in America; voted Best Private Golf Shop in America by the PGA in 2006; was elected to the Kalamazoo Golf Hall of Fame in 1998; and in 1996 he received the Kalamazoo Country Club Caddie Alumni Achievement Award. The Kalamazoo Country Club honored Dick’s 25 years of service at KCC with a Grand Party and Video in October 2003. Dick has said one of his greatest achievements in golf has been the placement of 22 of his former assistants in their own Head Professional jobs around the state and country. Dick has also played 87 of the Top 100 classical modern clubs in the USA. On over 20 trips across the Atlantic Ocean, Dick has taken groups of KCC Members golfing in Ireland and Scotland.