Ex-Cities Champ Shawn Scott New Head Pro at Long Meadow GC
LOWELL -- Shawn Scott is going to miss the City Tournament, but the opportunity to help run the show was too good to pass up.
Scott, a Tewksbury native and the 2013 Cities champion, has been named to replace Gene Manley as the new head professional at Long Meadow Golf Club.
A club member for 16 years, the 34-year-old Scott will start tackling the job even as he enrolls in PGA of America courses designed to take him on the long road from his current status as an amateur to a Class A professional.
“I’ll start as a Class B Apprentice and take courses on-line and attend seminars and take tests for a couple of years,” said Scott. He’ll spend part of the winter in Florida with conferences and PGA golf projects.
“I always wanted to go into the golf business,” he said. “But opportunities like this are tough to come by. It came up and I jumped at it. I’m grateful to the club and the committee for giving me this chance.”
Scott will sell his share in Maplewood Landscaping to his partner as he jumps in with both feet. He has plans to renovate the pro shop and strengthen the junior and women’s golf programs started by Manley.
“Geno was the best with customer service and running tournaments and keeping everybody happy,” said Scott. “I’m going to try and continue that as well.”
“Shawn has Long Meadow blood flowing through his veins,” said Manley, club pro for the last 23 years. “He’s dedicated, smart and a joy to be around. I’m happy for him and the club.”
While Scott says he’ll miss competing in the Cities and the few other regional amateur events he took part in, amateur golf and the landscaping business are not a good fit in New England, time-wise.
Unlike Manley, he plans to keep playing, taking part in pro-ams and state opens and the like. This year’s Mass. Open is at Vesper CC, a course he knows well.
Scott graduated from Johnson & Wales College in Miami in 2007 and coached golf there for the next two years, getting a taste for the administrative side of the sport. But after he and his wife Lauren, a Billerica native, had kids (Sophie is 9, David is 6), they moved back to Tewksbury and he started his landscaping business.
Now he will embark on a new chapter.
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