Jim started his golf career early on right here at the Lake Chelan Golf Course taking lessons from Von Smith and Dale Southwick in the late 1970s. He attended Chelan High School and graduated in 1985. During High School he and his golfing classmates tried to get the school to add Golf as a Spring sport and in 1986 Chelan finally got its first golf team, just one year after they graduated. Jim attended Eastern Washington University for two years and being undecided in a career path, started work in 1987 at the Lake Chelan Golf Course. Jim quickly discovered that a career in the golf industry was tailor-made for him. After many hours on the course and practice tee with Tom Smith, father of then Head Professional Von Smith, Jim moved to Las Vegas to further his dreams.
Jim gained employment at Angel Park Golf Club, a 36 hole Arnold Palmer course built by developer Steve Wynn. O.B. Sports took over management of Angel Park and Jim advanced from Assistant to Head of Instruction and club fitter. In 1991 Jim returned to the Lake Chelan Golf Course, gained membership in the PGA in 1992, and in 1994 became the Head Golf Professional. During his tenure, he coached the Chelan High golf team for 16 years. During those years Chelan obtained 5 individual state titles and various team trophies as high as 2nd in 2007. The 16 year run of state appearances has yet to be matched.
Assistant PGA Professional
Mark has served as the Assistant Professional at the Lake Chelan Golf Course since 2001 and earned his Class A membership in the PGA in 2006. Prior to Chelan, Mark was an Assistant Professional at Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane. He graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1998 with a degree in Recreation Management. Mark has been on the Board of Directors for the Central Washington Chapter of the PGA since 2014.
In 2013, Mark fired a 64 to beat the course record, he previously shared the course record at 65. With over 15 years in the golf industry, Mark is experienced at instruction and golf operations.