This article originally ran Jan. 27, 2012 and has been trimmed for spacing.
Editor’s Note: This article originally ran Jan. 27, 2012 and has been trimmed for spacing. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are tapping into our archives more, particularly for arts and sports. This special section will return to its regular schedule when the crisis concludes with Alberta reaching Phase 3 of its relaunch.
By Gord Montgomery
While we don’t know what Ryan Doucette’s wife, Amanda, got him for Christmas we do know he got one heck of a great gift from his employer – the head professional job at the Cougar Creek Golf Resort.
The 32-year-old pro, who has been in the business since 1998 when he began his career as an apprentice pro at the Stony Plain Golf Course under Grant Cammidge, was given the top job at Cougar in December and he’s been busy since then filling the other professional positions within the clubhouse.
Included in those moves, and ones that appear to be excellent choices were the hiring of Nathan Toornstra who moves over from the Edmonton Petroleum Club and bringing Jil Swenson, who had worked at Stony Plain as their top associate before taking time off for maternity leave, back into the business.
As for his own job, Doucette said while he’d had opportunities in the past to interview for other head pro jobs, this one fits him well.
“I’ve had lots of chats with other associate professionals and it just needs to be the right time and the right place. I’d interviewed for six or seven other head professional jobs but it seems normally if there was an associate already in position with that club, they’re going to give that job to someone who the members are familiar with, and it’s really no different with Cougar Creek. They’re promoting from within as well.
“It seems I’ve gone through a ton of interviews, but with that being said, I still think this will be the best fit for me. I’m really excited about the opportunity here.”
During his life as a gold professional Doucette has been posted in the past at Devon, Grande Prairie, the Edmonton Country Club and the Royal Mayfair as well as Stony and Cougar Creek. During those 15 years, he has made his mark in the industry as a good fit for the job – someone who pays attention to his customers is an excellent teacher and club administrator and is also a strong player on the Alberta PGA tournament scene. And that is not about to change in his new position.
“I already have a good idea of the expectations here from the owners and the customer base,” he noted. “It’s sort of an ideal situation to be here for three years, learn from Jeff (former head pro Cuthbertson who now moves up to the new Quarry GC in Edmonton) and move up into that new role.”
As the new go-to guy at Cougar Creek, Doucette said there’s nothing major on his agenda change-wise, at least at present.
“We are in the process of purchasing a fleet of power carts,” he said. “There’s just little things that I’d like.”
Now that he is in his new role, Doucette can’t wait to get out onto the grass and get a new season officially underway.
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