I want to introduce myself to all the Missing Links Golf Page readers. First off, let me say that I hope the Missing Links will provide you with all the information that you need to make your golf season a success. More importantly I think this is going to be a place for you to find out what is going on in the local golf community. Where the best golf courses are, where you can play during the week without running into a course jammed full of leagues, what courses are offering the best deals from week to week, and to even some original content that has to do with the average golfer. We don’t want to bore you with random PGA information, because you can go to PGA.com for that info. We want to provide you with content that we think the average, every day golfer wants to read. I will be writing different pieces about the game of golf, covering everything from the golf swing, to my take on the best way to pick a scramble team. It will never be too serious, but I will try to provide you with useful information to help you get better at the sport you are passionate about.
Let me tell you about my golf background and why I can confidently write about the game of golf.
My name is Travis Thomasson. I grew up in Elyria. I graduated from Elyria High School in 2004. I was on the Elyria golf team throughout high school, and entertained the idea of playing golf in college but decided to focus on school and other extracurricular activities. I graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2008, with a Sports Management Degree. After graduation I decided to try to turn my life-long passion of golf into a career and I took a position as an assistant golf professional at Bent Tree Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio. During that summer, I passed the [Playing Ability Test] for the P.G.A of America and started the process of becoming a class-A, P.G.A Professional. That winter I moved to Bonita Springs Florida and worked at a club named Bonita Bay Club. It was a great learning experience, and I worked alongside 30+ other assistant golf professionals from all across the northern part of the country. The next summer I accepted a job as an assistant golf professional at Heritage Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio. I played in a few Northern Ohio P.G.A section events, and to be honest did horrible. That is about the only competitive golf I have played in my life. After that summer I moved back to Florida to work at an elite club named The Sanctuary Golf Club, on Sanibel Island. It was a beautiful golf course, and a great place to work. However, I learned that if you want to PLAY GOLF, then the GOLF BUSINESS is not the best industry to have a career in. There are many reasons for that, but the biggest one is that you are working on average just under a million hours a week, and you are working every single weekend no matter what!
So I stepped away from “Living the Dream,” as they say in the golf business. I decided to get into sales and that is how I ended up at the Chronicle Telegram.
Upon my arrival, Billy and a few of us here at the CT decided that we need a golf section to the website and that is the short story of how the Missing Links came to be.
I am not a PRO golfer, I am not going to go out every round and shoot par. I do consider myself a great golfer, and more importantly I understand the different aspects of the golf swing. Being in the golf business for almost 4 years, I lived, and breathed golf every day. I had every intention of becoming a Head Golf Professional and I tried to learn as much about the sport as possible. So although I am no longer a P.G.A certified “Professional,” I do know the game of golf and I hope my insights will be useful to the Missing Links readers. Only you will be the judge of that. If you’re not impressed by the articles then at least you’ll have the opportunity to win free golf and you will be able to locate the best golf deals in the area!
I am also not a PRO writer. I like to write, and I enjoy writing about golf. I have a lot of ideas on what I am going to continue to write about throughout the season, but I would really like to hear from you on what you want us to write about. PLEASE feel free to email us with suggestions and ideas. If you write in and ask us to cover something, we will cover it!