It's not uncommon to see a few personnel changes at area golf facilities during the offseason. This spring season, however, opens with a higher degree of turnover than usual.
Johnstown's Sunnehanna Country Club welcomed new head professional Carl Seelman, replacing longtime club pro Joe Shorto, who retired at the end of last year.
Down River Golf Club also experienced a change when well-respected manager Jesse Reighard decided to scale back his work schedule this year, allowing an opening that's been filled by Josh Deputy.
At Sinking Valley, Troy Monahan takes over for David Kuhar, who spent the last seven years as the club's head pro. Monahan's departure from Park Hills left another open position - recently filled by Dave Redline,who is the club's new pro shop manager.
Redline, who lives in Hollidaysburg, has taken an unconventional path to a position that finds him responsible for the daily golfing activities at one of the area's busiest courses.
Redline is a graduate of Millersville University who spent 32 years teaching in the Williamsburg Area School District. While teaching - and with many of his summer months free - Redline quickly became interested in golf, both playing and assembling equipment.
During this time, he befriended several area golf pros who taught him plenty about golf - as a game and a business.
"I've learned so much from guys like Dick Smith of Standing Stone," Redline said. "Saint Francis' Bob Hahn and Jim Gillam at Sinking Valley were also great to me."
Over the years, Redline became known as one of the area's expert club makers. His equipment work and love of the game eventually led to a job at Sylvan Hills Country Club in Hollidaysburg, where he met Bob Leffingwell.
"Dave is a really smart golf guy," Leffingwell said. "In addition to knowing everything about club making, he's developed into a good teacher who really understands the golf swing."
Redline worked at Sylvan Hills for more than 20 years - the last eight of which involved managing the daily golfing activities of that club. Early this year he learned of the opening at Park Hills. Basil Mannino, of Hollidaysburg, is a Park Hills' board member who was involved with interviewing and eventually hiring Redline.
"Dave came across as smart and personable right from the start," Mannino said. "The golf business is continually changing, and we feel that Dave has all the tools to take our club in the right direction."
Redline, who started his new position in February, has spent the past several weeks acclimating himself to his new surroundings.
"This club has a lot of history and a lot of smart dedicated members," Redline said. "I'm excited about this opportunity and what we can do to grow the game of golf here at Park Hills."