New pro settles in at Park Hills

By Ken Love

For the Mirror

A new face will greet golfers at Park Hills Country Club this spring, as Ohio native Tyler Vincent was recently hired as the club’s new head golf professional.

The position opened after three-year head pro Rich Conwell accepted a similar position earlier this spring at Oakhurst Golf Club near Columbus, Ohio.

Vincent, who began the interview process with Park Hills’ management in early April, was hired just a couple of weeks ago and started his duties at Park Hills last weekend.

For Vincent, 29, a career in the golf industry was always a lifelong dream. Having played nearly every sport as a youngster, Vincent gravitated toward golf at the age of 12, under the tutelage of his father who was an accomplished golfer.

As a freshman at Fairfield High School, located near Cincinnati, Vincent attended tryouts for the school’s varsity golf team.

“There were always 50 to 60 guys trying out for the team in those years,” Vincent said. “And I was fortunate to make the team on my first try.”

Vincent not only made the team, he became the squad’s standout golfer, earning all-conference and all-state honors during his high school career.

Around the same time, Vincent began working part-time at a local Golf Galaxy store, which furthered his interest in the business side of the golf industry.

After high school, Vincent enrolled at nearby University of Cincinnati. After two years there, he transferred to Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. and focused his studies in the school’s professional golf management program.

By 2011, Vincent had earned his bachelor of science degree in the PGM program and also gained experience by interning at a variety of golf clubs in the Carolinas.

A strong recommendation landed Vincent his first full-time position in the golf industry — as the first assistant at the Heritage Club, a private golf club in Mason, Ohio.

After two years in his home state, Vincent accepted an offer to serve as an assistant pro at the Addison Reserve Country Club in Delray, Fla.

After completing a two-year stint at this ultra-exclusive club, Vincent progressed to an even larger course in 2015 — the Racine Country Club in Racine, Wis.

“As the first assistant at Racine, I had a lot more responsibility and worked year-round,” he said. “It was much different than my time in Florida. The membership in Racine had a much more laid-back, mid-western attitude. I also had to get used to the cold winters of Wisconsin, which sometimes saw temperatures reach minus 30 degrees.”

Over the past few years, Vincent has been looking for his first opportunity to become a head professional. In April, he learned of the Park Hills’ opening after the club’s general manager Dave Elliot reached out to the PGA of America and the organization’s on-line job-posting service.

“We contacted about four or five candidates and conducted several phone interviews,” Elliot said. “Tyler is one of the men we eventually brought in to interview in person.”

It was just a few weeks ago, that the club settled on Vincent.

“I’m excited to be here,” Vincent said. “I appreciate the hard working, laid-back atmosphere I’ve encountered here. It reminds me of the great mid-western attitude I was surrounded by in Racine.”

His move to Pennsylvania is all the more fortunate, as Vincent’s fiance, Jessica, was born and raised in Philadelphia. The couple is planning their wedding, scheduled for August 2018.

For the immediate future, though, Vincent is busy familiarizing himself with his new surroundings. A scratch golfer, Vincent enjoys playing and is looking forward to getting out on the course.

“I really enjoy the teaching aspect of golf,” he said. “And I think that on-course instruction is extremely productive. I’m hoping to have a chance to spend some of my time on the course helping members with their golf games.”