The Colorado PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award is given to a PGA member or apprentice for overall performance including leadership, service and promotion of the game of golf. Knowing these criteria, it is apparent why Ed Marzec, PGA, Assistant Professional at the Country Club of the Rockies, is the recipient of this 2018 award.
“Receiving this award is very humbling,” admits Marzec. “I have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know and visit with many of the members of the Colorado Section, initially through the West Chapter and then the Section’s Board of Directors. It is my privilege to be a part of such a vibrant and growing Section.”
Marzec forged his own path on his way to becoming a Colorado PGA Member. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., he attained his education at Clarkson University in Upstate New York. As he says, he didn’t get into golf until his later years, making golf his second career. His first was as a professional photographer at a multi-faceted photography company.
His golf career began as a caddy at Eagle Springs Golf Club in 1995 and that was how he got hooked on the game. He spent his early years at The Club at Cordillera moving back and forth between the Mountain Course, the Short Course and the Valley Course with his first 18-hole Head Professional position being at the Headwaters Golf Course at Granby Ranch. From there, Marzec took a position in Florida at the Ballantrae Golf and Yacht Club before returning to Colorado in 2005 as an Assistant Golf Professional with the Country Club of the Rockies.
When asked about his leadership positions with the Colorado Section, Marzec commented, “By not being native to the area, I thought my getting involved with the West Chapter leadership would be a great avenue to network and get to know my fellow Professionals.”
Marzec served as a West Chapter Board Member before working his way through the vice president and presidency positions in the West Chapter. He served as the West Chapter Representative on the Colorado Section Board of Directors and is just beginning his first three-year term as an elected member on the Board.
What does it mean to you to receive the 2018 Colorado Section Assistant Professional of the Year Award?
I think this is a humbling award because it shows that the work I have been doing over my career has been recognized not just within in my own club but everywhere else from the West Chapter to the Front Range within the Colorado Section. Being recognized on that level amongst my fellow PGA Peers will allow me to continue to strive as a leader within our section.
What do you believe are the qualities you possess that support your nomination for this award?
I believe I possess a strong work ethic. The willingness to go above and beyond the normal duties of a Professional has helped to give me visibility. In addition, my verbal and written communication skills have provided me access to the members across our vast territory, from the West Chapter to the Section Board.
What are some tools you use in your profession that you wish you had known when you were beginning your career?
A couple tools that come immediately to mind are:
- Pay attention to the little details but manage the big picture.
- Be a forward thinker and look outside the box of just standard operations.
With this being my second career and having come from a multi-faceted photography company, I learned how to work with customers on many different levels. I use a lot of the things I learned in my 20’s to work through issues with private membership, employees and demands and expectations.
As it relates to golf, what is the best piece of advice you have received and what advice would you give to others?
Probably the best advice I ever received was to make sure that your thoughts are logical. Decisions based upon a logical process can be quantified, substantiated and enforced whether it is with your members, employees or sales representatives.
I would also give that same advice. Gather all the information you can before making a decision. Don’t shoot from the hip. The other piece of advice I would give is to make an effort to network.
What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?
Act with integrity. Also, get exposed to and learn from as many different facilities and structures as possible by putting yourself in a networkable environment.
What is your proudest moment as a golf professional?
Straight off the bat, my proudest moment was the day I passed my PAT and then earned my Class A status followed by the first time I was able to be considered a Head Professional. Along the same line, receiving my Certified Status and now working toward my Master Status have been very rewarding.
Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.
Most people might not know that I was a professional photographer in my first career. Over the past few years as a ski instructor, I have been able to compete in Europe on the Beaver Creek Men’s Demonstration Ski Team.