In this special segment of the show, I am joined by one of the Top PGA Club Professionals of our time, 1979 Ohio PGA Section Champion, and a member of the 2023 South Dakota Golf Hall of Fame Class, Rick Werner.
Rick and I start off by going back to his days at the University of South Dakota and the tremendous success he had there. We hear the story about the date he went on with Cheryl Ladd when they were in high school together. We hear the details of his victory in the 1979 Ohio PGA Section. We get into the time he spent as a Teaching Professional at Quaker Ridge Golf Club which is annually ranked among the top courses in the country. Rick talks about the other great Instructors he’s learned from over the years including our good friend Jim McLean, plus John jacobs, Davis Love Jr., and Jackie Burke. We hear about the many rounds of golf he played with Gene Sarazen and Ken Venturi plus a fabulous story from when he was paired with the great Charlie Sifford. He met legendary Notre Dame Head Coach Ara Parseghian along his journeys and Rick talks about the influence Coach had on his life. Finally you’ll hear an emotional Rick talking about what it will mean to him when he gets inducted into the South Dakota Golf Hall of Fame this week.