Dave Price: The course home
Having just completed 41Ú2 years of work, Kelly Wescoatt relished her graduation from the PGA of America Golf Professional Training Program in Port Lucie, Fla., on March 3.
In some ways, it was the equivalent to receiving a college diploma. To Wescoatt, it was more than that.
“It’s very much like getting a college degree, except it’s more intensive than college,” said Wescoatt, co-first assistant pro at Alta Sierra Country Club. “And it actually means more to me. This is my life.”
Born and raised in Auburn, the 28-year-old is certainly living the life she wants these days.
“I’m glad to be back home to the Auburn, Grass Valley area,” said Wescoatt, who joined the staff at Alta Sierra a year-and-a-half ago. “I love my job here. I love the members and I love the area.”
Wescoatt is a 1996 graduate of Placer High School, where she was the team’s only female player. That was special, though not nearly as special as the two seasons that followed at Sierra College, where she was part of the school’s first women’s golf team.
There’s more to the story than that, too. While Kelly emerged as the No. 1 player at Sierra, the No. 2 player was her own mother, Carol Wescoatt.
“We were only the second mother-daughter team in the state,” Kelly said, flashing a smile. “She went back to school full-time to do it, and it really was special. That experience made us closer. It made our bond stronger.
“She was the one who got me into golf (at age 7). She watched me play junior golf. She was always my No. 1 supporter. This gave me a chance to turn the tables and become her No. 1 supporter.”
Kelly played well enough to finish 15th at the state tournament in 1997 and 12th in 1998. She earned All NorCal recognition both seasons, then went on to play at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.
Wescoatt is back home now, and keeping with the family theme, her mother and father (Steven Wescoatt) recently became club members. Carol Wescoatt even made the trip to Florida to watch Kelly receive her certificate of completion from the Golf Professional Training Program.
Of course, there’s no better to earn a living as far as Kelly Wescoatt is concerned.
“You can’t beat this,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like a job, and when you love what you’re doing, that’s when you know you’ve made the right career choice.”
To contact sports editor Dave Price, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4240.
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