Greenville grad new golf pro at Candlestone

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:41 am on Monday, June 10, 2013

Candlestone head golf pro Mitch Stressman on the driving range on Friday afternoon.

BELDING — Mitch Stressman loves his job.

The 2007 Greenville High School and 2011 Ferris State University graduate is the new head golf professional at Candlestone Golf and Resort.

Stressman — who spent last season as assistant golf professional at Eagle Crest Resort in Ypsilanti — found out about the Candlestone opening while home and enjoying dinner at his current job location.

“I was home visiting family, stopped in here for dinner one night and realized they did not have head pro,” Stressman said. “I thought I might as well throw my hat in the ring. I didn’t see a job posting or anything. I just sent an email to the owner and general manager.”

A look at the resume, an interview and Stressman was hired at Candlestone Golf and Resort.

“I didn’t expect them to call be back a day later, so it was surprising,” he said.

Golf has always been a passion for Stressman.

“I was on the golf team in high school, varsity for three years,” he said. “I tried out a couple of times for the Ferris State team, but they bring in 100 fantastic golfers each year for the program, so it is quite competitive to make it.”

Stressman is a PGA Class A member, but as he says, “I’m a golf professional, not a professional golfer.

“The words are kind of flopped,” Stressman said. “Basically, it means you are certified to run a golf facility, teach and it offers education further than college through the PGA.”

As head pro, Stressman has many duties, which include managing a staff or almost 20, handling outings instructing golf and more.

“I’m probably one of the more reasonable price points for golf instructing in the area. I’m trying to build a base,” Stressman said. “I charge $20 for a half hour and $40 for a hour.”

There is a $10 upcharge for his V1 digital coaching system per half hour. For $75 you get two hours of instruction while golfing nine holes. That includes the video instruction, as well.

Like all golfers, Stressman — a plus .5 handicap — has a favorite and a least favorite hole.

Hole No. 2 would qualify as his favorite, but No. 15 would be his least favorite.

“No. 15, I like to call that death valley,” Stressman said. “It’s a 243 yard par 3. Unless you can hit a 245 yard carry, you pretty much don’t have a club for that hole. It’s tight, it’s long, it’s hard to beat that hole.”

Just a few months into his new job, Stressman is loving every minute of it.

“Sometimes I need to take a step back and think I’m really doing this,” he said.

Stressman’s goal is to be a director of instruction or general manager of a facility.

“Teaching to me isn’t a job. I will sit on a driving range and show you how to hit golf balls all day,” Stressman said. “If I could live for free I would.

“I like where I’m at and loving life right now,” he added.

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