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Tim  Cusick

Ed Gatlin is the PGA Head Professional at Van Zandt Country Club in Canton, Texas. He also wears the hat of general manager for the facility. He has been a PGA Member for 21 years where he has worked at Athens Country Club, Twin Lakes Golf Club and Kings Creek Golf Club. Ed and his wife Paige have been married for 23 years. They have two children, Alexandria (16) and Justin (14). Below are a few things that you may not have known about Ed.

What do you love about the golf business? The interaction with the members. My club is like an extended family. We all look after each other, are concerned of each other and we share good and bad. I have had the pleasure of having kids in junior programs that have grown up, started their own family and have brought me their children to teach.That is what makes this profession enjoyable for me.

Who got you started in the game? My father.

Did you play college golf? I played one year at Richland College and three years at Southwest Texas State (now Texas State University). My teams won conference championships in all four years. Also, my team was runner-up one year at the NCAA II National Championship.

What is your most memorable moment in golf? Playing five rounds of golf in Ireland with the same ball.

Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? Old Head in Ireland- It's Pebble Beach on steroids.

Who makes your dream foursome? Arnold "The King" Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and John F. Kennedy. To do this I have to have my caddie list also. The first being my dad on my bag. He has done so much for me he would have to be a part of my dream group. Also, David Feherty, Bill Murray and Marilyn Monroe. (Guess you will have to figure out who she will caddie for!)

Have you played golf with anyone famous? Justin Leonard and Randy Smith.

What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? Augusta National.

What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? I have been a publicly elected official to the Athens Municipal Water Authority for more than 24 years. I have been elected six or seven times. I also served as an elder in at First Presbyterian Church Athens.

What are some of your hobbies? Fishing, hunting, golfing and cooking.

What is your favorite type of music? Country.

What is the best golf book that you would recommend? Golf's Sacred Journey: Seven Days At The Links of Utopia. 

What is your go-to karaoke song? It's not going to happen!