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John  Neese

John Neese is a Life Member in the Northern Texas PGA. He was elected to PGA Membership in 1970, and during that time he held positions at Dallas Athletic Club where he served as an assistant professional and Eastern Hills Country Club serving as the head professional. He then became the owner of his own company Neese Materials. In June, John and his wife Alice will have been married 46 years. They have one son Johnny (42) who also has 1 grandchild, Heather (22). John was recently named the North Texas Golf Course Superintendents Association's 2014 Distinguished Service Award winner. He is the first non-superintendent to win this award. Check out his video HERE.

Below are a few things that you may not have known about John and his time in the golf business.

What do you love about the golf business? I've been able to know all different professions in golf. I've worked with Golf Professionals, Golf Course Superintendents, Golf Course Architects and many more. 

Who got you started in the game? My Dad got me started at the age of 9 at Austin Municipal.

Did you play college golf? I played at Texas Lutheran in Seguin.

What is your most memorable moment in golf? Playing in the 1972 Byron Nelson Championship. I missed the cut by one stroke because I putted poorly!

Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? Augusta National. 

Who makes your dream foursome? My Dad, My Son, Payne Stewart, and Ben Crenshaw.

Have you played golf with anyone famous? I played several times with Mickey Mantle at Preston Trails and Eastern Hills.

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

What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? I was a cheerleader in college.

What are some of your hobbies? Fishing.

What is your favorite type of music? Country.

What is the best golf book that you would recommend? Little Red Book by Harvey Penick

What is your go-to karaoke song? How Great Thou Art.