Jeremy Beachner became the fourth head pro in the club’s illustrious history on Jan. 31 when he replaced the retiring Mike Crowe. Beachner had been Crowe’s assistant for two years after spending 5 1/2 years as an assistant at Blackthorn Club.
“It’s amazing,” Beachner said. “It’s one of those things you’ve worked your whole career for and it comes here where I have the opportunity to help the club go into the future any way I can.”
The 28-year-old Beachner is a big proponent of junior golf and can be seen for countless hours on the club’s range and practice green woking with kids. He’s been working around golf courses since he was 12, washing carts and picking up balls on ranges at first.
“I am 150 percent committed to junior golf and the development of the next era of golfers,” Beachner said. “If you’re not engaging the youth, there will be nobody to replace the generation that’s playing now.”
“I enjoy teaching anybody that’s willing to work and try to improve, but there’s something about seeing that junior hitting his first big drive or first solid shot and turning around and giving you thumbs up. There’s no better feeling in the world than that.”
Beachner credits Crowe, who had been at the club for 35 years, as being a mentor.
“Mike was instrumental in making me feel comfortable and making sure I would be ready for this new chapter of my life and my career,” he said. “He took me under his arm and laid all the groundwork.”
Beachner becomes the fourth head pro in club history, joining Theo Webster, Steve Jones and Mike Crowe. The club was formed in 1913.
“It’s a short and honorable list,” Beachner said.
Crowe, whose retirement became official Jan. 9, said he would like to eventually return to teaching golf.
“It’s been a good ride,” Crowe said. “The members have been great. It’s been my whole life. I’ve received hundreds of calls and well-wishes. Jeremy will do a great job.”