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Fore Golf executive keeps up west coast courses

BY JEFF BERLINICKE
Special correspondent

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NORTHDALE - Bryan Bowers might be able to be a competitive golfer if he just had the time.

Bowers is the regional vice president for Fore Golf Services, a position that has him going all over Florida's west coast putting out fires from one course to the next. His office might be at the Northdale Golf Club, but his job, which he has been doing for a little more than year, takes him everywhere.

Fore Golf Services owns golf clubs all over the country, including Bardmoor Golf Club, Lansbrook Golf Club and Bloomingdale Golf Club. Bowers came to the company after working at the Preserve Golf Club in Bradenton and worked his way up to the management position. And now that Bowers is responsible for all the Fore clubs in the Tampa Bay area, his golf job takes away from his time on the links.

When Bowers came to Northdale, the club wasn't at its best. Like many clubs in the Tampa Bay area - there are more than 300 - Northdale had gotten into a rut. The course wasn't playing up to the standards its members preferred. Bowers is determined to change that and he's gotten off to a fast start.

"There might have been a little disrepair until a year ago," Bowers said. "We have a great commitment to making this one of the best courses in the area and our members have a great loyalty to the club. We want to be right up there with the best."

Bowers grew up in Michigan and went to Ferris State University in Big Rapids, where he was a member of the golf team. But he never thought that the game he loved was going to lead to a full-time living and, besides that, he was more interested in the business side. It was also about this time that he realized he wanted to live someplace warmer.

"I have worked almost every golf club in Sarasota," Bowers said. "I love it down here and decided it was time to make a change last year."

That was last October when Bowers made the move to Tampa and Northdale. He has a lot more responsibility right now, wearing many hats for his many courses, but he doesn't mind, even if it takes away his time on the course. Bowers doesn't teach, since Northdale doesn't have a driving range, but he's happy with the direction Northdale is taking.

"I am trying to maintain a consistency where we can please our members and the guests," Bowers said. "When you come to a club and get a chance like this, it's a real eye opener. This course is in great shape, we have some of the best greens in all of Tampa Bay, and I like the direction we are going."

Bowers said there will be some slight changes made to the course over the next year, but nothing that should be immediately noticeable.

The biggest change might be in the clubhouse, where there is a big desk right in the middle of it. That desk belongs to Bowers, who doesn't believe in hiding behind a door. He is the first to answer the telephone, the first to greet a customer, and the first to shake hands with a golfer after a round.

For Bowers, being in the middle of the action is his comfort zone. He sees everyone as they come and go and he is determined to make it the same way at all of the clubs in his area.

"They (golfers) like seeing me when they come in and it gives me a perspective of how things are going," Bowers said. "Some people think it's unusual, but if I had it my way, that's how all of the clubs would be."

To book a tee time at Northdale Golf Club, call (813) 962-0428. The club is located at 4417 Northdale Blvd.

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To submit any golf news, coming events, holes-in-one, local tournament results, or anything related to local golf, send all information and a phone number to jeffberlinicke@gmail.com

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