Club Scene: Traditions' head pro Bendert is a Hogan disciple to a tee
* Name: Greg Bendert
Having taking up the game only a few years earlier, Bendert
was determined to get better.So every day after his
shift at Felix Roma Bakery, Bendert
would head to the Links at Hiawatha Landing in Apalachin to hit multiple buckets of balls on the driving range. Little did he know that his motivation would eventually make him the head pro at a golf course. "The competitive side of me got out," said Bendert, 38, who is in his second year as the pro at Traditions at the Glen. "I wasn't doing as good as I thought I could, so I just started practicing."
A 1984 grad, Bendert
was one year behind Herceg in high school, but the two were familiar with each other.
Are you interested?' " Bendert
recalled as Herceg offered him a job.
...Shortly after taking an assistant position at Hiawatha, Bendert turned professional in 1997 and after seven years left to take the head job at Traditions at the Glen in 2004, when the course got new owners.
Those who know Bendert
well shouldn't be surprised that determination has allowed him to make a career in golf.
ability to make a career in golf personifies his
and Becky's second child had been a boy, the name would have been Palmer Nicklaus.
also swears by Hogan's timeless book, Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.
After a frustrating round in 1993, which happened to be at Traditions
at the Glen, Greg
was told by a friend to get a copy of the book.He
read it at least a dozen times.
About a year later, Bendert
went one step further by getting a tattoo on his left thigh of Hogan during his backswing.
"He's in my blood," Bendert
said of Hogan with a laugh.
is now turning his
attention toward improving the course he
said there are no plans to convert Traditions
at the Glen to a country club, Bendert
acknowledged that golf is only a part of what makes his
course special.With overnight suites and fine dining available on site, Traditions at the Glen is focusing on selling an image to the customer in addition to offering golf.
The biggest change expected for next season is that the nine-hole Homestead Course is being shut down, leaving Traditions
at the Glen with just its 18-hole championship course.
"It's kind of sad because that's where anybody here growing up either snuck on or got to go on for dirt cheap," Bendert
said of Homestead."A lot of memories."