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Joe G. McDermott

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Head Golf Professional

Phone: (904) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  United States
PGA TOUR 100 PGA TOUR Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach , Florida 32082
United States

Company Description: The PGA TOUR is the world's premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR...   more

Employment History

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  • UNM
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Sun Country - Lifetime Achievement Award, 3 Dec 2013 [cached]
Joe McDermott, PGA The legend we know as Joe McDermott, the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, has given a lifetime of contributions to golf, from his commitment to Albuquerque Country Club, where he was the PGA Head Professional for over 25 years, to his leadership in the Sun Country PGA and, of course, the great playing career he compiled in the Sun Country, the PGA of America and throughout the world, literally! McDermott surely has been one of the more significant figures in history of the Sun Country PGA. McDermott was born in Kierush, Ireland in 1940 and was in golf from an early age, learning by caddying in a land that places golf in high regard. From the beginning, the plan was for Joe to move to the States as soon as he was old enough and that meant that in 1959, at the age of 18 years old, Joe was on his way to Chicago. While in Chicago Joe worked at a Savings & Loan and joined a local semi-private club where many of the policemen, judges and officials were members. The relationships he created with these people would prove to be valuable to Joe's future. While in Chicago, McDermott made a name for himself as a player by winning many amateur events, including the City Championship. Because of his leadership he was invited to Medinah Country Club to join 20 other top amateurs to discuss the creation of a local Handicapping system. The trip turned out to be a turning point and a good story. After play and meetings Joe waited for his ride, Officer Gene Vanarkle, to finish a gin rummy game.
As the night wore on, the suggestion to get Joe a scholarship to college was tossed about. By the end of the night Joe had a scholarship and also learned to drive. Officer Vanarkle was in no condition to drive so he threw the keys Joe a said get us home... Joe had never driven a car at that point in time, but somehow got them both home safely. "Somewhere warm" is where Joe said he wanted to go when asked what college he wanted to attend. One of the connections the Chicago group had was with Dick McGuire, the legendary UNM Golf Coach, also a SCSPGA Lifetime achievement winner, so it was off to New Mexico for McDermott!
McDermott arrived in New Mexico in 1962 and after a successful collegiate career he graduated from UNM in 1967. He then went on to qualify for the tour and played during the '68 & '69 seasons. He played in 22 events, made the cut in 11 and money in 5 - that's how they did it back then, making the cut did not guarantee money. Good but not good enough for Joe. He went back to Chicago in 1969 and worked at Butterfield Golf Club as an Assistant Professional for two years before coming back to New Mexico and Albuquerque Country Club in 1972. Joe was the PGA Head Professional at ACC for 25 years before retiring in 1997. During his active career, McDermott was one of the more active players and businessmen in the Sun Country PGA and always one of the more outspoken. He served on the Board as the Tournament Director and Vice President; holding both positions back when there was no Executive Director and the Board was heavily involved with the day to day business of the section. After retiring in 1997 he started a new playing career on the Senior circuit and wasted no time in making his mark. In 1998, Joe crossed the pond, going back to his birth country and won the Irish Senior Open as one of the crowning jewels of his career. During his long dominance as a player, McDermott played in two U.S. Opens, one PGA Championship, five U.S. Senior Opens and five PGA Senior Championships. When asked about what he was proud of, Joe replied, "I always got better and won at every level. How true! From winning the Munster Boys Championship in 1958 (Ireland's equivalent of the US Junior Am), to amateur golf in Chicago, then playing and winning in college, on to dominate in Sun Country, and finally on the Senior level with his win in the Irish Open, McDermott certainly has been the consummate PGA Professional and a great representative for the Sun Country PGA. Congratulations, Joe McDermott, for a Lifetime of Achievement.
Sun Country - History [cached]
Joe G. McDermott, PGA
Sun Country - Golf Professional of the Year, 3 Dec 2013 [cached]
In 1984 Dave was offered a position as the first assistant golf professional under PGA head golf professional Joe McDermott at Albuquerque Country Club.
ABQ's Joe McDermott Staring at Blindness | New Mexico Golf News, 2 Feb 2012 [cached]
(PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.) Feb. 2, 2012 - New Mexico golf icon and Irish Senior Open winner Joe McDermott is recovering from a detached retina and awaits word on whether he will regain sight in his left eye.
McDermott, 71, woke up without sight in the eye the day after Thanksgiving 2011. He spent five days in the hospital. Surgery to reattach the retina occurred Dec. 1.
"Now, I can see a black spot in the center and fuzzy light around the edges," he said. "I can wave my hand in front of my eye and can see movement. I can't tell it's a hand, but the doctor is optimistic. His right eye is still good.
Cataract surgery, which possibly may further improve his vision in the left eye, is scheduled in several weeks. McDermott had lived part-time in New Mexico and Florida, but moved permanently last fall to his home near the PGA Village Golf Club in Port St. Lucie.
Thanks to a magical short game, McDermott won the New Mexico Open and several New Mexico Senior Opens. He is a multiple recipient of the section's Senior Player of the Year award. He also received the section's Lifetime Achievement Award.
McDermott was born in Kilrush, Ireland, a town halfway between Lahinch and Ballybunion. As a boy, he emigrated to Chicago, where he won the City of Chicago and Cook County Amateur. In the early 1960s, he was recruited by University of New Mexico Golf Coach Dick McGuire to play golf at UNM. He became a PGA professional after college.
In 1998, McDermott became the first native-born Irishman to win the Irish Senior Open. A hole-in-one on the 13th hole of the final round vaulted him to victory over a several Ryder Cup veterans. The win gained him status on the European Senior Tour, where he competed for several years before returning to New Mexico to work at Albuquerque Country Club.
Most recently, McDermott was a teacher at Ladera Golf Course under his former Lobo teammate, Sam Zimmerly.
"Since the eye, I've putted and chipped a little, and some fellows here at the PGA Village saw me hitting shots with one eye, and they gathered around and by the end of it there were maybe 30 of them asking me about this and that," McDermott said.
This entry was posted in Golf in New Mexico and tagged Joe McDermott, PGA Village. Bookmark the permalink. - 2002 Greg Norman Collection and Reebok Golf PGA Winter Tournament Program, 4 April 2002 [cached]
Joe - 2002 Greg Norman Collection and Reebok Golf PGA Winter Tournament Program
Joe McDermott
Brian Gaffney and Joe McDermott, both of Port St. Lucie, Fla., won consolation titles on the North Course in the Greg Norman Collection/Reebok Golf PGA Senior-Junior Championship.
Joe McDermott, 61, is a PGA Life Member who was elected to PGA membership in December 1971.McDermott led the seniors in the consolation division with a 137 total, earning $400.McDermott tied for 33rd in the 1981 CPC.
McDermott, a native Scotsman, will return to the European Seniors Tour this spring after re-qualifying at the end of last year.Earlier this month, he won his age group, 60-64, in the PGA Quarter Century Club Championship on 75-71-146, and was second in his age group in the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship with 69-69-75-213.
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