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Abraham Baldwin College
Phone: (229) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: s***@***.edu
Local Address:  Georgia , United States
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
2802 Moore Highway
Tifton , Georgia 31794
United States


Employment History


  • Shorter College
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The Albany Herald ... We're All About You!, 2 May 2008 [cached]
After leaving Rome's Shorter College years ago, River Pointe Golf Club pro Sonny Skinner was unsure of where his career was going.
He was a certified pro working at Valdosta Country Club in the early 1980s, blending time between working behind the desk and helping golfers perfect his or her weekend golf game.That, at the time, seemed to be the life for him.
Then, in an instant, a man approached Skinner about the offer of a lifetime "He said, ,Boy?What are you doing behind the counter?You oughta be playing,' " remembered a laughing Skinner, who had just scored an even-par 72 Thursday in the first round of the Nationwide Tour's South Georgia Classic at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
The gentleman introduced Skinner to somefriends and he suddenly had financial backing to join the Tour.
Skinner's birth certificate might state he was born in Portsmouth, Va., but his road to playing professional golf began in Valdosta.
"This is where I started my career, 26 years ago," said Skinner, who played at Abraham Baldwin College before continuing his career at Shorter.
"It feels good to be back here."
Skinner became the first Abraham Baldwin golfer to reach the PGA Tour in 1990 (ex-Stallions golfer Boo Weekley is currently on it and has won the past two PGA events at Hilton Head).Skinner's best finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for 13th in the 1997 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.Skinner has won twice on what then was known as the Nike Tour, placing first in Shreveport, La., in 1993 and the next year in Glen Allen, Va.
To add another piece of nostalgia this weekend, Skinner's roommate when he first moved to Valdosta, a delivery courier named Rick Bellinger, is his caddie.
"We played college golf at ABAC, and we'd been good friends since '77," Skinner said, also noting that they attended each other's weddings.
Although Skinner, who would be the first to tell someone putting is not his strongest asset attempted 30 Thursday, but Bellinger keeps his hopes high for today's round.
Skinner played once again at Valdosta Country Club on Thursday.It's almost as if Skinner's back in his element , back to his roots.
Now, at the age of 47, Skinner has other goals besides helping people improve their golf games at River Pointe.When he reaches 50, he wants to reach the Champions Tour and keep competing.
"I've been doing this a long time and I really don't have anything to prove to anybody," Skinner said."I'm one of the oldest people on the tour.
I'm one of the shortest , if not the shortest , hitter out there.
Shorter University Shorter University Athletic Hall of Fame, 8 Feb 2012 [cached]
Sonny Skinner
Sonny Skinner, right, poses ..., 7 Aug 2008 [cached]
Sonny Skinner, right, poses with caddie Rick Bellinger before a practice round for the South Georgia Classic at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in April.
Skinner, who worked at Valdosta Country Club before embarking on a professional golf career, will play in the PGA Championship today. file photo /
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Published August 06, 2008 11:54 pm - At 9:15 a.m. today, Sonny Skinner will start an 18-hole walk he has never trekked before.
VALDOSTA — At 9:15 a.m. today, Sonny Skinner will start an 18-hole walk he has never trekked before.
Skinner has walked the golf course many times before over his 20-plus year professional career, but never at the level of the tournament he will be playing in today.
Teeing off from the ninth hole, Skinner and caddie Rick Bellinger, one of his closest friends, will participate in their first major today at the PGA Championship.
After attending Shorter College, Skinner had his first golf job at Valdosta Country Club as the assistant golf pro.While working there, several Valdosta residents offered to sponsor him as he started a career in professional golf.
Since then, he has played on mini tours, the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour.
Currently, Skinner is the club pro at River Point Golf Club in Albany, where he was entered in the National Club Pro Championship at Reynolds Plantation, about an hour west of Augusta, in June.
The tournament brought the best club pros in the country together.And the top 20 finishers received an automatic invite to Oakland Hills Country Club to play in the PGA Championship.
Skinner led the Club Pro Championships that Saturday, but saw winner Scott Hebert overcome a three-shot deficit to finish 12-under 276 for the win.
Skinner finished just one stroke behind at 11-under to finish second, and punch his ticket to play in his first-ever major.
"This is the first major I've ever been in, so that's why it's so fun," Skinner said.
Skinner and Bellinger arrived this week, attended practice sessions on Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, Skinner toured the course on a practice run, and ultimately played with a golfer playing one hole ahead of him.
"He's one of best players ever," Skinner said."It was a treat.He was a gentleman, funny and helpful."
The practice round was both informative and, of course, fun for Skinner, who has never been in this atmosphere before.
"We must have given about 300 autographs," Skinner said.
The Albany Herald - Sports Archives, 2 Mar 2005 [cached]
,,OF NOTE: Former Hooters and Nationwide golfer Sonny Skinner has taken a position with the MacGregor Golf Company.He is traveling with the PGA Tour trying to sign up PGA Tour players with MacGregor clubs and equipment.
The Albany Herald ... We're All About You!, 15 April 2008 [cached]
River Point Golf Club pro Sonny Skinner qualifies this past weekend for this weekend's Nationwide Tour event in Athens.
ATHENS , Sylvester's Sonny Skinner took a breather from a pro-am at this week's Nationwide Tour event Monday to answer the phone.
Such is life for one of River Pointe Golf Club's pros when he is on the links.
The former PGA Tour player and two-time winner on what now is known as the Nationwide Tour is competing in his first Nationwide event this year, the Athens Regional Foundation Classic at Jennings Mill Country Club, which will be held Thursday-Sunday.He qualified for the event during the past month, as well as the South Georgia Classic on May 1-4 at Valdosta's Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.Skinner is the second Southwest Georgia native to play on the Nationwide Tour, joining Albany's Josh Broadaway.
"I've been playing some decent golf," said Skinner, who became the first Abraham Baldwin golfer to reach the PGA Tour.He first joined the Tour in 1990 and his best finish there was a tie for 13th in the 1997 Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic.Coincidentally, former ABAC golfer Boo Weekley competed in last weekend's Masters (T-20th).
"My thoughts are just playing consistent, shooting four rounds in the 60s, and I think it's possible here."
Skinner has won twice on the Nationwide Tour, placing first in Shreveport, La., in 1993 and the next year in Glen Allen, Va. While Skinner said he enjoys working at River Pointe, a possible goal for the 47-year-old is to make it on to the Champions Tour when he reaches the age of 50.
"I've got to stay competitive and keep my feet wet," Skinner said of competing in Nationwide events.
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