VIENNA – A veteran of Parkersburg Country Club himself, Adam Chesnut has settled as the new chief golf professional on the golf course.
Chesnut has spent the last 16 years as a PGA Assistant Golf Professional under Scott Davidson, who resigned on May 29 and took a position in the Texas Golf Association in charge of the Legends Junior Tour.
“I know Parkersburg Country Club is an extension of the family for everyone here, but I want this place to feel like an extension of home,” Keshnat said. “So when the members are here, do they also feel at home?” I hope they feel it already. If not, I want to feel that way. “
The recruitment process to fill the vacancy occupied by Davidson for 22 years was a smooth transition. At a meeting with members of the PCC board, Chesnut asked a few questions and was offered a position shortly afterwards.
“I know I put my time in – it’s too good for a club not to stay around.” Keshnat said. “I knew that at some point Scott would be with his children. He didn’t always want to be here thousands of miles away from each of them. And this is understandable.
“In Scott’s mind, he even said (PCC general manager Angie Smith), this is the choice – just do it.” Keshnat said. “I guess it could be said that this was my interview. I sat down with (PCC Greens chief) Pat Maher, Angie Smith, our president, and another board member. They asked if I was offered this day, would I want it? There was no thought, there was nothing. I didn’t need to think about it.
“To be seen in a different light now and for everyone to say they knew for years that I did everything to help, and I was excited to be able to do it, was a huge boost to pride.”
Born in Galesburg, Illinois, Chesnut and his family in Toronto, Ohio, when he was 5 years old. At Toronto High School, he enrolled for four years with the golf team and advanced to the districts until he was named All-OVAC in the final year.
As for his career, Chesnut turned to a pediatrician. He applied for his dream school in Stanford. This time he encountered an obstacle when his application was rejected. He eventually landed at the University of West Virginia in Parkersburg and enrolled in his major class. As a side job, he works at JC Penney.
“A gentleman who was living nearby at Woodside Golf and Country Club at the time owned a golf course and asked me where I kept going to work.” Keshnat said.
“I told JC Penny. He said he needed boys here on the golf course. If you work for me, you can play for free. Was I really like?
“It simply came to our notice then. I was the man with the stroller, and I finally made my way inside. I’ve been doing this for almost five years. When I went inside, they started putting me on more and more. The events were fun. I would lead external events as well as events for our own members. This led me to this, but PGA never occurred to me.
In 2006, Chesnut recalled handing over his resume to the general manager of the PCC and only a minute later was hired as an assistant golf professional at the facility. The wheels were then put into motion so that Chesnut could become a PGA certified. A local doctor helped Chesnut with the funding to acquire the necessary books.
“I would never say the doctor’s name because he would never want to see his name – I was in dire need of some funding for my first-level books and he covered everything,” he said. Keshnat said. “I did mine (player ability test) in 2007 and went through my first attempt. The doctor was the first person I called after I passed.
“I’ve always had a different relationship with him and he came to the rescue almost like a father.
PCC work shifts are recorded as “B Shift”, as in “be there when we open, be there when we close”. Especially summer consists of extremely long shifts and a rare day off. Chesnut understands the nature of business. His work ethic is in line with his father Randy Chesnut, who was employed in the automotive industry.
“I’ve been watching him for years – I’ve just learned how to be a worker.” Keshnat said. “We work from 12 to 15 hours a day, which my father did. You call all this normal. He is not married or without children and that makes it easier. In fact, I would like to have a family one day, but work makes it difficult. I’m going to have to change a lot of the way things work to make that happen, but in the meantime I can be sure that everything is better here.
Scott left me with a few words and said, “Don’t be me.” “I knew what I meant, and that was not being here the whole time.” Keshnat said. “I will be for the first year. I have to make sure that everyone is ready for their new role. If you don’t prepare, you will fail. We need to prepare everyone. “
Between full-time and part-time assistance, Chesnut has 16 to 18 employees. Among his best assistants, Chesnut sees Tim Wedge Nicholas as his computer guru and professional store manager and Brent Hauser as an assistant professional.
Of course, the golf pro is as good as the superintendent of the course, and Chesnut is excited to work with Maher.
“I’ve worked with a lot of superintendents – I’ve generally learned more from Pat in 6 1/2 years than I’ve learned from this country outside the industry in my 25 years in this field.” Keshnat said. “Talking to him gave me a whole new knowledge of this side of things. I have seen many professionals who are afraid of the moment the boss comes home. I don’t feel that way with Pat.
The official farewell party for Davidson is scheduled for Sunday, July 3, starting at 7 pm at the PCC. According to the flyer, the evening is an opportunity for “Send Scott out with a bang.”
“Scott was amazing with his attitude towards the members and the fact that he could always walk the extra mile.” Keshnat said. “There was always something he did and everyone appreciated it, and it was pretty strong.
“It was difficult to convince him because he didn’t like attention. He is very modest. “
At 36, Cheshnut hopes to maintain the continuity of the position. He became only the fourth golf professional in 75 years at PCC.
“I never thought that a person from a public facility would ever be material for a private facility,” Keshnat said. “It will be a culture that I want to change at some point and make myself more absent and play more. Not to leave here, but to open up more with the membership and enjoy this aspect again.
Contact Carrie Patrick at [email protected]