KemperSports Golf Professional Feature: Chrissy Caramma
KemperSports is one of the largest employers of PGA professionals in the country. In conjunction with our ongoing player development initiatives, we will share features on golf professionals within the KemperSports portfolio of properties – experienced individuals dedicated to growing the game and sharing their passion for golf with others.
PGA Professional at Cobblestone Creek Country Club (Lawrenceville, NJ)
Q: What motivated you to begin teaching?
A: My motivation to begin teaching started 30 years ago. I was 10 years old playing at the time a very male dominated sport. There were little to no kids or women playing. There were not really any programs for me and I was really treated like an outcast. I knew way back then I wanted to make a difference and give women and kids the opportunities that I didn’t have.
Q: What has been the most impactful moment in your teaching career thus far?
A: I have 2. The first was 10 years ago. I became a Head Professional for 2 years prior to joining the staff at Cobblestone. I was one of 135 females in the country to have that role at that time. For me that made a huge impact in my career I carried a huge sense of pride that to this day has stayed with me.
The second came last year. I have been at Cobblestone Creek for 8 years now and have gotten many ladies to try golf over that time but last year it really clicked and I got over 25 women playing the game. It was really fun and rewarding and I really felt I made an impact on all of them. The majority are back at it again this year and there is a huge excitement that is fun all around!
Q: What advice do you have for a beginner picking up the game?
A: Be patient!! This game takes time to learn. There will be ups and downs but if you stick with it the reward on the other side is priceless! Most importantly have fun!!
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
A: It is rewarding to do what I love to do every single day of my life! Being able to share what I love through my teaching and programming.
Q: In your opinion, what makes golf great and fun?
A: 3 or 93, Male or female, athletic or maybe not so much! There is a place on the golf course for everyone! You are outside enjoying a cross between nature and man made beauty. There is a sense of peace on the golf course. And for me a place to let all the “noise” of everyday life go away!
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