By Rob Kiser
TROY — Somtimes, the perfect opportunity comes along.
And when it did, PGA Golf Professional Mark Robart didn’t hesitate.
Robart, the PGA Pro at Piqua Country Club for 30 years, didn’t have to travel far when his time at the PCC ended.
Robart became Troy Country Club’s Pro in February and the PGA pro with 36 years experience couldn’t be happier.
After leaving the PCC, Robart had been working outside of golf for a short time.
“I had been working outside of golf for six months when they (Troy County Club) offered me the job,” Robart said. “They offered me the job in October and I started in February. I am just very grateful for the opportunity they have provided me to get back into golf.”
Robart said the transition to his new job was a pretty simple one.
“It is pretty similar to what I did (at the PCC),” Robart, who was also an assistant pro at Highland Golf Club in Indiana before coming to Miami County, said. “Fortunately, I knew a lot of the members here (at Troy Country Club) already. So, it was a pretty easy transition.”
The par-70 layout plays 6,256 yards from the tips.
And the driving range near the golf course on Swailes Road is back open.
“It has been closed for two years,” Robart said. “We have that opened back up and it is getting a lot of use. It always helps with lessons and clinics and things like that. It just gives us more options. And the golf course is in great shape.”
Along with the usual amenities a country club offers, the course is full of golfers — throughout the week and on the weekend.
“We have a very active membership,” Robart said. “We don’t just have an active membership with men. Our women and junior memberships are also very active.”
Most importantly it returned Robart to what he has spent a lifetime doing — making a golf a better and more enjoyable game for others.
“I have seen a few people (from Piqua),” Robart said. “I just can’t thank the members here enough for welcoming me with open arms. I am very grateful for the opportunity they have given me to get back into golf.”
And like with most perfect opportunities — the feeling is mutual.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.