To learn more about Ryan Ely's passion for golf, read on!
You have displayed incredible dedication to the game of golf and to the North Florida PGA Section in general. What is it that motivates you to show such dedication to the game?
When you choose a professional career, whether it be the golf industry or not, I believe that you have to really love the job that you do, in order to put the devotion/energy that it requires for you to be successful. Everything that brings motivation to me is the guests that come to play at Hawk’s Landing. It’s a great thing to be able to help people have a memorable experience and really appreciate the hospitality they receive. Having guests come through the Golf Shop genuinely happy with the conditions and guest service is what puts smiles on my face.
What would you say is your most significant playing achievement or achievements in general over the years?
Obtaining and achieving PGA Membership as the first disabled person (very committed to help get modified rules and regulations)
Hawk’s Landing Golf Club/Orlando World Center Marriott career (20 years)
World Star Marriott Awards (Employee of the Quarter)
NFPGA volunteering at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (walking 36 holes on Pro/Am day)
Helping and Meeting the amateurs and get into the life of the tour pro
Golf Magazine/Washington Post Article
Early Show with Bryant Gumble clip
What would you say is your worst golf habit or biggest pet peeve?
Pet peeve: golfers that ruin your round of golf because of bad course etiquette
If your golf ball could speak, what would it say to you or about you?
Almost every time I play a round of golf or practice on the range, I cannot tell you how many times that people look in amazement. If I play with new people or get paired up with new people they are truly impressed by the ability I have to hit the ball.
Wow that’s impressive!!! How can you hit me so hard and effortlessly with only using one arm?