2022 Utah PGA Assistant of the year Ryan Colemere

South Mountain’s Ryan Colemere selected as Utah PGA Assistant Professional of the Year

With a wife, two children and a monthly house payment, Ryan Colemere left his job in the mortgage industry to wrangle golf carts for $7 per hour.

Any regrets, 22 years later? “I’ve never had a day since then,” Colemere said, “that I woke up and didn’t want to come to work.”

Further validation of Colemere’s value to South Mountain Golf Club is the 2022 Assistant Professional of the Year award in the Utah Section PGA. Accompanying recognition is due to Natalie Colemere, whose approval of her husband’s career move makes her a candidate for Golf Spouse of the Century.

“I don’t like what I’m doing,” Ryan had declared in 2000, before taking on that hourly work at South Mountain. His new path came into clearer view two years later when Head Professional Jerry Brewster made him an assistant, bringing him fully into the Salt Lake County golf division. Except for a four-year stint at Mountain View GC, Colemere has stayed at South Mountain in Draper.

He likes being involved in the management of a golf facility and even enjoys all the routine tasks that come with it, describing his job as “a fun way to spend my day.”

South Mountain Head Professional Brian Schramm labels Colemere “the ultimate assistant” with all the traits of a capable head pro, crediting him with “stepping out on the lesson tee to teach, on top of the long hours in the shop.”

The love of golf stems from his father’s taking him to Fore Lakes GC, where Jay Colemereworked one day a week. Fore Lakes’ Brad Asplund gave Ryan his first job after graduating from East High School and, except for that detour into the mortgage business for the sake of financing his marriage and fatherhood, he has happily stuck with golf.

Colemere is thankful to his Salt Lake County bosses Brewster, Todd Meyer, Wade Olsen and Schramm. “I’ve learned a lot from all those guys,” he said. “I appreciate the teaching and mentoring.”

Written by Fairways Media senior writer, Kurt Kragthorpe

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Utah PGA Executive Director Devin Dehlin selected as Professional of the Year

Devin Dehlin has always viewed the Utah Section PGA’s Professional of the Year award as a “bucket list” achievement. That’s not to say the Section’s executive director plans to bask in the honor.

If anything, Dehlin is motivated by the award that comes in his mid-50s, providing the kind of rejuvenation that could carry him another 10 or 15 years in his position. To the extent that it is possible, this plaque will drive that level of commitment even higher.

“It kind of energizes me to want to do even more, and finish off my career strong,” Dehlin said. “I still feel like I’m making a difference.”

That’s evident in the way Dehlin and his staff have steered the Section membership and Utah golf in general through the COVID-19 period. The continuing strength of the Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open and the growth of the PGA Jr. Series and other programs are also good gauges.

The Professional of the Year award provides a lifetime reflection point, and Dehlin marvels about how his career has evolved. Taking stock makes him realize “how much I thoroughly enjoy what I do now,” he said, “even though (administration) was not necessarily the goal.”

Dehlin’s trophy case lines his career path as a former club professional in Salt Lake County, with awards spanning the entire 36-year history of the Utah Section PGA. As a University of Utah golfer in 1986, he received the first Golf Citizen of the Year award. Then came three Bill Strasbaugh Awards for club relations (1996, 2000, 2002), a Merchandiser of the Year award in 1998, a share of the Section staff’s Governor’s Golf Industry Service Award in 2020 and the Jeff Beaudry Golf Ambassador award in 2021.

The 10-year-old kid who started working for Ken Clark by picking up range balls at Glenmoor Golf Course has come a long way in the profession. Clark and assistant Chip Garriss nicknamed him “Future Pro,” and they clearly had a knack for identifying talent.

Written by Fairways Media senior writer, Kurt Kragthorpe

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Mike Weir named International Team Captain for 2024 Presidents Cup

Presidents Cup and PGA TOUR officials announced this week, 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir has been named captain of the International Team for the 2024 Presidents Cup, to be contested at Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for the first time since 2007.

The President’s Cup’s return to Royal Montreal marks a career highlight for the BYU golf alum as the site of his individual win over Tiger Woods in the Singles matches on the final day of the 2007 event. Weir defeated Woods 1up after Woods just missed a chip-in on the final hole.

Weir said, “When I look back, I have so many incredible memories associated with this event whether it be my debut in 2000; winning my Singles match against Tiger in 2007 at Royal Montreal (photo above); witnessing Ernie create the shield in 2019; and then seeing Trevor carry that momentum in 2022. Now as I look with anticipation toward 2024, I couldn’t be more excited to lead the International Team into my home country of Canada for what will surely be the experience of a lifetime.”

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