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Assistant Professional of the Year


Madison native John Bailey is being honored as the 17th Wisconsin Section Assistant Professional of the Year. The Maple Bluff assistant professional is the third individual to win the honor from a Madison area club.

Bailey’s journey to his PGA membership started at a young age when he began working for Rob Muranyi, PGA at Monona Golf Course. He would stay on board at the facility for the next thirteen years and learn a lot about the business from Muranyi. It was also during this timeframe he would get a chance to win a state high school golf championship and play college golf. Much like many young golfers the job helped Bailey hone his own game, but also taught him that golf can be a career.

After finishing up his education at Edgewood College in 2009 it was on to the PGA PGM program. His completion of the program and election to membership would come in June of 2014 during a short stint at Odana Hills GC. Just six weeks later he would be brought on board at Maple Bluff CC.

During the past five years Bailey has become a key player in the golf operation at the club and this past season saw him continue to take on more responsibilities. Included in his role is the management of the outside golf staff and bag room, oversight of the caddie program, conducting private lessons and numerous adult clinics, managing the club’s two PGA Junior League teams and helping conduct nearly 100 combined events and outings during the year.

The TPI Certified instructor also sits on the Wisconsin Assistant Professionals Golf Association committee, has volunteered for First Tee of Southwest Wisconsin numerous times and also helped conduct other growth of the game clinics in the community.

“I am very honored to be the recipient of the 2019 Assistant Professional of the Year. I know how many great assistant professionals there are in our section, so to win this award is very humbling,” Bailey said in a written statement. “I share it with my parents who have supported me in everything I have ever done, the many assistants I have had the pleasure of working with and the great people I have worked for and have learned from.”

Other Tidbit – My favorite thing to do outside of golf is: I enjoy bowling during the winter months and love spending time with family and friends.