Plenty on his plate for PCC’s Scott Davidson
VIENNA -Scott Davidson better have a grasp on the art of multi-tasking.
Not only will the PGA golf professional from Parkersburg Country Club be competing in the West Virginia Open on his home course June 17-21, but he will also be keeping tabs on the logistics of the tournament.
Are the players’ demands being met? Are the volunteers where they need to be? What about parking?
The list goes on and on, so imagine what Davidson will thinking the first time he steps up to the tee box for the first time during the opening round.
“I’m just a little anxious going in because it’s new and I haven’t done this,” Davidson said. “I realize it is (the West Virginia Golf Association’s) tournament and we just need to make sure our club is accessible to the players and we have our volunteers in place.
“Obviously, I would like to play well here, but I want the club to put on a great venue for the golf association. That’s my main concern.”
Growing up in Daytona Beach, Fla., Davidson’s passion was baseball. When he reached the high school ranks, he received a rude awakening and never made the cut for the varsity team.
“There were nine kids from my class and from the one the year after that went to some form of the major leagues,” Davidson said. “I couldn’t make the team and I was just devastated.”
Fortunately for Davidson, his family lived near a golf course. His first collection of golf clubs was pieced together through garage sales. He would ride his bike to the nearby golf course and practice on the driving range.
“I did that for about three weeks – then the lady behind the counter, who was the owner’s wife, asked me if I would like a job,” Davidson said. “She said I wouldn’t have to pay for my golf, so I said ‘sure.’
“I started working and started to play, and kind of got orientated. I worked my way from picking up golf balls in the woods at the driving range to being a starter to working in the golf shop and being an assistant pro.”
Davidson attended the University of Central Florida for two years then decided to enroll in the PGA apprentice program. His parents were supportive as long as he was pursuing some type of schooling.
Eventually, Davidson received his Class ‘A’ PGA card and spent several months in Orlando applying for jobs. Unfortunately, PGA professionals were practically a dime a dozen in Florida.
Davidson then hooked up with an individual from Huntington, W.Va., and spent two years working at what is now Twin Silos at Lavalette. In 1999, he became the PGA pro at Parkersburg Country Club.
“The Mid-Ohio Valley is a great place to raise a family,” Davidson said. “Yes, there are a lot of 14 to 16 hour days this time of year and it seems like every day runs into the next day. You are always trying to stay ahead, and get ready for the next event.
“But events like (the Sour Mash Memorial) and playing alongside Brittany Lincicome, those are the days that really make the job worthwhile. My family doesn’t get much of a chance to watch me play, but they come out for that. Plus, Brittany has been a great influence on my daughter’s career.”
This year marks just the fifth West Virginia Open for Davidson. He made the cut once years ago at Berry Hills Country Club. Whether home-course advantage takes effect, only time will tell.
“I never dream about work, but recently I had a dream that I shot a 79 (in the final round),” Davidson said. “I came off the course and they told me I won. My reaction: I asked if we got all the volunteers out where they were supposed to be.
“And that’s how I woke up.”