A new employee has been brought on board at Ben Geren Golf Course.

Matt Brown said he started working as head golf professional at the golf course March 2. Paul Wanstreet, Ben Geren Golf Course marketer/Pro Shop manager, said Brown will be providing customer service and helping take care of the golfers at the course. He will also be providing lessons to players.

Wanstreet, who is Brown's supervisor, said he thinks hiring Brown as head golf professional brings another added benefit to the golfers in the area who play Ben Geren on a regular basis.

"We have a lot of people that are always looking for lessons, and sometimes that's, you know, general lessons on how do you start to learn to play golf, or maybe I want some lessons on my short game, or hitting my long irons, or driver," Wanstreet said. "And, you know, Matt is certified as PGA (Professional Golfers' Association) to provide those lessons."

Before coming to Ben Geren, Brown said he was the director of instruction at GOLFTEC in Oklahoma City. He described GOLFTEC as an indoor facility that uses motion measurement and video to do golf lessons. He worked there for nine months.

When asked how he found out about the head golf professional job opening at Ben Geren, Brown said he has lived in the area for some time and owns a house in Greenwood.

"And so, just over the winter, I just sent a random email just asking if they were going to need some help in the spring, and as it turned out, I was coming back and they needed somebody, and so that's how we got together," Brown said. "Just kind of by chance really."

Brown said he met and talked with Wanstreet and Ben Geren Golf Course Superintendent Jay Randolph several times, basically seeing if they needed help and in what capacity they would need help. 

"We sat down, actually had two or three meetings before ... actually they said, 'Yeah, we've got something open,' you know, and before I said, 'Yeah, I'd be happy to come,'" Brown said.

Wanstreet said Brown is a part-time employee making $9 an hour. The funding for the position came from the golf course budget.

"We had a position available, which was a part-time position, within our budget, and that's what we filled," Wanstreet said.

Brown said he works as head golf professional at Ben Geren on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday.