Jim comes to us by way of central New York. He may be a native of Liverpool, but his golf experience extends beyond the borders of the Empire State. His travels in the pursuit of enhancing his knowledge of golf and golf management have taken him from Liverpool to downstate to the arid courses of Arizona and back again. Lucky for us!
If you want something in life, you must first seek out the opportunity. Jim enjoyed golf from a young age due to the interest of his dad and brother, so when it was time to take it to the next level – he sought out his opportunity. He walked into a Pro Shop of a club which is now called Casperkill and asked for a job. And so it began. His hard work and dedication to the sport took him from here to there and back again.
His southwest experiences at Arizona National Golf Club truly educated him on the importance of customer service. As a PGA member and manager of staff capable of delivering world class golf operations known for excellence in guest service and golf shop merchandising, he supervised an award-winning staff of 20 whose Guest Service was rated #5 in the world – Golf Digest – Arizona National Golf Club and a Pro Shop that was Voted 100 best golf shops in America – GSO magazine – Arizona National GC.
It offered him exposure to PGA and Champions Tour, NCAA and State/Local Amateur Championships. It afforded opportunities to caddy for the Greats like Arnold Palmer, or to even sympathize with the complaints of an amateur Tiger Woods. Those are just a few interesting anecdotes Jim has to share. But, his heart is in the game itself. The people. And the next generation of play.
Jim has a strong background in junior programs and would like to incorporate that knowledge here in Columbia County. While implementing a program called “Learn To Golf” in the town of Greenfield, Jim increased youth golf participation to 80% within 5 years. He’d love to develop junior play, as well as all levels. He even introduced a “First Swing” clinic, in which physically challenged players could participate in the game of golf.
There is no end to his enthusiasm. Make sure to seek him out in The Pro Shop whether to discuss your game, furthering your game or just to welcome him to the area. The future of Winding Brook looks bright as he approaches the job with fresh ideas on couples leagues, themed events and other programs. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Jim had to say this about Winding Brook: I truly feel welcome by the family, and I appreciate both the private and public aspect of the course.
We hope you join us in welcoming, James Rossi, Class A PGA. Ask him about Augusta. Ask him about his hole in one(s) plural. Ask him about his spaghetti sauce!