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Ron Cooke

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Ron Cooke grew up playing golf and other sports in Eastern North Carolina. At a young age, Ron knew that he wanted to become a golf professional. During the summers, the golf professional at the local nine hole course would pick him up on his way to the course. Ron would help stage the golf carts, rake bunkers, and maintain the grounds around the club house. As he got older, Ron became a lifeguard at the club pool and helped in the golf shop. Ron graduated from Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC, in 1990, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Professional Golf Management. He was a member of two Division III National Championship Methodist College Golf Teams.

Ron began his golf professional career as an Assistant Golf Professional in the spring of 1991 at Duck Woods Country Club on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. He became a PGA of America Class A-1 Golf Professional in 1993. He worked his way through the Assistant Golf Professional ranks at three different clubs in North Carolina. His first Head Golf Professional job was opening Kiskiack Golf Club in Williamsburg, VA, in 1997. He went on to become the General Manager/Head Golf Professional at Virginia Oaks Golf Club in Gainesville, VA, from 1998 through 2000. Ron won the 1998 Middle Atlantic PGA Section Championship. He competed in the 1999 Nike Dominion Classic, the 1999 Kemper Open, and the 1999 Michelob Championship. Ron has had his amateur status reinstated and competes occasionally in local and state golf tournaments.

Ron is currently a Territory Manager for GAF Manufacturing Corporation. He lives in Cary, NC, with his wife and three beautiful daughters. The game of golf has been (and will continue to be) a large part of Ron’s life. The lessons that the game of golf have taught him over the years: character, patience, perseverance and many others, are irreplaceable. Ron feels these lessons can benefit and strengthen today’s young people.

Bob Gerard

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Bob Gerard started playing golf as an 11 year old caddy at the Mill River Club on Long Island, NY. Located a mile from his middle school, he would be first on the tee to play as many holes as possible before walking to school. Two years later, he went to work for Larry Laoretti, a part time Tour Player who later won the 1992 US Senior Open Championship. Bob became a 13 year old member of the professional staff which gained him full daily access to the golf course and practice facilities. Bob began playing in competitive local junior & amateur golf tournaments, which led to a golf scholarship at Florida Atlantic University. Upon graduation from FAU, Bob turned professional.

After several years, Bob had his amateur status reinstated and focused on a career in the Investment Banking Industry. He currently serves as President of GeoMetrix USA, a rail logistics management company. Bob holds an AA degree from Indian River College, a BBA in Marketing and Promotional Management from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Bob was co-founder of the Tarheel Golf Foundation (TGF). He left the organization in February after two years, where he was responsible for marketing, advertising, promotion, cost analysis and procurement. He was also responsible for many of the daily operations of the organization including scheduling tournaments, working with the golf courses, setting and posting tee times, working the tee at tournaments, posting the results and communications with college coaches.

The game of golf has been a big asset in business and other areas of Bob’s life. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed exposing young men and women to the game. He believes that competitive junior golf provides benefits to players at all stages of development. It helps build character and integrity as well as skills that may be valuable in life and business in future years. Bob lives in Raleigh with his wife Judy, and his son Ryan, who shares his passion for the game.

James Mishoe III

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James Mishoe III was born and raised in Conway, South Carolina. James did not begin playing golf until he was in college at The College of Charleston. Growing up James’ game of choice was baseball. James grew to love the game of golf and then as a young father introduced the game to both his children, Ellen and James IV. Both children participated in a US Kids Golf program Hook a Kid on Golf through the City Recreation Department. Well, with James IV that was all it took. Since that summer it has been junior golf for The Mishoe Family.

James earned his degree in Business from The College of Charleston and has spent his career in the financial and insurance industries. James relocated to the Raleigh NC area in June 2011 and is employed with QBE North America an insurance carrier. In this position James travels across NC, SC and VA and is always amazed that golf is a common thread among his clients. It seems either the clients themselves, their children or family friends have connection to junior golf.

James has found that Junior Golf is a wonderful way to give back and support young boys and girls in a sport that will last a lifetime. Through Junior Golf the Mishoe Family has met great families from across the United States and beyond. What a wonderful experience it continues to be.

Dr. Robb Wade

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Dr. Wade has been with North Carolina State University since 1997 where he is currently the Director of the PGA Golf Management Program. He is responsible for managing the budget and curriculum for the PGM Program, as well as the testing and preparation of the PGM students, including teaching classes and proctoring PGA exams. Prior to becoming Director of the PGM Program, Dr. Wade was the assistant Director of the PGM Program and also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Program. He was also an Instructor for the NC State Golf School.

Prior to joining NCSU, Dr. Wade was an Assistant Professor of Sports Administration and Facility Management and an Assistant to the Dean at Ohio University. He was also the Manager of the Ohio University Golf Course.

Dr. Wade holds a Ph.D. in Student Affairs Administration as well as an MS in Physical Education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He also holds a BA in Physical and Health Education and a BA in French from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ohio.