Matt Baschke named new PGA pro at Burlington Golf Club
It is not easy to follow in the footsteps of a legend, to try to replace someone who has been a transcendent figure.
Matt Baschke gets this job at the Burlington Golf Club.
Baschke, who turns 30 on Monday, will take the reins of his first job as PGA Professional Chef at Burlington Golf Club, where he will replace Joe Butler. Butler retired after a 29-year career at BGC, the last six with Baschke as his assistant.
Baschke has big shoes to fill, but he’s up to the challenge and go for it.
“I want to continue to train in the right direction, increase the membership here and keep the junior golf program strong,” said Baschke. “We need to replenish the youth program. A lot of those players are playing now, so we need to get more juniors and develop more depth there. We’ve had one of the most successful youth teams in recent years under Joe. and we want it to continue. “
Baschke grew up in Okoboji, a golfing hotspot in Iowa. Unlike many other PGA professionals, Baschke was a late start in the sport he chose to play as a profession.
“My dad took me out when I was 11 and I was hooked right away,” Baschke said. “Golf is a great game. It is one of the few games that you can learn and compete in your lifetime.”
Baschke played golf for two years at Iowa Lakes Community College before deciding to pursue a career in golf. He studied at the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, before accepting a position as a PGA Professional Assistant at BGC.
Baschke has learned the ropes from Butler over the past six seasons and is now ready to try his hand as a professional PGA chef.
“Not only has he been the best over the past 29 years, he’s spent 50 years in golf,” said Baschke. “He taught me everything from customer service and accommodation to scheduling and understanding who the members are and what they want. Joe taught me everything. I will really miss him. “
“Matt will do a great job,” said Butler. “He has a great personality and a great sense of humor. He will fit in very well.”
One of Baschke’s main priorities will be to keep the junior program at a high level. This is something that BGC and the community have been proud of over the years. Young people are the future.
“I have a good relationship with these boys. They were very successful and they really worked on it,” Baschke said. “Their success is based on their dedication to the sport. I hope this spreads to the younger ones and that they continue to play like this.”
Baschke said he plans to continue to have a strong working relationship with the Iowa Golf Association and keep BGC in rotation to host some of the main IGA events.
“We are always happy to host these events,” said Baschke. “They’re super fun and the course here is always fun to play. When these things are in town the community really appreciates it and our members are 100 percent behind it. We want to continue that relationship.”
While the 2022 season seems far away, Baschke has already started preparations for the coming season. Although it does not officially take over until January 1, Baschke has already started operating.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Baschke said. “Right now I’ve been in contact with different clothing and equipment companies, making sure we get everything we need for our members for the coming season. I’m trying to have a ahead of the game. I do as much as I can. “