By Rob Kiser
In a short time, things have started to take shape at Piqua Country Club, which re-opened in May.
The latest addition is PGA Apprentice Casten Reed, who originally hails from Napoleon, Ohio — and comes to the PCC from Gulf Shores, Alabama.
“I moved in this week, so I guess that makes it official,” Reed said with a smile during an interview from his office in pro shop Wednesday.
Reed admits he surprised by the caliber of golf course he found at the PCC when he arrived at the Pete Dye 18-hole layout.
“Honestly, I was shocked,” Reed said. “They kept the course superintendent Peter (Miller). He just does an amazing job. What he does with what he has to work with is just amazing.”
And he isn’t the only local addition to the staff.
One of the first people brought in by manager Eddie Carpenter was Jim Garrity, a long time employee of the golf course.
“Jim (Garrity) is a local guy who can tell you everything about everything,” Reed said. “I probably spent most of my first two or three days with Jim, letting him familiarize me with the area and the people.”
The staff in the pro shop also includes local flavor.
Jonathan Lowe was a three-sport standout at Sidney High School and Don Larger is a familiar face to golfers in the area.
“Those guys have helped me a lot,” Reed said. “Everything here has been great.”
After graduating from Napoleon High School, Reed went on to play two years of golf at Indiana Tech and has always had a passion for the sport.
“I have done two or three different things in my life,” Reed said. “But, I always come back to golf.”
He made the decision to focus on being a PGA Professional several years ago.
“My daughter was born two years ago and that really made me focus on a career,” he said.
PCC is a very different atmosphere from his last stop at Gulf Shores, Ala.
“I had to leave the beach,” he said with a laugh. “I know my family is excited about me coming back to Ohio. They are all still located in Napoleon. I am going from a resort course that had 300 rounds of play a day to a place where I can get to know the golfers.”
Reed sees a bright future at PCC and expects to be a big part of that.
“I have just been getting to know everybody,” he said. “With the tournaments we are having — like the President’s Cup that starts this weekend — we just want to find a way to make them better. There were some tournaments we had to cancel. But, we want to come back with a bang next year.
“I think membership is just going to continue to grow. I think we can build something here.”
Which is just another positive step in the return of the Piqua Country Club.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.