By Randy Burgan
It has been a privilege to call Bud Rousey a friend for many years and felt like you should get to know him as well. Bud is the PGA Teaching Professional at A C Reed Golf Course on the Pensacola Naval Base, and has been a PGA Member for over 20 years. In addition, he is the National PGA Director for District 3.
As the District 3 Director (an elected non-paid position), Bud covers the Gulf State Section, the Dixie Section and the Tennessee Section, covering 6 states in all. Bud and the other 14 Directors and 2 Independent Directors essentially control everything that happens in the PGA.
At the age of 18, Bud left his hometown of Salem, Indiana to join the military. While in the military, he played golf and played on a professional level, however, at that time the PGA Constitution did not recognize the military because the potential members could not work with the PGA 40 hours a week. Being in the military, limited Bud playing professionally so he would Monday qualify and did so for many years.
In 1974, Bud got his Amateur Status back and in 1988 became professional which open the door for him to became the General Manager and Head Professional at Fort McClellan. Bud has been married for 36 years to his lovely wife Julie and has 2 sons and 1 grandchild. One of his sons, Joel, is a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force serving in Germany. The other son is Nick, who played golf at the University of Alabama, played on the Hooter’s Golf Tour and is currently playing on the Web dot com Tour where he is ranked 37th. At the time of this interview, Nick was in the process of potentially gaining his PGA Tour Card.
Bud’s hobby simply put, GOLF!!! In wrapping up our interview, I ask Bud about growing the game of golf which he said that there must be new innovative ways such as a 3 hole or 6 hole green fee to get the whole family involved. He believes Get Golf Ready is very important along with Tee It Forward. He also feels like there should be a Senior Ladies Tee in order to help our elderly ladies that love this wonderful game. Bud Rousey is very passionate about the game of golf as he knows, understands, and is the Ultimate Golfing Fan. You can meet Bud at a lot of the Demo Days along the Gulf Coast as he works with Callaway..GET TO KNOW BUD ROUSEY!!