After being on staff at The Home Course since early 2021, Coleby Loveness has entered the PGA program and will continue at the course in his new role.
Loveness played football for three years at Mount Vernon (Wash.) High School, serving as team captain all three years. He then played football for three years while attending Pacific Lutheran University, playing quarterback for the Lutes. During his senior year at PLU, he switched to golf, playing on the men’s team in the fall of 2022 before graduating.
While attending PLU, Loveness began working at The Home Course in the spring of 2021, starting out in the outside services, running carts, working the driving range.
In high school, he had worked at Eaglemont Golf Course in Mount Vernon, and was drawn to working at a golf course again.
“I like the outdoors, I like sports, and I like golf,” Loveness says. “I’m glad I found this place.”
Loveness began hanging around the PGA pros at The Home Course, helping out where he could, and playing golf with them whenever he had the time. “I liked watching how they helped people enjoy the game, get better at it,” he says. “They help them ‘chase that feeling’ you get when you’re playing well. And that’s what I want to do, help people have that feeling.”
About a year ago, Loveness approached Mitch Runge, the head PGA professional at The Home Course. “I told him that if an opening or opportunity ever came up to join the course’s PGA staff, I’d be interested,” Loveness says.
An opportunity did come up, and in April 2023 Loveness entered the PGA program, and is now serving as a B-8 second-assistant PGA professional. The program takes about three years to complete, and consists of classes, playing ability tests, and earned credits.
“It is my intention to serve all three years of the program at The Home Course,” he says.
Loveness says he’s played a lot of golf with John Cassidy, one of the lead PGA instructors at the course’s Performance Center. “He’s been kind of my mentor,” Loveness says. “I’ve been able to watch what he does, ask him questions. And he’s a really good player.”
During the 2023 golf season, Loveness has been helping out with the course’s junior clinics and the “Operation 36” program, which is a developmental program designed to guide a beginner to prepare to play their first round of golf on up to shooting par or better for nine holes.
“Hopefully at some point I’ll get into helping with the club-fitting in the Performance Center,” he says.
Loveness lives just five minutes from The Home Course. It is becoming his home away from home.