GROTON -- Connecticut native Jim Tennant knows a thing or two about golf. Tennant, who has 25-years of experience as a golf professional, was hired in February as the new golf pro at Groton Country Club. Tennant comes to Groton equipped with a wealth of experience in growing cultures at municipal nine-hole courses similar to that of his new home at GCC.
Tennant obtained his Professional Golfers Association license in Conn. at 22-years-old. He served for 14-years as the golf pro at municipality owned course, Westwood Golf Club, in Farmington, Conn. Following his tenure at Westwood Golf Club, he migrated to Cape Cod where he was the golf pro at privately owned Eastward Ho Country Club in Chatham.
"Over the last five years, I have been on the Cape at a pretty exclusive private club that had pretty much the same non-pretentious way of Groton," Tennant said. "It is a very similar experience people wise."
The GCC is a gem located off of Route 119 at 94 Lovers Lane. Tennant visited the club and was floored with its beauty and untapped potential.
"It seemed like a pretty interesting job," Tenannt said. "The country club looked like it had the bones and the structure to be really successful.
When you look at municipal nine-holes on paper it was not impressive. But, it was one of those things if you drove through Groton, it was like wow. I am just absolutely thrilled that I got the job.
Tennant often times when he is not conducting lessons takes to the GCC greens to play a friendly game with members. He is no stranger to the patrons of the club ... and he likes it that way.
"It is just amazing," Tennant said of the club. "One day, I played with three of the seniors out here because it is important to me that everybody gets to have access with the pro and play with them.
I was out there with these three senior retired guys and all three were Ivy League graduates. You would have never guessed it -- they did not flaunt it, we were just talking on the golf course. I have met so many smart, intelligent, kind, successful people that know this is their home course. It is a pretty special place."
Tennant specializes in the development of junior golf, something that he believes that many golf professionals do not pay enough attention to.
Tennant has earned multiple awards in the 1990's for the development of the junior golf program because the structure of them were groundbreaking.
Tenannt's junior program focus on fitness and nutrition in addition to teaching golf skills and participating in competitions.
"I hope to bring some positive energy to the club," Tennant said. "I want to bring respect and credibility to this great nine-hole golf course. There are not many pros who pay attention to specializing in developing the junior golf program. The main goal is to change how golfers in Groton, Dunstable and Westford look at Groton Country Club."