Proposes Virtual Lessons to Help Instructors Thrown Out of Work by COVID-19
Brad Lardon wants to help out his fellow PGA professionals in their time of need, and now that a COVID-19 stay-at-home order is in place in Alabama. It’s an idea folks in our PGA Section might want to consider here.
For 2016 National Senior PGA Professional Player of the Year Brad Lardon, a gesture by the members of The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe, N.M., motivated him to help his fellow PGA professionals in the Sun Country or South Texas PGA.
Lardon finished T10 after four rounds in the Cadillac PGA Senior PGA Professional Championship held last October at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin. Lardon shot 73-64-71-70 to finish 8-under., four shots ahead of Jerry Haas of Wake Forest University.
“A couple of weeks ago, the membership did something really great and said no matter what happens, we are going to pay our employees,” Lardon said. “At that moment, I became so grateful. That was such a nice gesture by the membership. I got to thinking, ‘If this thing goes further down the line, can I do anything to help?’”
Lardon launched his ‘PGA Pros for PGA Pros – PGA Professionals against COVID-19’ program through social media channels on March 25. Lardon is accepting donations for half hour virtual coaching sessions on swing, course management or sports psychology and will be donating 100 percent to PGA Professionals who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
“Just doing a little bit might go a long way,” Lardon said of his initiative. “Whatever I’m going to be able to do, it might not be that significant, but if I could get other Pros like me to do it, then maybe it would become a little more significant. Powers in numbers.”
To participate or contribute to the program or to talk to him about replicating it, golfers and professionals alike can reach out to Brad Lardon through his Facebook page or Twitter.
A version of this article by Kyle Kelley originally appeared on PGA.com.
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