Career Information

Joseph Merlin Resume

Professional Summary

PGA Professional with a reputation for growing the game at elite clubs nationwide by utilizing my customer service oriented personality, exemplary skills, and passion for providing a uniquely personalized golfing experience

  • Developed relationships with members by providing 1000 plus private golf lessons and over 120 golf clinics
  • Exceeded member expectations by refining the quality of preparation for 200 plus men’s, ladies, junior, and outside tournaments
  • Actively involved in improving the retail experience for members at clubs that average $550,000 in gross sales
  • Played a key role in organizing, executing, and directing all Golf Operations procedures during 2016 PGA Junior Championship as well as the Northeast Amateur Invitation that is held annually at Wannamoisett Country Club
  • Utilized a university-like program that has developed 20 plus staff members skills in career building, tournament operations, merchandising, and instruction

Professional Work Experience

Inverness Club – PGA Head Golf Professional Derek Brody
Senior Assistant Golf Professional (December 2017-current)

Inverness Club, founded in 1903, is home to 330 plus members that average 19,000 rounds annually and is located in Toledo, Ohio. The Donald Ross design opened in 1919 and has played host to nine Major Championships and two NCAA Championships. (U.S. Open -1920, 1931, 1957,1979 | PGA Championship – 1986, 1993 | U.S. Senior Open – 2003, 2011 | U.S. Amateur – 1973 | NCAA Championship-1944, 2009)  Inverness Club is currently ranked #89 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 List and is slated to host the U.S. Junior Championship in 2019 and the Solheim Cup in 2021. 

Wannamoisett Country Club – PGA Head Golf Professional Brad McCluski
1st Assistant Golf Professional (January 2015-December 2017)

Wannamoisett Country Club is a private member-owned facility that was founded in 1898 and is located just outside of Providence, Rhode Island. The Donald Ross gem was built in 1914 and played host to the 1931 PGA Championship as well as the 2016 Junior PGA Championship. The club hosts the Northeast Amateur annually and was ranked #32 Classic Course by GolfWEEK Magazine. It also can be found on Links Magazine’s list of Top 100 Most Prestigious Clubs in the world.

Metedeconk National Golf Club – PGA Head Golf Professional John Rutecki
Assistant Golf Professional (March 2013-January 2015)

Metedeconk National Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Roger Rulewich masterpiece that utilizes 700 plus acres of pinelands in Jackson, New Jersey. Metedeconk National Golf Club is a private member-owned facility that was named the 2010 New Jersey PGA Section Club of the Year; the 2012 Club of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association, and was ranked number 85 on the 2012 Top 100 Modern list by GolfWEEK magazine.

Pittsburgh Field Club – PGA Head Golf Professional David Martin
Assistant Golf Professional (April 2009-January 2013)

Pittsburgh Field Club located in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania was originally designed by Alexander H. Finlay, but has since been renovated by many of the games top architects such as A.W. Tillinghast, Willie Park, and Robert Trent Jones Sr. Pittsburgh Field Club is a private member-owned facility that was chartered in 1882 making it one of the nations oldest premiere facilities.

Other Work Experience

The Loxahatchee Club- PGA Head Golf Professional Wilson Zehner
Professional Staff/Outside Services Staff Member (November 2010-April 2011)

Promontory Ranch Club – PGA Head Golf Professional Thomas Chipman – Park City, Utah
Level 3 Internship / Golf Shop Assistant (May 2008-August 2008)

Pittsburgh Field Club- PGA Head Golf Professional David Martin – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Internship / Outside Services (May 2007-August 2007) 

Montour Heights Country Club – PGA Professional Alexander Childs – Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Level 1 Internship / Outside Services (May 2006-August 2006)

Community Involvement and Other Accomplishments

  • 2017 New England PGA – Rhode Island Chapter Assistant Professional of the Year
  • Board Member – New England PGA Assistant’s Association
  • Mentor at the San Miguel School located in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Career Coach for California University of Pennsylvania Professional Golf Management students
  • Attended 2016 Coach Camp Presented By Andrew Rice, Martin Chuck, Joseph Mayo, and Dana Dahlquist
  • Named the 2014 Employee of the Year at Metedeconk National Golf Club
  • Volunteered with the Pittsburgh Youth Golf Foundation from 2006-2012
  • Member of the California University of Pennsylvania varsity golf team
  • Member of the National College Athletic Honors Society