Scott Hickey, PGA
District Director (MA - Central)
College/University: Boston College
Year Turned Pro: 1994
Facility and Job Title: Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, Director of Golf
1. Please give a summary of your background and credentials.
Born in Boston, grew up in Dedham, MA and was a Jr member of Norfolk GC. Played high school golf at Xaverian Brothers HS in Westwood and graduated from Boston College and the Carroll School of Management in 1994. I worked at Spring Valley Country Club in the bag room and Pro Shop through high school and college for PGA Professionals Steve Bagley, John Lyons and Steve Caldwell. After graduating from BC, I turned pro in June of 1994 under the tutelage of John Del Bonis and worked as a PGA apprentice at Norton Country Club through 1998, the year I became a PGA member. I then moved on to Cyprian Keyes GC as an assistant to Terry O’Hara in 1999 and was the Head Pro from 2000 – 2003. After one year as the Head Pro at Brookmeadow Country Club I was hired as the Head Pro at Norton Country Club in 2005 and remained there through 2009. The Director of Golf position opened at Cyprian Keyes in 2009 and I was fortunate enough to be hired back there and I have been there ever since. I have served on the NEPGA Tournament Committee from 2010 to the present and was the President of the Central Mass Chapter in 2002 & 2003.
2. What was your motivation to become a PGA Professional?
The love of golf and the pleasure I got from helping people enjoy this great game. I tried to soak up everything I could from each PGA Pro that I worked under and consider myself a mold made from the likes of Steve Bagley, John Lyons, Steve Caldwell, John Del Bonis and Terry O’Hara among others. The reaction golfers of all levels have when they hit a good shot or make a putt is addictive to watch and makes me want to do whatever I can to ensure they enjoy themselves every time they drive up our driveway!
3. What is your specialty in the golf business?
I would consider my specialty to be a combination of two things; the ability to think outside the box in developing new programs and ideas to attract golfers while also juggling the issues that pop up on the business side. We are at such a critical point in the golf business since we are all trying to retain and attain customers but in the meantime we also have to keep an eye on the bottom line and the future of our facilities and the game.
4. Please list any accomplishments (Awards, Certifications, and Tournaments.)
- 2007 NEPGA Merchandiser of the Year, Norton Country Club (Personal Award)
- 2000 National Club Pro Qualifier – Kiawah Island
- Certified Club Fitter for Callaway, Cobra, Mizuno, Ping, Taylor Made and Titleist
5. What was your greatest moment in golf?
My greatest moment is any chance I get to play golf with my father. He is the one that got me into the game along with other sports and I cherish anytime I can play with him be it casually and competitively.
6. What or who has had the greatest impact on your career?
The work ethic that my parents have instilled in me has made the greatest impact on me and my career. Hard work and dedication was drilled home by them at a young age and has allowed me to be where I am today.
7. Besides golf, what else do you enjoy?
I enjoy spending time at home with my wife Sarah, three month old daughter Tatum and our yellow lab, Trooper. I play hockey at least once a week in the winter months and sort of weirdly enjoy working in my yard!
8. Do you have any particular goals in your role as a member of the NEPGA Board of Directors?
I consider it an honor to be part of such an important governing body in the game of golf. My goal is to offer a new voice, provide useful feedback and help support our Association as during such a critical time in the golf industry.
9. Do you have a vision of what the section will be doing in the next five years in the areas of growth of the game, tournaments, community outreach?
The easiest answer is to say junior golf and ladies programs but I think it needs to go way beyond that. The average age of serious golfers/members is over 50 years of age and I don’t see it getting any younger unless we do something soon. Young golfers who are just out of college are limited in their access to courses because of both time and cost. They are struggling to find jobs, have little or no discretionary income and are almost an afterthought when it comes to marketing/advertising within the golf industry. Targeting the 21 – 35 year old golfer now is a must if we want the game of golf survive the current golfers getting older. Our jobs and livelihoods are going to be dependent on this age demographic and if we don’t develop programs now, I foresee serious issues with the number of rounds being played down the road.