PGA Professional Eric Lohman

We asked a few questions to Eric Lohman, the PGA General Manager and Director of Instruction at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, CA and current 41st President of the Southern California PGA of America. With over three decades of experience in the golf industry, Eric has spearheaded initiatives across the game in golf course management, education, diversity and inclusion, and more. 

You have contributed a significant amount of your time to the SCPGA in a leadership role over the years. Please share your key takeaways about your experience serving the Section.

Highlights are being active and engaged for over 20 years or so.  I have been fortunate to participate on many committees and make a difference across numerous channels.  Communication, Diversity and Inclusion, Special Events, Tournaments, Finance/Investment, Education, Engagement and Mentorship.   It has been a wonderful experience, one I’ll cherish forever, and we are not quite done yet accomplishing what we set out to do.  This year’s been a cool experience being an integral part of the Southern California PGA Section Centennial celebration. 

Tell us something about the Southern California PGA that you think everyone should know.

We don’t get to play for millions of dollars, but we do get millions to play golf!  We have an amazing junior golf program with around 5,000 annual participants, we have an active foundation that supports those less fortunate, in need of assistance and active and retired military. We gift high schools who wish to have a golf program but can’t afford it with free clubs and golf balls, we do complimentary golf clinics in areas where golf is not as accessible.  The Section runs all of the professional qualifiers for the PGA and Champion’s Tour in the market place and of course we host our own professional events such as the Southern California and California State Opens along with our SCPGA Section Championships.  

What is the most impactful thing that has happened during your career in the golf industry?

I’ll name two big ones: Tiger Woods turning professional, and the Covid Pandemic, both of which have made golf cooler, more inclusive, and grew interest immensely. 

What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a PGA of America member? 

Jump in with both feet, get through with your education and training quickly and know you will never play as much golf as you would want to! 

What is your all-time favorite golf course you have played?

Augusta National duh! 

Dream course you have yet to play?

Too many to name one, how about Ireland and Scotland (all of them!) 

What would you choose if you had to play a whole round with one club? 

6 iron, right in the middle.  Lots of fun to play 9 holes that way.  Great practice! 

Favorite golf movie?

Caddyshack x 1,000% 

Best golf tip you have ever received?

Get it to the hole if you want to make it.  Harvey Penick. 

Go-to snack on the course?

The small sausage burritos at Santa Ana CC. 

Dream Foursome to play with?

Tiger, Cameron Smith and Jon Rahm (my dad and brother can caddie!)

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