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Perhaps one of the most enduring aspects

of the Toledo Country Club is its long

relationship with Head Professional, Don


Kotnik grew up in Barbarton, Ohio and

attended the University of Toledo on a sports

scholarship because it was the only college

that would allow him to be a member of both

the football and golf teams. After graduation

in 1967, he spent a year in Hawaii teaching

elementary school in the mornings and

practicing golf in the afternoons.

He first found golf at the age of 14, while

riding his bike home after a baseball game.

He noticed a gentleman hitting shags in a

park and stopped to watch. The man let him

hit a few 7-irons and sure enough, he hit

a shot that made him fall in love with the


Kotnik came to Toledo Country Club in 1970

and retired in 2014 after 44 years at the club.

He has always been one of the top golf

instructors in the country and was named

PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1993.

Some notable area golfers that worked as

assistant’s for Kotnik over the years include

Perrysburg native and PGA Tour winner, Pat

Lindsey, along with, Rick Smith and Greg


Even though he is officially retired, Kotnik is

the Professional Emeritus of Toledo Country

Club and still remains active today.

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