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Dan Sutton has served public

golf and been involved with

the golf industry in Toledo for

nearly 25 years. He began

working at Ottawa Park Golf

Course, while still a student

at the University of Toledo

and continued to work for

the historic landmark after

graduation in 1992.

He was there in the heyday

of golf in Toledo, before

the economy forced many

golfers to abandon the game.

One day as an assistant at

Ottawa Park, the course saw

528 golfers pay greens fees.

Ottawa Park, the oldest public

golf course west of NewYork,

would annually record over

70,000 rounds.

Sutton became a golf

professional in 1997 and was

an assistant at the old nine-

hole, Fire Creek Golf Club

on Lewis Avenue, before he

migrated north to Whiteford

Valley Golf Club for three

years, 1999-2001.

At Whiteford Valley, Dan

learned the business of golf

and came to understand

the importance of outings,

leagues and group lessons.

Whiteford had four golf

courses at the time and

different leagues on each

nine every day of the week.

He began to promote clinics,

junior, as well as, women’s

programs and group lessons

as a means to grow his

income and during that time

developed a loyal clientele,

that still follows him today.

In 2002, Sutton got his first

Head Professional position

at Eagles Landing in Oregon.

He continued to expand his

knowledge of marketing

and promotion and served

the community east of the

Maumee River.

While at Eagles Landing,

Dan met his wife, Marcia.

They just celebrated their 11


anniversary and the union has

produced two children, ten-

year-old Sam and eight-year-

old Sydney. Summer months

find Dan at Heatherdowns

Country Club from dawn

until dusk, which does not

leave much time for family.

Spotlight on Heatherdowns Country Club’s Dan Sutton

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