Faculty Spotlight on Lou Skovron, PGA“My proudest moment as an educator is when I see our students go on to become successful in the golf industry.”
Most recently, Lou became the Golf Director at The Legends Golf Club, but he has held every possible position in a golf course operation. He worked his way up from Assistant Professional, Head Golf Professional, Golf Director, General Manager, Course Construction, & Golf Course Development and Tournament Director. You cannot be successful in these roles overnight, and in career that spans over 4 decades he’s proven that there is no substitute for hard work and passion. In the late 1960’s the University of San Diego beckoned to him, drawing him out to sunny, southern California from Great Falls, MT where he was attending the College of Great Falls. Southern California became his home, and the locale where many of his greatest accomplishments would take place, beginning with his work in PGA Business School I&II.
Lou knows what it takes to make a course, and a career, successful. Take, for example, his numerous honors: his "Shortcuts to Better Golf" was published in Golf Magazine, in 1990 he was named Merchandiser of the Year for public courses by the SCPGA, and in 2008 he was named Golf Professional of the Year by the Inland Empire PGA. In both 1986 and 1990 he was nominated by Golf Digest for heading up the Golf Shop of the Year and he spent 1980 to 1982 as the President San Diego Chapter PGA. From 2005 to 2010 he sat on the Inland Empire Chapter PGA Board of Directors and, not to boast, but in a town with a population of over 3 million people (many of whom are golfers), he has been named one of the 'Top 100 Influential People in Golf in San Diego'. The accolades are strewn about, but he isn’t after them. Truthfully… his entire career is has been tirelessly dedicated to service.
Skovron began his work with junior golf while he was still in college, and during that time he rose to Junior Chairman, with a Junior Chairman of the Year award in both the Inland Empire and Southern California chapters of the PGA following closely behind. Lou currently sits on the Junior Golf Advisory Board for the Southern California Section PGA ,and for over 20 years, alongside his wife, Valerie, he co-directs the Valley Junior Golf Association. Formed to promote the traditions of golf and encourage competition and camaraderie among junior golfers, the VJGA was created to educate young people about the skill, self-discipline, competition and joy of the game. Established in 1987, the VJGA is a non-profit junior golf tour that runs a staggering 30 tournaments a year for kids 5 to 18 years of age, and from the very start Lou and Valerie have maintained their belief that: “Golf is good for kids.”
Taking a moment to explain exactly why golf is good for kids, Lou shared that “Along with the tournaments we try to show kids what they can learn from golf that's going to help them in everyday life, and growing up.” This genuine sentiment is balanced with matter of fact logic; Lou knows that golf provides a positive activity for youngsters during a period in their lives that requires direction and supervision. He and Valerie see the impact of the work they do every day, and golf is a central part of their life. Their son, Joe, who has had his own successful playing career, and launched the “Beyond the Links” clothing line, is a graduate of the VJGA. Presently Joe caddies on the PGA Tour for a golfer you may have heard of…Rickie Fowler, who also happens to be a graduate of the VJGA.
It is very clear that his passion is helping people enjoy golf, because he strongly believes that "golf is the one sport that people can enjoy for a lifetime". It is no wonder that his proudest moments are watching others succeed; he is a servant to the game. Bringing humor, experience, and an open mind, to all of his students, one thing is for certain; his extended family of golfers, from 5 to 18, or 50 or 80, know the rarity and value of someone like him because, like every great teacher, Lou is still learning.