West Coast blogger Kyle German has mixed feelings about the departure of Canadian PGA executive director Steve Carroll after five years on the job. German got to know Carroll during his 12 years as executive director of the British Columbia PGA. German says Caroll brought class and professionalism to whatever post he held, but will be a success in his future endeavours:
I’ve known Steve Carroll for quite awhile. I joined in 1994 and he was head of our association then.
He was always a guy who showed the utmost in professionalism and, if you needed anything or if you needed someone to talk to, you could always count on Steve. With the head of an association, I don’t think that’s very common.
I don’t know how many guys in the association really knew that or took advantage of it, but I did on a number of occasions.
I had an issue in the late 1990s and I didn’t know how to deal with it or who to turn to, so I gave Steve a call. He said, `Why don’t you come to the office?’ and we chatted for about an hour.
I walked in the office feeling pretty bad and I left feeling great. That’s the kind of guy he was and still is and he will take that wherever he goes.
Obviously, in the roles he’s had over the last 15 to 20 years, he’s had a lot of tough things to go through and he’s always handled them with class and a lot of dignity. I think he’s accomplished some great things at both the zone level and the national level.
One of those is the PACE initiative that’s been put forward by the national board to get more members, retain more members, to educate and strengthen the association.
The first time it was proposed, there was a lot of resistance to it and it didn’t pass. Steve was passionate enough about how important is for the association and how much better it was going to make the association that he didn’t sink his head and let it go.
Instead, he brought it back up and they reworked it and it’s ready to go to a vote again early next year. I have faith that it will go through this time, with a lot of credit going to Steve.
He does things that aren’t necessarily the easiest things to do, but he’s always done things that were in the best interest of the association and its members.
A true leader often gets beaten up because of the things you do, but you do them because they’re the right things to do. That’s what Steve did at the provincial and national levels.
I’m not sure where Steve will end up, but he won’t be a free agent for long. I think he’ll get snapped up in the free agent market in a heartbeat and whoever gets him is going to be lucky. In a short period of time, whoever gets him will be better off than before he got there.