Denny Ford, PGA Golf Professional Pleasant Run & Sarah Shank
Denny Ford has been the Director of Golf at Pleasant Run for 38 years. He was recently selected by his peers as the 2010 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of The Year which is the highest award a PGA Golf Professional can earn in their own PGA Section. Denny was also the Indiana PGA Player of The Year in 1976 and has played in the PGA Senior Championship and US Senior Open Championship. Denny is married to Bonnie Ford “his right hand lady” who serves as director of food and beverage for Pleasant Run and Sarah Shank GC. Denny’s daughter “Danah Bordner” currently plays on the LPGA Tour. Denny serves as Director of Golf at Pleasant Run and Sarah Shank Golf Courses.
Bob Placido, PGA Golf Professional Pleasant Run & Sarah Shank
Bob Placido’s work history represents 50 years “PLUS” experience in the golf business. At the age of fifteen he was introduced to golf by a buddy and shot 52 at his first attempt. His interest in golf immediately took precedence over basketball and baseball. He caddied double bags, 36 holes a day at a private club in Massachusetts, becoming #1 caddy. This entitled him to play golf on Mondays. Fortunately, he was taken under the wing of a great teacher who helped him develop as a player. He made the golf team and played #1 during his Junior and Senior year of high school, competing in Junior Tournaments in the East.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving four years in Security Police at a SAC Base. During this time, he had multiple orders cut and in the Spring was given temporary duty to the golf course. He gained valuable experience in turf management under the guidance of an excellent greens superintendent. Bob has been a Pro-Superintendent for the greatest majority of these years, sharing the dual love of competition, teaching and improving the golf experience by golf course beautification.
Bob has been active in the Indiana PGA Section, he has been a Board Member, Memberhsip Chairman, and Tournament Chairman.
Bob is a very accomplished player and has won the Indiana PGA Section Championship, and the Indiana PGA Senior Championship to name a few. Bob has been married to Nancy for 47 years and they have 5 children, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
“I’ve been privileged to promote what I really believe, GOLF IS THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED”.
As you can see, we are very blessed to have Bob’s knowledge and work ethic. But most importantly, a role model to look up to.
Ryan Ford, PGA Golf Professional Pleasant Run & Sarah Shank
Ryan Ford turned professional in 2001 after graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Restaurant Hotel and Institutional Tourism. He was a member of the men’s golf team at Purdue and competed in the 2000 US Amateur at Baltusrol Golf Club. He was the 2005 and 2006 Indiana PGA Club Car Player of the Year, and the 2005 Indianan PGA Assistants Champion. His most prized victory came when he teamed up with his father in the 2008 Indiana PGA Team Championship. He recently qualified for the 2011 National Club Pro Championship which was held at Hershey Country Club, located in Hershey Pennsylvania. Ryan is married to Carrie Ford and they have a daughter named Piper & a son named Parker. Ryan is the Director of Golf at Pleasant Run and Sarah Shank Golf Course.
Tim Kahle, Golf Course Superintendent Pleasant Run & Sarah Shank
Tim Kahle is a graduate from Purdue University with a degree in Turf Management. Before coming to Pleasant Run and Sarah Shank, he was the first assistant at The Country Club which is located in Cleveland Ohio. Tim also served as golf course superintendent for 5 seasons in Franklin, Indiana. We are very excited for Tim to join our staff. Tim’s attention to detail, work ethic, and knowledge sets him above the rest
Eric Huther, PGA Golf Professional Sarah Shank
Eric Huther attended Jasper High School and graduated in 2004. He went on to attend Kentucky Wesleyan College and was a 4 year varsity player on the men’s golf team. Eric graduated in 2008 with a degree in Sports & Fitness Management. He served as a caddy at Victoria National Golf Club located in Evansville, IN. Eric joined the staff at Sarah Shank in 2010 and is working towads his PGA Membership. Eric & Ryan Ford won the Indiana PGA Pro-Assistant Championhip in 2011 & 2014 and finished runner up in 2013. Eric also finished T2 in the Indiana PGA Tournament Series #2 event at Broadmoor Country Club in 2013 with a score of 69. As you can see, Eric is one of the best young players in the Indiana PGA Section. Eric just recently was elected and earned his PGA membership, something our staff is very proud of!