A day in the life: the manager at Fox Ridge Golf Course

Robert Maharry

It’s golf season, which—if you’re like me—means hoping that your final score is less than twice the par and screaming like Happy Gilmore after every other shot. Some people, on the other hand, are good at golf: so good, in fact, that they’ve earned the designation of PGA professional. Fox Ridge Manager Ben Biersner is one of these individuals, and I spent last Thursday afternoon with him learning about the history of the course, struggles in the industry and what brought him back to his hometown in 2016.  
Wolverine faithful know Ben’s name well: he grew up here and played multiple sports (including golf) before graduating from D-NH in 2003 and going on to Central College. After earning a degree from Hamilton College (now Kaplan) in Cedar Falls, Biersner managed a Foot Locker for about three months before the itch came back: he needed to be working in golf.
These pursuits led him to places like Des Moines, St. Louis and Dallas, where he worked at courses but never got to run the show. Finally, just over a year ago, he seized the opportunity to come home with his wife and be the man in charge.
“There’s just something about coming back to the place where it all started,” he says. 
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