Watermark Country Club Pro Staff

Grand Rapids Golf Pro Staff

Mick DeKorver, Head Golf Professional

Mick is in his third year at Watermark Country Club, previously serving over 20 years as the Golf Professional at Sunnybrook Country Club. Mick apprenticed under Lynn Janson at Green Ridge Country Club from 1986-1989. He has been a PGA member for over 20 years, elected to membership in 1988. Mick has been very involved at the Chapter and Section level of the Michigan PGA, serving as both an officer and tournament chairman for the chapter, and has served on the Board of Directors for the State PGA. Please contact Mick with any questions or thoughts at mdekorver@watermarkcc.com.

 

Andy Wilder, Assistant Golf Professional

Andy is in his 4th year at Watermark. He feels blessed to be able to work at a club where the management, co-workers and members create a friendly, enjoyable environment. He grew up in the Grand Rapids area and went to college in Colorado before returning to Michigan. Golf became a passion for him while working for USPS during his first few years after college. He has worked in the golf industry for 8 years and thoroughly enjoys the relationships and opportunities it has given him in life. He enjoys playing the game and aiding others in improving their game. He currently is finishing his PGA Level 3 Apprentice and plans to be Class A certified this year. Please contact Andy with any questions or thoughts at awilder@watermarkcc.com.

 

Michael Prior, Assistant Golf Professional

Michael is originally from Schoolcraft, a small town just south of Kalamazoo. Michael possessed a love for the game of golf from a very young age. His father has been a golf professional in the Michigan Section for over 35 years and while growing up, his dad would bring him to the golf course every day in the summer. Having the ability to practice and play golf as much as he was able to at such a young age produced a passion to compete in tournaments and constantly improve his skills. Growing up in such a small town it was easy to participate in as many sports as he could handle, and that is exactly what he did. Michael focused on golf during the summers, played on the basketball team during the winter and also participated in baseball during the spring.

It was always clear to Michael, that he wanted to be like his dad and become a golf professional. Michael attended Glen Oaks Community College for a year in order to decide where to pursue his playing career. He continued to play well at Glen Oaks and was approached by the golf coach from Holy Cross College in South Bend, Indiana. Growing up a Notre Dame fan, Michael was very excited by the offer and decided to become a member of the Holy Cross men’s golf program. As a team, they won 11 tournaments over a 3 year period. At their peak they tied for 14th in the National Championship and finished the year ranked 15th in the country.

In the spring following his final semester at Holy Cross, Michael moved to Bandon, Oregon to work as an Assistant Professional. Michael lived in Oregon for a little over a year then moved in Spring 2015 to the south suburbs of Chicago for another assistant professional job at Midlothian Country Club. While Michael was at Midlothian, he started the process of becoming a member of the PGA of America.

Please contact Michael with any questions or thoughts at mprior@watermarkcc.com.