Watermark Country Club Pro Staff

Grand Rapids Golf Pro Staff

Mick DeKorver, Head Golf Professional

Mick is in his 7th year at Watermark Country Club, previously serving for 23 years as an Assistant and Head Professional at Sunnybrook Country Club. He apprenticed under Lynn Janson at Green Ridge Country Clun which is now Egypt Valley from 1986-1989. He played High School Golf at Godwin High School, then played two years of golf at Grand Raids Community College. Along with this, Summer tournaments consisted of all the City tournaments in Grand Rapids, along with some of the State event in Michigan. After turning Professional in 1986, he spent a couple of winters down in Florida working in the off-season in Port St. Lucie Florida. Many winters after that were spent playing the mini-tours in Florida, getting as much competition as he could and improving his game. He was elected to PGA membership in 1988 and has been a PGA member for 30 years.

Mick has won two Pro-Pro events in the State, playing with Scott Hebert. He also teamed up with Jake Losey to win the Pro-Assistants Championship 3 years ago. He had been very active in the Michigan Section, having served at the Chapter and State level in many capacities. He was Tournament Chairman in the Chapter, and then served as President for 2 years. At the state level, he was on the Board of Directors for two terms. He enjoys all sports, grew up playing football, basketball, and baseball before turning to golf. He has a son Leland who is 7 years old, getting ready to turn 8. Leland is into soccer, football, and golf. Leland also loves to fish, and to spend time at Lake Michigan during the summer.

Please Contact Mick with any questions or thoughts at mdekorver@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.

 

Jake Losey, Assistant Golf Professional

Jake is now in his second stint as the Assistant Golf Professional at Watermark Country Club. He had previously worked at Watermark during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He left for 2 years to be the Head Golf Professional at a course in Northern Michigan. Jake and his wife, Jessica, are both originally from the Grand Rapids area, and they love being a part of this community. It was an easy decision for Jake to return to Watermark. Jake studied at Professional Golfers College in Florida and after that was a professional caddie at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens. His love for the game began at a very early age thanks to his father and grandfather. Jake has competed in many events throughout Michigan, including the Michigan Open, Tournament of Champions, and, along with Mick DeKorver, was the 2016 Michigan Pro-Assistant Champions. Jake also loves to teach and help others enjoy this great game.

Please contact Jake with any questions or thoughts at jlosey@watermarkcc.com.