Meet the Pro: Ron Bibeau
I was introduced to the game by my father at the age of 8 mainly because I was too young to play little league baseball and a life- long passion for the game began. I remember my mom would drop me off in the morning at the golf course near our home and I would stay there all day, 36-54 holes was the norm. I was there so much the owner put me to work picking the range and helping out with anything that needed to be done at the course and that is when I realized I wanted to work in the golf business. I played successful amateur golf, for ten years winning many events and club championships, working in the construction field until I met Bob Darling the Head Golf Professional at Martindale Country Club in Auburn, Maine. He offered me a job as his First Assistant, teaching, working in the pro-shop and playing with members; of course I jumped at the opportunity and began my working career in golf in 1990. I worked at Martindale for 11 seasons while working on becoming a PGA member and took my first Head Golf Professional position at Turner Highlands in Turner, Maine. I stayed there for 3 years and then took The Head Golf Professional position at Riverside Municipal Golf Course in Portland managing 27 holes and working for the city of Portland. On January 1, 2012 I took the position as The Executive Director of The First Tee of Maine and was tasked to grow junior programs in the State of Maine. It was a wonderful experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Being The Head Golf Professional at Dunegrass is the culmination of a life in golf that has prepared me to give our members and guests the best golf experience in Southern Maine.
I also serve as an officer of The New England Section of the PGA; I am currently the Vice President and will be elected President in November of 2017 to serve a two year term.
I was elected to The Maine Golf Hall of Fame in 2014 and have been honored by me peers with several awards over the years:
2008 Maine Chapter of the NEPGA Golf Professional of the year
2009 Maine Chapter of the NEPGA Junior Golf Leader
2010 Maine Chapter of The NEPGA Golf Professional of The year
2011 Maine Chapter of The NEPGA Merchandiser of the year (Public)
2013 Maine Chapter of the NEPGA Junior Golf Leader
2013 Maine State Golf Association “Tom Kimball” Award
2013 New England Section of the PGA Junior Golf Leader
2014 Maine Chapter of the NEPGA Junior Golf Leader
2015 Maine Chapter of the NEPGA Youth Player Development Award
2015 Maine Chapter of the NEPGA Horton Smith Award
2016 Maine Chapter of the NEPGA Horton Smith Award
The Horton Smith Award recognizes professionals for their contributions to education and dedication to PGA members.