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Former Cardinal is Geneva head golf pro

Alexandria's Grant Hanson always knew the chances of becoming a head golf professional in his hometown were pretty slim, which is exactly why he's so grateful for this latest opportunity.

Hanson was a standout golfer for the Alexandria Cardinals who went on to play four years at St. Cloud State University. He worked in the financial services industry before spending the last two years as an assistant pro at the Alexandria Golf Club. That prepared him for what will now be his first head professional position at the Geneva Golf Club this summer.

"It was always kind of a hope," Hanson said of staying in Alexandria. "You just never know if it will work out. I lived in the Cities for four years and I was very happy to get the chance and thankful to AGC to get to come back up here. Obviously, I'm thankful now to Geneva that I get to stay here."

Hanson knows all about the passion this area has for golfing and the competitive players that it has produced. Plenty of men and women have gone on to join the college ranks at different levels after high school. Hanson is looking forward to building on that in a new role as a club pro.

"I'm very excited to be able to stay in a community that I know and have made a lot of relationships in," he said. "I have family in this community. Any time you're looking for head professional positions, you basically know there's only so many golf courses in a town, so to be able to stay in this area with the people that we have and the golfing community we have and the history behind it, it is a blessing."

Hanson will be responsible for the day-to-day operations at the Geneva pro-shop. He is also in charge of organizing tournaments and corporate outings for the club.

The snow this spring hasn't done him any favors when it comes to getting started in his new position. Geneva, which he said normally hopes to be up and running by around April 15, is shooting for the course opening during the first week of May.

"We have stuff scheduled for then and we're crossing our fingers," Hanson said. "Hopefully [the forecast] is correct. We're shooting for that Thursday, Friday, Saturday. We've got groups coming in from out of town, and they haven't cancelled or rescheduled yet."

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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