Plain named head pro at Eagle Ranch
EAGLE – And down goes another barrier for Alice Plain.Plain was recently named the head golf professional at Eagle Ranch, becoming just one of 22 female golf pros among the state’s 229 courses.”It’s great,” Plain said. “I’ve been looking for a job like this for a long time and I felt like I was very prepared for the job. I have been putting in some extra hours, but I’m excited to have more of a voice, especially being a female. It’s an extra challenge. I’ve got a great response from so many people, a lot of our members. It’s been a very good start.”
Plain becomes Eagle Ranch’s third head pro, replacing Bob Dunn who has relocated to the Midwest.”She’s well overdue for this opportunity,” said Jeff Boyer, Eagle Ranch’s director of golf operations, “I’ve been looking forward to the day to her getting the opportunity like this and I feel blessed that I’m able to keep her here and give her this opportunity. She’s going to go on to better things than this, but we get the benefit of having her here now to make this place shine.”Breaking down barriers seems to be a hobby for Plain. She tried out for the boys soccer team in grade school because there was no girls team. She was turned down. Undeterred, she faced the same situation in high school boys golf. The golf coach changed the rules to eliminate Plain.Meanwhile, she also started playing hockey at the age of 5. She played on a team with teenagers just because that was the only team in South Bend, Ind. When she hasn’t been crafting her golf trade, she’s been on the ice until last year, skating with the Vail Breakaways women’s hockey team, one of the most storied female club teams in Colorado.
By college at Hanover, Ind., she finally made the men’s golf team and two years later was playing for Division I powerhouse Oklahoma State, where she received a marketing degree.That degree will come in handy in her new position as head pro. In addition to community outreach, the job requires supervising of the upkeep of the course, its cart fleet and every other single detail imaginable.But, first and foremost, Plain will remain a teacher.
“No. 1 is that she’s got a huge following of students, which means that she is a great teacher of the game,” Boyer said. “We’ve had the benefit of that going on four years now. That’s obviously something she brings to the table as head golf professional. That’s the first thing that comes to people’s mind.””I love Eagle Ranch,” Plain said. “It’s a great golf course. We’ve made some big improvements on our practice facility. It’s a great operation. We have tons of kids in our junior program. There are a lot of things that are happening here. It’s a growing community and I love being at a public facility.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 614 or via email@example.com.Vail, Colorado