Bob Sowards is the Southern Ohio PGA teaching professional at New Albany Country Club. This isn’t Bob’s first PGA Championship appearance. Sowards qualified for the first time in 2004 when he won the PGA Professional National Championship at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio. Aside from the PGA Championship, Sowards competed on the PGA Tour in 2008 with a best finish T9th in the 2008 Wyndham Championship. Also played in seven PGA Tour events in 2005. He’s recorded six holes-in-one, but even more noteworthy, four were in competition. Bob spends his personal time reading, enjoying sports, and spending time with his wife and children.
Staff Pro Q&A
Career low score?
What is your dream foursome?
Ben Hogan, my dad, my brother, and myself. Living 4-some- my brother, myself, and whoever wants to join. I’m not too hung up on wanting to play with a certain person or people. I’ve played with a lot of the great players over the past 15 years.
How many hole-in-ones do you have?
6 (5 in competition).
What is your most memorable shot?
Tough question. My most memorable shot is probably my tee ball on 72nd hole at 2004 PNC to set up victory. Best tee ball of my life under pressure.
What are your primary swing thought(s)?
Try to only have one; turn chest away from ball on takeaway and trust everything else.
What is your favorite golf hole?
#7 at Pebble Beach.
Do you have a specific ‘Pre-game’ meal?
No specific pre-game meal.
What kind of ball marker do you use?
I use a random quarter. No superstitions there.
How do you mark your golf ball?
Mark my ball with one red dot on top to focus on while putting to quiet my mind.
As a teacher, what golf tip do you give the most?
Start the swing from the ground up.
What is the most common problem you see with your students?
Using the hands too much in golf swing.
What is the best golf tip/advice you’ve received? From who?
For swing, turn more from Jon Decker, Director of Instruction, New Albany CC. For putting, quiet my mind by Dr. Ryan Caserta.
If you could change one thing about your game, what would that be?
I wish I would have met Jon Decker 10 years earlier. Other than that, to be able to drive the ball 350 yards.