We have known Mark Wilson since the late 1970’s, when he first became

 the golf pro at Hickory Hills Golf Club or was it Forest Hills Golf? Lots of things

 have changed at our course but he hasn’t changed a bit, he is still the

friendliest, most professional golf pro we have ever known.

Mark is going to be inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of

fame on Aug 21, 2008.  An honor Mark has well earned.

Let me tell you a little about Mark’s accomplishments.  He is a Michigan native

and has resided in Grand Rapids since graduating from college. He is also a

Rhodes scholar, lest you think golfers aren’t cerebral.

Mark has been fascinated and personally involved in the PGA Rules of Golf

for as long as I can remember.  These days you might see him on TV standing

next to Phil Mickelson or Tiger Woods at any premier PGA event and

giving some unwelcome news about his golf ball and/or penalty strokes. 

You see, Mark is the Chairman of the PGA of America Rules Committee

He travels around the world to PGA golf events to be available for a ruling.

Be aware if you ask a question about the rules, he will quote the page number

 or decision rendered about your question.

Members at Watermark have tried for years to stump Mark but we finally have

given up. When you see him, ask  “When was the last time you played

golf?   With all his duties he seldom has the time. Maybe after this year when

his term as chair of the PGA rules expires.


An excerpt from the Watermark Newsletter about Mark:


Mark Wilson, our Head Professional, has served the

membership of Watermark Country Club for over 25

Years.  He is responsible for overseeing the total golf

operation at Watermark.  His exceptional attention to

detail has produced years of quality and consistency

in both our regular and tournament play.  Mark is

currently the chairman of the PGA of America Rules

Committee.  He has served at all the PGA Tour major tournaments, several

European Tour tournaments as well as every Ryder Cup since 1995. Our

membership is proud to have him as our pro and look forward to many more

years with him in that role.



Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame