AUGUSTA, GEORGIA | Paul Marchand has never won a green jacket. Nor has he ever teed it up in a Masters. But the year’s first major and the Augusta National course on which it is played have nonetheless had great import in his life. And the 59-year-old PGA professional from Franklin, Ind. – and the longtime coach for Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie – does not miss the tournament if he can possibly help it.
It was his Baptist minister father, Walter, who brought Marchand to his first Masters, in 1971. “Dad had married a couple back home, and in return for that service, they gave him some Masters badges,” recalls Marchand, who will soon be leaving his current job as general manager and head golf professional at the Shadow Hawk Golf Club outside Houston to become the director of golf at the new Summit Club in Las Vegas.
“So, he took me with him. Jack Nicklaus was our favorite, and we followed him for every hole. He finished second, and when Dad and I went back the next year, Jack won.”
Nicklaus’ win was a big deal for the 15-year-old Marchand, and not only because he was a fan. “He made me want to pursue a career in golf,” he says.
And by that point in his life, Marchand was a pretty good golfer….. READ FULL ARTICLE