Brad Lardon is hoping to turn an act of compassion into something much larger.
When the coronavirus outbreak led to his home state of New Mexico shutting down all golf courses, the director of golf at the Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe held the same fear as many PGA professionals throughout the country who are unable to conduct business as usual.
“That’s when our club’s board of directors got together and let the employees know that they will pay all the employees, whether hourly, salary or part-time, even if the club remains closed for the year,” Lardon said. “It was a ‘wow’ for sure. We are maybe in the .05 percentile of clubs that can do that.
“I was thinking about how lucky we are. If this thing drags on into most of the summer, there are going to be a ton of out-of-work folks who won’t be getting a paycheck.”
Although Lardon anticipates losing a majority, if not all, of his teaching and competitive playing revenue this year, he still has the fortune of receiving steady income from Las Campanas. That’s allowed him to...
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