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Doug Turner enters his first season as head men's golf coach after serving as a PGA of America consultant for 14 years.
Turner joins the athletic staff while still working at the Soderquist Center, an organization on the campus of John Brown University that seeks to provide ethics and leadership training to individuals and organizations, where he has been employed since 2012. There, he oversees the responsibility of delivering values-based leadership and team development content, coupled with meaningful experiential learning.
Turner's professional golf experience began in 1993 when he was named the Head Golf Professional and manager at the Forest Creek Golf Club in Round Rock, Texas. While there, Turner managed to secure a $1.2 million revenue over three years and was also able to garner highest honors from the Club Corporation of America.
After being named the general manager of the Lago Vista Resort in Austin, Texas, Turner continued his financial success, leading the resort to a $1.6 million revenue during his one-year tenure. He was also charged with creating and managing a $750,000 capital improvement plan.
Turner then turned to an entrepreneurial endeavor for three years, starting up Impact Golf Consulting, where he consulted golf course owners and municipalities in addition to golf professionals. This led to a 14-year career with Professional Golfers' Association of America where Turner served as an Employment Services Consultant from 1998-2011. While with the PGA, he was charged with covering 12 of the PGA's 41 divisions, primarily in the south, while assisting employers prepare for identifying and hiring general managers, head professionals, head teaching instructors and golf coaches. Additionally, Turner aided golf professionals in preparing for job interviews, writing resumes and negotiating contracts.
A holder of the PGA's Class A Professional certification, Tuner is also a multi-year recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh Award for Arkansas. The award is presented to a PGA professional who, by their day-to-day efforts, have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and through service to the community.
In 1986, Turner received his Bachelor of Arts in family life ministry from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., before earning a Master of Arts in religious education at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1992.
Turner and his wife, Margo, a professor in the education department at JBU, reside in Siloam Springs with their adopted twins, Caleb and Grace.