Name: David Chuba
Title: General Manager and PGA Professional
As a boy I grew up in Sharpsville, PA. I started golf at the age of 3 winning my first junior event by age 11 shooting a par round of 36 at Mercer Golf Course. As a junior golfer I was fortunate enough to qualify for the U.S.G.A. Junior Amateur in Bethlehem, PA and was invited to play at East Aurora C.C. in Buffalo, NY for the Junior Masters Invitational. I played golf at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA becoming a two-time All American leading the national event twice my junior and senior years. I became a member of the PGA of America in 1992 and since then have opened three courses from scratch: Hickory Heights in Bridgeville, PA...Walnut Run G.C. in Cortland, Ohio...and The Links at Firestone Farms in Columbia, Ohio. Locally, I was the Director of Golf at Fowler's Mill G.C. located on the east side of Cleveland in Chesterland, Ohio. At the time, we were the number one ranked course in the state of Ohio and nationally ranked by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. For those of you familiar with the course I was part of the team that developed the clubhouse you see now from the original double-wide trailer back from the old TRW days. Most recently I served as Head Golf Professional at Dick's Sporting Goods in Beaver, PA. I was thrilled to be hired as the General Manager and PGA Golf Professional at Ridgewood Golf Course in March 2014.
I have been married since 1990 to my wife Leeann and have three children. Stephen (23), my oldest, just graduated with honors from Thiel College as a double major in Psychology and Sociology. He wants to pursue a career in Law Enforcement or as a Golf Course Superintendant. Matthew (21), graduated from Allegheny College with a double major in Chemistry and Religious Studies. He will start grad school this fall at Emory College in Atlanta, Georgia to pursue his doctorate in Pharmaceutical Research. Rebecca (18), graduating high school in June. She is attending Allegheny College in the fall looking to major in Biology with a minor in Art and Creative Writing.
I love golf, always have always will. I am a big fan of Bobby Jones and the Masters Tournament. I was fortunate enough to walk Augusta National (4) times. I saw Tiger chip in on hole-16 in 2005. Highlight in 2008, I was able to bring both boys and my dad to watch the tournament. On Thursday I saw Butch Harmon between holes two and three. Anyone that knows anything about the Masters knows there is no tolerance for solicitation once the tournament begins. But I love to talk so I introduced myself to Mr. Harmon stating I was not after an autograph but had a unique story if he had any interest. He allowed me to tell the story involving my dad as a young man in the army during the Korean War. Back then Augusta permitted soldiers to enter the grounds free of charge. So, my dad got to see Butch Harmon's dad win the Masters that year. Many years later, we are telling the story to his son. Butch spent 15 to 20 minutes with us that day sharing some of his stories with his dad and Augusta National. It was an inspirational moment.
Name: Tyler Good
Title: Golf Course Superintendent
My roots are in Arcadia, Ohio where I was one of two sons of a dairy farmer and a secretary for Marathon Oil Company. Having a farm background I wanted to study agriculture after high school. I attended The Ohio State University majoring in Agronomy and Minoring in Plant Pathology. During my tenure I gained experience on the golf course at Sycamore Springs in Arlington, Ohio and a top 100 course called Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio. During this time I was employed with the University's athletic Department being part of their field crew for the "Horse Shoe" when they had turf! After graduation I took on the position of Grounds Manager for the Cleveland Browns practice facility in Berea, Ohio. Getting back into the game of golf, I took the Assistant Superintendent position at Shady Hollow Country Club in Massillon, Ohio. From there I went to Fox Meadow Country Club in 2000 as the Assistant Superintendent. In 2006 I became the head Golf Course Superintendent. In March of 2013 I was honored to be named the golf course superintendent here at Ridgewood Golf Course!
Worst job I ever had:
Fixing a broken irrigation pipe that was eighteen feet underground.
I have a beautiful wife Annie, and three wonderful boys Kyle (20), Jacob (16), and Evan (7).
Golf, watching Ohio State football games, fishing, biking the Erie Canal pathways, and watching my kids sporting events.
Why do I work at Ridgewood Golf Course?
Each day at the course brings on new challenges; there is no day to day routine. Since everything revolves around the weather conditions, schedules and duties could change hourly. I love the challenge of getting the job done when it seems impossible to most. I have really enjoyed my co-workers and the people of Parma. What lies ahead in the future for Ridgewood is very exciting, and I'm proud to be a part of it!