After spending 25 years in the business world, Johnny McCosker decided that a career following his passion was the best course of action. So, at age 46, McCosker attended a USGTF certification course and began his second career.

He had played high school and college golf, but that went on the backburner as he forged a business career, first with Stanley Works (the tool company) for eight years and then in the insurance world in New England for the next 15. He talked things over with his wife and then took the leap of faith in 2004 in becoming a USGTF member.

“I just find it so much fun, enjoyable, satisfying and rewarding,” said McCosker of his golf career. “And seeing kids grow up and being part of their lives is really special.” McCosker has spent the last 13 years at The Quechee Club in Quechee, Vermont, one of the state’s best private, four-season recreation and golf facilities, as an assistant golf professional, and for five years was the junior coordinator, He greatly increased the participation in ladies’ league play by more than 50 percent, and designed instruction clinics specifically for women in improving golf skills and increasing their enjoyment of the game.

He recently stepped back from his position at Quechee in order to renovate a home in Vero Beach, Florida. He plans to play more golf, improving his game and resume his teaching career once his house is finished. McCosker also is involved in club fitting and repair, another passion of his. And having the best of both worlds, he plans to play with friends and members at Quechee when he’s in Vermont for the summer.

McCosker has developed a number of good players, with one currently having professional aspirations. “I’ve had a great career developing so many relationships,” he commented.

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