Don't complain. Work harder.
That's the motto that Brian Bishop brings to his job as the head professional at Maple Bluff CC in Madison.
That's also the motto that helped Bishop emerge as the 2018 honoree for Wisconsin PGA Golf Professional of the Year. The award recognizes total contributions to the game that best exemplify the complete PGA professional.
It is Bishop’s third special award from the Wisconsin section. He was honored for his merchandising efforts in the private category in both 2007 and 2015.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank my family,” Bishop said in a statement. “I have been fortunate to have great mentors in my life. This award provides a great platform to say thank you to the talented golf professionals I have worked for at these great clubs and people such as Jerry Hogge at Methodist (University). It also reminds me to pay it forward with the staff I am lucky to work with on a daily basis. I am humbled and honored to receive this award.”
Bishop is the employment chairperson for the WPGA section and has held the role of southwest district director on the WPGA board since 2015.
Growing up in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Bishop’s passion for the game grew at a young age as he spent time working at Wilbraham CC and Hickory Ridge CC. After graduating from high school he headed south to Methodist to pursue a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in their Professional Golf Management program.
In 1994, Bishop graduated from the program, which -- at the time -- was not yet accredited by the PGA of America. His path to becoming a PGA member would then start shortly thereafter as he became a PGA apprentice while on staff at Carolina CC.
Over the course of the next six years, he continued the pursuit of a PGA membership while being an assistant professional at both The Windsor Club and Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, Illinois. In spring of 2002, he would accomplish that goal and gain his PGA membership while on staff at Onwentsia.
Less than two years later, Bishop earned his first opportunity to become a head PGA professional, as he made the move to Maple Bluff CC. Now in his 14th year at Maple Bluff, the Titleist TPI Certified instructor has helped the club enjoy significant growth over the past several years, highlighted by an ambitious expansion of its pool, patio and fitness facilities in 2016, and been included on hiring committees for their golf course superintendent and clubhouse manager.