LUDLOW, Vt. -
If you watched the final round coverage of the PGA Championship on CBS, you may have heard a subtle shout out to Ludlow's Jim Remy. The Okemo Valley Golf Club vice president and general manager served as the walking rules observer during the final major of the season. It's just the latest in a long list of jobs Remy has held while serving the Professional Golfers Association.
"I claim that I am from the Vermont chapter of the New England section of the PGA of America," Remy said. "I'm really proud of that Vermont connection."
Remy started working at Okemo Valley in the early 1970's. He worked at Killington in the late 1980's before returning to Okemo in the late 1990's to head up the construction and development of the Okemo Valley Golf Club.
"I've been in the skiing and golf business my whole life. This is all I've ever done," Remy said.
The more time spent in the Green Mountains, the more his interest peaked in the PGA. Remy became president of the New England chapter of the PGA, eventually serving two years as national president from 2008 to 2010.
"It was fun to represent Vermont," Remy said. "There are 27,000 men and women, professionals, that go to to work everyday and work hard to grow the game of golf. You work hard to represent so many people, who not only make their living from the game, but love the game."
Being president of the PGA has given Remy the opportunity to play with former U.S. Presidents and British royalty.
"I can remember one time meeting Prince Charles," Remy said. "I told him I was from Vermont and he looked at me and said, 'Now that's in Virginia isn't it?' I said, 'No your highness. It's in New England.' He said, 'Oh yes, of course.'"
He's presented the Wanamaker trophy twice to the PGA Champ and was inducted into the New England section of the PGA Hall of Fame in 2008. He gave a speech before the 2008 Ryder Cup and has even placed a flag at the tomb of the unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
"To spend that time on a national stage, on an international stage, and be that representative from Ludlow, Vermont, and the Vermont PGA, there's just so many great memories," Remy said.
These days, Jim Remy's role with the PGA may be understated, but his passion for the sport and his love for this state is obvious.