Trevor Alexander, 36, always believed that his best sport was baseball. He was totally into baseball as a youngster, and was named Class A Player of the Year by The Sun Journal in 1999, as a senior at Mt. Blue High School.
He was a pitcher at Wheaton College and for Lenders Network of the Twilight League for four years. So how did he end up in the golf business?
His initial golf influence was his father, Jim Alexander, with whom he played a lot as a youngster at Wilson Lake.
“My father would come home from work and we’d play nine holes,” said Alexander, who is first assistant golf professional at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J. “It was a way for me to do things as a kid with my Dad.”
Alexander did finish as runner-up to Justin Graham of Westbrook in the 1998 Maine Scholastic Golf Championship, but at that point of his life he had no inclination to make a living in the golf business. Nor did he think about golf as a profession as he worked during his college summers at Sugarloaf.
What got him into the golf business, was almost accidental. He had completed his summer season at Sugarloaf, when he was asked if he would work during the FedEx Playoff Tournament at the TPC Boston. He did such an impressive job there that the head pro Doug Errhalt, offered Alexander a job after college.
“He liked my hard work and professionalism,” Alexander said. “And it gave him an opportunity to groom me.”
During his six years there, Alexander had a number of responsibilities, all of which he did well enough to convince him that he should become an assistant professional. That led him to New Jersey, where he was assistant pro at the TPC at Jasna Polana in Princeton, followed by a stint as assistant pro at the Trenton Country Club and Forsgate Country Club in Monroe.
Alexander then landed a job as first assistant pro at Metedeconk National in Jackson, where he has been for three seasons, working under head pro Brent Studer, a highly respected Garden State director of golf operations.
“Metedeconk has an outstanding reputation, as does Brent Studer,” said Alexander. “His reach is phenomenal.”
Will Alexander’s next job find him as a club’s head pro?
“That is the goal,” he said. “I am in a position to pursue top level professional positions.”
Based on what people in New Jersey say about him, Alexander might be achieving that in the very near future.
Harris Golf has sold Old Marsh (May 28) and Penobscot Valley (Sept. 1) to a group headed by Kevin McCarthy. More on that subject as it becomes available.
To the surprise of no one, Mark Plummer has been named Senior Player of the Year by the Maine State Golf Association for the third time (2013, 2016, 2017), after having won his fifth MSGA Senior Amateur championship last month.
The MSGA schedule for this week is twofold. The Senior tour has an event Sept. 11 at Mingo Springs and the Weekly Tour is Sept. 15-16 at Dutch Elm. The annual Tri-State competition (Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine) is Sept. 15 in New Hampshire. The Maine State Girls Championship is Sept. 16 at Natanis and the U.S. Kids event is the same day at ValHalla.
Ricky Plummer of Summit Springs (81/74) placed fourth in the over-66 individual gross Sept. 6 at the MSGA Senior Tour event at Willowdale.