Members priority for new Catamount golf pro

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— Jim Miller celebrated his 33rd birthday and the fact he is the new golf pro at the Catamount Ranch and Club all in the same week.

Miller started at his new position on April 2. The former assistant professional at Castle Pines Golf Club said he was excited to get his first chance as a head professional here in Steamboat.

"It's a beautiful golf course and I'm excited to be part of it and a part of the Steamboat community," he said.

Miller said while parts of the course are still covered with snow, he said other parts of the course are already green.

"I can't wait for the snow to melt so that we can get going," Miller said.

The new professional said his priority will be to serve the club's membership and all of their needs. However, he said the club will continue to be involved in the community and hopes to continue to support junior golf.

Miller, who started at Castle Pines as a waiter, has made his way up through the ranks over the past seven years.

In that position, he was responsible for organizing four major member tournaments, and also directed sales at The International. Prior to that he was assistant golf professional at The Pinnacle Peak Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the Vintage Club in Indian Wells, Calif.

Miller said his wife, Michele, and two children, Jake, 6, and Jenna, 2, will join him here in July.

Miller will oversee all aspects of golf operations, including golf shop and tournament, teaching and member events.

He replaces Randy Houseman, who left the club this winter. Houseman is now the general manager and director of Golf at the Vail Golf Club.

To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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