Divots -- Softspikes job keeps Woodward close to golf

August 28, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

Charles Woodward III first picked up a golf club when he was 3 years old.

Thirty years later, he still gets to play the game, but his income is derived from other golf-related business.

The Smithsburg resident has been employed by Softspikes -- makers of spikes for golf shoes, along with golf tees and a newly introduced line of golf club grips -- for nearly seven years.

Woodward attended Bel Air High School and graduated from Allegany High School. He eventually joined the golf staff at Rocky Gap Resort, then was an assistant for four years at Holly Hills Country Club outside of Frederick, Md.

"My wife ran into an acquaintance (of Softspikes) who suggested I put in a resume," said Woodward. "A couple of years went by and they contacted me, had three interviews and was there. I'm happy with the decision I made."


Woodward is a sales and tour coordinator for Softspikes, working the country club scene and with independent retail stores as well as making stops on the PGA, LPGA and Nationwide tours.

Woodward is usually on the road three days each week, then handles other business from home.

"It's cool to love the game you started playing at 3 and to have a profession you are happy with to go to work every day, and love what you are doing," said Woodward.

He still has aspirations to actively get involved in tournament competition, hoping to make it through some Monday qualifiers on the Nationwide Tour, which he has attempted previously.

"My game is getting there," he said. "I'd still like to get out and make time for it."

Smith back in the field

One of the area's most personable golf professionals has been back in the field putting his expertise to work.

Darren Smith was the head pro at Fountain Head Country Club until 2007 when management changes were made. After a stint in the financial advisory and insurance business, Smith established a new residence at the beginning of the 2010 golf season.

Smith is a golf professional on the staff at Waynesboro Country Club. It was a previous association with the club's General Manager and Director of Golf, Rob Bostic, that got Smith on the road back.

"I knew Rob from the past and the opportunity existed," said Smith.

While out of golf on a regular basis, Smith was able to dabble with teaching at Whitetail Golf Resort. He also began a stint as the prep golf coach at Clear Spring, which he still handles along with some teaching at Whitetail.

"I'm very happy to be back in it," said Smith, 38. When I starting teaching again at Whitetail (with head pro Rich Hogan) it got my adrenaline going again."

Smith has a 3-year-old son, Alex, who already has clubs in his hands.

Marathon Men

Fountain Head pros Jim Schouller and Brian Boggs will once again ask players out on the course, "Can we play through?"

On Sept. 17, the pair will team up for another marathon day of golf at Fountain Head Country Club in an effort to raise money for Children in Need, Inc., a private, non-profit organization in Washington County which works toward providing children the necessities for learning and growth.

The pair will play as many holes as possible, trying to beat the 150 they played last year.

"Our goal this year is to play 220 holes," said Boggs.

Last year, the twosome's efforts, on behalf of donations, raised $4,700 which was donated to CASA, a Washington County charity.

Minimum donations of $1 per hole played will be accepted with no limit. There is also a separate category for birdies and eagles, with any amount pledged per birdie or eagle. If Schouller can make 50 birdies and a donor pledges $2, that would be a $100 donation.

For more information, or to make pledges, contact the Fountain Head pro shop at 301-733-5940.

-- Tim Koelble is a staff writer for the Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-7376 or by e-mail at

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