Torrington Country Club has a new pro - Bobby Sparks
There will be a familiar face missing at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton this golf season. There will be a new face that will look mighty familiar to many at Torrington Country Club. Bobby Sparks is on the move.
The longtime popular golf pro who has been with Fairview since its opening 20 years ago is now the new golf pro at Torrington replacing Glenn Carlson who is now the Director of Golf at the Club.
“It was an opportunity for me and Glenn was looking for an opportunity,” said Sparks. “Torrington was looking for somebody to shadow Glenn as he moves into his new role. A lot of guys get burned out, fried, especially with the demands Covid - 19 put on clubs. Glenn lost both of his assistants. We talked and said let’s tag-team this. He didn’t have enough bodies. I think the two of us with 40 years of experience can offer more to the membership. “
The 56-year-old Sparks leaves Fairview with fond memories.
“I got an opportunity there,” said Sparks. “I’ve been there since the ground up and I’m proud of what it has become. “
Fairview owner Bob Ferrarotti said dealing with Sparks’ departure was being handled “in house” while wishing Sparks well.
“I wish Bob nothing but the best in the future,” Ferrarotti said.
Meanwhile, nobody is happier to have Sparks as Torrington’s new PGA professional than Carlson himself.
“We are very happy to have Bob join the professional team at TCC,” said Carlson. Bob brings a ton of experience with him and a strong junior golf background with the PGA Junior League and US Kids Tournament Director Position. We are looking to boost our junior golf stance in the area adding to our other great programs at TCC. Bob’s teaching and tournament operations experience will surely benefit the membership at TCC."
Torrington has also rehired former assistant Jim Hathaway to the staff and Carlson is expecting the new look to help strengthen the golf programs and social features offered to members.
Sparks move brings changes for him not the least of which is going from public Fairview to private Torrington.
“It’s a different set of challenges. For one, I now have 250 bosses instead of one,” said Sparks. “There will be more teaching. At times in public courses there is more public service. “
Sparks may also have an hour or two more to himself after a year in which Covid - 19 had him working a lot of seven-day weeks.
“This is more five days a week although I will keep running my US Kids Hartford Local Tour which will still make it six days a week,” said Sparks. “That is what I want to bring to Torrington. I run tournaments.”
Sparks was made to feel more welcome in his new position when one of his first phone calls was from 8-time Grand Slam winner, tennis Hall of Famer Ivan Lendl, a Torrington CC member.
“He couldn’t have been more welcoming,” said Sparks.
There’s a new pro at Torrington CC. But a familiar, welcome face as the 2021 year begins.