By Todd Lancaster Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — VINCENNES — Washington resident Brett Melton again showed that he he is at the top of his profession.
Melton wrapped up his third Indiana Golf Association Professional of the Year title with a victory in IGA Pro Series recently. Melton also held the title in 2008 and 2009.
Melton, Director of Golf at The Country Club of Old Vincennes, fired a 5-under-par 67 to capture the ClubCar/Pepsi Indiana PGA Tournament Series event at Elcona Country Club. Melton, playing in the first group of the day, carded 7 birdies and 2 bogeys to post the early low round and then watched as the rest of the field failed to match his total.
“I’m happy to win this (title).” said Melton. “It is something that is a goal every year. Every golfer has a competitive side, and it is a lot of fun to win against your peers.”
The win was the first of the year for Melton in the professional series, but he has had numerous top three finishes that pushed him over the top in the season-long points race.
“To win that title, it is all about being consistent throughout the year,” he added. “I hit it good and putted very well,” said Melton. “The greens were really good and very similar to ours (The Country Club of Old Vincennes).”
Melton has also competed on the PGA Tour, the Web.com tour and the Canadian tour, as well as running the day-to-day operations at CCOV. He was previously named the Illinois Assistant Professional of the Year, along with numerous appearances in the PGA Professional National and as a member of the PGA Cup team.
And with all that on his plate, he has also been the coach of the North Daviess’ girls golf team over the last six years. He coached current college player Darrah Holder to the state tournament during that stretch, along with building the program to nearly 15 members. This is something that Melton believes is just as important as competing.
“As a professional, you are challenged to ‘grow the game,’” said Melton. “When I look at the progress that (current players) Cassie Knepp, Meghan Knepp, Kiersten Madsen and Maggie Swartzentruber have made, you know you are on the right track.”
Melton said that it is difficult to find the time to practice to compete on a high level, but at 39, he still believes he has at least another decade to challenge for more IGA/PGA titles.
“There there is a lot of things involved with being a PGA professional, but it is nice to be able to compete and win.”