Clifford W. Purtilo
Position: PGA Head Golf Professional
Family: Valerie (Wife), David (11) Hannah (17) Madison (15) McKenna (8)
Cliff has been the Head Golf Professional at the Oberlin Golf Club since 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He also played college golf for the University of Toledo golf team.
Upon graduation, he worked six years at Stone Oak C.C. (Toledo) and two years at the Jacaranda Golf Club (Ft. Lauderdale) as the First Assistant Professional. While serving his apprenticeship, he coached the University of Toledo golf team. Cliff competes locally and nationally at the professional level and has won tournaments at all levels of competition.
Some major accomplishments include: Qualifying for the 1991 Nike Cleveland Open, First place at the 1991 Highland Meadows Pro-Am (69), First place at the 1994 Northern Ohio PGA Pro-Pro (65), First place at the 1995 Elyria C.C. Pro-Am (69), First place at the 2002 and 2005 Oberlin Pro-am (69,67), First place at the 2005 Elyria Pro-Am (69) and First Place at the 2007 Pro-Pro Match Play Qualifier at the Inverness Club (65).
He also has recently been selected as the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 Horton Smith Award winner by his peers for his contributions in the area of education for the Northern Ohio Professional Golfers Association. Cliff is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Northern Ohio PGA (2002-2005). He is currently involved with many community and charitable organizations in the Lorain County area.
Position: PGA Assistant Golf Professional
Family: Kelly (Wife), Leo (Son), Lily (Daughter)
Erich is entering his first season here at Oberlin. He is a graduate of The University of Michigan where he obtained a Bachelors Degree in Sports Management. Erich was a two year letterman and played for the Michigan golf team. He has experience in the golf business from the management, teaching and playing sides of the game. He most recently was the Head Golf Professional at the Fortress Golf Course in Frankenmuth, MI. Erich also played in the 2007 PGA National Club Pro Championship and qualified for the 2003 Buick Open. He enjoys teaching and playing the game with all levels of players.
Past Golf Professionals at Oberlin Golf Club:
1934-1958 – Hershey G. Shannon
1959-1964 – Joe Kristosik
1964-1975 – Jim Cirigliano
1975-1978 – Mike Martino
1994-Present – Cliff Purtilo