Richie breaks Willow Brook record
Back in 2004, Danny Richie set the course record at Willow Brook Golf Course when he shot a 62.
Since he was 14, Richie had called the Catasauqua-based course his home. He worked there in his teens and took over the course professional four years ago. The Allentown Central Catholic graduate left the area to pursue a collegiate career at Coastal Carolina University, but he knew he would remain tied to his roots at the course.
A few weeks ago, Richie further solidified his presence at the course when he broke his own record by shooting a 59.
Richie finished the record-setting day with nine birdies and one eagle. He drove the green on the 12th hole and putted the ball in the cup for his eagle.
It was a day among his many when everything seemed to be aligned for him. This time around, it proved to be a little more.
“This was my all-time, low score,” said Richie. “It would be very hard to duplicate it again. These types of days don’t come around too often in your career.
“It was a day when everything was going right for me. I felt after a while that I couldn’t do anything wrong. I guess I was in a zone. The last couple of years, I have learned to take one shot at a time and not think too far ahead.
“I just started to feel better and better about the round, and it all worked out in the end.”
After he graduated from Coastal Carolina where he studied Golf Management, Richie got his PGA card and then returned home to the Lehigh Valley and began working at Green Pond Country Club.
“I began working there when I got back,” said Richie. “I worked hard and worked my way up. Soon, I was offered the head pro job there.”
But Richie left Green Pond and returned to Willow Brook, where the Catasauqua native has been for the past four years.
“The course is always is good shape and the business always has been study,” said Richie. “Guys are having some pretty good rounds here.
“When I shot a 62, I thought that would be my lowest round. But you can never tell. You just have to go out, stay focused on your shots and see what happens.”
For one day, Ritchie discovered what could happen.