But for now, Lieber, a 2012 Norwalk graduate, is more interested in the art of club-making. That new phase of the golf business is definitely in his future.
An accomplished player with a college degree, the assistant to Director of Golf David Morgan at Eagle Creek Golf Course recently left the New State Road course last month to take an assistant’s position at Grey Hawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. His long-range plan is to accept a position with Parsons Extreme Golf, a club manufacturer based in Scottsdale.
“My goal has always been to work in all aspects of the golfing industry,” Lieber said. “I took my time and learned to play the sport the right way, competing for four years in high school and then four years at the University of Findlay.”
And Lieber did have a brilliant career prior to entering the pro shop. He lettered four years under the guidance of Norwalk coach Wes Douglas, advancing to the state tournament his senior year after playing Red Hawk Run in Findlay to an even par on the final day of the district tournament. He advanced to the Ohio State’s Scarlet Course where he finished seventh as an individual, which earned him All-Ohio second team honors,
“I played well as a senior from start to finish, finishing top 10 at the state tournament,” he said. “That finish told me golf was an obvious career choice if I so desired.”
He continued to excel during the summer months back on his home course. In back-to-back years, 2014 and 2015, he won the Eagle Creek Men’s Club championship — the last year fighting off another college-aged player, Dusty Roth, winning on the second hole of sudden death.
After two runners-up finishes, Roth won the title this year.
Although he continued to play the game at a high level, Lieber always knew that he had to learn all aspects of the game to be successful.
Upon graduation from Findlay, he received an internship at a private course in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. For six months, he worked on the maintenance side of the golfing industry.
“I always felt I could handle the pro shop side of the industry,” Lieber said. “However, I knew I had to learn about grass as well as how a course is maintained. I now understand more when our superintendent, Curt Lyme, tells us that we have a disease in the greens that has to be eradicated. Knowledge in that area is important to a pro shop employee.”
Lieber came back to Eagle Creek three years ago as an assistant to Morgan while spending the winter months at a private course in Florida. Together, he and Morgan have played in several Northern Ohio Section events, placing high in many and winning the prestigious season-long Match Play tournament two years ago.
They finished second in the same event last fall. To win that event, the locals had to win six matches, a number of them against established tour players, including the Stone Brothers from the Toledo-Bowling Green area.
The 25-year-old Lieber is presently working on his PGA certification. As many do, he is working online, a slow process. But so is learning all aspects of the game.
“The people here at Eagle Creek have been great,” Lieber said. “If things do not work out in Scottsdale, and if a position is open back here, I would welcome the chance to rejoin Dave here at The Creek. Norwalk will always be home for me.”