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Love of teaching swayed Schwinden to move from Osgood to Fargo CC

Only pro Osgood has known will take her time making the move.

As head professional at Osgood Golf Course in Fargo, Lisa Schwinden is "responsible for all of the golf operations, minus ground maintenance."
Osgood head professional Lisa Schwinden will be the new director of golf instruction at the Fargo Country Club. Forum photo

FARGO — The only head professional Osgood Golf Course in south Fargo has known is moving on. But not very far.

Lisa Schwinden accepted the position of director of golf instruction at the Fargo Country Club beginning next spring, bringing to an end 16 years at Osgood. The goodbye tour from Osgood players and staff could take some time.

“It’s going to be a very challenging last couple months, saying goodbye to people,” Schwinden said. “Being part of that growth has been just rewarding and so personal for me. I put my heart and soul into it.”

She’ll take the position at FCC vacated by Kris Kroetsch. When former FCC head professional Mark Johnson stepped away to concentrate on his venture with the Suite Shots facility under construction in south Fargo earlier this year, Schwinden said she had several people ask her if she was interested in his position.

Her ultimate goal, she told them, was to be a teaching professional.

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“It’s always been my dream job and after some people heard that, they realized there could be a great opportunity there for that, too,” Schwinden said.

FCC filled Johnson’s position with Tyler Polk on an interim basis. Polk is moving out of the area and will not apply for the permanent job. The FCC is expected to address its head pro position this fall.

Schwinden will remain the head girls golf coach at Fargo Davies and will retain her booking website golfwithlisa.com. Not having the comprehensive duties of a head pro will allow her more time with her programs, particularly attracting more juniors to the sport. At the FCC, she'll be allowed to teach members and non-members.

“I love to see the growth of people getting better,” she said. “It’s such a rewarding experience to learn something, practice and be on a journey with people to see their progress. Golf can be such a challenging game.”

Schwinden has a host of honors to her resume including the Dakota Chapter PGA Golf Professional of the Year. She was lauded with the Patriot Award in the Minnesota Section PGA in 2020, one year after obtaining her Master Professional in Teaching & Coaching status.

She is just one of 12 females who are PGA Master Professional in the world and is the 12th pro to earn that distinction in the Minnesota Section.

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