METAIRIE, La. – On March 1, 2016, Curley Romero, PGA celebrated 50 years as a member of the PGA of America. Elected in 1966, Romero leads his fellow Gulf States PGA members in years of service to the Association within the Section.
Romero started his longtime career in golf by caddying at the Municipal Golf Course in Lafayette, La. in 1944. He later took a position in the pro shop where he would work before and after school each day.
Romero worked at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette, La. from February 1960 to March 1965 where he was guided by Gulf States PGA Past President Luca Barbato, then head professional at the Club. In 1965, Romero took the PGA head professional position at Sugar Oaks Golf and Country Club in New Iberia, La. where he stayed until 1970.
Romero went on to simultaneously run three courses; the Tri-Parish Golf Course, Iberia Country Club and Sugar Oaks Golf and Country Club. Unfortunately, he suffered the same fate as many in his community when Hurricane Andrew hit in 1992 and destroyed the business at all three courses. Romero continued to pursue his passion and remained active in the PGA by giving golf lessons.
While his talents and interests vary, it is his dedication to growing the game in Lafayette and developing junior programs and girls golf programs that has had the greatest impact on the area.
About the Gulf States PGA Section
The Gulf States Section, Professional Golfers’ Association of America, is an association of golf professionals whose mission is to promote interest, participation, and enjoyment in the game of golf; establish and maintain professional standards of practice; and enhance the well being of golf professionals.