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Lamazer’s job doesn’t tee him off at all

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Lamazer’s job  doesn’t tee him off at all

Paul Lamazer of the Manteca Park Golf Course goes over the course book during his day behind the counter.

JASON CAMPBELL/The Bulletin


POSTED September 3, 2009 2:50 a.m.
Paul Lamazer tried just about everything for a career prior to his current job.

He sold cars. He managed bands. He owned his own landscaping company.

But it wasn’t until he became a staffer at the pro shop at the Manteca Park Golf Course that Lamazer – who has been a lover of the links ever since he was a young lad – knew he had found his calling.

“I love the game – I love the challenge, the atmosphere, the people you get to meet, and just spend time out on that beautiful course,” Lamazer said. “I’ve been working here for two years, and I get to share that with people who understand what it is I love about this game as they come through here.”

While he isn’t out on the course on a daily basis relocating the holes or shifting the tee boxes, Lamazer may have one of the most important jobs in the entire operation – something that’s quite profound given the public course’s stature among municipal tracks in the area.

With so many people filing through on the busy weekends, Lamazer is one of several people in charge of keeping track of who is teeing off when, how many people they have in their group, and when the next group will be coming up behind them.

The pencil-strewn sheet behind the counter might not seem like much, but it’s the virtual control board for the course – without it golfers could be waiting for what seems like hours as bottlenecks start to form at holes all over the course.

And there’s no looking back for Lamazer who says that he’s the happiest that he’s ever been at a job since he started working at the course two years ago.

“It’s really the only way to go,” he said of finding something that you love that you can also get paid doing. “If you’re lucky enough to be able to get paid to do what you love, you’ll be a much happier person.

“I know that since I’ve been here my life has been a lot better.”

Even with a full work schedule, he still manages to find the time to hit the course and work on his game.

“I probably get out there and play four times a week – and I’m working 40 hours a week as well,” he said. “I just love being out there, and when you look out that window you want to be out there yourself.”
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