My name is Tony Adragna, and I have been the Communications Specialist at Purgatory Golf Club for about five months. You may have seen my name pop up on blog posts around the site, or maybe you have seen my lessons with Mike in our web series, “Changing Your Golf Game.”
I graduated in May from Indiana University with a degree in Sports Communication, so working for Purgatory right out of school was a job I only could have dreamed of. It is right up the alley of everything I studied in school, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of the opportunity to go to “work” everyday at such a beautiful place.
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t greatly familiar with Purgatory before I applied for my job here. But after doing hours of research, I couldn’t wait for my interview. When I got the call that I got the job, I was ecstatic.
My first love in sports will always be basketball. I played four years at Southport High School, and I never missed an Indiana University home game while I went to school there. I also played in all of the intramural basketball leagues that I could while I was in school, and I still religiously follow the basketball team.
With that said, with pretty much 18 years of pounding my body on hardwood, I’ve pretty much given up playing the sport, despite the occasional adult rec league or pick-up game. The natural progression for me was to start playing more golf.
I have golfed since I was about 12 years old, but usually only a few times a year & with no guidance. I figured since I was athletic, I would naturally be good. Boy, was I wrong. That’s why I have been loving this “Changing Your Golf Game” series that Mike Merchent and I have been doing this winter. I am not a very good golfer, but I hope to get good, and I think this series is a good stepping stone for me. Instead of searching the internet for different basketball shoes, I now find myself searching for different golf equipment. I could search Google and YouTube for hours on various golf equipment, golf trick shots, etc. I am starting to fall in love with the game, just like I did with basketball at a young age, and I couldn’t be more happy about it.
But what better place to fall in love with the game than at Purgatory Golf Club? I remember as I pulled off of 37 on to 216th St. for my interview, I literally almost drove off of the road looking at the beautiful landscape of Purgatory. I had seen a lot of pictures that Tenna had taken on our website (which are breathtaking in their own right) before my interview, but I had never seen the course in person. After my interview, I remember just walking around the place a bit to fully grasp how awesome of a job it would be to “work” there.
As soon as I started working for Purgatory, I knew I made the absolutely correct decision to take the job. Each employee I encountered greeted me and let me know that if I needed anything, they’d be there to help. I remember there was an outing on my first day of work, and even the golfers that were participating had such a friendly vibe to them. As the days passed and I continued working more and more at Purgatory, the friendliness of the Purgatory members and visitors has never faded.
After thinking it through, I figured out why everybody I encountered was so friendly. How could you not be happy in such a beautiful place? So if I ever find myself having a rough day at work, I make sure to get up from my desk, take a walk to soak in my surroundings, and my mind always goes back to that very thought; how could you not be happy in such a beautiful place?