Primus is committed to developing young talent – project managers, engineers, architects, estimators, superintendents – you name it. If an individual demonstrates a strong desire to succeed, our leadership team is eager to provide the resources to make it happen.
This goes for members of our community as well. When Primus leadership met local golfer Caleb Greiner at a recent tournament, they were inspired to assist him with his dream of going pro.
Caleb Grenier is a graduate of Etowah High School in Woodstock, GA, less than five miles from Primus headquarters. He grew up in the area playing a host of sports – basketball, football, baseball and golf. It was when he entered high school that golf became his sole focus.
“I just had a strong urge to play,” Caleb said. The coach at his high school encouraged him to take it up. “I’m not a prodigy,” he continued. “I just kept working hard.” Caleb eventually started competing with – and beating – players who have been in the sport longer.
The journey to becoming a professional golfer is challenging and expensive. There are several options, and they all require tour entry fees, travel costs and more. “You can try to caddy as a way to pay for it,” Caleb said. “But that leaves little time for practice, conditioning and coaching.” So when he caddied for Primus CEO Rich O’Connell at a recent tournament and the subject came up, Caleb made his pitch.
“He’s an impressive young man,” Rich said. “He has the grit and determination to make it.”
Caleb feels ready. “The biggest gifts sports have given me are discipline and hard work,” he said. “I’ve had tough coaches my whole life. Nobody took it easy on me. They made me the player I am today.”
The timing couldn’t be better. Caleb is starting at Qualifying School (Q-School) for the PGA Tour Canada in April. Top players in this tour earn Korn Ferry Tour membership for the following season. If he finishes in the top 25 in the Korn Ferry Tour, he will advance to the PGA Tour.
He’ll also be playing in additional professional tournaments to gain experience. The next one is the Oceanside Open in California. The Primus team will be cheering him on from Woodstock!