Ryan Spicer

Ryan Spicer

Ryan Spicer 2022 Hall of Fame Inductee

Ryan Spicer

Ryan Spicer was born in Zanesville, Ohio in 1966. At a young age, he was introduced to golf by his father, Rod, and his mother, Karen. He grew to love the game thanks to many trips to the local courses with his dad.

Ryan began competing in several Junior Golf Tournaments, including the Zanesville District Golf Association Tournament. He found success in many
of these tournaments during his younger years and continued to craft his game leading into
high school.

At West Muskingum High School, Ryan continued his golf career where he was a member of the varsity golf team all four years of high school. During that time, he set many records and accumulated several accolades for the Tornadoes.

In 1986, Spicer continued his amatuer career when he became a member of the varsity golf team at Ohio University. He played on the Varsity Team for the Bobcats while receiving a scholarship all 4 years. During his college years, Ryan spent his summers working in the bag room at Zanesville Country Club for PGA Professional Paul Thomas.

In 1989, Ryan competed in the Ohio Amatuer at Moraine Country Club where he finished in 5th place. After graduation, he immediately began his professional golf career at Zanesville Country Club. He served as the 1st Assistant Golf Professional under PGA Professional, Brett Steinhagen from 1990 until 1993.

He then became the Head Golf Professional at The GolfWorks from 1993 to 1996. During his stint with the GolfWorks, Spicer was responsible for club fittings, lessons, and many club repair schools.

He assisted in the opening of
Stonebrook Golf Academy. This academy located in Middleburg Heights has since grown
to become GOLFTEC, which is part of a worldwide golf instruction and fitting facility.

Succeeding his time as Head Golf Professional at The Golfworks and Stonebrook, Ryan moved North to Castalia, Ohio. He has spent the past 26 years serving as the Head Golf Professional and Director of Golf at both Sawmill Creek Golf Club and currently Thunderbird Hills Golf Course. Both courses are located in Huron, Ohio, and during this time at both courses, Spicer has received several awards on behalf of his work.

These include 5 awards for being featured on America’s 100 Best Golf Shops during the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. He has also been presented with the award of Merchandiser of the Year at a Resort by the Northern Ohio PGA in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

During Spicer’s 30 year membership with the PGA, he has not only served as a professional in a business aspect but as an instructor as well. He ran the 1st Tee Program in Erie County
for four years.

He started the Margaretta High School Girls’ Golf team in 2004 where he has served as the head golf coach from 2004 to present. During these years, Spicer had the privilege of coaching his oldest daughter all 4 years of her high school career, as well as, his son’s final two years of varsity golf. He still serves as the boys’ golf coach today and just finished his eighteenth season of coaching golf for the Polar Bears.

Throughout these years at Margaretta, he has won several conference championships, sectional wins, district qualifiers, and individual state qualifiers under his instruction.

Spicer currently lives in Castalia, Ohio where he continues to make special memories on and off the course with his wife, Karol, their eldest daughter, Rian, son, Austin, youngest daughter, Eryn, and many other family and friends. He continues to grow the game of golf in Erie County through his work and coaching of many golfers of all age

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