Dick’s Sporting Goods, which offered PGA professional golfers to sell golf equipment and offer lessons and other services to customers, announced July 22 that it will lay off all 478 golf pros employed at its retail stores.
The Findlay, Ohio-based company cited a $34 million shortfall in its projected 2014 first-quarter golf sales, part of a trend in recent years because of lower interest in golf throughout the United States, which caused the decision. In the quarter that ended May 3, Dick’s Sporting Goods made a $70 million profit and stocks that sold at 57 cents per share as compared to $64.8 million and 52 cents per share in 2013, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Sales for hunting also declined.
Erie’s Tom Keenan has been the golf pro at Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Millcreek Mall. Keenan is a member of the Western New York PGA. The Dick’s Sporting Goods store near Buffalo, N.Y. has pros Jerry Coleman and his son Dave heading the golf sales.
PGA of America has consultants across the country who will work with the pros affected by the decision.