Former MLS crazy Irishman Ronnie O’Brien has a new job in his post-footballing career: assistant golf pro. Most of the assistant golf pros I know are usually just bros out of college looking to chill and teach old ladies how to hit wedges properly, and not former Irish youth-internationals who used to be under contract at Juventus and don’t mind mixing it up in the midfield.
Ronnie must have some serious game too, as he’s not just the assistant pro at your local municipal course, he’s working at The Old American Golf Club in The Colony, Texas, a GOLF Magazine and Golfweek “Best New” selection in 2010.
O’Brien, a native of Ireland, transitioned to a career in golf after 12 years of professional soccer in Europe and the U.S. He spent five seasons with FC Dallas where he was selected to multiple All-Star teams. O’Brien also played for Toronto FC and the San Jose Earthquakes before retiring in 2008.
“When I was playing soccer, I spent a lot of my downtime on the golf course with teammates,” says O’Brien. “I fell in love with the game and making it a career felt like a natural progression once my soccer days were over.”
As assistant golf professional, O’Brien will help with instructional programs and day-to-day course operations
I wouldn’t give this guy any lip in a one-on-one golf lesson. Ronnie-O definitely has the fiery temper to go all Craig Bellamy on your ass if you don’t accept his swing advice.
“To be able to play soccer professionally and then switch to golf so seamlessly is truly remarkable,” says Jeff Kindred, PGA General Manager. “His experience as a world-class athlete and golf acumen will further our goal of establishing The Old American as the best place to play in Texas.”
So there you have it. Ronnie O’Brien, just another product of the Irish golf boom.