A new era at the FDCC: Doyle returns to home turf

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Eric Pratt

Eddie Doyle is ready to give back to the game he loves and the course he’s always called home.

The 2014 St. Edmond graduate is beginning his first full season as the golf shop manager at the Fort Dodge Country Club. In many ways, it’s a position Doyle landed through a lot of serendipitous twists and turns.

Doyle admits the timing was indeed right, but clarifies the decision to return to his roots was made consciously and with anxious anticipation.

”I’ve always had an affinity and strong passion for this golf course,” said Doyle, the 22-year-old defending city golf champion. ”I love this place. I love what it allowed me to do and become as a golfer. It’s one of the better courses in the area, and the tradition here is something worth continuing.

”The job itself kind of fell into my lap. But I’ve been working here on and off since Steve Fuller hired me when I was 14 years old. I feel like I can really make a difference, given the things I’ve seen and learned in the game. It’s the least I can do after how much the course has done for me.”

Doyle was a standout player at Kirkwood Community College after an all-state career with the Gaels. He played one season at the University of Tampa before having a change of heart and moving back to the midwest.

”It took some time and distance for me to appreciate what Fort Dodge has to offer,” said Doyle, who started playing golf at the age of seven under his family’s FDCC membership. ”Once you get out and are away for a while, you see all of the advantages instead of dwelling on any of the bad stuff. I enjoy being back here, I enjoy working with and for the members.

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