My name is Charles “Chuck” Siver. I’m an original Oregonian, born and raised in Albany, Oregon which is about forty-five miles south of Woodburn, just off Interstate-5. I graduated from Albany Union High School in 1956 where I played on the Golf Team for four years. Then went on to attend the University of Oregon where I also played on the Golf Team for three years. In my Junior year, our team finished fourth in the NCAA Golf Championship which was held at the Eugene Country Club.
I then went on to spend two years in the Army where I was very fortunate to be stationed at Fort Sam Houston Army base, in San Antonio Texas. There I worked the Pro Shop of the Fort Sam Houston Golf Course. That is where I started my career as a Golf Professional.
After returning home from the army in June of 1963 I received a phone call from the head golf professional at San Antonio Country Club asking me if I would like to go to work for him as an Assistant Golf Professional. Why not? I was young, had nothing else to do…so I went to work for him. Who would have guessed that I would spend the next twenty-seven years there working my way to the Head Golf Professional position.
In 1990 I returned to Oregon, ready for a change. In June of that year, I took a job as an Assistant Golf Professional at the O.G.A. Golf Course in Woodburn and worked there for the next 3 years. In the spring of 1994, I became the Head Golf Professional at the O.G.A. where I stayed until retirement in 2008.
Retirement was not my “cup of tea” so after a year and a half I came to work at Woodburn Estates & Golf as part-time help in the Pro-Shop. In June of 2011, I took the position of Head Golf Professional. Here we are in 2017 and I cannot tell you how much I love the job! It is not often that one finds the work he loves and the opportunity to do it everyday.