Tad Holloway usually has a full schedule, and he likes it that way. The Meridian, Idaho, club pro spends his days giving lessons at Foxtail Executive Golf Course and his evenings doing the same seven miles away at Cherry Lane Golf Course. When he isn't teaching, the 34-year-old father of two is playing in everything from Rocky Mountain PGA Section tournaments to Nike tour events.
Lately, however, Holloway's life has become even more hectic. He's running for mayor of Meridian, a town of 21,000 in the southwest part of the state, challenging incumbent Robert Corrie in a race that will go before the voters on Nov. 2. If he wins, Holloway will be the first PGA of America member to also be a sitting mayor since Rocky Thompson, who resigned as mayor of Toco, Texas, in September '98.
It was no surprise when Holloway opened with a 78 at last week's Western PGA Club Pro Championship at Santa Ana Golf Club in Albuquerque. He knew he should have been home posting flyers and pounding the pavement. "He was really distracted," says his wife, Jennifer. "He was trying to make phone calls so he wouldn't fall behind."
Holloway rebounded, though, shooting 70-76-70 and surviving an eight-man playoff to qualify for his fifth National Club Pro in 2000. By then he could be mayor, watching a basketball player run for president.
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