Month: December 2021

Hello everyone, this is Don Walin-The Crazy Golf Pro! And, this is my first blog.

Christmas is almost here, and my book would be a perfect last minute gift for the golfer on your Xmas shopping list. As a former golf professional, I know what golfer’s like, and I know they would   love to read my new released memoir.

Much of my story is about golf, but it’s also about battling mental illness, connecting with the spirit world, and the ultimate love story.

I started playing golf at age 7. I discuss both my amateur and professional career.

My professional career was a roller coaster ride. I worked as a Canadian PGA golf pro from 1987-1995. During this time, I completed my apprenticeship as an assistant golf pro, and reached my goal by being employed as a CPGA class “A” head golf professional. During the same era, I was hospitalized in psychiatric wards 4 times for manic episodes, losing 4 jobs as a golf pro as a result.

The first 10 years with manic depression (bipolar disorder) was a really rough ride. In total, 10 trips to the psych ward. Since then, I have now been well for over 20 years. I attribute taking the right combination of psychiatric medications, and learning how to live a low stress lifestyle as the 2 main reasons for my wellness.

My book explains how one becomes a CPGA golf professional, including the necessary education, training, and tests. I talk about some of the tournaments I played in as an amateur, and as a professional. I explain the difference between a “golf professional”   and a “professional golfer”. And, why the former is called a “club pro”, and the later a “tour pro”.

I share my knowledge and insight of the game of golf, and explain why I think it’s the greatest sport of all. As difficult a game it is to get really good at, battling mental illness was much more difficult.

I have lived with manic depression for over 30 years. I want to use my experience to help as many people as possible.

I also have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). I write about these 2 additional mental illnesses in my book.

I am really looking forward to my new career as an author, and mental health advocate. I’m also looking forward to blogging with you on a regular basis.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Everyone!

All the best in 2022.

DonWalin  –   Author of The Crazy Golf Pro