Associate Professor of PGA Golf Management; Associate Director of PGA Golf Management for PGA Golf Management Education
B.S.S., Cornell College; M.B.A., University of Iowa; PGA member.
Bob received a Bachelor of Special Studies in Business and Economics from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa in 1981, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 1986. Bob’s first job in golf was as the Men’s Golf Coach at Central College, a nationally ranked Division III program, where he coached and taught from 1986 – 1994. During his time there his teams won 9 straight conference championships, were represented at the national championship each year, and had multiple playing and academic All-Americans. Coach Bruns was selected the IIAC Conference Coach of the Year 7 different times during his career and served as the Chair of Division III Men’s Golf for 3 years.
Upon leaving coaching Bob joined the ranks of the PGA where he became a member in May of 1997. During this time he has served as an assistant professional, non-member Head Professional, Head professional, General Manager/Director of Golf and General Manger/Managing Partner. Bob has worked for clubs in Iowa, Illinois and Texas and was host to 3 PGA TOUR Events while General Manager and Director of Golf at the TPC at Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois. Bob has also served as a Board of Director for the Iowa Section of the PGA and was voted Section Merchandiser of the Year for Resort Properties in 2003.
I truly have been blessed during my time in golf – it has allowed me to travel to some of the most beautiful places, but more importantly introduced me to many of the special people within our industry. Golf truly is a game based on honesty and integrity, and the players, employees, coaches and fellow PGA Professionals I call friends are those who have, and will, serve our industry well into the future. My job here in the Methodist University PGA/PGM Program simply provides me with a chance to give something back to a game that has provided so much to me and my family.