By Dave Wagner
After 22 years on the PGA Tour, Lovington native Ronnie Black was ready to get back to his roots.
A two-time winner on the Tour, Black will be in Clovis all day on Saturday giving golf lessons on an hourly basis to individuals or groups at Municipal Golf Course. He said he’s done a similar program earlier this year in Carlsbad, adding he’s not sure how many he’ll do.
“I would like to do one in one of the bigger cities,” he said. “Charlie (Maciel, Municipal pro) was nice enough to let me come in and use his golf course.
“I just want to stay in and around the game of golf. It’s fun to see someone react after they hit a good shot.”
Maciel, who replaced the retired Jim Lumley as Municipal’s pro early this year, said he has known Black since their youth. Maciel played golf at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs when Black was in high school and Black’s father was the NMJC athletic director.
“Ronnie called the other day and asked if he could come in here and do this, so we set up a date,” Maciel said. “He’s a great guy.
“He’s just kind of giving back and sharing with the public what he’s learned on the Tour.”
Black’s PGA Tour wins came in the Southern Open in Georgia and the Anheuser Busch Classic in Virginia. But with four children now ranging from ages 5 to 18, he said he decided to return to Lovington about three years ago.
“I just turned 47, and I moved back to Lovington to raise my kids,” Black said.
Still, he has visions of playing on the Champions Tour after he turns 50.
“When I quit playing fulltime, I was in the top 100 all-time on the money list,” said Black, whose uncle is longtime area high school basketball coach Jimmy Joe Robinson, currently the boys basketball coach at Clovis Christian.
Black was a two-time New Mexico small-school state champion at Lovington. “I believe nobody in any class beat me (as a senior),” he said.