MUKILTEO – Tom Sovay, a much-honored teaching professional at Harbour Pointe Golf Club, has resigned to accept a similar position at Trilogy Golf Club in Redmond.
Sovay, 44, spent more than 10 years as the director of instruction at Harbour Pointe, and in that time he was named PGA Teacher of the Year in Washington six times, most recently in 2005. He was among Golf Digest magazine’s top teachers in the state the past five years.
Also a successful player, Sovay has competed in nine Hudson Cups (a team competition pitting top Northwest club pros against leading amateurs). On June 22-25 he will be at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y. – along with Harbour Pointe assistant pro Keith Coleman – for the PGA’s annual Professional National Championship for club pros, aiming for a top-20 finish and a spot in the Aug. 14-20 PGA Championship tournament at Medinah Country Club in the Chicago suburb of Medinah, Ill.
Sovay has regrets about leaving Harbour Point, but says Trilogy officials “came up with an offer that was very difficult to turn down. … They gave me a ridiculously good deal.”
The difficulty, he went on, “is that I’ve made a lot of friends here. That’s the hardest part of leaving, the friendships and relationships that I’ve built over the last 10 years.”
Sovay’s last day at Harbour Pointe was Tuesday. He started at Trilogy on Wednesday.