Bruce Chalas has been coaching the Boston University women’s golf team for the last 15 years. In many ways, it’s the culmination of a lifetime dedicated to the game of golf.
As an amateur golfer, Chalas compiled an enviable record, qualifying for and competing in 14 USGA championships and capturing such notable regional championships as the New England Amateur, Hornblower Memorial and Southeast Amateur. At the age of 57, in a quest to develop skills that could benefit his new calling (college golf coaching), he decided to give up his amateur status so he could teach golf professionally at Fresh Pond Golf Course in Cambridge, Mass.
At 72, he’s helping young women not just navigate the game of golf but also the game of life.
He’s the guest on the latest episode of the On Course Podcast. Over the course of this interview, Chalas speaks about meeting Arnold Palmer as an 11-year-old, having Byron Nelson pick him up while “thumbing” for a ride in Florida, and qualifying for and playing in the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol.