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Conley leaves Paintsville Country Club after 23 years
PAINTSVILLE — After 23 years, Paintsville Country Club golf pro Luther Conley has called it quits.

Conley, who started as the club's pro under the late Dr. Paul B. Hall in 1980, resigned effective Monday, March 31.

Conley says he can now put his time into his golf cart sales and service business and Granite Golf Designs, in which he and Bill Moore, owner of the Crooked Creek Golf Course in London, are partners. The company sells granite tee signs and business signs.

"A club pro will spend somewhere around 90 hours a week on the job, and this gives me the opportunity to give more of my time to my business."

Conley also said it will give him time to "follow" his son Steven, a professional golfer on the Hooter's Tour, and get his own golf game "back into shape."

Conley earned his PGA card in 1987 and lacks only three years to become a lifetime member. He also received the Junior Golf Leader Award for the Kentucky section of the PGA in 1994.

When asked what he will miss the most about the job, Conley said: "I'll miss taking the Junior Pro teams to compete every year," something he has done for the last 19 years.

"I've had a lot of great experiences down there," Conley said Tuesday about his career. "I just can't say enough about Doc Bob, Billy and Katie Hall. They gave me a chance to fulfill my dream of becoming a PGA pro. And in 23 years, I have never had the first problem with my employer."

A country club member said Conley will be "deeply missed in every aspect."

"Not just for his professional advice on the course. He has been a mainstay in a lot of peoples' lives for a lot of years, and change sometimes takes time to get used to."

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