BREC has hired a Professional Golfers’ Association master professional, Michael Raby, as its newest director of golf. The master professional designation is the highest educational designation a PGA member can attain.

Raby most recently served as general manager and head professional of the Cleveland Metroparks golf operations, where he has worked since 1998. Cleveland Metroparks operates eight golf courses and four driving ranges. BREC has seven golf courses and three driving ranges.

Raby, 49, also has worked at City Park in New Orleans and at the Metairie Country Club.

“I am thrilled that Michael Raby is taking over the leadership of the BREC golf system at this critical time,” said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight.

She noted that BREC is about to create a 10-year strategic plan and said she believes Raby “is the right person to create a strong, comprehensive plan that will honestly evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the golf operation and lay out a plan of action to bring it to another level.”

McKnight said Raby introduced innovative programming to the Cleveland courses, and she is looking forward to him doing the same here.

Raby graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in political science. He has been a PGA professional since 1995.