By Janine Merrill, Marketing Officer
I’m not going to lie, our “Many Hats” blog series has been fun to write! Learning about the many varied talents and passions that our employees have outside of the banking realm is eye opening. And this one is no exception. The only thing is, perhaps it should be changed to “Many Caps” – Golf Caps that is!
Casey Moen, a Real Estate Loan Officer for our downtown location in Great Falls, is originally from Missoula. Casey caught the golfing bug growing up around the many junior golf programs that Missoula offers. Playing nearly every sport that was available for a kid, he began to mainly focus on golf. At 14, he started working at the King Ranch Golf Course in Frenchtown where he was a jack of all trades – hitting balls, picking them, mowing the course and grounds as well as working in the pro shop.
His love of the game led him to a career in golf, and took him to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He enrolled in their PGA Golf Management Program and had the opportunity to travel across the country to many amazing golf facilities while learning the ins and outs of what makes the PGA tick.
When did you become a PGA Professional and where and what tournaments have you played?
I received my class A PGA certification in August of 2012. For any PGA Professional, the passion for golf starts with your love for the game and the competition. Many of my successes came through my high school and college years competing in any junior golf event in Montana that I could find. During my time at New Mexico State, I was very fortunate to have a well rounded tournament schedule and abundant sunshine all year to sharpen my game. I won medalist honors at 6 events while at New Mexico State. I also competed in the 2011 Jones Cup in Port St. Lucie, FL which is made up of top players from each PGA Golf Management University.
My greatest experience came in 2019; however I didn’t swing the club one time. I was fortunate to have a very good friend, Matt Lohmeyer, punch his ticket to the 2019 PGA Professional National Championship. I caddied for Matt all four rounds, racking up 80 miles on foot and enjoying a top 40 finish out of 317 competitors. An experience I won’t forget.
What is your affiliation with the PGA in Montana?
Outside of Stockman Bank, I am heavily involved with the Western Montana PGA as their Tournament Director. In this role, I facilitate and administer 20+ weekly Pro Am’s and Chapter Championship events throughout the golf season. In addition, I maintain and grow WMCPGA sponsorships and partnership as well as head up our charitable arms efforts. This position allows me to be active in the golf community in Western Montana, grow relationships with my fellow PGA Professionals in the region, and most importantly, feed the itch for the golf bug that will gladly never go away!
What brought you back to Montana?
After leaving Montana and experiencing a greater part of the United States, I always knew I would someday make it back to Montana. My wife Natalie, originally from Great Falls, and I had a long term goal of getting closer to family and growing together in the place we know best.
On vacation over the winter in 2018, we had a great conversation regarding our future plans, and where we wanted to settle long term. Clearly, destination Montana started right then. We immediately began planning our move, and it wasn’t 40 days later we were settled in Great Falls. If you’re lucky enough to live in Montana…you’re lucky enough right?
Why a career as a Real Estate Loan Officer?
With a limited number of career golf opportunities, particularly in Montana, I wanted to be open to other careers. I’ve had a number of friends and colleagues transition from golf to roles in the finance industry, particularly Real Estate Lending. I was able to connect with these individuals and look for guidance when making this transition. I was lucky enough not only to find a role that would suit my strengths but find a reputable institution like Stockman Bank!
How do you balance golf, lending and family time?
I am fortunate to be a part of a strong golf family. My wife grew up playing the game and played collegiately as a Lady Griz in Missoula and my father-in-law has been a PGA Professional for nearly 35 years. Although the days can get long juggling multiple tasks and duties, it’s hardly work when you do what you enjoy. From getting families into their first home, organizing next week’s Pro Am, or playing a late 9 holes with my closest friends and family, each day is truly a blessing. And to do all of this under the Big Sky makes it all the more special.
We tip our hat (cap!) to Casey and the Stockman Bank people who wear many hats to make our communities better places to live, work, and play!