• Bill Caine, Contributing Writer

Moss Hill Golf Course hires Vince Prather as new pro

VINCE PRATHER is the new golf professional at Moss Hill Golf Course. (Photo by Bill Caine Photography, www.billcaine.com)

Vince Prather has been hired as golf professional at Moss Hill Golf Course, according to owner Tom Bozarth. "Vince came in the first week of May and hit the ground running," Bozarth said. Prather's energetic approach suits him well going into his first summer at the Woodford County course. "Vince joined us in a time where the mid-spring golf bug bites most players and courses seem to get busy," said Bozarth. Moss Hill continues to grow in popularity every season, and the staff hit a home run by bringing in a high energy golf professional. "We are excited to have Vince as the new golf pro with his professional experience and his obvious passion for golf," said Bozarth. "Vince's vision reflected a full understanding of Moss Hill Golf Course and its potential." Prather has been successful growing the game of golf throughout his career due to his friendly personality, knowledge of the game, teaching methods and ensuring everyone enjoys the game he loves. Moss Hill in the summer has become a staple in Woodford County. Families spend their days at the pool, tennis court, disc golf and golf course. With the addition to the onsite Watkin's Tavern, the traffic flow continues to come in a big way. "As a golf instructor, you love seeing the growth out here," said Prather. The par 71 course is known for its beautiful surroundings. Moss Hill is widely considered one of the bluegrass region's top public courses, particularly for value, conditions and its challenging aspect. "The course is in fantastic shape," said Prather. "We have fairway views of horse farms, and we see our fair share of deer out here also. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon." Moss Hill has invested in many new bunkers that have made the course more challenging and inviting to players of all levels. The new bunker setup on hole 15 challenges the player in the tee box and demands accuracy to have a par chance. "Tom has a vision for the course, and together we are looking and seeing the growth," said Prather. Since November of 2012, Prather has been a golf professional and has taught hundreds of players of all different skill levels. Prather is also a certified personal trainer through the Titleist Performance Institute. He combines his love for the game with his passion for helping people become better athletes. "I had a player that I was working with who was a 23 handicap, and we got him all the way down to single digits," said Prather. "He had been playing for 32 years and never broke 90 and ended up breaking 80 that year. That was a very proud teaching moment." Prather also is the PGA junior league coach for Moss Hill and the instructor for the weekly clinics the course offers for junior golfers. Golf is growing in the community, and the team at Moss Hill appears dedicated to making sure that golf can be a sport that is kid-friendly and family-friendly from a financial standpoint. "Juniors play free at Moss Hill," said Bozarth. "Providing kids with a place to play is important to us." Prather's wife, Dana, is a school teacher and his children, Trevor, 15, and Trinity, 13, are both talented in their respective sports. "Trevor loves golf; he's a golf maniac," said Prather. "He loves the grind and tries to out-work everyone. Trinity is a competitive dancer and is reaching her goals." The Prather family will enjoy the social aspect of Moss Hill as well. "My wife is a social person; the family will enjoy the summer out here," said Prather. "The girls will be at the pool and my son will always be at the course." The business of teaching runs in the family. "My wife teaches kids, and I teach the golfers," said Prather. In four years of active duty for the United States Marines, Prather traveled to 23 countries and served in the first Gulf War. His goal going forward is to make Moss Hill a must-play on everyone's golf list this season. "We have a hidden gem in Woodford County that is open to the public," said Prather. Moss Hill Golf Course is at 3495 McCowans Ferry Road and a tee time can be booked by calling 859-873-8122.

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