The golfing community, as with other areas in life, is a close-knit bunch where who you know can play as much if not more of a factor as what you know.
Geoff Cochrane may be in his 11th year at Santa Ana Country Club, but he got his start in the golf business at another club a few drives and long irons away.
Before Cochrane came to Santa Ana, where he is head pro, he spent more than nine years at Mesa Verde Country Club. Cochrane worked in the bag room for six years and the pro shop another three before transferring to Santa Ana in 2000.
Cochrane golfed for Orange Coast College, but he didn't see himself becoming a golf pro when he started the Mesa Verde job.
"I originally took the job because I was playing golf at OCC so it would provide a place to play and practice," Cochrane said last week minutes after the Jones Cup at Big Canyon Country Club.