Upon graduating from The University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Business Finance and Management in May of 1993, Tom Mason began working in the golf business at The Members Club at WildeWood and Woodcreek Farms as an Assistant Golf Professional. He was elected to PGA Membership in November of 1996. During his 20 plus years as a PGA Class “A” Member, he has worked as a Golf Professional and General Manager at other courses in Columbia, SC including Oak Hills and The Woodlands.
Tom currently operates the Par Tee Golf Center in West Columbia, SC, the Midlands premier driving range facility with a short game area that has three mini-verde putting greens. Tom runs an active instructional academy out of the Par Tee Golf Center and works with several aspiring Junior Golfers in Columbia and the surrounding communities. Throughout the past five years Tom has participated in the PGA Junior League Program, a national golf initiative designed to introduce and enhance playing skills for junior golfers. Tom’s Junior League Teams have had tremendous success, making it to the Regional Finals in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 and to the National Finals in 2015. His 2015 team of 10 children finished fifth overall in the nation.
Since 2001, Tom has been very involved with both the Carolinas PGA Section and the South Carolina PGA Chapter as a Board Member. Tom is currently the Area II Director for the Carolinas PGA. He has worked actively with the South Carolina Golf Association, the Midlands Golf Course Owners Association and the Midlands and Carolinas Golf Course Superintendent's Associations to help build healthy, working relationships with both the Carolinas PGA and the South Carolina PGA Chapter in order to grow the game of golf.
Tom is married to his wife, Jill of 20 years and has two children, Palmer and Bailee. Tom was the 2012 Carolinas PGA Horton Smith Award Winner, The 2011 South Carolina Golf Course Owner's Association Employee of The Year and the 2005 Columbia City Golf Tournament Service To Golf Award Winner. He is excited about building a successful golf program at Columbia College.