NORMAN — Though the third week of January tends not to be golf season, it will still be a strange thing at Westwood Park Golf Course.
Customers might visit the golf shop looking for post-holiday deals, die-hards may notice above-freezing temperature and plan a cool 18 holes, others may come for the company. What each will notice is a man conspicuous by his absence.
The head pro at Norman’s only municipal golf course the last 27 years, Lisle, 60, announced late last week he would be leaving the job he’s performed for very nearly half his life.
His last day will be Jan. 14. Between now and then, as the city has announced, Lisle will be “working to honor merchandise vouchers with our customers and assist with the transition of the golf shop.”
Lisle will not be leaving the game, only the course he has run, along with assistant pros Bobby Florer and Rick Parrish, for a very long time. He is in the process of purchasing and beginning to operate a GolfTEC franchise in the Norman area.
“It’s a small leap of faith,” Lisle said Wednesday. “Gosh, I about broke down when I told my boss what I was doing.”
That boss is Jud Foster, who heads Norman’s Parks and Recreation Department, who actually hired Lisle all those years ago. The following day, Wednesday of last week, Lisle told his staff.
Though he has almost three months remaining on the job, even the idea of his departure will take some getting used to.
“I used to be able to finish his sentences. I used to be able to know what was coming,” said Florer, who’s actually been on staff at Westwood one year longer than Lisle. “He’s been a friend of mine for 27 years and to think that he won’t be around, that’s very difficult. But if he’s happy … I can’t see a better person for a better venture.”