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About Bruce Helbig

Robert Bruce Helbig (who goes by his middle name of Bruce) is a professional golfer and golf business manager.  He has been playing golf for over 40 years.


Bruce was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Sarasota, Florida, where he attended Riverview High School.  His college years were spent at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he was an Education major, with a minor in Sports Coaching.  In the 1980s, he moved to Northern Ontario where he spent the next 20+ years playing in hundreds of amateur tournaments.  He turned pro in 2006.



Bruce is a born sportsman.  Always athletically inclined, he was a competitive swimmer as a child, played baseball in Little League, and participated in many other team sports (football, basketball, tennis, volleyball and more).  At age 13, he was afflicted with Osgood-Schlatter's disease, and for a year and a half, he was not allowed by doctors to play in heavy-contact sports and sports that involved running. 


After 18 months of sports deprivation, a friend invited Bruce to come hit a few golf balls into an open field with him, since this activity would require no running.  He hit 10 or 15 balls into the field.  That was the first time he had ever held a golf club.


After that brief introduction, the friend took Bruce to a local golf course in Sarasota.  Bruce didn't even own a set of clubs.  His friend's father loaned him a set.  Bruce simply watched what his friend did and imitated him.  That first time Bruce played on a course, he shot 109.  The second time he played, he shot 101.  The third time he played, he broke 100, and never shot over 100 again.  His scores continued to drop dramatically, and for decades now, he has maintained course averages in the 60s and low 70s.


Over the next 20+ years, Bruce won over 100 amateur tournaments from Florida to Canada.  He was employed for 15 years as General Manager of two different golf courses in Northern Ontario, where his keen business instincts turned the clubs around from near-insolvency into profitability.


In 2006, after years of being a family man and raising a son, he finally turned pro.  He has played on the Florida Professional Golf Tour, the Sunbelt Senior Tour and other professional tours across the U.S. and in Europe.


Bruce splits his time between Ontario and the Southeastern U.S.  He offers golf lessons to both amateurs and professionals.  Through his company, RBH Golf, he seeks golf courses in need of new management, business restructuring or physical renovation, tapping his own skills, expertise and proven strategies to help golf courses become more efficient and more profitable.






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