It seems Heath Bronkema has been trying to ditch his day job for more than 25 years. He has gotten close to making it big in racing and singing, but for the past eight years he still happily returns each week to his job as the equipment manager at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Country Club.
“I love my job,” said the 44-year-old Bronkema, who met his current boss at a band rehearsal. “I had to figure a lot of things out on the fly here, but I have enjoyed it. In fact, it’s pretty cool.”
Bronkema, a seven-year member of GCSAA, had grown weary of running his own construction company before joining the staff at Kalamazoo CC. But outside of work, Bronkema has never slowed down.
On Fridays, he races his stock car at the Kalamazoo Speedway. Another 150 nights a year, he plays lead guitar in the Bronk Bros. band, which has opened for country music headliners Kenny Chesney, Charlie Daniels and the Oak Ridge Boys.
“One of my coolest experiences was having the Oak Ridge Boys standing to the side of the stage watching us play. When we were done, they came up and told us we did a nice job and that we were great entertainers,” said the self-taught guitarist.