Bruce Loman: Golf Industry Professional

Last Updated Jan 2011


Bruce was one of the first students to enroll at Mattatuck Community College (the forerunner of Naugatuck Valley Community College) in July 1967 as recorded by the newspaper that morning. He was drafted into the U.S. Army after 2 semesters here and returned to Waterbury in 1969.

He graduated from Mattatuck and transferred to Western Connecticut State College (now Western Connecticut State University). He played basketball and golf at both colleges and returned to Mattatuck after WestConn to take over coaching the basketball team from John Salerno when he became athletic director. His tenure was short-lived because he was offered a position with the Bob Hope Desert Classic Charity Golf Tournament in Palm Springs, California, and moved to California.

Bruce worked for several other major professional golf events including the Nabisco Dinah Shore Tournament, the Skins Game and the World Cup of Golf, all nationally televised events. Through connections he made at these events, he went to work for a small golf company in San Diego called Callaway Golf that started with $2 million in business in 1985.

Callaway developed a special golf club called "Big Bertha" that attained phenomenal sales, a club used by professional golfers across the globe. In 2009, they attained sales over $1 billion. The company became one of the most remarkable success stories in golf netting Ely R. Callaway, Jr., the company's founder, many speaking engagements across the country including Harvard University, which used the company as a case study.

"I've been places and met people I never could have imagined," Bruce said. "From President Gerald Ford to Joe Dimaggio, and I even played golf with actress Catherine Zeta Jones. I had no plan after high school but everything changed because of my attendance at Mattatuck Community College in 1967. The people I met and the connections I formed because of my involvement there have been invaluable. The bottom line is that the opportunity you make available is priceless to a lot of people."