Dick’s Sporting Goods, the large-scale U.S. retail chain, has decided to lay off all its golf professionals working in 560 outlets around the country. Reportedly, more than 500 pros are losing their jobs.Altogehter, the decision was harsh and prompt, but did not come without warning. When discussing the results of the retailer’s first quarter in May, the management expressed its discontent with the evolution of its golf category.
We are extremely disappointed by the news as any time even one PGA member loses a job, we are extremely sensitive to such matters.”
PGA of America
At the time, Dick’s has reduced its outlook for the full year earnings by 30 percent, partially because the golf category would not meet the sales target of $34 million. The Professional Golf Association of America expressed its disappointment and emphasized its supports for the members who are losing their work and livelihood.