CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In his new job, Ken Tackett will get the best of many worlds.
The Capital High graduate doesn't have to move out of West Virginia, yet gets to travel to top-shelf destinations.
He doesn't have to juggle so many duties, but he'll work more intensely with the sport he so dearly loves, golf.
And he'll get a ringside seat - make that a golf-cart seat - to watch some of the best players in the sport.
Tackett has left his position as executive director of the West Virginia Golf Association, joining the PGA Tour as a rules official. If that isn't his dream job, it's close.
"This is a pinnacle of what we do in golf administration," Tackett said Monday from Palm Springs, Calif.
Yep, Palm Springs. He is working this at the Humana Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation at nearby La Quinta, and will head to the Farmers Insurance Open near San Diego at Torrey Pines next week.
His commitment is 28 weeks out of the year, about 23 or 24 tournaments in all. For four of those events, he will arrive a week early as an advance official, setting the out-of-bounds markers and hazards, working with the golf course superintendent on specifications for greens, fairways and the rough, and work with tournament officials.
He more or less inherited his 2014 schedule, and he will not be working the Greenbrier Classic. He will work at least one tournament close to home, the prestigious Memorial Tournament near Columbus, Ohio.
His turn at a major will have to wait for another year. None of the four is run by the PGA Tour, and those use a limited number of Tour officials - the Masters will use eight or nine, for example.
And the weeks he's not resetting hole placements, moving tee markers or being called for on-the-spot rules interpretations, he'll be back at his Mink Shoals home with his wife and two children, ages 9 and 11.