CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A search for the name Monte Ortel won't result in much information on the Greenbrier Classic's new tournament director.
The college from which he graduated no longer exists in name and the basketball team on which he was a four-year starter just wasn't very good.
Where he has found success, however, is in the sport of golf.
Ortel has spent the first three years of the Greenbrier Classic as an assistant to tournament director Tim McNeely, who recently accepted the position as athletic director at Fairmont State University.
The 33-year-old Ortel was promoted to tournament director, bringing with him a wealth of golf knowledge and PGA Tour experience beginning before the inaugural Classic in 2010. The fourth annual tournament is set for July 4-7 at the Old White TPC on the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.
"Monte's been with us a long time and I just kept coming back to the fact that he was a young man that put in his licks and had done a great job for us," Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice said. "When I looked into his eyes, I saw a lot of fire and passion and that's what you need if you're after my heart."
Ortel graduated in 2002 from Columbia Union College - which changed to Washington Adventist University in 2009 - and averaged double figures as a senior on the basketball team. In fact, one of his better games occurred his final season when he had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-60 victory over the West Virginia Conference's Shepherd College.
"We seemed to struggle with the wins and loss category, but we had a lot of good talent go through there," he said.
One of his teammates was Sullivan Phillips, a member of Great Britain's 21-man provisional men's squad for the 2012 Olympics.
Ortel earned a master's degree in sports management from Slippery Rock University.
Although he played high school golf, his life-changing transition from basketball to golf occurred at Slippery Rock.