Brett Thomaswick, PGA - Head Golf Professional at Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club
Jun 17, 2014
How did you achieve your current position?
I accepted a job as an entry level assistant at Sandpiper Bay upon graduation from the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach in April 2009. I had passed my PAT a few weeks before and entered the PGA program six months later. I obtained my Class A in 2011 and briefly held an assistant position in Charlotte. In June of 2013, the head golf professional position became available at Sandpiper Bay and, after interviewing for the job, I happily returned to where I started in the golf business. In March of this year, I obtained my PGA certification in Golf Operations as part of continuing my education.
What were the biggest influences on your career choice of golf?
My biggest influence on my career choice is of course my parents, but also Arnold Palmer. Growing up in Pittsburgh, I played many sports including baseball and basketball, but never golf. That all changed one day when my father took me to a charity golf event involving Arnold Palmer, Davis Love III, Tom Lehman and some guy named Tiger Woods. From that day on, I have always had a club in my hand and can't imagine doing anything else. Having your passion as a career is as good as it gets in my opinion.
How did Golf Academy of America help you to achieve your goals?
The Golf Academy of America curriculum is very similar to the PGA program and helped me accelerate to membership in less than two years. Most apprentices take up to eight years to complete, but with the Golf Academy education I was able to jump right into my books and never look back. To this day, I still keep in touch with the instructors and speak to the Career Development classes during PGA week.
What advice would you give those wanting to get into the golf business?
The advice I would give to those wanting to get into the golf business is to attend Golf Academy of America for the education and for the people you will meet. My first job came about because one of the instructors heard about a job opening and referred me to it. I also think it is important to tell prospective students that education is still very important to employers and that I recognize and hire Golf Academy of America graduates.
Are you currently a PGA member or seeking membership?
I am currently a PGA Certified Professional. I gained membership in November of 2011 and received my certification in March of 2014.
If so, what level are you in the program?
I look forward to obtaining my certification in teaching next year and will begin going for my PGA Masters Certification in five years.