Andrew Braun – First Assistant Golf Professional at Oakwood Country Club, Coal Valley, Illinois
Jun 23, 2015
Andrew Braun is a 2013 graduate of Golf Academy of America.
What do you do as First Assistant Golf Professional?
I teach private lessons, conduct the men’s, ladies, and junior clinics with the Head Golf Professional and conduct two-day Junior Golf Schools for area junior golfers. I plan, prepare and administer 50+ tournaments per year. It’s also my responsibility to hire, train, schedule and manage 10+ Outside Services personnel, in addition to purchasing merchandise and overseeing proper inventory control procedures in the Golf Shop.
How did Golf Academy of America prepare you for your current position?
Golf Academy of America allowed me to start networking with people already in the golf industry. The entire industry is built on networking, and being exposed to PGA members on a daily basis made getting a decent job possible.
Tell us about your career accomplishments since graduation.
Since graduating in the spring of 2013, I have passed my PGA Playing Abilities Test, registered as a PGA Apprentice, passed the PGA Qualifying Level Test, attended my PGA Level 1 Seminars at the PGA Education Center in Florida and am currently working on completing my Level 1 Work Experience Portfolio for the PGA Apprenticeship.
What are your career goals and how do you think your education at Golf Academy of America is helping you achieve them?
My career goal is to become a PGA Master Professional. I plan on achieving Class A membership in the PGA by the end of 2017, and plan on achieving my Master Professional status by the end of 2024. GAA allowed me to learn what to expect in the PGA Apprenticeship along with learning what it takes to be a true professional in the industry.
About my photo:
In September 2014, while playing in our annual Closing Smoker Pro-Am here at Oakwood, I made a hole-in-one on the very next swing after one of my amateur teammates made a hole-in-one. The picture is of me and that amateur, Todd Nelson, after we picked our balls out of the hole following our hole-in-ones.