Tim Schucker TPC Sawgrass
Aug 23, 2012
Tim Schucker started his golf career at his all-time favorite golf course. But it's more than a job—it's a return to a place that made a special wish come true.
Schucker, a recent Golf Academy of America in San Diego graduate, accepted a position in outside services at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
"It's crazy how life works out sometimes," said the 22-year old Lakewood, Colo. native. "After graduating from GAA in San Diego, I had many places where I wanted to work, but when TPC Sawgrass offered me a job, it just felt right to go back to the place where I experienced my fondest golf memory."
In 2009, Schucker arrived at TPC Sawgrass as a 19-year old "Make-A-Wish" child. Two years earlier, he had been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer. At that time, Schucker was a high school senior and a very active athlete who played football and lacrosse. But golf, which he learned as a toddler from his dad, was Schucker's first love. Shortly before his 18th birthday, he underwent surgery to remove a six-inch piece of bone in his right forearm that a team of doctors replaced with a cadaver bone and a steel plate.
Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that helps dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses, Schucker, his parents and his 13-year-old sister were able to take the trip to Florida from their home near Denver.
Schucker's wish was to play TPC Sawgrass, home of his favorite PGA TOUR event, THE PLAYERS, with his dad. The pair got a tour of the massive clubhouse and their own lockers. Upon arriving for their tee time, PGA TOUR players Jim Furyk and Briny Baird greeted Schucker. Baird even played the entire round with the father and son.
After eight months of chemotherapy in 2009, doctors told Schucker he was cancer-free. Now, Schucker is back at the place that made his golf wish come true.
"We are proud to have Tim working for us," said Matt Borocz, head golf professional at TPC Sawgrass. "His story is an amazing one, but his passion for the game and business of golf is what made us offer him a job. Tim has a bright future in golf and we couldn't be happier that he has started his career with us."
"Tim is definitely an inspiration for all of us," said Chris Hunkler, president of Golf Academy of America. "To overcome cancer, to pursue his passion for golf and to start his career at a place like Sawgrass, it's definitely a dream come true for him. We wish him well as he takes what he learned at Golf Academy of America and applies it to his career goals."