In Memory of Fred Brattain
Last week we lost one of our beloved family members, Fred Brattain. Fred was a Spring 2006 graduate of PGCC Temecula, and a Vietnam veteran, who eventually went on to become CEO and Director of Instruction for the Disabled Golfer's Learning Foundation. Fred started the foundation to rehabilitate disabled veterans through the game of golf; a response to his own experiences of being wounded and feeling that he was perceived as inherently less-than as a result of his injuries.
Fred worked with his fellow disabled veterans to peel back the damaging effects of conflict, and help heal his fellow veterans by teaching them to golf. One of Fred's former instructors, and Dean of Students at PGCC Temecula, Jim "Wilkie" Wilkinson, remembered Fred's bravery. "In class he would share his past struggles and he set such an incredible example of for his fellow classmates. He was such a special, special guy."
Fred was one of PGCC's featured "Success Stories" and we are so proud of his accomplishments. In his "Success Stories" profile, Fred shared a little bit about his time here and what it meant to him, and we felt it would be a good time to honor his legacy by revisiting his story.
"I graduated from PGCC in April of 2006, winner of the Old Tom Morris Award. I came to PGCC to find the information and the connections necessary to launch the Disabled Golfer's Learning Foundation (DGLF). Without my time at PGCC I would not have had a clue how to get the foundation off the ground. Learning the ins and outs of the business, and the contacts I made while I was there, made launching the foundation possible."
The best thing I took from PGCC was a firm understanding of how the golf industry operates, and all of the connections I made with others in the industry. Those connections led to several breakthroughs for the DGLF. What I love most about PGCC are the people. The things I value most from my time there are the dedication of the staff to providing a quality education, and all of the friendships I made. I have continued to maintain contact with several of the instructors and administrators as we have moved our foundation forward, and their continued support has been amazing.
Without that experience, I would not have been able to get the foundation off the ground. I am in debt to the faculty and staff at PGCC for making this dream possible.”
If you visit the website for the Disabled Golfer's Learning Foundation you will see a quote from Sir Walter Simpson that Fred selected; this quote sums up his entire philosophy. "There is no shape, nor size of body, no awkwardness nor ungainliness which puts good golf beyond reach. There are good golfers with spectacles, with one eye, with one leg, even with one arm. In golf, while there is life, there is HOPE."
We will miss Fred's candor and genuine kindness, and we will always be grateful to have meant so much to a person who meant so much to us.
Welcome Fall 2013 FreshmenThis is the first few weeks of school for our Fall 2013 Freshman class and, while advice is traditionally offered as commencement is underway, it’s a good idea to offer a few words as students embark on their voyage because 16 months vanishes in the blink of an eye and we want our students to have the best shot at success that they can possibly have. One of the basic tenets at the Professional Golfers Career College is that “Attitude is Everything”, but what exactly does this mean?
Gary Gilleon, a graduate of PGCC Temecula, feels strongly that it means “There are different ways to measure success but there is always a direct link between input and output. Your level of effort will translate to your level of success anyway you define it.” Gilleon, who began his preparing for his second career as a student at the Professional Golfers Career College in 2009 following a 30 year career in the U.S. Navy, saw camaraderie as a major contributor to collective success. As one of the older students in his class, he made a habit out of looking out for other students. “Out of the strong camaraderie that develops in small groups, grows that desire to help each other. As an older guy in class class I always had my eye on younger students, wanting to help them. That’s why I love working here. I love sharing wisdom.”
Ultimately that is the aim of the Professional Golfers Career College; to share wisdom and resources. Gilleon continues, “I believe that here, at PGCC, defining success is learning is how to develop a ‘service mindset’. A great customer service attitude, which is being open, genuine and polite, translates into happy people.”
Spencer Callantine, Admissions Director at PGCC Hilton Head, graduated from the golf college in 2011 and arrived at the same conclusion; you get out what you put in. “Enjoy every second you have at PGCC because it will go so fast you won’t believe it, and take advantage of every opportunity to volunteer. The experiences you can have with the golf school will be mind blowing. I have worked with and volunteered for the LPGA, the Nationwide Tour, and ESPN. I can attest to the importance of affiliations with people and organizations like this in the golf industry.“
Beyond what our students get from PGCC, there’s also something to be said for what should be brought with them. Callantine continues, “I believe that most importantly, as a student, you should be prepared to absorb any and all information from the instructors; these are people who have gone through the very experiences that you are hoping to achieve someday.”
It’s no wonder that Gilleon and Callantine share the same sentiment about how to succeed; both studied under Jim ‘Wilkie’ Wilkinson, PGCC Temecula’s Dean of Students, and a legendary fixture around campus. If you ask Wilkie what advice he has to offer to incoming freshmen, his words are simple and, unsurprisingly, similar to the aforementioned advice. “I want students to realize that this is their time to take advantage of all of the experience they have here.” Adding that “There are 24 hours in your day, and you’re only in class for four of those hours; take advantage, ask questions. The best players I’ve seen are the players who ask the most questions because they’re always learning something.”
Summer 2013 CommencementCongratulations to our Summer 2013 Graduates! Graduation ceremonies for all of the PGCC campuses were held to honor the students who have successfully completed their 16 month curriculum and earned their Specialized Associate's Degree in Professional Golf Management.
All PGCC graduates leave their respective campuses with a thorough understanding of the business of golf. As part of their educational career at PGCC, students engage in various areas of study to include marketing, business management, food and beverage, and golf course design, to name a few. These areas of study help prepare golf college graduates for the professional golf industry and all that it entails. Many students are quickly sought out by highly regarded golf courses across America and around the world for their breadth of knowledge that makes them uniquely qualified for various positions.
Although it is hard to say goodbye to these great men and women we have come to know so well, we wish them the best in their future endeavors!
Temecula CampusBurton J. Bilger
*Kevin M. Bourland
Kyle K. Brosamle
Juan Emilio Echenique
Andrew J. Peterson
Kyle B. Rumpf
Joshua A. Stipp
Philip E. Taylor
**Jason E. Tronti
Christopher M. Wagner
* Denotes a Graduate With Honors
** Denotes Valedictorian or Co-Valedictorian
Hilton Head CampusBrian Cocchia
Kenneth Scott Horton
Orlando Campus*Seung Baek
Claude Smith IV