"Ethical, Exceptional and Experienced"
Bryan J. Luedtke has been working in the golf industry since 1990. He became a member of the PGA of America in 1996. His work experience includes Fox Bend Golf Course in Oswego, Illinois; Blue Top Ridge Golf Course in Riverside, Iowa; and Plum Tree National Golf Club in Harvard, Illinois. He served as Head Golf Professional at all three locations. Bryan is considered an excellent teacher, quality player and a hard-working golf professional.
1. What position in the golf industry are you seeking? My goal is to continue developing as a golf professional and use my skills to manage a quality facility as their Head Golf Professional, Director of Golf or General Manager.
2. Are you willing to relocate for the right job? Chicagoland has been my home for most of my life, but I am looking at all options at this stage of my career.
3. How old where you when you realized your affinity for golf? My affinity for golf began after college, around 22 years old. Beginning my career working for a golf school in Scottsdale, I found golf to be difficult, fascinating, and rewarding.
4. If you could sell your personal brand in (3) words, which words would you use? Ethical, Exceptional and Experienced
5. How often do you play the game? My goal has always been to try and play at least once a week.
6. What is your favorite course to play? One of the things I learned from a fellow competitor while playing in a tournament, is that you must think any course you play, especially when competing, is your favorite course that day.
7. If you could play any course in the world, which would you choose and why? I have always wanted to play Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. Fazio is one of my favorite designers and supposedly it is an oasis in the desert.
8. If you could say anything to fellow or prospective golfers about the game, what advice would you pass on? (The sky is the limit, anything goes) Golf is a very difficult game. It takes dedication, passion and practice. And, when you hit that one-in-a-million shot that jumps off the club face, it will keep you coming back.
9. What is the biggest obstacle you've overcome while working at a golf course? When I started in the golf industry, my computer skills were weak at best. But just like my golf game, when I have a weakness, I practice and turn it into a strength. After working on the computer and forcing myself to learn, I have turned my computer skills into a strength.
10. What is your all-time favorite movie? Casablanca. Drama, laughs and tears.
11. What is your preferred social media channel? Is the rotary phone social media??
12. Who has been your greatest mentor in life and why? Leon McNair, PGA Professional, was my boss and mentor for one of my first jobs in golf. He was a tremendous teacher, was very organized and had a tremendous amount of passion. These qualities were passed on to me and there is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful for the opportunities that he gave me.