What did you dream of being when you were a kid? A firefighter? A ballerina? An astrophysicist? For alumnus Andrew Gardner '06 his dream was of becoming a golf pro and he has worked hard to make that happen.
"Since I started playing at the young age of three I knew my love of golf would last me the rest of my life," said Gardner, a Danville native. He was on the golf team at George Washington High School and continued his love of the game at Averett.
"Through Averett I was able to gain hands-on experience through a number of internships." He interned at his home course, Tuscurora Country Club, the Tiger Woods First Tee of Danville and the Danville Golf Club.
Gardner graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education and minors in coaching and golf management. Following graduation, he moved to Orlando, Fla., where he worked as an assistant golf professional at MetroWest Golf Club. It was also upon his move to Florida that he took the PGA Players Ability Test and passed. He is now a PGA apprentice and is in the PGA program to become a member of the tour.
During Gardner's work with the Metro West Golf Club, he had the opportunity to learn from Tom Creavy. Creavy is a golf instructor who teaches PGA Women's Professional Se Ri Pak.
"His easy going style makes him a great teacher," said Gardner. "The lessons are a fun learning experience and he works with beginners on the fundamentals of the game."
In May 2011, Gardner was named the head golf professional at Shalimar Pointe Country Club, where he teaches the game of golf to all ages. In addition to working at the country club he is a professional on staff with Callaway Golf.
"It's great to be able to teach the game of golf to my students and help them improve every week. Plus, I get to do something I've always dreamed of doing."
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