Brittany Weddell, an assistant at Due Process Stable, was selected as the Assistant Spotlighted for June. Weddell has worked at Due Process Stable since 2014 and is a former collegiate golfer at Rutgers University. Weddell shared how she came from Massachusetts to New Jersey and how she improves her game while working at Due Process in our Q and A below.
Who influenced you to play golf? My Dad introduced me to golf, buying me my first set of golf clubs for my third birthday. I would go with him to the driving range and began competing in junior events, both locally and nationally. I competed on the boys team in high school (Bourne High School Cape Cod, Massachusetts) and the Rutgers Women's Golf Team in college. Without my dad, I would not be where I am today without his continued support and dedication to teaching me at a young age.
When you graduated from Rutgers, did you want to pursue a career in golf? After graduating Rutgers, I knew I wanted to coach or teach, but wasn't sure where to begin. I waitressed for nine months before interviewing for a shop assistant job at Due Process Stable. I am now in my fifth season and I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to work at such a prestigious course. The membership was welcoming from the start and has continued to be supportive of my career goals over the years.
Where did you grow up, and what made you want to come to New Jersey to play at Rutgers? I grew up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and played golf for Bourne High School. I loved competing and being able to play for a team always made me excited to go back to school in the Fall. Playing college golf was a dream of mine, so I sent my golf resume to different schools across the country. When Rutgers offered me a golf scholarship, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to play a sport I loved and earning my degree at a great Division I school.
What have you learned during your time at Due Process? I have learned so much at Due Process. My first two years as a shop assistant allowed me to learn about how to run a golf shop. When I became the first assistant, I gained experience running tournaments and began teaching. Brett Jones, PGA Head Professional, encouraged me to begin my teaching certification. I've been very fortunate to work with and learn from someone so helpful and supportive.
What is a daily week like at Due Process? At Due Process, I help manage the golf shop, as well as teaching on the weekends and lots of practice in between. The majority of my lessons are with junior golfers and it's great to be able to pass on what I have learned about golf, including life values used on and off the course. Seeing the joy on a junior golfer's face when they hit a great shot has been one of the best parts about teaching for me.
What golf professionals have recently helped you on your game? Brett Jones has helped me work on my golf game for the past three years. Improving my putting has been my main focus, and will continue to be this season.
Do you have or are you working toward any further certifications besides your class A PGA membership? While working towards my PGA membership I am very interested in becoming TPI certified in the near future.
Goals for 2018
Work in more golf clinics and summer camps
Finish in the top 5 at an Assistant Event
Finish in the top 30 of the New Jersey PGA Assistant of the Year Points list
Move to Florida for the winter to gain teaching experience
In five years, I would like to be PGA certified, while continuing to teach and play consistently, possibly in Florida or California.
Brett Jones (pictured) is the Head Professional at Due Process Stable.