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Special Awards Feature

Youth Player Development Award Winner Trent Wearner Thanks Those Before Him T

he 2019 Colorado Youth Player Development Award is being presented to Trent Wearner, PGA, Owner and Director of Instructor at Trent Wearner Golf Academy. He looks at every hour of every day as being uniquely different and doesn’t know how anything he chose to do could be better than what he is doing. “I certainly have those before me to thank for the level of success I have achieved,” shares Wearner. “None of this happens without the great people I have had the good fortune to work with during my 23 years of coaching nor does it happen without the students who have chosen to share their journey with me.” Wearner, a Colorado native, has been working in the world of golf since the age of 16 when his mom encouraged him to get a job. Part of high school and all through college he worked at Hyland Hills in Westminster first tending to the driving range and then moved into the golf shop. His first summer out of college, a friend recruited him to work as an Assistant Professional in Illinois where he was in charge of the junior golf program. “It was truly a blessing in disguise that I was given the responsibility of the junior golf program that first summer,” remembers Wearner. “Frankly, it set everything in motion for me and my career. Although I love working with golfers of all ages and skill levels, junior instruction is at the heart of what I do.” Returning to Colorado from Illinois, the first order of business for Wearner was to figure out how to coach on a full-time basis. He was introduced to Keith Lyford, PGA, a top 100 Golf Magazine Teacher, who ran a golf school in New England in the summer and his own school in Scottsdale in the winter. For three years, Wearner traveled between the two locations and would have continued had he and his wife not desired to get back to Colorado. He considers himself lucky to have found a place with Mike McGetrick, PGA, teaching at his facility at Meridian Golf Club. After three years, McGetrick moved on to do other things in the golf world and Wearner decided to stay put at Meridian to

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continue the golf school. That was 20 years ago. “I was busy teaching from the start at Meridian because of Mike,” comments Wearner. “I was fortunate to be on the receiving end of his reputation. Slowly but surely, I built my own clientele and eventually a business with a staff. I have been very privileged and humbled to be a part of the careers of so many great golfers at every level in their development of the game.” What does it mean to you to receive the 2019 Colorado Section Youth Player Development Award? Each time I have had the honor of receiving a Section Award, it came as an unsolicited nomination from a Section Member at various facilities around the state. I am just as honored about that fact as I am to receive this or any Section Award. The Youth Player Development Award means a ton to me because I spend so much of my time with juniors. My time outside of the academy is spent following juniors’ scores online, sending consoling and encouraging texts to juniors and also celebrating their successes with them. I’ve worked with over 100 juniors who play or went on to play college golf and, to have witnessed their growth, maturing and improvement is something I’m very grateful for. I am extremely fortunate and honored that people drive a very long way to come to the academy. Keeping that in mind keeps me grounded and always improving as a coach. When someone drives three hours one way from a neighboring state

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Profile for Colorado PGA

The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - October Issue  

This month we go in depth with some of our 2019 Colorado PGA Special Award winners with the following articles: • Living by The Golden Rule...

The SUMMIT - Colorado PGA Magazine - October Issue  

This month we go in depth with some of our 2019 Colorado PGA Special Award winners with the following articles: • Living by The Golden Rule...