By Johnny McCosker, USGTF Professional

My student spotlight story goes back to Lakeland, Florida, where one of my students was Jonathan Giammatteo. He was a 5-year-old that his parents brought to me for his swing training and grooming. He showed a knack and talent for the swing and wanted to improve. We worked together for several years, and it was always a joy to work with him.

As he grew up, he pursed different interests, and basketball was one of them. After several years, Jonathan came back into my golf life in 2016. He began to compete in some local golf tournaments and we re-engaged in some teaching. He decided to go all-in for golf and was accepted to the Florida Gulf Coast University in the Golf Management program. The Quechee Club hires seasonal professionals in order to help out in the summer months. I wrote a note to the director of golf at the club and recommended that he hire Jonathan as an intern for this summer. So, now it’s come full circle, and Jonathan is now currently working at The Quechee Club. It is so nice to see him grow into a fine young man and we get to see each other.

Jonathan grew into a very accomplished golfer. As a junior golfer he obtained multiple wins, including the junior club championship at Grasslands Golf and Country Club, and the Schalamar Creek Junior Championship. He also finished with a T-2 at the Junior Citrus Open. While in pursuit of his PGA card, he passed his PGA playing ability test with scores of 78-74. In September of 2021, he plans to change the script for amateur golfers and turn pro at the age of 19 and play professionally in Florida while in college. During his time as an intern at the Quechee Club, Jonathan has been able to grow as an upcoming professional learning to play on different grasses and in different conditions than what he is used to in Florida.

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