Golf Career & Experience
Throughout his professional career, Brian has taken part in a number of golf related endeavors. Review the lists below to see how Brian’s
experience can help your game, your organization, or your business.
Professional Career - Playing & Teaching
Brian turned professional in May of 1991 and began working at Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club in Rockford as an assistant professional. It was during this time that he started learning and working towards obtaining his membership in the PGA.
He returned to the Oak Club where he learned the public golf business as the Head Professional. He spent 4 years gaining the experience of running a very busy public golf course. After one season as the Head Professional, Brian was promoted to the General Manager and had the responsibility of overseeing the entire golf operations. This was a daunting task as a young professional but it proved to be a very valuable educational experience. Brian was able to manage the facilities operations and continue to improve his own playing abilities by competing in the Illinois Section tournaments. Brian’s competitive golf experienced reached a pinnacle in 1995 when he qualified for the Motorola Western Open at Cog Hill. The culmination of years of practice and hard work came to fruition when he was able to tee it up in a PGA Tour event.
Brian left the Oak Club after a generous sponsor helped him set his sights on playing competitive golf full time.
For the next two years he invested a great deal of time and energy into practicing and testing his game on a daily basis. Brian had wonderful support and was able to give his game every opportunity to see how good he could become. The process of playing, practicing and competing on a daily basis was a great learning experience and he gained an appreciation for the talent in golf.
The experience he gained through this process proved to be very valuable even though his playing ability was not sufficient enough to make a living. In 1999, Brian decided to use the experience he gained through playing and competing to help others improve their game. He knows what all golfers are going through at every stage of their development. He has experienced every level of frustration associated with golf, so he knows the learning process from both sides of the ball. Brian both coaches and has been coached, so he has an appreciation for the process of learning the game.
Brian is now a full time golf instructor and coach operating the Swing by King Golf Performance Center and teaching out of Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago, Illinois. The opportunity to help others improve their game and reach their goals is what Brian enjoys most. Whether you’re a beginner, junior or seasoned player, the path is never easy. We need to be sure to enjoy the process.
- Swing by King Golf Performance Center 2013-present
- Prairie Landing, West Chicago, 2004-present
- Cantigny Golf, Wheaton, 2001-2004
- Cog Hill, Dr. Jim Suttie, 2000
- River Bend Golf Course, Lisle, 2000
- Aldeen Golf Club, Rockford, 1998-1999
- The Oak Club of Genoa, Head Professional, 1993-1997
- Assistant Professional, Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club, 1991-1993
- Obtained PGA Membership, 1994
- Turned Professional, 1991
Professional Playing Record
- Illinois Open Qualifying-Whisper Creek, 2001, Medalist
- Illinois Section Pro-Pro Tournament, 1998, Winner
- Tommy Armour Mini-Tour, Winter 1997
- Moonlight Mini-Tour, Winter 1997
- Eagle Ridge Spring Pro-Am, 1996, Winner
- Illinois State Open, 1995, 5th Place
- Motorola Western Open Participant, Cog Hill GC, 1995
- Illinois Section Tournament at Lakewood (Score – 66), 2nd Place
- Illinois Section Pro-Am, Hilldale C.C., 1993, Winner
- Illinois Section Pro-Am, McHenry C.C., 1993, Winner
- Illinois State Open Qualifier – 9 Times
- Florida Gold Coast Tour, Winter 1992
Amateur Playing Record
- Northern Illinois University Golf Team Member
- Member of NIU Men’s Golf Hall of Fame
- Team Captain, Northern Illinois University
- All Mid-Continent Conference Recognition
- AMCU Conference Tournament, 5th Place
- Rockford Pro-Am Tournament Participant
- IJGA–Chick Evans Junior Open, Winner
- NIC-10 Conference Tournament, Winner
- Member of Two State High School Championship Golf Teams
Coaching/Teaching Volunteer Work & Community Involvement
- Chicago Tribune Junior Golf Clinics
- Education Committee-IJGA
- Presenter at Chicago Golf Show 2006, 2007
- Volunteer Instructor, Chicago Golf Show Navy Pier & Rosemont 2006, 2007
- Attended PGA Teaching / Coaching Summits 2000, 2002, 2004
- PGA Championship Community Relations Clinic
- Participated in PGA Free Lesson Month
- Hosted American Express Women’s Golf Week
- Growth of the Game Volunteer
- Play Golf America Volunteer, Pine Meadow
- PGA Free Fitting and Trade up Participant
- Teaching Marianjoy Clinics for the Disabled, Cantigny Golf
- Working with Underprivileged Kids, Wadsworth Junior Clinics for Inner City Youth, Cantigny Golf
- Developed Golf Program for Juniors Ages 5-7 using the SNAG System,Wheaton Sports Center, Wheaton, IL 2002-2003
- Created junior golf activity for Dunham Woods Horse Riding Club summer camp 2004-2007
- Conduct Wheaton North High School Summer/Winter Golf Camp, Grades 6-12
- Conducted the St. Francis High School summer golf camp for boys and girls
- Director of Golf-Geneva Park District junior Golf Programs-Developed:
- Family Golf Classes
- Introductory Junior Golf Classes
- Junior Golf Playing Lessons, Prairie Landing Practice Holes
- Owns and uses SNAG (Start New At Golf) Golf Programs for Junior Golf Development
- Developed Golf Program as After School Enrichment Program in 5 Geneva Elementary Schools
- Developed Golf as Activity in 4 Geneva Park District Kid Zone After-School Programs
- Created Golf Programs for PE Classes, St. Peters Catholic School, Geneva & St. Patrick’s Catholic School, St. Charles
- Co-Founded Midwest Select Golf Development Program – A year-round golf and fitness program for competitive golfers
- Created the Swing by King Junior golf Development – A 90 minute, multiple session practice / play program
- Junior Golf Instructor for Park District Summer Golf Programs, Winfield
- Assistant Golf Coach, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1993-4
- Head Golf Coach, Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, IL, 1994-1996
- Head Girls Coach, Rosary High School, Aurora, IL, 2001-2003
- Head Boy’s Coach, St. Francis High School, Wheaton, IL, 2004-2008
- Hosted / Instructed NIKE Junior Golf Camp: Aldeen Golf Club, 1999 & Prairie Landing, 2005
- Worked with Mike Hebron in Junior Golf Clinic, Aldeen Golf Club, 1998-1999
- Cantigny Golf Junior Coaching
- Instructed Hundreds of Juniors in the Cantigny Certification Program
High School Years
Brian started playing golf at a very late age by today’s standards. Golf didn’t become part of his life until the summer before high school. While entering into his first year at Rockford Guilford High School, most of his friends were trying out for football, Brian courageously decided to give golf a chance. With minimal experience, he was selected for the freshman team and maintained an average of 45 strokes for 9 holes on the year. That next summer, Brian became obsessed with securing the coveted varsity golf bag which proudly displayed the school’s logo.
The summer between his freshman and sophomore year, Brian practiced non-stop and his scores plummeted. As a sophomore he fired a career low 33 (3 under par) propelling him to the varsity squad and securing his chances to play in the post season. He helped his team become extremely competitive that year, and they eventually won the Illinois State High School Championship at Kellogg Golf Course in Peoria. Brian finished the year with an average of 39 and a tremendous experience.
As a junior, his team continued to be very competitive and the team made it down state to finish third in the tournament. It’s extremely tough to make it two years in a row, let alone finish in the top three both times.
The summer between his junior and senior year, Brian competed in numerous IJGA tournaments. While he was competitive in each, it wasn’t until the Chick Evans tournament late in the summer that Brian was Medalist in the Stroke play and won the championship in Match Play. He continued to play well through the fall, eventually winning an individual title at the Barrington High School Invitational. Brian also won individual honors at the Conference tournament, where his team won by an amazing 50 strokes! The momentum didn’t stop there. Brian helped his team win another Illinois State High School Tournament, this time by a whopping 19 stroke margin.
Through hard work and dedication, Brian was honored by earning a scholarship to play on the Northern Illinois University golf team. He said, “NIU proved to be a great opportunity to learn from and grow as a golfer and a student athlete.” He even got to play with the likes of Steve Stricker and Notah Begay in some of the tournaments. The team had a rigorous schedule but wound up winning two AMCU Conference tournaments. After a 5th place finish in a Conference tournament, Brian was recognized on the All-AMCU Conference Roster. He experienced what it was like to travel and play golf as a student athlete. The opportunities Brian had as a student athlete were incredible. It’s one of the main reasons Brian is able to associate closely with so many junior golfers today. While attending NIU, he also learned the business side of golf by working at The Oak Club of Genoa during the summers. He was able to learn a great deal about the business of golf while continuing to play competitively. Brian graduated from NIU with a B.S. in Economics and knew that he wanted make a living in the golf business.
Long after his college career, Brian had the distinct honor of being inducted into the NIU Men’s Golf Hall of Fame. The Men’s Golf Hall of Fame is housed proudly at Rich Harvest Farms, the home of Huskie Men’s Golf.