Staff Spotlight: Kevin Smeltz

Position
Director of Instruction

Describe your role at BGGA?
My role as Director of Instruction means I’m in charge of the golf program in regards to the instruction the students get and the coaching. That includes being hands on with the students and helping the coaching staff.

What’s your favorite part about your job?
Watching the kids get better. Whether that’s getting better at being human beings, golfers or in academics. Also watching kids from different cultures, religions and different countries all learn about each other and get along. They become so much more culturally aware than when I was a kid.

How did you get started in golf?
My father loved golf and he got me started playing.

Why do you love the game of golf?
I love the game of golf because of the challenge of it. I played most other sports when I was younger and was good at most of them. But with golf, every day is different. The wind blows different and the course is different. In other sports, there’s less variables and it’s more controlled. In golf, it’s not. It challenges you mentally, physically and emotionally and it’s me playing against myself.

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?
People always want to know where they stand.

What is your favorite home-cooked meal?
Sushi but that’s not home cooked. I’d say steak.

What is always stocked in your refrigerator?
Orange Juice

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Phuket, Thailand. I’ve been there once before and it’s so pretty. It’s pretty laid back and no one seems to stress. It’s a safe, beautiful and relaxing place to be.

Is there anything you are addicted to? Or can’t live without?
I don’t like my answer but if I’m truthful it’s my phone.

What movie do you watch again and again?
The Breakfast Club

Where is your favorite place to travel and why?
Rome, Italy. The people are friendly and there’s so much culture there. The ruins, the Vatican and the Colosseum are all there. The culture is amazing, the food is good and the people are really nice.

What’s one thing we don’t know about you?
I always wanted to be a lead singer in a band.

Favorite quote?
“Do not judge me by my successes; Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

Favorite sport besides golf?
Soccer. Go Chelsea.

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