Former Skipper golfer Mitchell Fernandez lands job at Oakmont
Fernandez wasn’t sure if he wanted to pursue a career in golf or hockey when he
graduated from Port Huron Northern in 2009.
Fernandez decided to juggle both sports as a student-athlete at St. Clair
County Community College for three years.
his passion for hockey remains, the 24-year-old is entrenched in the golf
world. He was recently hired as a PGA apprentice by Oakmont Country Club and
began his new job Feb. 1.
been a whirlwind year and a half to two years for me,” Fernandez said. “It’s
been crazy. From working with Brian Bowman (former Skipper golfer) at the (Port
Huron) Elks Club, to spending time at Iverness Club in Toledo to getting the
job at Oakmont.
wouldn’t have dreamed in a million years that I would have the opportunity to
work at a place like Oakmont.”
which is the host for the 2016 U.S. Open this summer, is located about 12 miles
northeast of Pittsburgh.
going to start out in the East U.S. Open golf shop while it is cold outside,”
Fernandez said. “I will be a utility guy … working in the pro shop, with the
junior golf program, outside on the grounds and caddying.
get a chance to do a lot of different things and I’m excited about that.”
who graduated this past December from the California University of Pennsylvania
with a degree in sports management, said he was scheduled to start at the
prestigious club this spring, but received a call to begin work earlier.
at SC4, Fernandez golfed for coach Dale Vos in the spring of 2010. He took a
year off from the college team to concentrate on playing hockey for the Port
Huron Fighting Falcons, a member of the North American Hockey League.
returned to the golf team in 2012 and qualified for the National Junior College
Athletic Association national tournament.
was a great experience at SC4,” Fernandez said. “I enjoyed my classes and
professors. The people there were very helpful. I had the chance to meet some
great people like coach Vos.”
his career with the Skippers and Falcons, Fernandez transferred to the
California University of Pennsylvania where he played hockey for two years. He
said he also wanted to golf at the school but the golf coach would not allow
him to play both sports.
who is engaged to Alanna Marie Trosky of Pittsburgh, is taking the PGA
apprenticeship program online.
advice to students:
is just the start to your life journey. You have to work hard and believe in
yourself and you can accomplish anything that you put your mind to. Don’t just
strive to be good in life, strive to be great. Follow your own path and you
will be successful, All of this might sound cliché, but it is the truth.”