Trenton Blundell played in the STPGA Junior Golf Program as a child, and is now Tournament Manager, Junior Championships at PGA of America Headquarters in Florida. Trenton was elected as a PGA Member in January 2016 after completing the Sam Houston State University PGM program. We recently completed an interview with him which covers the lasting impacts of the STPGA Junior Golf Program, obtaining a career in the golf industry, and much more!
Q: How did you get your start playing golf? How old were you?
A: I attended summer golf camps at Brenham Country Club throughout my childhood, but I really started playing when I was 13 years old. Mrs. Hathaway, my 7th grade English teacher, informed the class about playing in STPGA Junior Golf tournaments over the summer. I signed up and have been playing ever since.
Q: What does golf mean to you?
A: Golf means more to me than I can explain. The game has given me opportunities to travel all over the country and create so many meaningful memories and relationships. I have no idea what life would be like without this great game.
Q: How has the STPGA impacted your life?
A: The STPGA made a tremendous impact on my life. The STPGA gave me my first opportunity to play golf competitively. Without the STPGA, I may have never found such a strong passion for the game of golf, which would have changed my entire life’s path.
Q: As a junior golfer, did you receive lessons from a PGA Professional? If yes, who and what was the experience like?
A: Don Aken was my PGA Professional growing up. We would rarely have a typical lesson, but Don’s constant tips and advice played a huge role in my ability to play the game. Don is one of the most influential people in my life.
Q: When did you decide you wanted to be a PGA Professional?
A: While working for Don Aken at Brenham Country Club, I knew I wanted a career in the golf industry. The moment I learned about the PGA Golf Management program during my sophomore year of high school, I made the decision to become a PGA Professional.
Q: Why did you choose Sam Houston State University PGA Golf Management?
A: I chose Sam Houston State University because of the very welcoming SHSU PGA Golf Management Program staff as well as the affordable tuition.
Q: While at SHSU, what as your day-to-day of being in the PGM program like?
A: Normal days consisted of going to class, followed by playing a few holes, then hanging out with friends in the evenings.
Q: What was your favorite thing about being in a PGM program?
A: If I can only choose one, I would definitely say the comradery between all of the PGM Students. It’s one big family.
Q: What was your first job out of college?
A: Coordinator of All American Tour Operations for the Northern Texas PGA.
Q: What advice would you give a high school senior looking to being a PGA Professional?
A: Find PGA Professionals around you and go talk to them. Find mentors. There is a strong brotherhood between the members of the PGA of America, and they are all willing to help an aspiring young professional. Take advantage of their knowledge and expertise!
Q: What is your favorite golf course to play? Why?
A: Very tough question. I would have to say Black Jack’s Crossing at Lajitas Golf Resort is probably my favorite to play. The elevation change, stunning views, and overall atmosphere surrounding the course is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
Q: Who is in your dream foursome? Why?
A: Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, my girlfriend Alyssa, and myself. The two best women and men golfers in history! Haha!
Q: What advice would you give junior golfers?
A: Stay patient, stay calm, and have fun. If you can continually do those three things, you will be a great player.