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Golf Staff at Sudden Valley G.C.

Brian Kruhlak, PGA

Director of Golf

Brian was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1967. He attended Seaquam High School in the Vancouver, B.C. suburb of North Delta. Brian began to play golf at age 15 at Sudden Valley GC where he worked throughout his high school and college years. Brian graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1991 with a degree in Political Science and three years on the UBC golf team.

In 1990, Brian entered into the PGA Apprentice program while working as an Assistant Professional at Sudden Valley. In May of 1991, two months before opening, Brian began work at Avalon Golf Links as an Assistant Professional. In November of 1992, Brian took over as Head Professional where he remained until returning to Sudden Valley as the Director of Golf in February of 2011.

Brian has been married to Christie since 1992 and has three adult children, Sarah (28), Rees (25) and Kylie (20).

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Greg Wadden, GCSA Class "A"

Turfcare Superintendent

Greg Wadden, born and raised in Penticton, BC found his calling early on at the age of 15 working summers on a local course. Once Greg realized this was his passion he moved on and up to multiple different clubs throughout Western Canada. Kenosee Lake golf club in southwest Saskatchewan, Priddis Greens in southwest Calgary, Alberta, and multiple clubs in the lower mainland of British Columbia. Greg received his Diploma in Turfgrass Management from Fairview College in Fairview Alberta from 1989-1991. Once schooling was completed, Greg moved to the lower mainland area of British Columbia to become Assistant, then Superintendent at Musqueam golf club in Vancouver. Plying his trade learning construction, drainage, irrigation and turf management, Greg then became the Regional Superintendent for Eaglequest Family Golf in Western Canada. Managing and oversight of multiple clubs including the construction of a small 9-hole club in Coquitlam, BC. Greg, his wife Shannon and their two children Emily and Carter moved to Birch Bay, WA in 2007.

Greg most recently comes from Nico Wynd golf club in White Rock, B.C. where he was General Manager/Golf Course Superintendent from 2006-2022. Greg is affiliated with the following associations:

  • Class “A” Superintendent in the GCSAA and CGCSA
  • Member, Club Manager Association of Canada
  • Western Washington Golf Superintendents Association.

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Kevin LeDuc, PGA

Head Golf Professional

Kevin was born in Centralia, WA in 1966. His love for golf began at the age of 15 while playing at Riverside Golf Club in Chehalis, WA. Kevin graduated from Western Washington University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Parks, with a Biology minor. During his last year of college, he worked on the construction of Avalon Golf Club. Upon the opening of Avalon, Kevin began his PGA Apprentice program as an Assistant Professional. Kevin’s professional career has included many courses in the Northwest including Avalon, Echo Falls, Loomis Trail, Semiahmoo, Eaglemont, and Sudden Valley. Additionally, Kevin was the head men’s and women’s golf coach for Skagit Valley Community College from 1992-1997. In June 2019, Kevin returned to Sudden Valley as the Head Professional after spending seven years as an Assistant Professional from 1992-1998.

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Mike Fields

1st Assistant Golf Professional

Mike was born in Bellfower, CA in 1982. As a youngster his first passion was to play professional baseball, specifically for the Los Angeles Dodgers. As he got older and his family moved to Bellingham in the early 90’s he was introduced to the game golf by his father. While in high school at Sehome High, Mike was a 4 year Varsity golfer, with 3 years as team captain.

After graduating in 2000, Mike moved to warmer weather in Phoenix, AZ to pursue a career in professional golf.  While playing on different mini tours Mike also worked as Tournament Director for Scottsdale Golf Group and as Assistant Golf Professional and Ladies Day Coordinator for the Desert Mountain Club.

Mike returned to the Northwest in January 2014, when he joined the team here at Sudden Valley as the 1st Assistant Golf Professional.  

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Andrew Hatch

Lead Golf Shop Assistant

Andrew was born in Seattle, WA in 1987.  He was raised in Lake Forest Park, WA. There, he attended Shorecrest High School, where he lettered 1 year in varsity soccer, and 3 years in varsity golf as team captain. Outside of school, Andrew participated heavily in club soccer, where he both played, and coached for local youth teams. For employment, he spent his summers working at Nordstrom in downtown Seattle.

Although he didn’t grow up in Sudden Valley, he spent portions of every childhood summer in the valley with his Grandparents, who were golf members in the 80s’ and 90s’. Here, Andrew was both introduced to the game, and smitten by it. He even attended the esteemed Sudden Valley Junior camp at the tender age of 7.

Andrew has been a Bellingham resident since 2007, and joined the Sudden Valley staff in April of 2011.    

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Stacie (Schmidt) Scheffer, AGM 

Retail Coordinator

Stacie (Schmidt) Scheffer is no stranger to Sudden Valley. When she was just 7 years old, her father, Ray Schmidt, was hired to construct Sudden Valley Golf Course, and he remained on for an additional 17 years as the course superintendent.  Stacie joined the Sudden Valley Greens Crew herself when she was just 14 years old - mowing greens, tees, setting the course, and maintaining the sand traps for 7 years. (And yes, it was she who took the greens mower for a swim in front of #9 green).

Eventually Stacie left to pursue a college degree in management and assume the Pro Shop Manager position at Riverside Golf Course in Chehalis, WA. Through this path she found her passion for retail in the golf industry. Since then, she has managed several retail facilities and provided buying/merchandising services for many golf courses in the Northwest including Semiahmoo Resort, Loomis Trail GC, Avalon GC, Skagit CC, and Sudden Valley G&CC. She recently earned a professional certification in Human Resources, is an active member of the Association of Golf Merchandisers, and is pleased to be serving as the Retail Coordinator for Sudden Valley G&CC.

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