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 G&CC 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 University’s 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 beautiful children, Sarah (22), Rees (19) and Kylie (15).
Jacob Close, GCSA
Jacob was born Corvallis, Oregon in 1981. During high school he worked at Springhill Country Club and based on the positive experience decided to attend Oregon State University. Jacob graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors of Science in Horticulture and Turf Management, with a business minor. During this time he completed internships at Waverley Country Club in Portland, Oregon and at Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, California. After graduation Jacob became an assistant superintendent at The Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club outside Portland. In 2005, Jacob and his wife Natasha moved to Seattle where he worked at Broadmoor Golf Club before becoming assistant superintendent at Seattle Golf Club. Jacob became the superintendent at Sudden Valley in March of 2011.
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.
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.
Stacie (Schmidt) Scheffer, AGM
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.