Thomas T Wartelle - Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club
A native of Grand Prairie, Louisiana, Thomas T Wartelle turned pro after graduating with a BS in Agronomy from University of Louisiana. He is a PGA and WGTF Master Professional. Thomas’ career as a playing professional brought him around the world competing in Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the USA.
As a golf instructor, Thomas has given over 15,000 hours of golf lessons world-wide. In addition, he has traveled the globe training golf instructors to teach golf using a unique system for learning.
Thomas has been named to the WGTF Top 100 Instructors in the World list. In 2007, he was inducted into the WGTF Hall of Fame. He is a contributing writer for several golf publications and media. His teaching philosophy and methods have been described as an innovative combination of “old style feel” with the latest in technology.
During his career, Thomas has been involved in nearly every aspect of golf operations. He has has been Director of Golf / Head Professional at golf facilities in Europe, Asia, and the USA. His area of focus is customer service, merchandising, golf equipment / fitting, marketing, and golf operations.
Thomas has a true passion for the golf industry. His mission is to grow the game of golf for everyone, and “pay it forward” to the next generation of golfers.
How old were you when you got started in golf and what eventually pulled you into becoming a golf professional?
I started my journey in golf after finding a broken club when he was about 13 years old. Upon finding this artifact, I walked away from my love of tennis. My enthusiasm brought him from his father’s farm fields to the local public golf course where he shot 104 for my first round. Inspired, I tried out for my high school golf team and shot 70 on nine holes. The coach promptly told him me didn’t make the team. Within 15 months, I was a scratch golfer. After college, I turned pro and played competitively all over the world.
How do you stay current with the latest developments in teaching methods?
I rarely miss a PGA Show as I find it irreplaceable for networking and meeting other golf professionals who share my enthusiasm for the game. I am in close contact with many other instructors that I truly respect. Lastly, I never get tired of studying the science of the swing as well as how people learn.
Do you specialize in teaching any facets of the game?
I specializes in training all players who are serious about moving to the next level. Training includes all aspects of the game with a focus on: Swing Mechanics, Short Game, Tournament Preparation, Mental Focus for Tournament Golf, and Fitness Training for Elite Athletes.
What sets you apart from other golf professionals?
I have personally trained over 1000 golf instructors to teach golf and have given over 20, 000 hours of golf lessons world-wide.
I currently trains several professionals, top collegiate players, and amateurs.
My teaching philosophy and methods have been recognized as innovative and best described as a combination of “old style feel” with the latest in technology.
I specializes in training players who are serious about moving to the next level. Training includes all aspects of the game with a focus on: Swing Mechanics, Short Game, Tournament Preparation, Mental Focus for Tournament Golf, and Fitness Training for Elite Athletes.
All of these combined are the bases of the elite training system to develop a player into a champion in golf and life.
Is there a highlight from your career in golf that stands out above the rest?
My greatest highlights are watching the development of young junior golfers into college players and even touring professionals.
Any advice for someone considering pursuing a career as a golf teaching professional?
I wake up everyday excited to go to work. Being a golf professional requires you to wear many hats. I utilize many different skills and I am always striving to be better. One must never accept complacency. The job can be demanding but if you love what you do, it is not work! I have a passion for this industry and the game. I am a golf professional and proud of my work!