Brian Varsey Bio
Brian grew up in a small town on the far east side of Cleveland where he played Varsity Golf, Baseball and Basketball in high school. He went on to attend Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio where he attained his Business degree, was the Student Body Treasurer and achieved First Team all Ohio Athletic Conference playing golf.
Because of Brian’s High School athletic achievements and continued success teaching and coaching the game of golf, in 2012 he was inducted into the Perry High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
From the age of fifteen Brian has been working at private clubs as part of the golf staff. After college he went on to be an Assistant Professional at some very prestigious clubs such as Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket Island, Windsor Club in Vero Beach when they hosted the first PGA Senior Tour Father-Son Classic, Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia, The Country Club in Cleveland and for five seasons at Canterbury Golf Club in Cleveland which is perennially a Top 100 Ranked Course and host of the 2009 SR PGA Championship as the Director of Instruction. After teaching in 2011/2012 for the Golf Digest Schools and the summer of 2012 at Rumson Country Club in NJ, Brian is currently the Head Teaching Professional at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida.
While at Sea Island Brian worked with some great teachers such as Jack Lumpkin, Scott Davenport, Tom Ness, Gale Peterson, Jim Goergen and Mike LaBauve. During this time Brian also met World Golf Hall of Fame Instructor Bob Toski and has spent thousands of hours working with and assisting him during his lessons as an understudy to Bob.
Brian assisted Bob on many occasions teaching Birdie Kim the winter before her Women’s US Open victory in 2007 and Ken Duke in the years before his 2013 PGA Tour victory. He also gave PGA Tour players Kenny Perry and Tom Kite lessons and continues to coach Collegiate and accomplished Professional Mini-tour players. In the summer of 2012 while teaching at Rumson CC in New Jersey, Brian’s student, Brian Gaffney, the Head Professional at Rumson, qualified and competed in the US Open and PGA Championship. Brian Gaffney was also, for the second consecutive year, the New Jersey PGA Player of the Year.
Brian was the Men’s Assistant Coach at the University of Oklahoma during the 2002-2003 season and the Head Coach for the Men’s and Women’s teams at Cleveland State University during the 2006-2007 season.
Aside from being an understudy of Bob Toski, Brians teaching has also been shaped by observing many top ranked teaching professionals on many occasions. Some of the teachers include Mike Adams, Todd Anderson, Mike Bender, Scott Davenport, Bill Davis, Marius Filmalter, Mike LaBauve, Keith Lyford, Jack Lumpkin, Mike Malaska, Rick McCord, Tom Ness, Gale Peterson, Mike Shannon, Rick Smith, Mitchell Spearman, and Jerry Tucker. He continues to try to improve as a teacher and person on a continual basis.
Brian is a Class A PGA member, a member of the Certified Golf Coaches Association, Aimpoint Express certified Instructor, TPI Certified, and a member of Proponent Group, the Premier Network of Golf Instructors. In 2014 Brian was chosen by his peers as the South Florida PGA Southern Chapter Teacher of the Year.
2011 NOPGA Assistants Championship 1st Place