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PETE WLODKOWSKI - Founder/Publisher view profile> .. Twitter @amateurgolfcom
Pete Wlodkowski

Pete founded AmateurGolf.com in 2000, and continues to manage the company and team. Prior to that, he worked in technology sales for large companies like EMC and startups such as Inktomi and Ticketweb. Pete got his first taste for the golf business with the PGA Tour as Director of Marketing at the TPC River Highlands shortly after graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont, where he was captain of the golf team and won the Vermont Intercollegiate championship. He is a regular participant in amateur golf events and a member of the Olympic Club. Find Pete almost every Friday afternoon at the Goat Hill Park skins game in Oceanside.


CHRIS BRAUNER - Website Operations Manager view profile>
Chris Brauner

Chris has been around the game in one form or another all of his life. He brings experience as a competitor (having played in over 20 different tournaments listed on the Majors of Amateur Golf calendar); a college player at Rice University and golf coach at UNC Greensboro; a tournament director for college, amateur and mid-amateur events; and a variety of other roles.

Chris is a graduate of Rice University, with a B.A. and M.A. in Statistics, and also attended grad school studying sport psychology at UNC Greensboro.


KYLE RECTOR - Technical Services Manager view profile> ... Twitter @kylerector
Kyle Rector

Kyle is an experienced website developer, tech enthusiast, golf fanatic, and a mediocre putter, making him a good addition to the AmateurGolf.com team. When he is not working on one of the many AmateurGolf.com - managed websites, he is working as a digital marketing manager for a large multinational corporation. Away from a cubicle and a computer screen, Kyle is competing in Southern California Golf Association events and various other amateur golf events.

Kyle is a San Diego State graduate with a B.S. in Law and an MBA in Business Management.  If you want to see him in his natural habitat, just show up at the Torrey Pines Parking lot at 4:45am Saturday or Sunday.


JIM YOUNG - Managing Editor view profile>
Jim Young

With over 30 years of experience in the fields of public relations, marketing and communications, Jim has headed up athletic communication departments at three universities on the west coast, including Santa Clara, Stanford and his alma mater, the University of San Francisco. In addition to his role with AmateurGolf.com, Jim also serves as an official scorer for Major League Baseball with assignments on both sides of the bay involving the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s.

Jim enjoys all sports, collecting and reading golf books, cooking meals for his family and friends, spending time with his dogs and making occasional birdies. He threatens to move to Scotland at least once a week.

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SEAN MELIA - Staff Writer view profile> ... Twitter @bostonhomer
Sean Melia

Sean's golfing story starts with lessons alongside his father when he was a kid in Northern California. Now based in Boston, Sean was a classroom teacher for 13 years and is now chasing a dream as a writer while also working for an educational non-profit. Growing up playing golf competitively in high school and college, his latest self-imposed golf challenge is trying to play every golf course in Massachusetts. When he's not driving to a new part of Massachusetts to see a new golf course, you can find Sean in the TD Garden balcony cheering on the Celtics or running along the Charles River.

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In addition to our staff, AmateurGolf.com has relied on some of the best in the business to provide us with important services. These individuals and firms are as much a part of our success as anything else. We've also built a loyal team we call the "Player Staff" who inform us about important events, provide course and equipment reviews, and even test new products.

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