By Desiree Williams
Kevin Sopoci is a 2010 graduate of Fishers High School. He attended Purdue University and graduated in 2014 with a degree in movement and sports science. Sopoci, 25, is an assistant golf professional at StonyCreek Golf Club.
Q: Do you remember your most influential high school class or teacher?
A: I wrote for the newspaper in high school, so probably my newspaper class. I made a lot of good friends in that class as well as it taught me some time-management skills that were pretty vital throughout my college career as well.
Q: Is there anything that you miss about high school?
A: Probably the biggest thing I miss is playing in competitive sports, so playing hockey and playing golf. The excitement and the camaraderie from being on a team, I think that was awesome. You can play team sports as an adult, but I’m very recreational at this point, so nothing organized.
Q: What did you pursue after college graduation?
A: Originally, when I started the program I thought I would become a physical therapist, so my first job out of college was working for a physical therapy clinic in Illinois. I kind of found out that wasn’t really what I was passionate about once I actually got into the work field, so after working there for about 10 months, I moved back here to Fishers and started my PGA program working to be a golf professional.
Q: Can you tell me about the PGA Professional Golf Management Program?
A: Right now, I’m a Level 3 PGA apprentice. It’s an apprenticeship program, so as long as you are working at a golf club and you are working under a PGA member, you take classes, you go down to Florida, you go to seminars and you pass tests online. The most important thing you learn is how to run your own business. The way golf is now, it’s not giving golf lessons all the time. It’s like any other business. It’s about managing employees, customer service skills and trying to get more people to play at your golf course.
Q: What is your end goal?
A: I’m an assistant golf professional right now and my next goal would be to be a head golf professional and start some of my own player development golf programs. I like working with high school or younger, so working with kids. That’s where I find the most enjoyment out of teaching golf.
Q: Is there anything else you want to add?
A: Me and my dad run a business, and it’s based out of Fishers. That’s called The BrewsLine. That company is a craft beer tour bus. Myself, my dad and we have two employees, Joe and Tony. We run the business. Basically, you pay $35, you get to go on the bus, you go to four breweries and learn about how they make their beer and try their beer. My job as a part of that company, I run all the customer service.