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Lakeland connections run deep

August 19, 2014 In Lakeland University Blog
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When you graduate from Lakeland College, you immediately join a network of successful alumni around the world. And fellow Muskies are happy to step up and help you.

Lakeland grad Tyler Kubicek ’14 recently turned an assist from Lakeland grad Mike Graf ’04 into a rewarding internship that will likely lead to a full-time job.

Tyler loves golf, and he’s good at it. He played for the Muskies, and has a life-best score of 2-under par. He also earned his degree in resort management, so what better place to work at than a golf club?

Tyler contacted Mike, the guest services supervisor for highly regarded Troon Golf in Arizona, and Mike helped Tyler land a guest services internship with Troon property Cordillera Valley Club in Edwards, Colo.

“I’ll be here until the end of October,” says Tyler. “After that, my plan is to transfer to a full-time position in either Arizona or California.”

His internship involves a little bit of everything, from cleaning clubs and carts to helping with the many logistics that keep a golf club operation running smoothly. He’s also getting in some great golf in picturesque Colorado, and he recently blasted his first-ever 400-yard drive.

Down the road, there is opportunity to give lessons, and perhaps someday even fulfill his life goal.

“My dream is to own my own golf course,” says Tyler. “Troon is a great company. It’s the world’s largest golf management company and the world’s largest third-party private club management group. I can learn so much.”

Tyler came to Lakeland from Madison, one of Wisconsin’s biggest and busiest cities, and the transition has helped him grow.

“It was very different at Lakeland, obviously, but it was great for me,” says Tyler. “I feel like the Lakeland community was closer than the one I came from, and being at Lakeland helped me grow up. I used to be really shy and reserved. At Lakeland, I really came out of my shell.”


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