Course Staff

The Walker Course is proud of the professionals who make sure our greens and programs run smoothly.

The Walker Course Golf Professionals:

Brent JessupPGA Head Professional Brent Jessup: Brent Jessup has served as the head golf professional at the Walker Course since March 1999. Prior to his arrival in Clemson, he served as the head professional and director of golf at both Catawba Country Club and Tanglewood Park Golf Courses, in North Carolina. An active Class A member of the PGA of America since 1986, Brent has served as a member of the Carolinas PGA Section board of directors, is a certified PING Golf Clubfitter and an accomplished golf instructor.

Assistant Pro Garrett Chapman Assistant Pro Garrett Chapman: A native of Anderson, S.C., Garrett joined the Walker staff in fall 2013. He is a 2011 graduate of the PGA golf management program at Clemson University and has been a PGA Class A Professional since November 2011. Garrett is available for golf instruction and club-fitting services.

The Walker Course Grounds Crew:

Don Garrett, Walker Golf Course at Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina Superintendent Don Garrett CGCS: Don Garrett has been the Walker Course superintendent since 1999 and is a 1985 graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in horticulture. Prior to working here, he was the director of golf and landscape maintenance at the Dataw Island Club in Beaufort, S.C. from 1990- 1999 and was at Kiawah Island Resort from 1986-1990. Don has been a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America since 1987 and earned the designation of Certified Golf Course Superintendent in 1995. He is also a past president of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (1998). Don is as an Adjunct Instructor and Academic Advisor with the Clemson Turfgrass program in the College of Agriculture and serves the advisor to the Clemson Turfgrass Club.

Ben Wood Assistant Superintendent Ben Wood: After completing a four year enlistment in the United States Marine Corps, in 2010 Ben decided to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia where he began studying Turfgrass Science. During that time he performed an internship at The Cliffs a Keowee Springs. In the fall of 2012, Ben decided to transfer to Clemson University to earn a B.S. in Turfgrass. While at Clemson, Ben completed two more internships at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, North Carolina. In May of 2014, Ben began working as an undergraduate student assistant at The Walker Course. Since graduating in December of 2014, Ben has been working full time as an Assistant Superintendent at The Walker Course.