After being exposed to the game by his grandfather at age five, Tony Letendre knew when he was eleven what he wanted to do for the rest of his life; become a golf professional. While attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earning his BS in Hotel Administration, Tony spent his college breaks working at the Indian Wells Golf Resort. After graduation, he was recruited to enter the management training program at PGA West where he worked every position from Range Attendant to 1st Assistant Golf Professional. He decided to enter the PGA program and work towards PGA Membership.
Tony moved to The Reserve Club where he finished earning his Class A. He also started his service to the association, eventually becoming the President of the Desert Chapter PGA. After four years there, Tony was hired as the first Head Golf Professional at Toscana Country Club. Eight years later he became the Director of Golf at Newport Beach Country Club and took the next step in his service to the association; he became an officer in the Section.
Tony is currently the Director of Golf and Placement at the Professional Golfers Career College in Temecula. He also enjoys teaching at The First Tee of Orange County and captaining their PGA Jr. League Team on which his twelve-year-old son is a member. Tony lives in Orange County with the love of his life Mignonné, her children Bryce & Michaelé, and of course his son Cooper.
Tony’s past awards include the 2002 DCPGA Assistant Professional of the Year, 2007 & 2009 DCPGA Golf Professional of the Year and the 2012 DCPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award.