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Wailea’s Brousseau honored with selection to Who’s Who

Brousseau

Wailea Golf Academy Director of Instruction Claude Brousseau, a PGA Master Professional, has done a lot of things in life, but nothing quite like his most recent honor.

Brousseau was recently inducted into the Marquis Who’s Who, a biographical registry of individuals who have demonstrated professional integrity and outstanding achievement in their respective fields.

It’s the latest in a string of accolades for the golf coach and author, who has also been honored multiple times by the Aloha Section PGA, including being rated the No. 1 Golf Teacher in Hawaii by Golf Digest (2019-20).

“Basically I had somebody from the Marquis Who’s Who publication call me one day and they said, ‘Oh, we look at what you have done, we’re looking at people who have stood out and demonstrated outstanding achievement in their respective fields,’ “ Brousseau said last week. “They said, ‘You qualify to be on that list,’ so they called me, they interviewed me. Maybe half an hour I spoke with them and they produced that biography that they published in their book called ‘Marquis Who’s Who in America’ and on their website.”

Since first vacationing in Hawaii in 1988 and moving here permanently in 2005, he has worked for Kapalua, Ko Olina, Kahili and King Kamehameha golf courses — he has also worked for The Golf Channel since 2015.

His Who’s Who honor surprised him a bit.

“I think it’s humbling, but at the same time I’m very proud of every achievement I’ve had in golf for the last, I’ve been in the golf industry for 30 years,” he said. “I started really late in the golf industry and to be recognized by an organization like the Marquis Who’s Who in America, I think that was pretty cool.”

The 62-year-old Brousseau, who is from a small town outside of Montreal, Quebec, joined the Wailea Golf Academy as its director of instruction in 2019.

“When the position came open, I apply and that’s the dream place to be,” he said. “That’s how I got here at Wailea.”

Following several years of moderate success as a competitor, Brousseau discovered a passion for teaching and coaching golf, and subsequently grew to become one of the sport’s most accomplished instructors.

Over the course of his teaching career, he has given over 20,000 lessons and is presently a Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach, AimPoint Level III Certified Instructor and VISION54 authorized coach in Hawaii.

Brousseau calls golf “my third life.” After being an ICU nurse, he earned a masters of business admin and ran a few businesses, “then I discovered golf around my 30s, so moved to Florida back then, never broke 80,” he said. “Hired a coach for my long game, short game, then two years later I’m scratch, did some individual competition and been in the golf business since. I turned pro in 1993, it’s fun.”

For more information about the Wailea Golf Academy, visit waileagolf.com.

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

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