Assistant Golf Professional
Bradley Jumper is the newest Assistant Golf Professional on the Shangri-La team. A native of nearby Seneca, Missouri, he played col-lege golf at Missouri Southern State University before graduating from Northwest Lineman College in Denton, Texas. “It took me about nine months working on power lines to find out that wasn’t for me,” he says. “I grew up playing golf and finally realized that was my first love.” Playing golf in high school at Seneca, Bradley had become friends with Shangri-La Assistant Professional Kaleb Forkner. When Bradley was in high school, his team practiced at Eagle Creek when Kaleb was an Assistant Pro at that course. “I had stayed in touch with Kaleb,” Bradley recalls, “and when I told him I was looking for a job, he mentioned the PGA program and helped me get on board at Shangri-La.”
He joined the Shangri-La golf operations in April, 2017, working at bag drop. His solid work ethic and atten-tion to detail quickly caught the attention of PGA Direc-tor of Golf Rob Yanovitch, who moved him up through the ranks to his current slot as an Assistant Golf Profes-sional. He hasn’t started teaching lessons, but is undoubt-edly headed in that direction. “I’m working in the Golf Shop, booking tee times, ordering merchandise, and helping members and guests who are trying to get on the course,” he says. “The hours can be long. Sometimes the late nights and early mornings come back to back – but I love it. It’s great to be able to come to work at a golf course like Shangri-La every day. There just aren’t many courses this nice.”
Bradley moved to Monkey Island (Port Duncan) from Seneca where his parents, grandparents, and two older brothers still live. He is single, but saves time to spend with his family.Aside from working in a little bit of time for fishing, though, golf pretty much consumes Bradley’s spare time. “Sometimes I go weeks without leaving Monkey Is-land,” he laughs. “My life is pretty much here. I have a lot of goals in terms of golf achievements and tournaments I’d like to play – but my ultimate goal is to become a Head Golf Pro in the future. This is a great place to learn and work toward those goals. “This is definitely one of the nicest golf courses any-where in the country. It’s an honor to be a part of the Shangri-La program,” he says.
If you haven’t met Bradley, stop by the Golf Shop and tell him “hello.” You’ll recognize him for his striking re-semblance to Tour Professional Rickie Fowler (for which he catches grief from co-workers every day). He works Friday-Tuesday.