Experts of the Game Donnie Caldwell

Donnie Caldwell

Head Professional

Wasioto Winds Golf Course

Director of Programming

The First Tee Pine Mountain

Pineville, Kentucky

Professional Accomplishments

The First Tee Master Coach (1 of 10 Nationwide)

The First Tee National Trainer (1 of 14 Nationwide)

Elected into PGA Membership 2005

25+ years golf industry experience in Florida and Kentucky PGA Section

18+ Years of experience with The First Tee as Program Director

The First Tee Master Coach Drug Prevention Project Coordinator

Program Director of The First Tee Pine Mountain

National Trainer of The First Tee Home Office

8 years as The First Tee National Academy Coach

Golf Skills Curriculum Committee / Life Skills Experience Committee

Successful team member in securing over 3.5 million in college scholarships at Georgetown College, Union College, and Lincoln Memorial University for over 35 participants of The First Tee through The Scholar’s Program

Served the Kentucky PGA Section through sitting on committees such as Growth of the Game, Junior Golf and Pro 2 Pro Mentoring

Served on Diversity Awareness Committee with PGA of America

Program Director for LPGA Girls’ Golf of Pineville, KY

2004 Assistant Professional of the Year

2005-2009 PGA President’s Council for Growth of the Game

2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 Junior Golf Leader of the Year

November 2011 Golf Professional of the Month

2014, 2015 Youth Development Leader of the Year

2018 Kentucky PGA Section Golf Professional of the Year


Five (5) Hole In Ones

1988 Pine Mountain Old Course Record (8 under on 9 holes) 26

JAGA Scholarship University of North Florida

Family Information:

Donnie is the youngest of eight siblings of the late James Rufus (Dad) and Lydia Caldwell (Mother)

Donnie shows great pride and excitement when it comes to his family. He has three children who have shown great success on the golf course and in life. His social media pages show the amount of love that he has for his family and the bonds that they have created.

Ronnie Austin, 22 (Senior at Union College)

Kaylee Donielle, 20 (Art Scholar in Topeka, Kansas)

Andrew Santiago, 17 (Sophomore – Bell County HS)

Social Media Handles:

Facebook – Donnie Caldwell

Instagram – @donniecaldwellpga

Twitter - @drdonpga

Favorite Quote:

“Make choices today which you will be proud of tomorrow”

- The First Tee

“Whatever you are, be a good one”

- Abraham Lincoln

To Be Successful Donnie Needs:

I need God leading my life.

To be successful, I need guidance in my thoughts, my emotions, and my decisions.

In that, I trust God to guide me.

If Donnie Could Teach Anyone One Thing It Would Be:

Trust God and try to be an encourager to others.

In Golf, play “your” game and find the sweet spot in all shots.

Kentucky PGA Professionals are experts in the game and business of golf. A special thank you to Donnie for allowing us to learn from him and get a glimpse into what makes him so successful.

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