Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

North Campus Golf Team Success Stories

CHUCK JOHNS - Former CCAC North Campus Golf Team member Chuck Johns graduated from Coastal Carolina Professional Golf Management program in 2004. He served as a first assistant golf pro at Pine Lakes International Country Club in Myrtle Beach, and has also worked at Sewickley Heights Golf Club in Sewickley, Pa, the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt, Colorado, and Olde Stonewall Golf Club in Ellwood City, Pa.  Chuck holds a Class Level 1 PGA card. He was a member of the North Campus Golf Team from 1996–1998, and a member of the 1997 State Championship Team. He is also ranked amongst Coach Chuck Bell's top 10 players at CCAC North.               

 

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    Chuck Johns (left) with former North Campus team member Brian Kaminski

 

BRIAN KAMINSKI-Former CCAC North Campus student and Golf Team member, Sgt. Brian Kaminski, National Guard, recently ended his tour of duty in Iraq, having come full circle from golf, to Gulf, and back to golf again when he won a magazine contest "Win a Chance to Golf with Natalie Gulbis." Kaminski, North Golf Team member 2001–02, served a one-year tour of duty in Baghdad as a Sergeant in the 759th MP Company. An enthusiastic fan of the sport, he entered the contest that required subscribers to submit photos showing them golfing in bathing suits.

The unique picture Kaminski submitted showed him holding a golf club while dressed in a bathing suit and his military fatigues. He won the contest.           

As the grand prize winner, Kaminski flew to Las Vegas, stayed at the Treasure Island Resort, and golfed at the Lake Las Vegas Resort with Gulbis, a LPGA Tour Professional.

Playing in fatigues and boots, Kaminski shot a 75 and Gulbis shot a 69. Kaminski's National Guard duty ended in March 2006, but he stated he will re-enlist.

Kaminski enrolled at CCAC because of quality education at convenient locations and affordable price. He enjoyed his time at North Campus, especially his involvement with the Golf and Bowling Teams.

 

Ryan Vansickle updatedRYAN VAN SICKLE-Ryan played for the team in 1994–96.  A Canadian citizen, he was recruited along with fellow Canadian Clayton Vervoorn.  Ryan played on two Conference,  two State, and one Region XX Championship Teams.  He was also a member of the National Qualifying Team in 1996 that finished in the nation's top 15.  Ryan was the Pennsylvania State medalist and the Region XX medalist in 1996. 

After leaving CCAC, he received a full golf scholarship to Drury  University in Springfield, Missouri, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and Religion.  Upon graduation,  Ryan played professionally on the Golden State Tour in California where he won three events. 

During this time, Drury University contacted Ryan and offered him the Head Golf Coach position.  He became the first coach in the school's history to win the Heartland Conference and qualify for the NCAA Division II Golf Championship where his team finished 9th at the national tournament. 

Ryan works with former coach Bell in the summer as a golf instructor at the prestigious Pine Needles Golf Resort.  Ryan recorded his first album in 2005.  He wrote a song that was selected as the introduction piece for the CBC 2010 Vancouver Olympics.  Ryan has over 765,000 follows on Google+ and over 18 million views.  He won a contest for his cover of "Ring of Fire" on johnnycashradio.  The organization One.org  invited 11 of youtube's biggest and brightest music stars to record protest songs.  His rendition of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero" won him over 1,000 votes to qualify for a performance on the AGIT8 Spotify Album alongside acts like Will.i.am, Muse, Bono and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few.   Ryan remembers his days at CCAC fondly.  He keeps in contact with many of his North Campus professors and former teammates.  A Liberal Arts major at CCAC, he loved the intimacy of the classes.  Ryan was also grateful to Coach Bell and the supportive atmosphere of team athletics.  Ryan is listed as one of Coach Bell's all-time top ten players.