As a young man Brad Pullin watched his parents create a good local legacy when it comes to coaching and teaching golf. His father, Ross, used to give lessons at the old Advance Country Club in Hodge. His deceased mother, Ginger, was the two time Class B state championship winning golf team at Quitman High School. They also both taught their son not only the love of the game but the desire to teach it.
That education led him to becoming the Golf Pro at the prestigious Squire Creek Country Club located just east of Ruston. Quite lofty standards in itself but nothing compared to his new found status of being the coach of a Professional Golf Association’s (PGA) winner. That was solidified recently when 24 year old, Sam Burns of Shreveport won the Valspar Championship on May 2nd for his first victory in 76 career starts.
Burns was quick to acknowledge his friend and mentor. “This is a dream come true,” said Burns following his victory. “I give thanks to my incredible support system for helping me get to this point.”
Pullin has been integral to the PGA tour’s newest champion from the start of his career. Under his guidance Burns was a three time individual state champion at Calvary Baptist High School in Shreveport, named AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2014 an earned first-team All-American and was the NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season while at LSU. Burns also represented the United States on the winning 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup team.
Burns has played on the PGA Tour since the start of the 2018–19 season. In February 2021, he finished solo third place at the Genesis Invitational and now has his first PGA Tour victory. It has been a near meteoric rise and as result the entire golfing world is quickly learning about Burns talent. Rest assured they will also know that it was a lad that grew up in the “piney woods” that paved the way to all the future “green” that is in his future.