Richland man relishes opportunity to work at U.S. Open in Pebble Beach - PineCreek Journal

Richland man relishes opportunity to work at U.S. Open in Pebble Beach

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 12:54 PM


A Richland man who traveled to Pebble Beach, Calif., last week to serve on the wellness team serving athletes and others during the U.S. Open said it was “pretty fantastic.”

Brent Shealer, 41, a chiropractor with a practice in Wilkins, said he worked on caddies and athletes. Citing HIPAA rules, he declined to offer names.

“I can tell you I did not work on Tiger Woods,” he said, laughing. “But I saw him real close on the putting green on Thursday. I’m pretty sure he has his own (wellness trainers) at this point.”

Shealer, who enjoys watching and playing golf, was one of several chiropractors and other sports medicine professionals who volunteered to work during the tournament, which was June 13-16. He was selected after applying for the opportunity.

Shealer said he worked two, five-hour days and was able to watch some of the tournament on June 15. He said the most surprising thing about the trip was the weather.

The golf course, situated next to the Pacific Ocean, experienced foggy weather around 60 degrees, he said.

“I thought, ‘oh it’s California, it’ll be warm and sunny.’ And before I went, people told me I should bring a jacket, but I thought ‘I’m a Pennsylvania guy – I’m tough,’ ” Shealer said.

He did, however, need to buy a jacket.

He hopes the U.S .Open will accept him for next year’s tournament that is scheduled to take place June 18-21 in Mamaroneck, N.Y.