Meet the Golf Staff at Stanley Golf Course

Stanley G.C. Professional Staff Bio's

Kyle Hedstrom - Head Golf Professional 

Kyle Hedstrom was born and raised in Newington, CT. Kyle attended Newington High School and Central Connecticut State University where he played on the golf teams. His professional career began in 1997 at Ellington Ridge Country Club followed by stints at Black Hall Club and Shuttle Meadow Country Club. During his tenure at Ellington, Kyle won the TaylorMade-Adidas Assistants' Championship in 2000. Kyle was awarded the Connecticut Section Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 2002, Connecticut Section Merchandiser of the Year in 2005 and 2011 as well as the 2014 Connecticut Section President’s Award. Kyle has been the Head Golf Professional at Stanley Golf Course since 2004. Kyle, who truly loves teaching the game, has provided helpful golf instruction to hundreds of players of all skill levels and ages. He currently lives in Wethersfield, CT with his wife Leanne, son Jack and daughter Kayla.


John Murphy - Assistant Golf Professional

John Murphy III was born and raised in South Windsor, CT.  John attended East Catholic High School where he played on the golf team and won a state championship his senior year in 2008.  John went on to attend Dominican College in New York on a golf scholarship.  John has played on professional golf Mini Tours in New England and Florida before beginning his PGA Apprenticeship at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.  In the past three years, John was an Assistant Golf Professional at the Golf Club of Avon and Tumble Brook Country Club.  John will be starting his PGA Level 2 requirements this spring.  John has a passion for growing the game of golf to players of all skill levels.  He has specialized in Individual (Men & Ladies) Group and Junior lessons the past 3 years as an Assistant Golf Professional.

Austin Rakiec - Assistant Golf Professional

Austin Rakiec was born and raised in North Haven, CT. Austin graduated from Notre Dame High School of West Haven in 2012 and The Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2016. Austin graduated with an associate’s degree in golf complex operations and management.  His professional career began here at Stanley Golf Course in May of 2016. Austin enjoys giving junior and adult lessons and looks forward to continuing his efforts toward growing the great game of golf.