6 GOLF WASHINGTON | MAY 2019 try to reduce and repair the damage created by the radiation,” he notes. “The problem with the treatment is it takes a bigger toll on my body, and worsens as we progress through the series. Towards the end of each series, the side effects are almost worse than the symptoms created by the brain damage. “I can work, but it is a grind. I get up, go to work, and come home and lie in bed. If I work, I don’t do much else. If I have a day off, I can go for about 10 hours or so, and I’m done. The hope is that my current poor conditioning is a result of the side-effects of the treatment, and when I’m finished with the series, I will rehab my way back.” Jeffries, who met Brady during his final year of college in 1995 while he played golf for the University of Washington, believes that his good friend has the right make-up to get through this ordeal. “Brady is tough,” said Jeffries, the superintendent at Suncadia’s private Tumble Creek since it opened in 2005. “He’s known for his sharp wit and eloquent writing and that hasn’t changed. He’s sharp as always, but the effects have hampered his speech and movement. He battles not only for himself but also for his amazing wife and his two sons.” Jeffries’ personal respect and friendship extends off the golf course. “I held both of Brady’s kids the day they were born,” he said. “Sarah is the secretary not always see eye to eye. What is great for the golf pro might be inconvenient for the super, and what is good for the super may be inconvenient for the pro. “Often, the director of golf or GM may have to mediate between the two and forge compromises. I felt the only way I could do that effectively would be to walk a day, a week, a month, and a few years in the superintendent’s shoes. And I fell in love with it. I am certainly not an expert,” Brady concedes. “But I learned enough to understand the challenges of both jobs.” Brady, 50, is managing a fulfilling life and career while coping with brain cancer. “Two years ago, I was diagnosed with EMPNST, a rare form of cancer in the sarcoma family,” he told me. “It was located on my mandibular nerve in my lower right jaw. I had it removed surgically, then went through seven weeks of radiation, twice a day to treat the affected area. The cancer had spread along the nerve, all the way up inside the skull base, and that part could not be removed surgically. So they had to go after it hard with radiation. “This type of cancer has a very high recurrence rate, even more so when it can’t be removed in its entirety with surgery, which mine couldn’t,” he continues. “I was fine for about a year and a half. But last October during the PNW PGA Pro-Am, I started to notice some physical deterioration in a number of areas. I lost some hand-eye coordination. I literally couldn’t hit a golf ball at all and feared whiffing it. “I have been on a treatment program since December that consists of a series of infusions to at the school my children attend. We have a special-needs little one who goes there and Sarah is instrumental in looking after her and my young son. I trust no one more than I do the Hatfields – they are the greatest people you will ever meet. They are fixtures in the Ellensburg community around the high school and school district.” Brady discussed the highlights of his diversified career: “Professionally, I would clearly say it’s working here at Gamble Sands. To be part of a project that is nationally recognized as one of the best in its class is very exciting, rewarding, and challenging. Personally, any chance I get to play golf with my dad ranks at the top of the list. We live thousands of miles apart and I only get to see him about once every year or two, so I cherish the opportunity to play with him. He’s 79 this year, and regularly shoots his age each season, so he hasn’t really lost a step.” Closer to home, Brady’s family time is particularly special. “Spending a day at the golf course playing with my two sons while my wife drives the cart is probably one of my favorite pastimes. My wife does not play golf at all but, ironically, our first date was on a golf course at an employee tournament at Langdon Farms. She was a trooper, and decided to come along, even though she had never swung a club. I was so impressed, I asked her to marry me.” Brady Hatfield said that last part with a twinkle in his eye, one that his co-workers and many friends know very well. May that light shine for many years to come. At a recent basketball game at Ellensburg High School, Brady and his family were honored by the community at the Coaches vs. Cancer celebration. Left to right are son Tyson, Brady, son Jackson and wife Sarah. Andy Deiro (left) and Sean Cracraft (right) on a vacation with Brady in the Bahamas. Both are PGA pros, and guys Brady has worked with. Brady considers Sean one of his mentors. Brady and wife Sarah, on a recent visit to Coos Bay, Ore., Sarah’s childhood home.