Company: Fix Your Divot Golf Accessories LLC
Education: Coursework in Accounting
Career History: Owner, Fix Your Divot Golf Accessories LLC (2017-Present); CNC Programming Leader, Machinist (39 Years)
Brian E. Stoyer, Owner at Fix Your Divot Golf Accessories LLC, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the fields of machinery and technology.
For nearly 40 years, Mr. Stoyer established himself as a dedicated and highly skilled machinist whose career spanned several positions and two major companies. Initially just looking for a decent job, he launched his professional journey at the largest oil well company in his area and spent 10 years there until the plant closed down. Finding the work fulfilling and interesting, he transferred his abilities to another company, where he operated CNC machines and served as a CNC programming leader on projects for several outside organizations, including the Joy Manufacturing Company, the auto industry, and NASA—for whom he and his colleagues built a rocket. He had developed a mastery of machinery and manufacturing, but was eventually forced into retirement—during which time he became a passionate golfer.
However, even on the green, Mr. Stoyer’s innovative mindset never stopped. In fact, it was while golfing that he thought up the invention of a putter-mounted divot tool, the trusty device for players whose hard swings hit the ground before making contact with the ball or whose golf balls leave a mark when it lands. Generally, the divot tools—which are used to level the green to where it was before a golfer’s impact—are carried separately, usually in the golf cart. By having the divot tool attach to the base of one’s putter, he thought, a golfer’s day is made less frustrating and much easier, and the golf courses themselves would save money on maintenance and be of much better quality overall. He first took his invention to the course, and, excited by the response it got, ultimately acquired a patent pending for it. Since 2017, he has been operating his own business, Fix Your Divot Golf Accessories LLC—through which he provides a variety of customized divot tools, as well as ball markers, balls, towels, and tee bags.
Looking toward the future, Mr. Stoyer hopes that his invention will be sold in stores nationwide. Outside of his main endeavors, he also served for three years on the board of directors for the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry, which is based in Oil City, Pennsylvania. In his free time, he enjoys taking part in woodworking and crafting.