A Little About Me
Originally a native of Missoula, Montana, I currently reside in Murrieta, California with my wife Dana and daughters, Lily, Molly and Anna. When I am not immersed in studying golf swings, golf equipment, new technology, golf fitness, body dynamics, etc, I spend nearly all my time with family. We enjoy the zoo, the park, and swimming in our pool. My 3 girls keep me very busy with their activities of dance and gymnastics. As a father of a child with Down Syndrome, the cause of helping others touched by DS is priority to me as well. As a board member for the Down Syndrome Association of the Inland Empire, I assist with our fundraising programs and how we distribute funds and resources to help people in need in our local communities that are touched by Down Syndrome. My main responsibility however, is organizing and facilitating our golf tournament fundraiser annually every spring. If you’d like information on how you can donate to our Association or would like to play in our golf tournament, CLICK HERE.
In 1996, I moved to Temecula, California to kick start my golf professional career. My first job was working outside services at Temeku Hills (now the Legends Course) in Temecula. I quickly earned my way into the golf shop and in 1998 started my apprenticeship with the PGA of America shortly thereafter. In 2001, while being employed at the PGA of Southern California Golf Club, (a facility owned and operated by the Southern California Section of the PGA of America) I earned Class A PGA Membership. Although always active in golf instruction, my career goal at the time was to become a Head Golf Professional. A goal I would realize in 2004.
In 2005, I was offered the Head Golf Professional position at the Country Club at Soboba Springs. It was a great opportunity that would turn out to be an incredible tenure. It introduced me to new ideas and concepts that drove me towards greater instructional knowledge and ultimately leaving the club professional path to teach full time. I was fortunate to be the host professional for the Soboba Golf Classic, a PGA TOUR Nationwide Tour fall series tournament. In the four years as the host professional I was able to meet many tour players and get to spend time both playing with them and watching them. Those interactions fueled my fire to know more about WHY. Why did some players excel and exceed when others with similar skills faltered. In 2011, I certified with the Titleist Performance Institute to gain more knowledge into understanding the body and the poor movement patterns that can be resolved through improved mobility, flexibility and stability. In summer of 2012, I was given an opportunity to utilize the Matrix Shafts Performance Studio to instruct and fit clients. It was there I was introduced to Trackman technology. At Matrix Shafts, I spent countless hours learning the nuances of coaching/fitting with Trackman and how to effectively utilize such a complicated technology.
In November 2013, I accepted a full-time instructor position for the Lorena Ochoa Golf Academy at Goose Creek. The facility boasts 2 indoor to outdoor hitting bays armed with full video analysis systems as well as a Flightscope, GC2 launch monitor, Boditrak Force Mat, Quintik putting analysis and multiple vendor club fitting. Goose Creek Golf Club is a fantastic 18-hole championship golf course with a large grass range, shortgame area, and 2 large putting greens. My time at the LOGA and Goose Creek was fantastic but required a difficult 96 mile commute. Beginning January 1, 2016 I accepted my current position as the Director of Instruction at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, California. Bear Creek is a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design, private golf club, with nearly 400 members and an incredible championship course. In the years to come, I will continue to strive to improve my craft to deliver efficient change and measurable results to all my clients. To read about my thoughts on golf instruction, CLICK HERE.