Over my career, I’ve had the honor of having 15 assistants that have gone on to become head golf professionals, full-time instructor’s, directors of golf or general managers. We have helped each other continue to grow, learn and make the game better for our members, guests, students and those who have a passion and interest in the game.    

PGA Assistants
Brent Mulanax – Former Head Golf Professional, Crow Canyon CC, CA
Ray Graziani – Director of Instruction, Chardonnay Golf Club, CA
Darren Sano – Assistant General Manager, Ko’Olau Golf Club, HI
Phil Himes – General Manager, Evergreen Resort, MI
Mike McGuire – Former General Manager, McGuire’s Resort, MI
Charles Candler – Assistant General Manager, Flint Hills National, KS
Kelly Sheehan – Former Head Golf Professional, Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, FL
Dustin Irwin – Director of Golf, Turnberry Isle Resort, FL
Andy Mitchell – Director of Golf & Operations, Marriott’s Grande Vista Resort, FL
James Paige – Head Golf Professional, PGA National Resort & Spa, FL
Andy Bang – Head Golf Professional, Austin Country Club, MN
Jim Font – Former Head Golf Professional, The Bull at Pinehurst Farms, WI
Josue Reyes – Director of Merchandise, Whistling Straits & Blackwolf Run, WI
David Kemnitz – Head Golf Professional, Minocqua CC, WI
Glen Murray – General Manager, Sand Valley Resort, WI

Hiring, training and developing talented professionals is key to building a high performing team. I believe strongly in promoting high performers. Promoting them to our club members, our owners and to the industry. As an Association we can and should continue to promote our highest performers to the industry.

Wisconsin PGA Section Awards – Whistling Straits® & Blackwolf Run® team members
Dirk Willis – Resort Merchandiser of the Year (2007 & 2008) & Youth Player Development Award (2013)
Josue Reyes – Resort Merchandiser of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Michael O’Reilly – Player Development Award (2011)
David Kemnitz – Assistant Golf Professional of the Year (2012)
Ed Elsner – Assistant Golf Professional of the Year (2014)

National PGA of America Awards – Our Facility & Staff
Dirk Willis – Resort Merchandiser of the Year (2007)
Josue Reyes – Resort Merchandiser of the Year (2013)