Olympia Country & Golf Club currently has two PGA Class A Professionals on staff. We provide individual and group lessons by appointment. Our current curriculum for the 2021 golf season includes men’s, seniors’, ladies’ and junior golf clinics. Current pricing for individual lessons are sixty dollars for a forty-five minute lesson.
Director of Golf Operations
I believe that as a teacher, we should teach the game, not just the swing. We get so caught up in the swing on the driving range but not the scoring shots, short game, putting and course management that can be learned out on the golf course. Establish a specific goal with each student and then put together a plan that will achieve that goal.
Mark has been a PGA member since 1990. He started his career as a teaching assistant pro at Cave Creek GC in Phoenix, AZ. After two years there, he went to Crow River CC in Hutchinson, MN, as a First Assistant Professional. His first Head Professional position came at Perham Lakeside CC in Perham, MN, followed by the same position at Blueberry Pines CC in Menaga, MN. After sales positions with Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Spalding and Ping. He has a passion for teaching and junior golf.
Head Golf Professional
Mitch became a member of the PGA of America in 2016. He started his career here at Olympia Country & Golf Club in 2012. After three years as their 1st Assistant Golf Professional Mitch accepted a position at Seattle Golf Club under Doug Doxsie, PGA a 30+ year PGA Member in the Northwest and a future Hall of Fame member. In 2018 Mitch accepted the 1st Assistant Golf Professional Position at Overlake Golf & Country Club working under Mark Sursely, PGA another well-known PGA Professional in the Northwest. Mitch is excited to be at Olympia as their Head Golf Professional.
I want to make the game easier for every type of player that comes to see me. I see many players that try and swing like the guys and gals on TV. We all wish we can! Each player has strengths already that they have built in their swing and I try and capitalize on those. Getting the player off the range and playing more golf on the course is a goal mine. I build a plan with each student so we reach their ultimate goals of making each student play better golf.
I am excited to bring my years of professional caddie and playing experience to OC&GC as your new 1st Assistant Professional. From 2015 through 2018, I spent much of my time caddying for well-known PGA Tour professionals on both the Web.com, PGA and LPGA Tours. Prior to that, I played in mini-tour events throughout the southwest when my military schedule would allow. It is through the lens of these experiences that I approach the game of golf. Great course management will no doubt lead to lower scores, and it is out there that I create our classroom. The driving range is appropriate for working on a small change, or developing the muscle memory that will apply those changes, however I believe to truly improve, a golfer must know how to hit different golf shots in various playing conditions and course setups. Golf is getting the ball in the hole in the fewest strokes possible, and I can help you achieve that. I also look forward to assisting the staff in developing our excellent junior program. My fondest memories and love for the game stems from my own experiences playing junior golf back home in Maryland, and I am very eager to assist Mark and Mitch with their continuing leadership and development of our junior program. Feel free to reach out anytime, and thank you all very much for the warm welcome I have received.
Growing up in the shadow of the Naval Academy, the many golf courses of the Chesapeake Bay area are where I learned the game at a young age and played much of my junior golf. After a career in the military, my wife, an epidemiologist with Washington State, and I settled in the South Puget Sound area which we have called home since 2013. It is here that we have grown roots and now have two boys, both of whom are starting to get into golf. Currently, I am a Level 1 apprentice in the PGA Program and will earn my PGA membership near the end of 2023.