|Steve Watt, PGA Director of Golf |
Steve was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. However, Steve is ingrained with Midwest roots through and through. A portion of his childhood was spent in the Chicago Suburbs and his young adult years of high school and college here in Iowa. The Midwest has always been “home” and he holds the state of Iowa near and dear to his heart. Steve also became a US Citizen in July of 2020.
Steve’s first professional duties were as an Assistant Golf Professional in 2000 at Hillcrest Country Club in Long Grove, IL. He later served as the General Manger of a golf retail store in Iowa City, enhancing his merchandising and retail management skill set. In 2006, Steve migrated southwest to Arizona to join the team at the Desert Mountain Club in North Scottsdale. During his time at Desert Mountain he excelled at club fitting, retail, and honed his management skills as an Assistant Head Golf Professional (1st Assistant) for several seasons. Steve gained his Class “A” PGA membership in 2008, and thrives on golf operations management. Steve also proudly served as the Head Golf Professional at Phoenix Country Club from 2012 to 2014 before returning to Iowa.
Steve is currently an Iowa PGA Section Officer and finds time to give back to the game we all love to ensure a strong future of the game of golf. Steve also achieved the designation of Certified Professional by completing the certification process of Player Development in December 2019. He has also previously won the 2018 Iowa Section PGA Merchandiser of the Year – Private Category and the 2018 Iowa Section PGA’s PGA Professional Development Award. Steve is very much in tune with the Professional Shop and the newest merchandise, apparel, & club trends as a member of the Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM).
Steve joined the Glen Oaks Country Club team in Mid-January of 2015 and looks forward to leading the Golf Operations Professional Staff of Glen Oaks Country Club for many years to come and being your golf ambassador. Steve is truly proud to serve as your Director of Golf.
|John Fitzgerald, PGA Head Golf Professional|
John joined the Glen Oaks Country Club Professional Staff team in April of 2021. He has been a PGA Member since 1996. John has worked at several private clubs over the years, including Glen Oaks in 1996-1997 before moving west to the Palm Springs, CA area where he worked as the PGA First Assistant Professional at Eldorado Country Club and The Quarry at La Quinta. John also spent several years in the Minneapolis area working at Olympic Hills Golf Club before settling in Mason City, IA the past seventeen years working as the Head Golf Professional at the Mason City Country Club. John enjoys spending free time with his wife Shelley watching their three sons; Jack, Ben and Josh play college baseball.
Trever Whiting, Assistant Golf Professional
Trever grew up in Clay Center, NE. He’s a 2002 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University. His first industry position was as an Assistant at Woodland Hills Golf Course in Eagle, NE in 1998 before moving on to being the GM at Valley View Country Club in Central City, NE in 1999. After graduating from college Trever coached college and professional football from 2002-2015. He returned to the golf industry in 2014 as the lead tech for TaylorMade Golf. He’s currently working on his election to the PGA. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his 2 boys, Parker and Quentin, golf, watching sports and getting to the lake.
Darin Justice, PGA, Assistant Golf Professional
Darin joined the Professional Staff Team in the mid-summer of 2020. Darin became a PGA Member in 1992 and spent time in Arizona early in his career at Desert Highlands, as well as local facilities of Lake Panorama and Des Moines Golf & Country Club. Darin assisted long time DMGCC Head Professional JD Turner for years and helped administer golf schools across the country. Darin enjoys time with his family when he is not golfing.
Lori Gaffney-Burmeister, LPGA Class A Teaching Professional
We are very excited to announce Lori Gaffney-Burmeister to the Professional Staff at Glen Oaks Country Club. Many of you may know or have taken golf lessons from Lori. She has a wonderful reputation and has been teaching at Longview Golf Center for 26 years. She is now joining our team as a LPGA Class A Teaching Professional.Lori was a high school state champion at Valley High School, then went on to play college golf and graduate from The University of Georgia. She played golf professionally for a short time but discovered her passion for teaching people and promoting this great game of golf.Lori has been a member of the LPGA since 1987 and was trained by many exceptional instructors. She taught with The John Jacobs Golf Schools for several years in Florida, California, Arizona, Alabama, Missouri and Texas.Lori was named as one of the Top 50 Instructors in the country in 2002, 2007 and 2008.She loves to teach people of all ages and abilities. You will quickly see and learn that Lori has a gift at conveying her instruction in an effective, easy to understand and relaxed manner, that will quickly improve your golf game. Her energy and excitement is contagious! She is looking forward to helping each individual reach their goals. Please welcome Lori to the team when you see her next!
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