OUR PROFESSIONAL GOLF INSTRUCTORS
Director of Instruction – Hillcrest Golf Club, Sun City West, AZ
Brad Moore is a PGA of America Life Member and has achieved Quarter Century Club status. He began his career in golf course management in 1977 as Head Golf Professional at Greenfield, Indiana Country Club, and he has served as Director of Golf at Shady Hills Golf Club in Marion, IN, Orchard Ridge Country Club in Fort Wayne, IN, and Grand Island Golf Club in Grand Rapids, MI. He also hosted a Golf Show on WBAT radio in Marion for 3 years and has appeared in numerous radio and TV commercials promoting these clubs and the game of golf.
Brad has an extensive competitive playing resume, including Indiana Junior Champion, numerous Midwest Long Drive Championships, PGA tour events and Florida mini-tours, and has participated in many National and State Pro-Am Charity events throughout the United States.
Brad joined the John Jacobs’ Golf School teaching staff in 2000, and has taught at various Jacobs’ Golf locations in Indiana, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Nevada and California. Since 2003, he has been Director of Instruction at Hillcrest Golf Club in Sun City West, where he has shared his knowledge and his passion for the game with thousands of Jacobs’ Golf students. In addition to teaching Jacobs’ students, Brad is also involved in recruiting new instructors and leads our instructor training program. Check out Brad’s current video on our home page.
Director of Instruction – Legend Trail Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ
Brent Smith began his professional golf career at Marriott’s Tan-Tar-A Resort in Missouri in 1991, serving as Assistant Golf Professional and Tournament Director before relocating in 1992 to hold the same positions at The Golf Club of Marco in Marco Island, Florida. Later that year, he joined the staff of John Jacobs’ Golf Schools and has traveled extensively helping to establish teaching sites for John Jacobs’ Golf Schools in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Alabama, California, and Arizona. Brent has been the Director of Instruction for John Jacobs’ Golf Schools and Academies at Legend Trail in Scottsdale, Arizona, since 2004.
Brent’s instructional articles have been featured in Golf Digest magazine and other publications, and he has appeared on various TV and radio golf instruction programs. In 2002, Brent was named by Golf Digest as one of the top 10 instructors in the state of Arizona and the top 100 in the country.
Director of Instruction – Orange Tree Golf Resort, Scottsdale, AZ
Mike LaFond joined John Jacobs’ Golf Schools in 1980 and has over 200 hours of personal training directly from John Jacobs himself. For most of the past 30 years he has been a lead instructor at various Jacobs’ Golf locations including The Greenbriar in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia, The Club at Crested Butte in Crested Butte, Colorado, and Camelback Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mike has been a part of the Jacobs’ Golf new instructor training staff for 18 years and is currently Director of Instruction for Jacobs’ Golf at Orange Tree Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mike has also done multiple radio interviews and television appearances, and had numerous newspaper and magazine articles published, including articles in Golf Digest Magazine. At one time he was voted among the top 3 golf instructors in West Virginia.
Director of Instruction – Red Mountain Ranch Country Club, Mesa, AZ
Jon Stanley is a 20 year member of the PGA of America. He started his time as a Golf Professional as a Caddy Master, and has worked his way through the ranks of Assistant Professional, Head Professional, and Director of Instruction, all the while maintaining a very rewarding playing career. Career wins include the 1988 Kentucky PGA Assistant Professional Championship, 1991 Maryland State Open, and the 2011 Southwest PGA Championship. Other accomplishments include qualifying for 6 Professional National Championships, 4 National Assistant Professional Championships, and 4 Senior Professional National Championships, and being part of 3 SWPGA Robinson Cup Teams and 10 Goldwater Cup Teams. Jon qualifed for the 2009 United States Senior Open, and was Senior Player of the Year in the Southwest PGA for 2008 and 2010.
Jon began to concentrate on teaching in 1998 when he became a Director of Instruction for the American Golf Learning Centers which evolved into the Nike Golf Learning Centers. He has served as Director of Instruction at Foothills Golf Club and Stonecreek Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona, and Kokopelli Golf Club in Gilbert, Arizona. Jon became a part of the John Jacobs’ team in 2009 and has taught schools and/or private lessons at ALL of our current Phoenix Metro locations and is currently the Director of Instruction at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club in Mesa, Arizona.
Instructor – Legend Trail Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ
Bob first joined the staff of John Jacobs’ Golf Schools in 1980 and has been the Head Instructor at Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa Valley, California, and more recently at Sanctuary Golf Course in Scottsdale, Arizona. Every summer, Bob leaves us and travels back to Illinois where he has taught at Old Orchard Country Club, Knollwood Club, and Lake Shore Golf Club in the Chicago area. During the summer, he is currently the Director of Instruction and course supervisor at the Orchard Valley Golf Club in Aurora, Illinois. While in Arizona from October through April, Bob teaches at Legend Trail Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Bob Augustine is a Class A Life Member of the PGA of America. He is a former PGA Tour member who also played on the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Tour, as well as some events on the European tour. Bob has won the Arizona Open, the Colorado PGA, the Illinois PGA Senior Match Place Championship and the Illinois Senior Masters Championship. Through his long playing career, he has 21 hole-in-one’s to his credit.
Instructor, Legend Trail Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ & Orange Tree Golf Resort, Scottsdale, AZ
Matt Stottern grew up in San Diego where he played junior golf and high school golf before moving on to the University of California at San Diego, where he was a College All-American and Team Captain. He graduated from UCSD with a BA in Psychology, and has coached college golf for 6 seasons and has also coached Nike Junior Camps for 6 seasons.
Matt is a 15 year member of the PGA, and has 12 years of experience as a Head Golf Professional, including 5 years at Blue Lakes Country Club in Idaho, Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale, and Tatum Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. He recently joined the Jacobs’ Golf Teaching Staff, first at Legend Trail and now at Orange Tree in Scottsdale, where he is available for golf schools and for private lessons for students of all ages.
Instructor – Hillcrest Golf Club in Sun City West, AZ
Jay is a Graduate of the Ferris State University’s Professional Golf Management Program, with a B.S. Degree in Marketing, 1991. He earned his Class A PGA Membership status in 1993 working for the Marriott Resort’s Golf Division at Marriott’s Camelback Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona and at the Desert Springs Marriott Resort in Palm Desert, California. Jay has worked at Skyland Resort & Golf Club in Crested Butte, Colorado and Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Michigan and several golf facilities in Arizona including: Scottsdale Country Club, The Wigwam Resort & Golf Club, Pinewood Country Club, Sundance Golf Course, Orange Tree Golf Club, and the 500 Golf Club.
Jay served as a John Jacobs’ Golf Schools instructor from 1994-1997 at various JJGS locations. He was the Director of Instruction at the 500 Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona from 1997-2000 and worked for PING from 2000-2009. He also worked for In Celebration of Golf Management as an assistant Golf Professional and Director of Instruction from 2009-2010. After a short sabbatical from the golf business, Jay rejoined the Jacobs’ Golf team in 2016.
Instructor – Orange Tree Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ
Kathy Padgett is an LPGA Class A teaching professional with over 30 years of teaching experience. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and played for the Lady Wildcats golf team from 1978-1980. After a brief time playing professional golf, Kathy has devoted her life to teaching the game she loves to players of all skill levels. She has run her own golf academy in Florida and has also developed her skills working with other highly acclaimed teaching academies, including the PGA Tour Academy, Rick Smith Golf Academy, and Tiburon Golf Resort. She has also spent time as a Program Director and Coach for the First Tee Program, and is passionate about teaching the game to junior golfers and helping them achieve the best of their ability.
Kathy has recently relocated to Arizona and we are pleased to add her to our teaching staff at Orange Tree. She will be involved in our junior golf program and will be offering clinics for lady golfers, and she is available for private lessons for golfers of all ages and skill levels.
SOUTHERN ARIZONA INSTRUCTORS
Director of Instruction – Canoa Ranch Golf Club, Green Valley, AZ
Jon Vayre has an extensive playing career, participating in numerous Ben Hogan, Nike Tour, and US Open Qualifying Events, and Canadian Tour Events. He has won Pro-Am Golf Tournaments in California, Nevada, Arizona, Virginia, Michigan, and Wyoming. Before he began his playing career, he earned degrees in Business Administration and in Professional Golf Management from Ferris State University in Michigan in 1987.
Jon began teaching regularly in 1998 at Lawrence Links Golf Club near Sacramento, CA, and since 2002 he has been the Director of Instruction at various golf courses in Southern Arizona, including Tubac Golf Resort in Tubac, Challenge of Santa Rita Golf Club near Tucson, San Ignacio Golf Club, Canoa Hills Golf Club, and most recently at Torres Blancas Golf Club, all in Green Valley.
Jon brings his extensive experience teaching golf to our newest Jacobs’ Golf location at Canoa Ranch Golf Club in Green Valley, where he teaches golf schools and private lessons to golfers of all ages and skill levels.
Instructor – Canoa Ranch Golf Club, Green Valley, AZ
Jeff Myers began his career in golf in 1988, working for seven years at Westin La Paloma in Tucson. He refined his teaching skills while attending San Diego Golf Academy from 1995-1997, and then served as the Head Golf Professional at Alderbrook Golf Course in Tillamook, Oregon from 1997-2004. Jeff has also worked in various capacities and has taught golf at many other golf courses in California and Arizona, and he played in over 60 competitive tournaments on the Cascade Tour in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Jeff joined the teaching staff for Jacobs’ Golf @ Canoa Ranch in January 2015, working as part of our team of instructors for our golf schools. He is now available for private lessons for students of all ages and skill levels.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA INSTRUCTORS
Director of Instruction – The Golf Club at Terra Lago, Indio, CA
Eddie Jones spent over 30 years as a club pro at various locations in North Carolina and Virginia, before joining the Jacobs’ Golf teaching staff in 1997. He is a PGA member and has had an article on “The Golf Swing” published in Golf Digest Magazine.
In nearly 20 years with Jacobs’ Golf, Eddie has taught at 16 different locations, including two in Canada and one in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was Director of Instruction at Indian Palms Country Club in Indio, CA, for almost 10 years before serving as Co-Director of Instructor at The Golf Club at La Quinta in La Quinta, CA. Eddie is currently the Co-Director of Instruction at The Golf Club at Terra Lago, in Indio, CA.
Director of Instruction – The Golf Club at Terra Lago, Indio, CA
Bob Haas has been a golf instructor for John Jacobs’ Golf Schools since 1987. He played golf at Southern Utah University while receiving a degree in Business Administration, and played professional golf on the Dakotas Tour and the Prairie Tour.
Bob has most recently been Co-Director of Instruction at The Golf Club at La Quinta in La Quinta, CA, and prior to that was the Director of Instruction at Desert Falls Country Club in Palm Desert, CA. He has also previously been a lead instructor at various Jacobs’ schools locations including Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, CA. Bob is currently the Co-Director of Instruction at The Golf Club at The Golf Club at Terra Lago in Indio, CA.