Director of Golf
JD grew up outside Philadelphia in Reading, Pennsylvania. Before turning full-time to golf, he played Division I baseball at Penn State University, winning an All-Conference award his sophomore year. He then transferred to West Chester University outside Philadelphia where he graduated with a B.S. in Education in 1994.
His professional career began in 1994 when he began competing in the Philadelphia Section of the PGA while working as an Assistant Professional at the esteemed Lehigh Country Club in Allentown, PA. JD worked his way through the PGA of America’s Professional Golf Management program and was elected to membership in 2001 as a Class-A professional.
JD has been fortunate enough to have won several professional tournaments throughout his career and competed in two PGA Professional National Championships as well as the 2010 Miccosukee Championship on the Web.com Tour. He has finished as high as 3rd in the Player of the Year Points List for the South Florida Section of the PGA, which is the second largest section in the country.
Having worked at a number of prestigious clubs in the Southwest Florida area including The Club at Mediterra and TPC Treviso Bay, customer service has always been of the utmost importance to him. JD’s goal is to provide an exceptional golf experience to any and all who make their way through the gates of Esplanade Golf & Country Club and he is thrilled to be your Director of Golf & Wellness.
Assistant Golf Professional
Tony grew up near a golf course in a small town in Iowa and has been around golf his entire life. His entire family enjoys golf, including the main influence in his love for the game, his father. Tony played in many youth, high school, and pro-am tournaments, and worked in a golf retail store and driving range while attending high school and college.
Tony attended Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa, and was a member of the golf team. He then attended the Golf Academy of America in Orlando, and graduated with a degree in Golf Operations and Management.
Tony has worked in the golf industry in several roles. He has served as an Outside Services Attendant and Assistant Professional at both public and private courses in the Midwest, Arizona and Florida. His parents reside in Naples and Tony returned to the area 2 years ago to be closer to family.
Tony is currently registered in the PGA of America as an Apprentice Level I and has passed the Player Ability Test. He is working toward Class-A PGA Membership. He has given individual and group lessons to players of all abilities and has volunteered at a number of tournaments and events. Tony enjoys the members at Esplanade Golf & Country Club and feels it is a great place for him to grow in his career endeavors. He very much enjoys working at Esplanade and looks forward to getting to know each and every member.
Assistant Golf Professional
Alex grew up in Sterling Heights Michigan, but has called Naples home for the last 6 years. He played varsity golf all four years of High School and played in many junior tournaments across the United States. Before pursuing a career in golf, Alex attended Michigan State University and graduated with a B.S. in Human Biology in 2011.Alex came to Esplanade in 2015 and started as Outside Operations supervisor. He is currently a PGA Apprentice Level I and has passed his Player Ability Test. He is working his way toward his ultimate goal of attaining PGA Class-A certification and is excited about the opportunities that Esplanade affords him. His focus is on providing the best possible customer service to members and guests and his passion is teaching the game he loves so much.