Instructors

Val Verhunce

DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION: Peacock Gap & Foxtail Golf Club


Phone: (415) 453-4940(415) 453-4940 ext.303

Val Verhunce started playing golf at the age of 6 under the direction of PGA Professionals in the Chicago land area. His junior career expanded and led him to a college Scholarship. Current Class A PGA Member, and Sonoma State Men’s Head Golf Coach. Val has sought advice and direction from top teaching instructors across the country. Val has mentored under Tony Penna, Paul Runyan, Hank Haney, Dave Pelz, and Butch Harmon.

Val’s approach is to define a player’s physical ability and stature in order to develop the most efficient way of producing a consistent swing, thus helping the player reach his/her goals. As an instructor and coach, Val believes it is important to understand how a player learns and communicates. If this can be defined, the learning and developmental process is quick to obtain. Val was recently honored the Northern California PGA Club Fitter of the Year and was also nominated as Teacher of the Year.

I enjoy the challenge of working with golfers of all levels but find working with Beginners and juniors a real opportunity to share my passion of the game. Their eagerness to learn the game along with creating a platform that each individual feels comfortable is the key to learning and achieving the student’s goals.

  • Fun and relaxed learning environment
  • Creative methods of communication for all ages and abilities

 

  • Expert in Club Fitting
  • Developing a plan to achieve goals

 

  • Expansive knowledge of drills and exercises
  • Use of Digital Video Analysis

Peacock Gap Instructors


 

Marsha O’Neil

Instructor: Class B LPGA Member

Phone: (415) 453-4940(415) 453-4940 ext.305

Marsha received her B.A. degree and Secondary School Teaching Credential at San Francisco State University. She enjoyed a 20 year teaching career in physical education, including coaching high school team and individual sports. Marsha has competed successfully as an amateur in both tennis and golf at the local, state and national levels. She served as ladies team Captain and was a multiple-time Club Champion at the former Peacock Gap Golf & Country Club. Marsha entered the golf business in 1993 and became a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division in 2000.


Julie Pappas

Instructor: PGA and LPGA Class A Member

Phone: (415) 453-4940(415) 453-4940 ext.306

Julie is from Pleasanton. She’s been a member of the PGA and LPGA since 1984 when she signed on with the Golf Professional Staff at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton. In 1986, she joined the staff at Edgewood Lake Tahoe. Julie’s teaching apprenticeship was under Northern California’s highly acclaimed golf coach, Dave Pelz. She has taught with AT&T’s Jr. Programs in South Carolina, Florida and Pebble Beach. As a teaching professional of 28 years, she has taught in many different forums. She enjoys instructing all player levels and specializes in the mental areas of golf as well as the short game.

Joshua Willard

Instructor: Class A Australian PGA Member

Phone: 415-453-4940415-453-4940

Joshua Willard

Josh is originally from Sydney, Australia, and has been a Class A member of the Australian Professional Golfers Association since 1995. After spending 6 years competing on the Australasian, Asian and South African PGA Tours, Josh turned his attention to coaching in 2001. Since that time, he has focused on developing his skills as a golf coach, working at facilities around the world, including The Australian Golf Club, The Gary Player Golf Academy Singapore, Singapore Island Country Club and Linzer Golf Schule in Austria.

Josh’s experience as a coach ranges from working with professionals competing on the European and Asian tours, though to complete beginners. He utilizes state of the art golf coaching technology as an integral part of his coaching technique for all of his students. The most advanced swing analysis software is used to identify the problem areas of each individual’s game, forming the basis of a targeted strategy for player development.

Matt Dito

Head Golf Professional


Phone: (415) 453-4940(415) 453-4940 ext.306

Originally from Petaluma, Matt graduated from Chico State University with a degree in Recreation Administration, with an emphasis on Resort Management. His interest in golf began in 1995 while doing an internship at Sawgrass Resort in Florida. He later went on to get a degree in Professional Golf Management. Matt moved back to Northern California in 1998 and was an Assistant Golf Pro at the Marin Country Club till 2006. For the next five years he was the Head Golf Pro at Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa. Matt has been a member of the PGA since 2005 and is the current course record holder at Stonetree Golf Club – 66.
415-453-4940415-453-4940 ext. 203

John Grund

Instructor: PGA Member

Phone: (415)599-5037
415-453-4940

John Grund

Helping others achieve their goals at Golf has been a passion of mine since a very young age. My experiences at competing with the best players at every age level has taken me around the world with stops on the PGA tour,Canadian Tour, South African Tour , Four NCAA Championships a United States Open, United States Amateur as well as Leading money winner on local Tours.

Coaching at the collegiate level at UCLA and guiding young men and women to successful collegiate and professional careers is rewarding. But to me I find the same thrill in guiding players of all levels in finding their enjoyment in the game of golf.

I am indebted to the many fine mentors who have helped guide my professional career and expertise : Jerry Barber, Eddie Merrins, Paul Runyan, Jim Petralia and Gregg Mchatton. And lastly to John Wooden. To his priceless wisdom and everlasting life as a roll model to those who strive to be the best they can become.

Foxtail Instructors


Gary Fain

Instructor: United States Golf Teachers Federation


Phone:(707) 322-2989(707) 322-2989

Gary’s love for the game, keen interest in the golf swing and desire to promote the game he loves, brought him to work in the golf industry after retiring from a career in marketing and business management.

Gary has taught golf for ten years and is especially drawn to teaching children about the game he loves. He is a certified golf instructor through the United States Golf Teachers Federation, ESPN Golf School Instructor, and past Varsity High School golf Coach.

Gary is a certified club fitter. He utilizes the latest computer and video technology in teaching and to assist students in understanding their golf swing. Gary utilizes a dynamic system to fit irons and a ball launch monitor to assure proper driver fitting.

Jessica Reese Quayle

Instructor: LPGA Class A Member, TPI:Level II


Phone: (707)321-9791(707)321-9791

Jessica Reese Quayle graduated from Santa Rosa’s Montgomery High School in 1999 as the 3rd top recruited golfer in the nation. Playing for the University of Texas, the Lady Longhorns ranked in the top 3 of the NCAA Division 1 Championships four years standing. Jessica graduated not only with a degree in Kinesiology but was a top ranked national player receiving All-American and Team MVP honors.

In her last semester of college, Jessica competed in the grueling LPGA Qualifying School and earned her tour status. She played on the LPGA tour for 3 years, competing in national and international events. In 2006 she qualified for two majors, the Women’s British Open (British Open Photos) and the McDonald’s Championship. While on tour, Jessica worked with top 100 PGA golf instructors including Dave Pelz and Chuck Cook. Read more →