Golf Professional Staff
Our certified golf professionals are here to help you get the most out of your game
Our PGA and LPGA golf professionals can help you sharpen your skills with lessons or group clinics. Golf instruction takes place at the world class practice facility which includes an expansive driving range, two putting greens, a practice bunkers and chipping area.
With one-on-one personal attention, you can focus on the specific aspects of your game through personal instruction or at any one of our innovative programs
Meet our Golf Pros
Ashley Hayden – Head Golf Professional
Originally born in London, England, Ashley moved to the United States in 1984 to begin his professional golfing career at The Meadows Country Club. After graduating from the University of South Florida in October 1991, he joined University Park Country Club and became a PGA class A member in 1996. Ashley is responsible for all aspects of our golf operation and is actively involved in The Golf Academy and golf instruction program. Hayden enjoys teaching all skill levels and believes that much can be gained from a small investment of time at the tees.
Sue Ertl – Head Teaching Professional
A Michigan State University alum, Sue began her professional golf career in 1982 when she qualified for the LPGA tour. A popular member of the tour for the next 11 years, Sue's top LPGA finish was fourth, a feat she accomplished four times - most notably in the 1990 LPGA Championship. That year also marked her career-best finish of 32nd on the tour money list. After 1993, her final full year on the LPGA tour, Ertl was ranked 113th all-time in LPGA tour earnings.
Sue continues to compete during the summer months on The Legends Tour, winning the tour's qualifying tournaments in both 2003 and 2004. In 2005, she won the Women's State Opens in both Massachusetts and Ohio and most recently finished 3rd from a crowd of 80 participants in the 2010 Michigan Women's Open. In addition to Sue's career low score of 64, she's claimed 10 holes-in-one.
In 1988, Sue was inducted into the Women's Collegiate Golf Hall of Fame. In 2001 she was honored by Michigan State University with an induction into their Athletic Hall of Fame. Most recently, in May of 2010, Sue was the 89th inductee into the State of Michigan's Golf Hall of Fame.
Clinton Whitelaw – First Assistant Golf Professional
Clinton is a Class A member of the South Africa PGA and a former tour player. Clinton was a prolific junior player in South Africa before he attended UCLA on a full scholarship. He turned pro at age 21 and has recorded over 55 Top Ten finishes around the world including winning the 1993 South African Open and the 1997 Moroccan Open on the European Tour.
Clinton has spent numerous years in the golf industry, having owned and operated his own golf shop and academy in South Africa. Additionally, Clinton founded one of South Africa's leading golf magazines, SA Golf Trader. Clinton has spent the past two years working as a golf professional in the Sarasota area.
In addition to managing the MGA and the Men's Monday Night League, Clinton looks forward to continuing his passion for teaching and coaching. Clinton has coached many of the world's elite professional and amateur golfers including Anders Hansen, Trevor Dodds, Carl Yuan, Anden Ze and Hennie Otto to name a few.