Quail Creek Country Club | PGA and LPGA Golf Professionals

Quail Creek Country Club is pleased to have four PGA Golf Professionals and one LPGA Golf Professional on staff. They all have the patience, knowledge and experience to help you improve your golf swing and your enjoyment of the game. An air-conditioned, indoor golf lab is available where Members can see their swings; learn their club head speed and launch angle; and understand their game by viewing what is truly happening in their motion. Our high-tech Flight-Scope system and putting lab also helps golfers swing and putt more consistently and is a great place to practice when it's sweltering or raining outside.

  • Mike Dero, Director of Golf/Golf Professional

    • Prior to joining Quail Creek, which he has called home for the past 21 years, Mike worked in top private clubs on Long Island and in Palm Springs, Dallas and Atlanta. He is a Minnesota native who is living his dream and his passion every day. He is an accomplished teacher, staff leader and master of ceremonies. Mike is an optimist and an encourager. His teaching style focuses on developing your natural swing into a more relaxed, fluid movement followed by an attention to comfort, consistency and confidence.

      Mike's favorite golf quote: "We want effortless power, not a powerful effort."
  • Spencer Graham, Director of Instruction
    •   Raised on St. Simon's Island off the coast of Georgia, Spencer Graham, III, was introduced to the game of golf by his father.  After a successful Junior golf and competitive high school career from the Southeast to the Northeast, he immediately ventured into the golf business as an aspiring Teaching Professional at age 21 in Delaware.  Spencer operated his own academy for over a decade and then became the Director of Instruction at White Clay Creek Country Club.  In 2006, he was named to the "Top 50 US Kids Golf Instructors" list, an accolade that Spencer humbly accepted after his dedicated work with the Mid-Atlantic's top Junior golfers.  After a successful tenure in Delaware, he relocated to Orlando, Florida to open Graham Golf Performance & JGPA (Junior Golf Performance Academy), located at Orange County National and then Harmony Golf Preserve.  Over these 5 years, Spencer's travels took him all over the world to work with some of the best junior, collegiate, amateur, and professional golfers.

      After a brief one year stint as the Academy Director at Tiburon Golf Club, located at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, Spencer accepted the Director of Instruction position at the exclusive 36-hole private club, Quail Creek Country Club in Naples, Florida. Over the past 22 years of full-time coaching, he has assisted/produced 178 US Kids World Championship/IMG Callaway World Championship participants (*3 World Champions in 2015), 9 high school state champions, 14 AJGA winners, 28 NCAA Division I and II victories along with 114 scholarships and 39 amateur/professional wins worldwide.  Spencer's main specialty in coaching has been as a swing instructor, short game specialist, tournament preparation expert, and golf course strategist.

  • Jon Balyeat, Head Golf Professional
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      Jon is an Indiana native who has spent his life in the Fort Wayne area. He attended Indiana University and Purdue University - Fort Wayne, where he was a member of the men’s golf team from 2005 to 2010. After graduating with degrees in Business Management and Marketing, Jon entered the golf industry.

      His first professional position was at Brookwood Golf Club, where he spent three years as the Assistant Professional. In 2013, Jon joined the Professional staff at Sycamore Hills Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature facility, in Fort Wayne. During his eight years as a Professional, Jon has gained a strong reputation as a fantastic instructor and player. He was a qualifier for the 2013 National Assistants Championship and was the 2014 Monticello Open Champion.
  • Zachary D. Lomaka, First Assistant Golf Professional
    Golf Shop Manager

    • Originally from Naples, FL, Zach began playing golf in 1992. Zach graduated with a B.S in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 2012. He began his career straight out of college. Over the past seven years Zach has worked at many high-end private golf facilities from Belleair Country Club in Belleair, FL, TPC Prestancia in Sarasota, FL & Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, FL.

      Zach is an experienced instructor with over six years of experience working with students of all ages & skill levels. His passions in life are playing competitive golf, coordinating golf events where participants will have an experience of a life-time, playing hockey, boating and fishing.

      Zach’s favorite golf quote/saying: “Hi! I’m a hockey player playing golf today!”-Happy Gilmore
       
  • Jerry Garner, Assistant Golf Professional

    • A native of Michigan, Jerry has been a member of the Quail Creek golf staff for over 30 years.  With his experience, Jerry has developed a finely tuned teaching style and is also the resident golf club repair expert at Quail Creek.

      Jerry's favorite teaching quote: "If you thinketh, you stinketh."

  • Holly Vaughn, LPGA Professional

    • Originally from Bethlehem, PA, Holly is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU) with degrees in Business Administration and Physical Education.  While attending SMU, Holly was a scholarship athlete playing for the Women's Golf Team.  She was a member of the 1989 LPGA Tour and a finalist at the 1994 U.S. Women's Open.

      Before joining the staff at Quail Creek Country Club, Holly coached collegiate women's golf at the NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 levels. She is a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division and a world-class swimmer.


  • Pitt Cummins, Merchandiser/Buyer

    • Pitt adds life to every moment at Quail Creek Country Club. Her outgoing personality brightens the day of the golf operation and the entire Club. Pitt's great attitude, design aesthetic and savvy negotiating skills all contribute to a Golf Pro Shop stocked with all of the best clothing lines and merchandise at the right prices.