Golf Coach / Instructor Biographies

Please click on the following links to see the biography for each of our instructors:

  • Shaun Barnes, PGA Professional

    Shaun’s passion is coaching golf. His philosophy is that no matter what level of golfer, “having fun” should be the #1 priority while learning and playing. “By getting the student to be more aware of what they are doing and why they are doing it, they can become their own golf coach”. A strong base of fundamentals (grip, posture, aim and alignment) is the process which can, and will, lead to desirable outcomes…

  • Calvin Carpenter, Teaching Professional

    Calvin started playing golf at the age of 10 and grew up in a small town outside of Madison, WI. He was an accomplished junior player, playing on the Wisconsin State Golf Association Junior Tour and helping his high school win the state championship his senior year. At age 25, Calvin went back to college to get a degree in Golf Enterprise Management from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. After falling in love with California during an internship, Calvin knew he wanted to pursue a golf career in this sunny state. Calvin is currently enrolled in the PGA of America’s program to become a certified instructor. He enjoys teaching the game of golf and watching the transformation of his players, but above all, he believes that no matter what someone is doing, that it should first and foremost, be fun.

  • Kelli Corlett, Director of Youth, Family & Adaptive Golf

    Kelli’s enthusiasm toward children, sports and helping others makes this a perfect opportunity for her to further her career ambitions in golf. She leads all of Morton Golf’s junior and disabled golf programs, including associations with Saving Strokes, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, PGA, LPGA, Special Olympics, Latino Junior Golf Association, and many more…

  • Gwen Hare, LPGA Apprentice Professional

    Gwen’s approach to teaching is simple: teach her students the fundamentals so they clearly understand how to achieve their goal of hitting their putt, chip or pitch shot close to the hole. She wants every student to walk away from their lesson feeling they have learned something valuable and improved their golf experience in a light and non-intimidating atmosphere.

  • Joe Lukawski, Teaching Professional

    Joe joined the golf instructor ranks of Haggin Oaks in early 2011, but has had a long and impactful career in golf many years before that. Joe spent much of his career in education and coached golf both at the high school and collegiate ranks- most recently for Cosumnes Community College. He joined the Morton Golf team as a volunteer several years back, working with stroke survivors in our Saving Strokes golf program. He has since taught many of Haggin Oaks group instruction programs including the majority of our Play Golf America and Get Golf Ready programs.

  • Dick McShane, Tenured Golf Professional

    Dick has been heavily involved with teaching many of the Haggin Oaks Junior Programs and was instrumental in starting the “California Eagles” program for the mentally and physically challenged, which earned him a “Community Service Award”. Dick has taught over 6,500 students. He is known for his patience, understanding and friendly demeanor. His philosophy is to keep instruction simple and easy to understand so that a fun atmosphere is created. He works with each student to design a personal improvement program to help them achieve their golfing goals.

  • Tom Morton, PGA Director of Coaching & Development

    Born in Sacramento, Tom has been raised at Haggin Oaks since the age of 5. His golf career was fostered through the Haggin Oaks Junior Golf Programs and through his father and five-time national PGA award winner, Ken Morton, Sr. Tom has played tournament golf since the Little Linker program at age 7, leading him to the Junior Golf Association of Northern California Tour and American Junior Golf Association events. His scholastic achievements and golf game enabled Tom to receive a golf scholarship to the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he played competitively for 4 years…

  • Steve Olsen, PGA Professional

    As a PGA teaching professional since 1996, Steve is committed to helping you achieve a greater enjoyment of the game. Whether you are just being introduced to the game or training for high level tournament play, Steve can help you realize your golfing goals. Steve believes that strong emphasis should be placed on the importance of pre-swing fundamentals. The proper grip, aim, stance, balance, posture, alignment and ball position is the foundation and basis of any good golf swing…

  • Don Pottle, Tenured Teaching Professional

    Don has been a Tenured Teaching Professional with Haggin Oaks for almost 20 years and has developed a significant and loyal clientele in the Northern California Region. His success is directly attributed to his professional and interpersonal skills, a solid teaching foundation and his ability to put his students at ease and making the learning experience fun and enjoyable. Don’s extensive knowledge and innovative techniques of teaching the golf swing and the many facets of the game, combined with his experience as a corporate manager and trainer have enabled him to be a confident, proficient and successful teaching professional.

  • David Stockly, PGA Professional

    David is a PGA Class A Professional with 15 years experience who is skilled at helping golfers of all ability levels improve their performance. A two-time PING Clubfitter of the Year, David is able to assist with all facets of the game: approach, mechanics, equipment, and maintaining a great attitude. His approach to teaching begins from the ground up. With the focus on a balanced, athletic swing and David’s friendly motivating style, the results will be increased consistency and solid golf shots…

  • Rob Seney, Apprentice Professional

    Rob Seney believes that any individual can play better golf and have more fun. As a graduate of the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix, Arizona, Rob is pursuing a PGA apprenticeship. Most recently, he was the coach for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento at William Land and believes golf should be enjoyable and always have an element of self-discovery. Rob is passionate about helping juniors and adults have more fun, enjoy playing with others, and discover their true potential.

  • Hank Vereschzagin, Apprentice Professional

    Hank currently carries a plus handicap and is at the beginning stages of working toward his PGA membership. He believes in teaching the core fundamentals and utilizing a players’ feel over technical jargon to achieve long-lasting results. It is the camaraderie of the game that he enjoys most and looks forward to creating that environment with all of his customers.