RYAN BRINZA, PGA, MADISON PARKS HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL
Ryan Brinza is the Head Golf Professional for all four City of Madison Golf Courses. As the Head Golf Professional, Ryan is responsible for all things golf-related. He serves as a visible contact for everyone from league representatives to outdoor coordinators. He is also in charge of hiring seasonal staff, including the Assistant Golf Professionals, Golf Shop Attendants, and Food and Beverage Staff.
Ryan first began playing golf at the age of five with his father at Vitense Golfland, just down the road from Odana Hills. He then began playing at Door Creek Golf Course where he ultimately began his career. As he worked at the golf courses, he developed a love for the people and the atmosphere.
Ryan is no stranger to hard work. At the age of 14, he began working at Door Creek Golf Course to pay for a new set of golf clubs. He started out doing general upkeep of the facility on a daily basis, and then transitioned to shifts at the snack bar, and eventually moved up as a pro shop attendant.
After college, Ryan entered the PGA Golf Professional Management Program School and took a job as the Assistant Golf Professional at Odana Hills Golf Course. He worked primarily in the pro shop, did most of the scheduling, and began teaching individual lessons. After five years, he became the First Assistant Golf Professional at Odana Hills. He finished his PGA education in December of 2013 and was elected to PGA Membership in July of this year. Ryan started as the Head Golf Professional at the beginning of 2014.
Ryan’s new position will allow him to be an even greater resource for the Madison golfing community. “I look forward to meeting with each league, outing, lesson participant, etc. and helping them with any questions they have about any of the golf course, the rules of golf or any etiquette related questions,” says Brinza. “I am also looking forward to being a Coach with The First Tee Junior program.”
To discuss leagues, outings or any Madison Parks golf concerns, contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (608) 266-4724
Golf Madison Parks Assistant Golf Professionals
Assistant Golf Clubhouse Supervisor
A graduate of San Diego Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach, SC where he majored in Business and Facility management. Theran has worked in the golf business for nine years at various location and positions. Most recently as the Head Professional at Glen Erin Golf Club and Head Professional / General Manager at Towne Country Club. Theran has been involved with extensive golf instruction from beginner to Division 1 college golfers alike. With training in instruction with Natural Golf he is able to help golfers with disabilities and special needs by utilizing their specific strengths to optimize their games. In his off time from golf he enjoys playing competitive hockey and watching his beloved Badgers.
Bill Remm, Assistant Golf Professional at Glenway Golf Course.
Bill grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin and was mentored by PGA Professional Lee Kaczmarek. He has 17 years of management experience in the food and beverage industry in the Madison area and started working at Glenway in the spring of 2013. When not at the course, Bill enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his 7 year old son in baseball and golf
Sergio ‘Sigi’ Gon, Assistant Golf Professional at Odana Hills Golf Course
Sergio Gon was born and raised in Ronchi dei Legionari, Gorizia, Italy. After graduating from his Technical College and finishing up his military duty he moved to USA in 1996. His first employment was in the restaurant business and with the help of his new friends he discovered golf and he fell in love with it right away. In 2001, Sergio started as the assistant golf professional at Odana Hills Golf Course, where he has taught lessons to kids and adults. He has become one of the friendly and familiar faces at the golf course. He is mostly known as Sigi, nickname that was given to him since he was a little kid from his Italian buddies. Sigi says, “I still have an accent so it might be hard to understand me but once you do I am actually a nice guy. Ciao.”
Zach Schaefer, Assistant Golf Professional at Monona Golf Course
Zach’s first job was at the Monona Golf Course as a Practice facility attendant. For the last nine years he has worked his way up the PGA ladder. He served as a PGA Apprentice and as an assistant instructor with the First Tee, a national organization, aimed at teaching kids the game of golf while instilling a positive influence on them to build character and make healthy life choices. Outside of golf, Zach is a senior at UW Madison studying Sociology. He is also an avid bowler, having numerous 300 games and an 846 series, and enjoys many outdoor activities from running half marathons, to salmon fishing with his dad.
Eric Andersen, Assistant Golf Professional at Odana Hills Golf Course
Eric Andersen grew up in Pewaukee, Wisconsin and has had a passion for the game since a very young age. Eric began working at Odana Hills in the spring of 2013 as a clubhouse assistant and quickly fell in love with the course and the clientele. Eric is in his final year of his Kinesiology: Exercise Movement Science major through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With this degree he hopes to incorporate improved golf fitness to the City’s diverse clientele. Eric also currently assists with The First-Tee youth program at Glenway. Eric plans to begin his PGA Apprenticeship this fall.