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Meet the Golf Pro


"The game of golf and the word integrity go hand in hand.  You cannot have one without the other." - Steve Scott



Head Golf Pro - Steve Scott

Steve Scott, who famously battled Tiger Woods in the 1996 U.S. Amateur, is the head golf professional at Paramount Country Club.  We are thrilled to have a player and teacher of his quality heading up our professional staff.   

Steve, who played on the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, and had two victories on the Canadian Tour, turned professional in 1999. During a successful golf career, he has been the number-one-ranked amateur in the U.S. (1999), member of two Walker Cup teams and the U.S. World Amateur Team, and winner of both the stroke and match-play sections of the Western Amateur (1999).  He also competed in the 1996 US Open and 1997 Masters.

For the past three years, Steve was head golf professional at The Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, NJ. A three-time All American at University of Florida, course commentator for Golf Channel and teacher at the Golf Digest Instructional Schools, he also was assistant golf professional at Canoe Brook Country Club (Summit, NJ), Jupiter Hills Club (Tequesta, Florida), and Hidden Creek Golf Club (Egg Harbor Township, NJ).  Scott has been twice nominated for New Jersey PGA Merchandiser of the Year. 

As both a teacher and player, Steve has been mentored by Bob Toski, the first living instructor inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Steve is married to Kristi, a Class A LPGA golf professional who was his caddie during the 1996 Amateur. They have two children; a son, Jeffrey Christopher (age 3) and a daughter, Kaylie (age 11 months).

STEVE SCOTT VIDEO LINK


 
   
Assistant Golf Professional - Stephen Crawford

Stephen was born and raised in Glen Rock, NJ. He attended Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, where he graduated in 2011 with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a concentration in PGA Golf Management. Prior to being elected to the PGA of America in March, 2012, Stephen was fortunate enough to complete internships at some of the area’s finest clubs. Stephen did internships at The Ridgewood Country Club (Paramus, NJ), Essex Fells Country Club (Essex Fells, NJ) and Lancaster Country Club (Lancaster, PA). Stephen is currently in his third season at Paramount Country Club and is looking forward to growing the golf program at Paramount.

 

 
   
Assistant Golf Professional - Kevin Guarneri

Kevin Guarneri is Paramount Country Club's new Assistant Golf Professional. Kevin is a New York native and has lived in Montgomery, New York most of his life. He was introduced to the game of golf when he was 14 years old and played high school golf.  After graduating from high school in 2006, he stepped away from the game to pursue an opportunity to work for his father's construction business. After 5 years of working construction, Kevin realized that being around the game of golf was his true passion. In December of 2012, he subsequently graduated from the Golf Academy of America with an Associates Degree in Golf Management and Operations. Out of a class of 110 students, Kevin's dedication led him to become the only individual to receive the President's Award which recognizes Excellence and Achievement.  Kevin has most recently worked at the prestigious Grandfather Golf and Country Club in the mountainous region of Linville, North Carolina.  Kevin is recently married in March of 2015 and he and his wife now live in Monroe, New York.

 


 
   
PGA Teaching Professional - Michael Jackmack 

Michael grew up in Naples, Florida. If the sun was up he was outside. He started playing competitive golf at the age of nine, turned pro at age 22. Up until the age of 27 he played golf left handed, and then did something unusual; he switched to right handed. This was 5 years into his professional career. Currently he plays all his competitive golf right handed. Michael is among few professionals throughout the country who has won professional golf tournaments both left and right handed.

This unique experience has provided him with invaluable knowledge as player and instructor. By relearning how to play golf as an adult, from switching left to right handed in the middle of his career, he learned the importance of patience, encouragement, clear communication and the need to have and provide correct information. "You can practice all day, but if you practice the wrong stuff you still get bad results. Practice makes permanent, not perfect." This one statement has driven him to learn everything possible regarding the golf swing and teaching golf. His goal is to provide students with the correct knowledge for them to make their most efficient golf swing, and see lower scores. An efficient swing strikes the ball solid, controls the curvature of the ball, and creates reasonable distance.

He has worked with, taught and studied tour professionals through junior golfers over his career, and observed that efficient golf swings all exhibit a high level of proficiency using these fundamentals.

Throughout his professional career he has had the opportunity to work with and learn from many top instructors and players. Mike Bender, Jim McLean, David Leadbetter, Jimmy Ballard, Grant Waite, Mac O'Grady and Kenny Knox are just a few. These instructors along with others have all had an influence on his teaching philosophy. His passion for teaching is driven by the desire to help golfers enjoy the game more, and not struggle with golf. For Michael, his quest for perfection is why he continues to seek and learn better ways to help people improve their game.

Michael has been a PGA member for 23 years and fortunate to work throughout the country. His experience includes many areas of the golf business. He has had the opportunity to work at private clubs, golf schools and golf academies. Among them are: Piping Rock Club Locust Valley, NY Maine Junior Golf and Tennis Academy Belgrade, ME Cannon Ridge Golf Club Fredericksburg, VA Blowing Rock CC Blowing Rock, NC Quechee Club Quechee, VT Royal Poinciana Golf Club, Naples, FL Twin Eagles Naples, FL Golf Club of Everglades Naples,FL John Jacobs Golf School Naples, FL Myrtle Beach Golf School, Myrtle Bch, SC Mount Snow Golf School Mount Snow ,VT.

 
     
 
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