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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).


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 - Justin Whipple

Originally from Accord, NY, Justin started working under PGA Class A Professionals John DeForest and Jack Breno at Rondout Golf Club. After working there for seven years he moved to the Links at Union Vale in LaGrangeville, NY as an assistant golf professional learning the ins and outs of a very successful, semi-private, golf operation where he remained for three years. From there he moved on to work at Trump National Hudson Valley in Hopewell Junction, NY. It was here that he learned the golf operations from the private side and had the very unique opportunity to caddie for Donald Trump. After a year and a half at Trump, he was offered the opportunity to work at TPC River Highlands, home of the PGA Tour Traveler's Championship, in Cromwell, CT. During his time at TPC he worked very closely with the PGA Tour to setup and execute this event.

Entering his second year as an Assistant Golf Professional at Paramount, he is looking forward to the opportunity to make the golf operation at Paramount the best it can be! Justin became a PGA Class A member in April of 2013 and is, currently, continuing his education with the PGA of America and hopes to reach Master Professional status with the PGA soon.

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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