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Jordan Cassel - PGA Director of Instruction

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I learned to play golf at the age of 10. Just a few years later I began working in the golf industry in 1989.  I worked at golf courses in high school and college while also playing on the golf teams for both.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Chico.  I left the golf industry for a few years but my love for the game brought me back to Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Dego, Ca where I have enjoyed the last 16 years working as a golf professional.  Working at such a famous place provided me with the opportunity to work with and meet a wide variety of people. I enjoy teaching the game of golf to individuals of all skill levels from juniors all the way through to the professional level. 

 

I believe that each individual has different goals and differing abilities.  I like to fully understand these within each student.  We can then assess the best approach for developing techniques that complement each individual. Golf is most enjoyable when positive results are achieved.  My objective is to help golfers at any level, fundamentally improve their swing; and their game. 

 

Jonathan Gibbs - PGA Teaching Professional

  • Idaho Junior State Champion
  • Idaho State High School Champion
  • Practiced with BYU team while attending BYU
  • 2002 Canadian Tour Member
  • 2006 and 2016 Rocky Mountain Section Teacher of the Year
  • 2015 Rocky Mountain Section Youth Player Development Award
  • 2018 Rocky Mountain Section Horton Smith Award
  • Featured in Wall Street Journal. 2 articles Spring 2006
  • Only PGA Certified instructor in the Treasure Valley
  • Initiated the Personal Mentoring Program, 2004 (focuses on developing entire game on and off the course in an ongoing way. Adapted to each individual student.)
  • Students have the following achievements: PGA Tour, PAC-10, Mountain West, WAC, High School State Championship Team Member, Club Champions, and many others. State Amateur Champ.
  • Oldest Student: 97 years old
  • Youngest Student: 2 years old

Ben Bryson - PGA Director of Golf

I started playing golf at the age of 5. I grew up on a small 9 hole municipal golf course in a tiny mining town. I developed my love for the game when I won my very first 1st place trophy at the ripe age of 7. Golf became my life. I was the Nevada High School State champion, played PAC-10 collegiate golf, have a low competitive round of 60, and have made this wonderful game my profession.

 

I won the 2012 Rocky Mountain PGA Section Championship by shooting a final round 63 at Huntsman Springs in Driggs, ID. I have qualified for 4 PGA Professional National Championships. I recently won the 2018 Idaho Open, played at the beautiful Teton Springs at the Headwaters.

 

The best part about being a golf instructor is the satisfaction I get after a student hits "the perfect shot!" I enjoy sharing that moment with them. I enjoy teaching golf to all levels of players. I like to share my knowledge of the game and experience success through my students' progress.

 

I'm proud to be named the 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2018 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Player of the Year, as well as the 2008 RMSPGA Assistant Professional of the Year and the 2015 RMSPGA Youth Player Development Award winner.

Katie Somers - PGA Head Professional

  Katie started out playing golf in Washington in the LPGA girl's golf club at the age of 8 and soon after started playing in Washington Jr. Golf Association and Northwest Jr. Golf Tour events. She qualified for  the national Big I Junior Tournament in Boise as a junior and also qualified for Callaway Jr. Worlds down in San Diego. She traveled to Boise three summers in a row to play in the annual John Dropping Memorial Junior Championship at Hillcrest Country Club and fell in love with the area.

 

In October of 2007, she signed her national letter of intent with Boise State University, where she played all 4 years on the women's golf team. She graduated in the spring of 2012 with a degree in Communication.

 

After graduation, Katie worked as the USGA P.J. Boatwright intern at the Idaho Golf Association and spent the summer working with the IGA's Jr. Tour and helping Jr. Golfers compete and play to their best abilities. Katie has the Assistant professional at BanBury for 4 years and is happy teaching, meeting new people and helping others with their golf games. Katie is the director of the popular program the BanBury Boomers. This program is designed as an on course experience for children ages of 4-10. Katie was recently promoted to the Head Golf Professional in April of 2019.

 

She is proud to be named the 2017 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Assistant Professional of the Year as well as the 2018 and the 2019 Rocky Mountain Section PGA Female Player of the Year!

Henry Bernard - Associate PGA Professional

Henry has been an employee at BanBury Golf Course for the past 7 years (8 seasons). He was a part of the 2016 Rocky Mountain High School State Championship team and played 4 years of colligate golf at NNU. He ranks 3rd in NNU’s all-time scoring list and holds 4 low tournament and low tournament round records. He has been awarded the NNU Taylor Golf Award, the lowest scoring average on the team, 3 straight years (2018-2020). He was also awarded with Second Team All-Conference honors in 2019. Henry is now starting his journey to gain a Class A PGA membership. He has spent numerous hours helping with clinics at BanBury and Riverbirch Golf Course and is experienced and very knowledgeable with the fundamentals of the game of golf.   

Drew McDonald - Associate PGA Professional

Drew graduated from Boise State in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. After competing in Division 1 Cross Country, he realized he wanted to pursue this love of sport and passion for life in his lifetime appreciation of golf. 

 

His goals are to continue to progress in the golf industry and using his background competing to help others accomplish their dreams in the sport. He currently is in level 1 of the PGA Professional Golf Program.

 

He has experience working as a club fitter for Taylor Made Golf, as well as working at Newcastle, a 36 hole facility in Bellevue Washington and has experience coaching junior golf.

Jerry Breaux - PGA

My dad started me in golf at 5 years old. He was an airline pilot and had lots of time to play golf all over the world. I started in Florida in the early 1950's and here I am still in golf in 2009!

 

The reward for teaching golf is "long term." The students that I taught 10 years ago who are now going away to play in college, or the player I worked with as they retired 20 years ago who have improved tremendously, are equal thrills...as an instructor.

 

Golf is not a game you master overnight. Players who want to improve must work at it--properly. That means, work with good instruction, practice all parts of your game, and make yourself "step it up!"