We know its potential to teach, because we’ve learned those lessons ﬁrst-hand. We know its capacity to unlock talents you didn’t know you had and sharpen social, mental and physical skills at every age. We want the future of the game to be as bright as possible, which requires making it inviting and accessible to all young people who will become the next generation of lifelong players and lovers of the game.
Youth on Course Headquarters is located in beautiful Monterey, California. Our staff of enthusiastic sports nuts is passionate about changing the lives of the youth members we serve. Learn more about our team below.
Development AssociateAbout Hana
Hana grew up in Northern California, where she learned many life lessons from golf early on. Having worked for years with children as a preschool teacher and swim instructor, Hana is thrilled to contribute to YOC and help provide young people with access to the game.
Hana attended the University of California Santa Cruz where she received Bachelors degrees in Legal Studies and Politics, with a minor in Education.
She does various local volunteer work and loves to spend time with her family, including her grandparents who live near YOC Headquarters in Pebble Beach!
Reach out to Hana with any questions regarding YOC Events including the Vintage Cup and Online Auction.Email Hana
Software DeveloperAbout Cole
Cole attended Purdue University where he attained a degree in Computer Science. Cole works primarily with process automation and data management for Youth on Course, helping the organization leverage technology to further our efforts!
Cole lives in Seattle and is our resident gaming expert!
Brand + Marketing ManagerAbout Shelley
Growing up, sports were a huge part of Shelley's life. She played 3 varsity sports in high school, including golf, and learned so many valuable life skills through her experiences as a student-athlete. She went on to play tennis at the collegiate level at Albion College in Albion, Michigan, where she led the team to 2 MIAA Championship titles and earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and Business. She also coached youth tennis for 7 years in Southeast Michigan and loved watching young players not only develop their games, but grow as individuals as well.
Shelley has a background in both marketing and graphic design, and enjoys contributing her creative skills to an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for youth in sports.
Contact Shelley with any marketing or social media questions.
Chief Development OfficerAbout Jeff
Jeff joined the Youth on Course team at the start of 2017 to help manage the philanthropic needs of our rapidly expanding organization. He has worked to support kids through educational fundraising for the past 20 years at Knox College in Illinois, Cincinnati Country Day School in Ohio, and Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, CA.
Jeff will work with individuals, foundations, and corporations to grow Youth on Course’s donor base, increase event revenue, and develop relationships with potential donors and partners who are interested in making substantial philanthropic commitments to the organization.
Jeff was born and raised on a working family farm in central Illinois and earned his BA in Psychology from Knox College in Galesburg, IL.
Contact Jeff if you are interested in investing in Youth on Course and supporting our core purpose through charitable giving.Email Jeff
Programs CoordinatorAbout Elijah
Elijah was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He became a member of Youth on Course when he was 12 years old, at the beginning of his golf journey. As a YOC member, Elijah benefitted from all of the available programs, such as the caddie and internship programs as well as being the recipient of the Morton Scholarship in 2014. Now, as a part of the Youth on Course staff, Elijah helps oversee and conduct the various programs that he was once a part of.
Youth on Course propelled Elijah and his golf game to new heights. He was a formative member of the Lake Forest College golf team, winning two Conference Championships and highlighting his collegiate career with a trip to the NCAA National Championship in 2018. After graduating college in 2019, Elijah began his pursuit of PGA membership while working at Roaring Fork Club in Basalt, CO, Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, IL, and The Golf Practice in Highland Park, IL. He also continues to compete on a professional level on various mini tours around the country. One day he hopes to earn his PGA Tour card.
Contact Elijah with any questions regarding the caddie program, internship program, YOC college scholarships, JTNC hardships and facility on-boarding for Youth on Course.Email Elijah
Course Partnerships AdministratorAbout Sue
Sue commenced her start with Youth on Course in 2013 with the purpose of establishing regional course partnerships. After some time spent supporting her son, Sebastian’s competitive golf career, she returned as the Course Partnership Administrator. She is focused on expanding national course partnerships while strengthening the engagement of existing course partners.
Her love for youth golf stems from her son’s early participation in Youth on Course and subsequent rise to professional golf.
Sue is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in the game of golf. She is currently in the final editing stages of authoring a book entitled, Our Shadows Are Long, a book that canvases her life as a white mother raising a black son navigating the world of competitive golf.
Senior Coordinator - Marketing and Donor RelationsAbout Gina
Gina joined the team in March 2021, bringing over 20 years of marketing and administrative experience. Prior to joining, she served as marketing manager for the non-profit Sunset Cultural Center, the Central Coast's premier performing arts organization. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business, Emphasis in Marketing, from the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a child growing up in Cupertino, CA, she was a nationally ranked Junior golfer and played competitively through high school. She brings this experience, appreciation, and knowledge to the organization, our members, donors and partners.
Gina serves a dual role in the marketing and development departments, creating and implementing communications strategies to continue engaging, empowering and building opportunity throughout the Youth on Course community.Email Gina
Regional Development OfficerAbout Justin
Justin lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two children and officially joined the Youth on Course team in January of 2022, becoming the organization’s first Regional Development Officer.
Justin is an avid golfer and enjoyed a successful competitive career. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he played collegiate golf on a full scholarship and was teammates with Anthony Kim – together with their team they went on to win a Big 12 Championship at Southern Hills Country Club. Justin has also competed in nine USGA Amateur Championships and lost to Dustin Johnson 1-up when DJ sank a 60-footer on the 18th hole to win at Hazeltine.
He played professionally for three years before taking on the role as Assistant Professional at Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas. Following his role at Preston Trail, Justin spent 12 years working in the construction industry as a Stormwater Consultant. He’s excited to have made a return to golf and to make an impact on the lives of young people through Youth on Course.
Justin works with individuals, foundations, and corporations to grow Youth on Course’s donor base, increase event revenue, and develop relationships with potential donors and partners who are interested in making substantial philanthropic commitments to the organization.Email Justin
Chief Technology OfficerAbout Grant
Grant joined the Youth on Course team in 2018 to help with the technology needs of our rapidly growing national organization.
Grant works closely with our team and our partners. Let's face it, he does all of the "behind the scenes stuff" to make sure each system is sustainable and effective so that Youth on Course can continue to reach more states and members, all while making sure we have the analytics we need to make an impact.
Grant attended UC Santa Barbara, where he enjoyed the ability to study Computer Science and Sports Management while working for the university's recreational sports program and at Sandpiper Golf Course. Grant co-founded a healthcare software company after college but is now very excited to blend his two passions of golf and technology in his role at Youth on Course.
When he's not building new software solutions, you can find him with his wife and kids or out on the golf course.Email Grant
Chief Executive OfficerAbout Adam
Adam has been with Youth on Course since its inception in 2006.
He is often communicating or meeting in-person with donors, foundations, corporations, and clubs in an effort to show the impact their contributions have on our participants. The sustainability and expansion of Youth on Course is the prime focus of Adam’s work.
Adam attended Clemson University, earning BA’s in Political Science and Communications. He completed his Masters in Non-Profit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Contact Adam regarding donations, investing in Youth on Course, partnership opportunities or regarding expansion of Youth on Course.Email Adam
VP of ProgramsAbout Michael
Michael has more than 10 years of experience working with youth in public education and nonprofit youth development. He previously worked for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco in Hunters Point and Treasure Island before joining the Youth on Course team in 2012 as the Programs Director.
At Youth on Course, Michael is the “boots on the ground.” He works with courses, interns, caddies, golf instructors, and youth to make the program everything that our participating members experience. Michael is a true champion for our members and is always willing to go the extra mile for deserving youth.
Michael attended San Diego State University, earning a BA in Liberal Studies, a multiple subject teaching credential, and an MA in Education.
Contact Michael for information regarding any of our Youth on Course programs or potential organization partnerships.Email Michael
VP Communications & MarketingAbout Ashleigh
Ashleigh is a marketing strategist who parlayed her early start with the game into a career in the golf industry. With more than a decade of experience growing brands through digital, content and experiential marketing she joins the Youth on Course team to help elevate our program's branding and communication efforts.
Most recently Ashleigh served as the Managing Director for the LPGA Women’s Network, an online platform created by the LPGA Tour to connect more women to golf. Throughout her decade-plus tenure at the LPGA, she led the marketing strategy and re-branding of the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and served as the National Tournament Director for the LPGA Professionals.
She received her degree in Marketing with a Communications minor from Florida State University where she competed on the women's golf team and is an LPGA-certified teaching professional.
Ashleigh's made it her mission to help bring more underrepresented groups to the game of golf through creative branding and marketing strategies, and credits affordable access to golf through the Orlando-based OMYGA junior program for her love of the game and career.
Contact Ashleigh with any Marketing questions.
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Director of ProgramsAbout Devin
Devin is a Monterey Peninsula native. He earned a BA in Business Administration from Cal State San Bernardino and in 1996 he became a Class A PGA golf professional.
Throughout his career, Devin has focused much of his energy on youth sports. He served as an Assistant Football Coach and President of Carmel Youth Baseball. Devin also served on the Bike Coalition for the Transportation Agency of Monterey County to help encourage awareness and safer passages to schools on the Monterey Peninsula.
Devin joined the YOC team in 2017 and is thrilled to be connected to golf, paired with his passion and love of youth sports. Devin was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Northern California PGA Section.
Contact Devin with any questions regarding the Caddie Program, Internship Program, College Scholarships, Junior Ambassador Program, YOC Volunteer opportunities, JTNC hardships and facility on-boarding for Youth on Course.Email Devin
Director, Alumni RelationsAbout Moe
Moe comes to Youth on Course most recently from Pebble Beach and prior to that, she spent seven years at California State University Monterey Bay. During her time at CSUMB she served as the Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director of External Operations and the Senior Women's Administrator.
Moe also worked on various development, fundraising, and alumni initiatives during her tenure with the Otters. She is a former Division 1 volleyball player at Washington State University and is a proud Coug alum. Moe holds two degrees from WSU and a MS in Educational Leadership from Cal State East Bay.
When not working, Moe enjoys live music, college football, time with her husband Brian and their five year old yellow lab Mack. Moe has a passion for helping young men and women grow and develop as strong leaders and contributing members within their communities and is thrilled to be part of the YOC family and to connect with YOC alumni.
Contact Moe with any questions about how Youth on Course can continue to impact young lives as a member of our alumni program.Email Moe
Events ManagerAbout Rachel
Rachel joined the team in April 2021, coming to the peninsula from Atlanta, Georgia. She organizes and manages all Youth on Course events, working with the Development team on fundraising initiatives and expansion through growing our annual events. After spending several years working in Sales, she was excited for the new adventure of working at Youth on Course and getting into an industry she is passionate about. Rachel played a variety of sports for as long as she can remember, with running and golf always being in the mix. Many weekends growing up were spent on the course with her Dad, which has become a favorite pastime every chance they get. She earned her bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University in 2016, followed by a year spent living in Dublin, Ireland before beginning her career. Rachel cares deeply about making golf accessible and is excited to be a part of a team that's committed to that goal.
Contact Rachel with any event related questions.
Regional Development OfficerAbout Tai
Tai’s 20 + year history in golf administration and development was heavily influenced by his early childhood experiences on the course. Hermann Park Golf Course in Houston, Texas, was the first golf course he ever played, and it’s where he found community and fell in love with the game. Alongside his older brother, Jason, they quickly began building friendships with fellow juniors and forged what has become lifelong family and business relationships.
They felt safe and cared for by the adults who made Hermann Park home and ensured their parents felt the same as they dropped them off daily. It meant everything to them then, realizing now how different their lives would have been if that sense of care were not present.
Tai continued to play golf and Captain his high school and collegiate (Texas Southern University) teams. He eventually went on to have the opportunity to run a nine-hole golf course and practice facility in Houston that was designed specifically for youth. Alongside childhood friends he met through golf, it allowed them to establish an environment rooted in community, where young people and their families experienced life and growth alongside one another. These themes have continued to guide him in his roles as the Executive Director at The First Tee of Greater Houston, Director of Regional Affairs for the Central Plains and Mountain Regions with First Tee, Vice President of Development at RAICES, and now as Regional Development Officer with Youth on Course.
Tai will serve Youth on Course in a hybrid role, inspiring meaningful philanthropy through the organization and nurturing relationships with allied golf associations, junior golf programs, and golf facilities to ensure young people can play and foster relationships much like his experience at Hermann Park.Email Tai
Director, Customer SuccessAbout John
John comes to Youth on Course after nearly 15 years at Gymboree Play and Music. As the Director of North America's largest GPM franchise, Manhattan, John set the national brand standard for digital marketing and customer support for Gymboree. From creating and launching one of the country's first member loyalty apps (well before it was trendy) to producing viral virtual preschool education content (well before it was the norm), John's drive to use social media and technology to improve the customer journey has informed a forward thinking approach to his work in both sales and service.
Through his travels, John has inspired over 200,000 children throughout Toronto, Canada; Birmingham, England; Brisbane, Australia; New York City and diverse cities throughout the U.S. as a motivational speaker, but John's passion for youth sports and education was first founded right here in Monterey, directing child care and camps for the City of Pacific Grove and the YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula.
John, a graduate of Pacific Grove High School, Monterey Peninsula College, and UC Davis, is thrilled to be back in California to join Youth on Course as Director, Customer Success.Email John
Senior Staff Accounting ManagerAbout Jean
Jean has been crunching numbers with Youth on Course since the start. She's seen Youth on Course grow from one member into today's thousands.
Jean has been practicing accounting since 1987. She joined the NCGA in 1997 and eventually took on the duties for the Youth on Course team.
Jean enjoys the game of golf and its challenges. After suffering from an elbow injury she's ready to get back in the game with her husband and son.
Contact Jean with any billing or accounting questions.
Development ManagerAbout Adam
Adam joined Youth on Course in 2018 and is excited to get back to his roots in golf working as part of the Development team to support our core purpose of providing youth access to life-changing opportunities.
Adam grew up playing golf with family and took his clubs all over—from Texas to Idaho, Florida for college, Spain for a Fulbright Grant, and most recently New York City—before landing on the Monterey Peninsula. He earned his BA in History and Spanish from New College of Florida and his MA in Nonprofit Management from CUNY-Baruch College. Previously, Adam was the Programs Director for Fencers Club in NYC, the oldest and most successful Olympic fencing club in the country.
Adam now works closely with Jeff to manage all fundraising initiatives that support Youth on Course programs, expansion and more. When not at work or on the course, Adam enjoys cycling, fencing, classic cars, and being outdoors in beautiful Northern California.
Contact Adam if you are interested in supporting Youth on Course through charitable giving.Email Adam
Hugh Smith, Jr.
Director of Regional AffairsAbout Hugh
Hugh joined the Youth on Course team in 2018. He has nearly 20 years of golf administration and foundation experience working for the USGA, Met Golf Association in NY, served as ED of The First Tee of Phoenix and most recently Director of Regional Affairs of the Pacific Region for The First Tee.
Hugh is a Monterey Peninsula native growing up in Seaside. He was introduced to the game by his father who picked it up while on active duty at Ft Ord. Hugh achieved the rank of Eagle Scout like many in his family and was also fortunate to serve as a caddie at Pebble Beach while on the Monterey High Golf Team.
Hugh attended Jackson State University in Mississippi where he graduated with degrees in Finance and Management, the highest GPA of any student-athlete, won the National Minority College Golf Championship and was part of the team which was the first HBCU to ever make it to NCAAs.
Hugh is most excited about being part of the YOC Team and truly making the game more affordable and accessible.
Contact Hugh with any questions regarding YOC programs and outcomes.
Senior Development ConsultantAbout Mark
Mark partnered with Youth on Course in 2020 in a development capacity. Utilizing his extensive network and lifelong involvement with golf, he consults on fundraising, prospect identification, and strategic planning.
A longtime Bay Area sportswriter and award-winning national golf writer, he wrote for the San Francisco Examiner, CBSports.com and Golf Digest, and spent 20 years as content editor of Tigerwoods.com. Mark also served as Assistant Director of Communications for Stanford Athletics.
Mark earned a BA Degree in Communications from California State University, Chico, where he was an all-conference golfer. A native of Palo Alto, Ca., he was elected to the university’s Department of Journalism and Athletics Hall of Fames.
Contact Mark about charitable giving, corporate opportunities, or fundraising events with Youth on Course.Email Mark
Member Success CoordinatorAbout Yvonne
Yvonne is attending Sacramento State University where she is currently working on getting her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. Yvonne joins our team with 8 years of experience in the golf industry, having worked for both private and public golf courses. Playing soccer as a young kid impacted her life greatly, and loves giving back to the community with volunteering at Community Partnership for Youth in Monterey County. Yvonne is born and raised in Seaside, CA, close to Youth on Course headquarters on the Monterey peninsula.Email Yvonne
Senior Software DeveloperAbout Jenny
Jenny joined the Youth on Course team to fulfill the ever-growing need for expanding our technology offerings. Jenny works primarily on the YOC Member App and contributes her skills to different web offerings as well.
Jenny attended Aquinas College in Michigan, and played golf in both high school and college. She graduated with a dual major in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration.
Joining the YOC team was a pivot for Jenny, as she spent most of her time in the healthcare industry (where she met our CTO, Grant)!
When Jenny's not at her computer working her coding magic, she's hanging out with her wonderful family which consists of her husband, two kids, and a two dogs.Email Jenny
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Youth on Course has an immediate opportunity for a talented and motivated part-time Staff Accountant. This position is responsible for assisting with all accounting related functions for Youth on Course including revenue, accounts receivable, accounts payable, tax reporting, and other related functions.
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