Ko Olina Golf Club

Meet the Pros

If you have any questions, or want to book a lesson with any of our golf professionals, please call the golf shop at (808) 676-5300.

Greg Nichols

Greg Nichols, PGA
General Manager and Director of Golf
Greg.Nichols@Koolina.com

Born: Washington D.C.
Professional Background:

  • Nominated to serve on the PGA of America’s National Apprentice Committee – this committee oversees the PGA Professional Golf Management program which is a training and certification program for aspiring Golf Professionals.
  • Hosted golf clinics with Top 100 Golf Instructors Gary Wiren, Chuck Cook, Stan Utley, LPGA Tour Players Jan Stephenson, Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Christine Kim,PGA Tour Players Tadd Fujikawa, Scott Simpson, Parker McLachlin, European PGA Tour Player Matthew Zion, and Mike Malaska.
  • Founder & Chairman of the ASPGA Golf Industry Conference, a business conference held biannually since 1998
  • Founder ASPGA Get into Golf Hawaii Program, 1998 – an introductory golf program that has introduced the game of golf to over 3,000 school children
  • Won ASPGA Head Professional-Assistant Professional Championship 1986
  • Co-Founder of Hawaii State Junior Golf Association
  • National Finalist for PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year Award
  • National Finalist for PGA President’s Award recognizing contributions towards Growth of the Game.


ASPGA Awards

  • Aloha Section Presidents Award for Promotion of the Game – 2006, 2009
  • Aloha Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award – 1990 & 2002
  • Aloha Section PGA Horton Smith Award for contributions to Education 1989 & 2001
  • Aloha Section PGA Junior Golf Leader Award - 2002
  • Aloha Section PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award for mentoring contributions – 2004

Other

  • Recognized in Legends of Hawaii Golf, The First Century, by Rob Sandler, 1998 as one of nine legendary golf professionals in Hawaii.
  • Contributing golf writer for two Hawaii publications, High Luxury Magazine and Pacific Edge Magazine.
  • Co-chair of the Tadd Fujikawa Invitational, an annual fundraising tournament benefitting the March of Dimes

Favorite golfer: Bobby Jones
Favorite golf course played: Not just one course - Cypress Point Club, Augusta National, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Valley Club of Montecito, Shinnecock, Waialae CC and Ko Olina GC. 
Best Golf Tip: Swing through the ball to the target as fast as you can while still being able to maintain your balance and holding your finish until the ball lands.  I guess that’s four tips in one!
Favorite thing to do when not golfing: Spending time with family, traveling, cooking, reading, movies.


Marcus Judge, PGA

Marcus Judge, PGA
Director of Player Development
Marcus.Judge@koolina.com

Born: Woodbridge, Suffolk,
England
Professional Background:

PGA Certified Instructor

  • PGA Certified in Player Development
  • Graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK)
    with a Bachelor's Degree in Actuarial Science
  • Previously employed as a Teaching Professional and Certified
    Club Fitter at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Sacramento, CA from 2002 - 2013
  • Certified to fit all major brands of golf clubs
  • Mentored by Ken Morton Sr - two time PGA National
    Professional of the Year
  • Qualified and Competed in the PGA Professional National
    Championship in 2013
  • Qualified and Competed in the PGA National Assistants
    Championship in 2011
  • 10th in 2013 Northern California Player of the Year
    standings
  • Mizuno Professional Staff Member

Favourite Golfer: Tiger Woods (like
him or not, he is a driving force in interest in the game)
Favourite Golf Course played: Bayonet
(Monterey, CA); Princeville - Prince course, (Kauai, HI); The Old Course at St.
Andrews (Scotland)
Best Golf Tip: Everyone is different.
Contact a PGA Professional to find out what tip works best for you.
Favourite Thing to do when not golfing: Is
there anything else?


Travis Joerger, PGA

Travis Joerger, PGA
Head Professional
Travis.Joerger@Koolina.com

Born: Hamilton, New York
Professional Background:

  • PGA Class "A" Head Golf Professional
  • Graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor's in Golf Management
  • Previous employment has included The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock, Colorado. Nantucket Golf Club in Siasconset, Massachusetts
  • Studied golf instruction under Kevin Walker, Todd Anderson and Don Hurter along with a number of "America's 50 Greatest Teachers" by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine's, "Top 100 Teachers".
  • 2011 Aloha Section PGA Presidents Plaque Award Winner for Growth of the Game
  • 2003 Acushnet Apprentice Scholarship Award

Favorite golfer: Tiger Woods
Favorite golf course played: Palm Beach Country Club, Palm Beach, Florida
Best golf tip: "Good tempo can minimize the effect of many swing flaws."
Favorite thing to do when not golfing: "Spending time outdoors playing sports with family and friends."


Nick Foley, PGA
First Assistant Golf Professional

Born: Tucson, Arizona
Professional Background:

  • PGA Class "A" Professional
  • Graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Business Management
  • Previous employment has included The Desert Mountain Club (Scottsdale, AZ), First Assistant Golf Professional at Omni Tucson National (Tucson, AZ), First Assistant/Golf Shop Manager at The Blanchard Golf Course at Davis Monthan Air Force Base (Tucson, AZ)
  • Studied golf instruction under Dale Abraham 'Top 25 Golf Instructor by Golf Tips' and 'Southern California PGA Teacher of the Year.'
  • Studied golf instruction under Ronnie Black "Senior Tour Player"
  • 2009 Southwest Section PGA Merchandiser of the Year Award (Resort Category)

Favorite golfer: Bubba Watson
Favorite golf course played: Tie between Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill
Best golf tip: "STRETCH, before you even swing a golf club you should take 10 minutes to stretch. During the swing always keep in mind a smooth tempo. A smooth tempo will bring the best out of every swing."
Favorite thing to do when not golfing: Working out and relaxing at the beach!


Kevin Shimomura

Kevin Shimomura, PGA
Assistant Golf Professional

Born: Lahaina, Maui, HI
Professional Background:

  • Graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A in Recreation Management with a minor in Business Administration.
  • Previously worked at Kapalua Golf Resort, Lahaina, Maui.
  • Winner of the 2010 Aloha Section PGA Assistants Championship. Winner of the 2011 Aloha Section PGA 4-Ball Match Play Tournament.  Winner of the 2011 Oakley Pro-Am Tournament.
  • TaylorMade Adidas Professional Staff Member
  • 2013 Aloha Section PGA Assistant Professional of the year

Favorite golfer: Whoever is playing good
Favorite golf course played: Waiehu Municipal Golf Course, Maui
Best golf tip: "Don't think!"
Favorite thing to do when not golfing: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!


Alex Cromer
Assistant Golf Professional

Born: Salem, OR
Professional Background:

  • PGA Class "A" Assistant Golf Professional
  • Graduated of Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management with a PGA Golf Management emphasis. Minor in Business.
  • Previously worked at Pronghorn Golf Club in Bend, OR as a Certified PGA Tour Academy Junior Instructor.
  • First Assistant Junior Camp instructor at RedTail Golf Center in Beaverton, OR.
  • Interned at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park, CA
  • TaylorMade Adidas Professional Staff Member

Favorite golfer: Tiger Woods
Favorite golf course played: Either Pronghorn Golf Club Fazio Course, Bend, OR or Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course, Monterey, CA.
Best golf tip: "Learn to fall in love with putting; it doesn't matter if you can hit the ball 300 yards if you can't make a 3 foot putt."
Favorite thing to do when not golfing: Snowboarding, working out, and hiking.


Jennel Alexander
Assistant Golf Professional

Born: Torrance, CA
Professional Background:

  • Individual in LPGA T&CP Application Process
  • Graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a B.A. in English Subject Matter, and an extended study in Communications.
  • Previously worked as a mentor/tutor in the Academic Services for Student-Athletes Department at California State University, Northridge
  • Previously worked as an assistant professional under Nancy Dunn-Kato at Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, CA
Other:
  • 2011 NCAA Big West Academic All-Conference Team
  • 2012 Varsity "n" Academic Athletics honor Roll
  • 2012 NCAA Big West Academic All-Conference Team

Favorite golfer: Phil Mickelson
Favorite golf course played: The Links at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, CA
Favorite thing to do when not golfing: Watching movies and hiking