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COACH MARK MACDONALD

Mark MacDonald is an accomplished player, a great teacher, and he has experience coaching at the highest level. His unique skill set, intelligence, and personality help golfers realize their full potential!

Mark is originally from Dublin, Ohio, where he competed at Dublin Jerome High School. Over the course of his four years, he helped lead the Celtics to two OHSAA Division I state titles as well as two runner-up finishes.

Mark attended Miami University where he helped lead the RedHawks for four seasons. He was a two-time Cleveland/Srixon Academic All-American and graduated from Miami with a degree in Integrated Mathematics and a minor in Decision Sciences.

After graduation, Mark decided to turn professional and played successfully on various Professional Tours for two years. He also had the opportunity to coach his alma mater and eagerly jumped at the opportunity. In his first season, he helped the RedHawks win their first MAC Championship in 19 years, which earned an at large bid to the NCAA Regionals. Over the course of his time coaching, his players earned honors of First Team All-MAC, Miami Athlete of the Year, MAC All-Tournament Team, MAC Freshman of the Year, All-Midwest Region Team, and numerous conference players of the week. In his final year at Miami, the team had three individual wins as well as one team victory.

 

Since coaching at Miami, Mark has devoted his time to helping elite-level junior golfers accomplish their dreams of playing golf in college and beyond. In addition to helping them with their game, he has also helped them and their families navigate the complex college recruiting process. Mark has successfully managed this process for players who have gone on to play at schools such as Penn State University, University of Kentucky, Xavier University, University of Dayton, Santa Clara University, Wittenberg University, Ohio University, Wright State, and more! 

 

At the start of 2019, Mark became the Player Development Manager at Heritage Club in Mason, Ohio. This role allows Mark the opportunity to assist a wide array of players and ability levels. 

 

As a player and coach, Mark is fortunate to have worked with, studied under, or learned from some of the best names in the coaching world who have helped shape him, his knowledge of the game, and how he coaches. These include:
 

  • Jason Carbone, Director of Instruction at Baltusrol

  • Josh Manning, Head Golf Professional at TCC at Muirfield Village

  • Don Sargent, Director of Instruction at Scioto Country Club

  • Joe Mayo, Director of Instruction at TPC Summerlin

  • Jeff Smith, PGA Tour Coach, TPC Summerlin

  • Jon Sinclair, Jon Sinclair Golf

  • Andrew Rice, Top 50 Coach in America

  • Dana Dahlquist, PGA Tour Coach

  • Chris Como, Director of Instruction at Dallas National - Former  PGA Tour Coach to Tiger Woods

  • Mike Shannon, PGA Tour Putting Coach

  • James Ridyard, Short Game Coach to Francesco Molinari

  • Jeff Pierce, Director of Instruction at Olde Stone - Putting Coach to Brooks Koepka

  • Martin Chuck, Tour Striker Golf

  • Grant Waite, PGA Tour Player, and Coach

  • Scott Fawcett, PGA Tour Course Management Coach

  • Dr. Morris Pickens, PGA Tour Sports Psychologist 

  • Dr. Sasho MacKenzie, World Renown Golf Biomechanist

  • Dr. Young-Hoo Kwon, World Renown Golf Biomechanist

 

College Golf Coaches who have impacted Mark:
 

  • Casey Lubahn, Head Men’s Golf Coach at Michigan State

  • Zac Zedrick, Head Men’s Golf Coach at Miami University

  • Pat Goss, Director of Golf at Northwestern University

  • Doug Martin, Head Men’s Golf Coach at University of Cincinnati

  • Brad Sparling, Former Assistant Coach at Duke University and The Ohio State University

  • Mike Small, Head Men’s Golf Coach at University of Illinois

Mark continues to live in Oxford, Ohio, with his wife Cassie and sons Noah and Luke.

Contact Mark: mark@markmacdonaldgolf.com

COACH STEVE NELSON

Steve has been a member of the PGA for over 25 years.

For the last 23 years, Steve was the Head Golf Professional at Wetherington Golf & Country Club in West Chester, Ohio. Steve has held every office in the local PGA and has won multiple PGA Stroke Play Championships, Player of the Year & Scoring Average Awards, as well as competing in The National Club Professional Championship many times.

Steve’s proudest accomplishments are his students. He enjoys working with players of all levels, and his students have held every major title in the region, including Cincinnati Metropolitan Amateur, Metropolitan Junior, State Junior, State Amateur, multiple NCAA Championships. 

Steve’s Philosophy: Let me help make golf as fun and rewarding for you as it has been for me. 

Contact Steve: steve@markmacdonaldgolf.com

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