Val Verhunce started playing golf at the age of 6 under the direction of PGA Professionals in the Chicago land area. His junior career expanded and led him to a college Scholarship. Current Class A PGA Member, and Sonoma State Men’s Head Golf Coach. Val has sought advice and direction from top teaching instructors across the country. Val has mentored under Tony Penna, Paul Runyan, Hank Haney, Dave Pelz, and Butch Harmon.
Val’s approach is to define a player’s physical ability and stature in order to develop the most efficient way of producing a consistent swing, thus helping the player reach his/her goals. As an instructor and coach, Val believes it is important to understand how a player learns and communicates. If this can be defined, the learning and developmental process is quick to obtain. Val was recently honored the Northern California PGA Club Fitter of the Year and was also nominated as Teacher of the Year.
"I enjoy the challenge of working with golfers of all levels but find working with Beginners and juniors a real opportunity to share my passion of the game. Their eagerness to learn the game along with creating a platform that each individual feels comfortable is the key to learning and achieving the student’s goals."
Jessica Reese Quayle graduated from Santa Rosa’s Montgomery High School in 1999 as the 3rd top recruited golfer in the nation. Playing for the University of Texas, the Lady Longhorns ranked in the top 3 of the NCAA Division 1 Championships four years standing. Jessica graduated not only with a degree in Kinesiology but was a top ranked national player receiving All-American and Team MVP honors.
In her last semester of college, Jessica competed in the grueling LPGA Qualifying School and earned her tour status. She played on the LPGA tour for 3 years, competing in national and international events. In 2006 she qualified for two majors, the Women’s British Open (British Open Photos) and the McDonald’s Championship. While on tour, Jessica worked with top 100 PGA golf instructors including Dave Pelz and Chuck Cook.
Rebecka grew up in Sweden and was a member of the Swedish National Team for five years. Her Head Coach at the time was Pia Nilsson, who has been a huge influence in Rebecka's playing and coaching career. In high school, she was offered scholarships at a few different school and chose the San Jose Women’s Golf Program where she played on three NCAA Championship teams and was a three-time Academic All-American. After graduating from SJSU, Rebecka played professionally on the Futures Tour for three years. In 2004, she joined the LPGA Teaching & Club Pro Division and since 2009 she is a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional.
"It is my passion to provide you with the best golf instruction in the North Bay, and to use my experience and knowledge to help you play better golf. I look forward to seeing you in a lesson soon!"
Nick Pappas was the Junior Academy Director at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Diego County for 3 years. He has pedagogical training (USSF and NSCAA), along with a Master's degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Long Beach. Nick has also worked at prestigious courses such as TPC Harding Park and Winged Foot Golf Club. Nick is currently a PGA Level 1 Apprentice, the Men's coach for Maria Carrillo's Golf Team and works at Oakmont Golf Club. He has been teaching professionally since 2009.