Avon Oaks Country Club

The Avon Oaks Staff

The golf staff at Avon Oaks will work to ensure that you have a good experience every time you play the course or visit the golf range. Led by our head pro Judd Stephenson, he and the staff are committed to delivering a quality golf experience. All are available for lessons by appointment.

Meet Head Pro Judd Stephenson
Golf is indeed a game of a lifetime and PGA Golf Professional Judd Stephenson has devoted his professional life to the improvement of those whom he is in contact with on the practice green, the golf course and the golf range.

Judd is the 2011 Northern Ohio PGA Golf Professional of the Year as selected by his fellow PGA Golf Professionals, an award based on his accomplishments as a teacher, leader, player and administrator of the Game of Golf. Judd is a gifted and versatile communicator and instructor, whether helping a large group of Juniors a small group of Seniors, a few in a ladies clinic or a corporate clinic of over 100 people. Judd is proud of his 28 years of experience and affiliation at Avon Oaks Country Club. Contact Judd at juddpgapro@avonoakscc.com or at the Avon Oaks Country Club Golf Shop at 440-871-4638 to make arrangements for lessons and clinics for 1 to 100 to improve your game ... starting today.


Erin Craig


Erin started in the golf business working at the Range at Avon and knew she wanted to make a career out of it. She worked at Avon Oaks in the pro shop during college, where she went to The University of Findlay. At Findlay she had 2 top 10 finishes and was medalist at the John Speith Memorial Tournament carding a 75. She was Co-Captain of the women's team her senior year.

After college she entered into the PGA and started work as an assistant at Fox Meadow Country Club. From there she became and assistant/merchandiser at Fairalwn Country Club and most recently was the first assistant at Rosemont Country Club.

She loves working with the juniors. She has helped grow the junior golf programs at numerous clubs, including coaching the PGA Jr. League team for Rosemont, where 2 of her students were selected to the All-Star team and made it to the Finals in Disney World. She was also the captain of the 2018 Avon Oaks Junior team that went undefeated and made it to the All-Star semi final match. Erin has also coached the Archbishop Hoban girls golf team during the 13-14 season, taking them from 4-8 to 10-2. She then went on to coach the Copley boys golf team during the 15-16 season and had one player qualify for the district tournament. Erin lives in Lakewood with her boyfriend Rich and her dog, Rigby and her cat, Charlie.




Matt Stroud 

Matt comes to us originally from Norwalk, Ohio, where he discovered the game of golf late into his junior year of high school.  After achieving numerous awards such as first team all conference, and conference champion his senior year of high school, he knew his passion for the game would lead him to a career in golf.

He started his career in 2012 while attending Professional Golf Management School at The Ohio State University.  After working for Scioto Country Club in Columbus, and Firestone Country Club in Akron, Matt joined the staff at Avon Oaks in August of 2017.  He is currently in the PGA apprentice program in hopes to achieve full PGA membership in a few years.  After passing his Player Ability Test in April of this year, he plans to finish his Level 1 testing in the fall, and enter into Level 2 PGA seminars this winter.  

 

Matt enjoys teaching juniors on Thursday mornings at the Club, and coaching Avon Oaks PGA Jr. League team with shop manager and PGA Member Erin Craig.  There team won the division and advanced to the postseason for the first time this year taking 4 players to the All-star playoffs.  Matt lives in North Olmsted with his fiance, Ariel and is looking forward to his 2019 wedding.






Jimmy Thomas


Jimmy has been an avid golfer since the age of 4. He has moved around quite a bit in his life, starting in Ontario then South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, and Ohio. Jimmy played all 4 years of high school golf in Texas, played one year of college golf at Faulkner University in Alabama, and then transferred to The Ohio State University where he graduated with a degree in Professional Golf Management.

Jimmy started his golf career like many do in outside services at Wedgewood Golf & Country Club in Powell, Ohio. Through his hard work and dedication to serving members he made his way into the pro shop. Since then he has gained experience as an assistant golf professional at Westchester Golf course in Westchester, Ohio, and also Interbay Golf Center in Seattle, Washington. His passion for golf and serving members and guests will ensure your experience is an enjoyable one. 



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