Meet The Pros

Matthew Gordon, PGA Director of Instruction

I began the game of golf at the age 3 and have since dedicated over twenty years to working with others to help make golf more enjoyable. I started my career assisting with the opening of Hartefeld National in 1995 in beautiful Avondale, PA. This is where my passion for teaching developed. In 2000 my first golf academy opened at Chisel Creek in Landenberg, PA and remained until 2007 when my wife and I decided to move south to enjoy golf (and the beach) more year round.

Since moving from Wilmington, DE to Wilmington, NC, I had the privilege to work at the esteemed Bald Head Island Country Club which led me to the fabulous teaching facility at Magnolia Greens in Leland, NC which is now my “home away from home”.

When I’m not on the course, I’m enjoying time with my family at the beach, outside playing lacrosse or golf with my kids and just enjoying living in beautiful southeastern coastal Carolina.

Jay Zahran, Assistant Golf Instructor

Jay studied Golf Operation under Class A PGA Master Golf Professional, Gordon Fulp, in 1982.

Bryan Park in Greensboro, NC 1986-1989 – Managed Super Camps, taught golf lessons and also operated the driving range.

Cardinal Country Club 1990 – Completed 6-month apprenticeship under Class A PGA Professional; successfully passed the PAT and Rules Test. Was the First Assistant Golf Professional; responsible for entire golf operation, pro shop, lessons, tournaments, clinics, junior interclub, club repair, sales, merchandising, club fitting, etc.

Forest Oaks Country Club, 1998-2001 – Worked with course Superintendent, Dan Winters. PGA Site of the Greater Greensboro Open.

In 2003 worked as an Assistant Golf Professional at Ocean Ridge Plantation. From 1990-2003 played tournament golf in the Carolinas PGA Section and also participated in the qualifying rounds for the U.S. Open, the Kemper Open and the Greater Greensboro Open.

Ryan Saul, Assistant Golf Instructor

Ryan fell in love with the game while he was at the University of Florida. He turned pro just a few years later and began playing mini tours in the Southeast. He moved to Denver, Colorado to work at Cherry Hills Country Club where he assisted in instructing camps and clinics. He then decided to travel overseas to compete on international professional tours.

While playing on the Asian Golf Tour, Australasian PGA Tour and the China PGA Tour for 3 years, he decided that his real passion was teaching golf and helping other golfers enjoy this wonderful game. He recently moved to the Wilmington area and began working with Gordon Golf Academy at Magnolia Greens.

Matthew Gordon, Director of Instruction