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.

Mary Elizabeth Wallace, Assistant Golf Instructor

Mary E Wallace was born and raised in North Carolina. Her passion for golf developed when she was 12 years old and has been working in the golf industry for over 8 years. Studying instruction under some of the best junior instructors such as Michelle Holmes (LPGA Teaching Professional, Top 50 U.S Kids Instructor) as well as PGA Tour instructors Butch Liebler and David Orr.

Mary E Wallace graduated from Campbell University December 2020 with her BBA and PGA certification. She worked at Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation for 2 years as an intern and now works full-time as an Assistant Instructor of Gordon Golf Academy.

Matthew Gordon, Director of Instruction