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David Tomczak, General Manager

David Tomczak has been with the Duran Golf Club from its inception in 2004, involved in the initial planning and development of the operation. He has been in the golf business for over 30 years, and is a Quarter Century Member of the PGA of America. David is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and received a business degree while playing on a golf scholarship at Lake Sumter C.C. His duties include direction of the Management Team, overall operational and fiscal responsibility for the Duran Golf Club, and to develop and ensure the club standards of service that will assure maximum customer satisfaction. David can be reached at Call David Tomczak at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7310, or email at djt@durangolf.com.



Matthew Morrison, Head Golf Professional

Matt Morrison joined the Duran Staff in September of 2011. His background includes over 17 years in the golf industry, and has been a member of the PGA of America since 2002. Matt relocated to Florida from Michigan, where he served as Director of Golf Operations at the Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms, Suttons Bay for the last 9 years. Matt graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing in their Professional Golf Management Program. Matt's responsibilities include direction and management of the Golf Operations, development of programs and events, and supervision of staff. Matt can be reached at Call Matthew Morrison at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7340 or email at mtm@durangolf.com.

Peter Watts, Assistant Golf Professional

Photo of Peter WattsPeter Watts joined the Duran Staff in September of 2016. Having graduated from the Golf Academy of America in Orlando in 2015, Watts will bring new ideas and fresh thinking to Duran. He earned his teaching certificate through the Academy along with a degree in Criminal Justice from Schoolcraft College in Michigan. Watts relocated to Florida from Michigan where he worked as the Assistant Golf Professional at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. Watts will be responsible for providing an exceptional experience for Duran's guests, assisting the Professional staff with the day to day operation of the clubs golf related activities, tournaments, leagues and outings, as well as teaching golf lessons at the Development Center. He can be contacted at Call Peter Watts at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7345 or email at pw@durangolf.com.



Justin Blazer, Director of Instruction

Photo of Justin BlazerOriginally from Yorktown, Virginia, Justin Blazer developed an interest in teaching golfers through the development of his own game. While Justin's golfing journey began as a teenager, it always took a backseat to other sports. As a standout basketball player through college, Justin's competitive spirit was fueled once again when he started regularly joining his college golf team practices. This led to Justin's interest in golf instruction and, backed by the same competitive spirit that drove him in sports, he eventually became a PGA Class A Teaching Professional. Today, as part of his journey in the golf industry, Justin actively plays in PGA sectional events, with a dream to qualify for the PGA Professional National Championship. Justin's true passion, however, lies in working with juniors and the growth of junior golf. As Director of Instruction at the Duran Academy of Golf, Justin has established a breadth of junior programs for newcomers and competitive players. Many of his juniors have had tremendous success and currently compete at an elite level such as the U.S. Kids World Championships and other premier junior golf championships. This work has not gone unnoticed, as Justin has been awarded a two-time U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Teacher, which recognizes the top junior golf instructors in the country. Justin can be reached at Call Justin Blazer at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7460 or email at jkb@durangolf.com.

Jeff Von Eschen, Superintendent

Photo of Jeff Von EschenJeff has been at Duran since July 2004, and has been involved in the project since the construction and grow-in. Prior to employment at Duran; Jeff spent 15 years at various clubs in Florida and New York. Jeff attended State University of New York in Morrisville where he studied horticulture and landscape architecture before locating to Florida in 1997. Jeff's responsibilities at Duran are all turf related, all native areas, common areas, as well as both clubhouses. Should you have any questions or comments that pertain to the golf course maintenance operations please feel free to contact Jeff at Call Jeff Von Eschen at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7412 or email him at jpv@durangolf.com.




Drew Norman, Assistant Superintendent

Drew has been with Duran Golf Club since September 2004, being a part of the construction and grow in of the course. Graduating locally from Rockledge High School, Drew obtained his Associate of Arts degree from Brevard Community College while working on the course as 2nd Assistant Superintendent. In 2008, Drew graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management, and a Minor in Business Administration. In 2011, after spending 3 years as the Sports Director for a local YMCA, Drew followed his love of golf back to Duran Golf Club and rejoined the Duran staff as 1st Assistant Superintendent. Drew has over 16 plus years of experience on a golf course. Drew oversees the daily operation of the Turf Grass staff. Should you have any questions or comments that pertain to the golf course maintenance operations please feel free to contact Drew at Call Drew Norman at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7410 or email him at amn@durangolf.com.

Sandi Vanneste, Food & Beverage Manager

Photo of Sandi VannesteSandi Venneste's extensive career in Golf Club Restaurant Management and Event operations include work at several exclusive Private Golf Clubs in Vero Beach, as Restaurant Manager at Quail Valley River and Golf Club, and Director of Food and Beverage at Hawk's Nest Golf Club.  She also worked as Food and Beverage Director at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, Executive Chef at the Boulevard Tennis Club in Vero Beach, and has extensive experience in Catering and Event Management.

Mrs. Vanneste is originally from rural southern Indiana, but considers Florida her home now.  She went to high school in Punta Gorda, Florida then attended Indian River State College.  She is married to husband Michael, and has two daughters, a step daughter, and two sons.  She lives in Palm Bay, she loves going to the beach, playing sports, dancing, watching movies, and trying new exciting things.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gilberto at Call Sandi Vanneste at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7370 or email her at sjv@durangolf.com.


Brenda Pannell, Office Administrator

Photo of Brenda PannellBrenda has been with Duran since February 2005. Prior to Duran, Brenda served for 6 years as the accountant for Viera East Golf Course totaling over 30 years of accounting experience before coming to Duran. She has her B.S. in Finance and Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and is a life long resident of Brevard County. Her responsibilities at Duran range from Human Resources, Payroll, Safety and Accounting. If you have any questions or comments regarding any of these departments, please contact Brenda at Call Brenda Pannell at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7312 or email at bep@durangolf.com.




Christy Helton, Sales Administrator

Photo of Christy HeltonChristy Helton joined the Duran Staff in March 2012. Prior to Duran, Christy's background includes marketing for the home building industry and sports marketing for NASCAR. Christy graduated from Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland, with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing, and happily calls Viera her home. She is responsible for coordinating the marketing and branding of Duran's championship golf facilities and restaurant, along with the development of community and business relationships. You can contact Christy at Call Christy Helton at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7314 or via email at cch@durangolf.com.

 


Kayla Wilson, Administrative Assistant

You can contact Kayla at Call Kayla Wilson at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7300 or via email at knw@durangolf.com.

Ryan Eberstein, Development Center Lead

Ryan Eberstein is originaly from Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Ryan entered the golf business in 2008 when he moved to Orlando to attend the Professional Golfers Career College (PGCC).  Once graduating from school he began working at MetroWest Golf Club as an Assistant Golf Professional & Disney's Palm/Magnolia Golf Courses until 2015.  Ryan moved from Nashville, Tennessee where he was working at private golf clubs including - The Grove Golf Club & Tennessee Grasslands Country Club both as an Assistant Golf Professional.  Ryan's goals for the future is to become a Class A Member of the PGA of America and grow the game of golf.  As the Development Center Lead, he looks to provide exceptional customer service to our patronts, and futher grow the Development Center with club fittings, club repair, tournaments, and corporate outings. Ryan can be reached at Call Ryan Eberstein at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7470 or email at rme@durangolf.com.

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