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Jeff Von Eschen, Senior Manager of Golf Operations

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. 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. 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.


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.

Drew Norman, 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'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 Drew at Call Drew Norman at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7410 or email him at amn@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.




 

Nicole Latner, Marketing and Events Coordinator

Photo of Christy HeltonNicole Latner joined the Duran Staff in February of 2020. Prior to Duran, Nicole’s background includes marketing and special event management at Urban Air Adventure Park. Nicole graduated from the University of North Florida in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and International Business. After having lived in Jacksonville, FL for 9 years, she relocated back home to Viera with her husband and 2 children in 2017. Nicole will be responsible for marketing and coordinating all wedding, banquet and special events at Duran, as well as developing new relationships in the community. You can contact Nicole at Call Nicole Latner at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7300 or via email at ngl@durangolf.com.


 


Christy Helton, Administrative Assistant

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 assisting Duran's championship golf facilities and restaurant, along with the coordination of all the membership maintenance. You can contact Christy at Call Christy Helton at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7314 or via email at cch@durangolf.com.


 

 

Istvan Daru, Front of House Lead

Istvan Daru joined the Duran Staff in March of 2020. Istvan has over 40 years of hospitality expertise, coming over to Duran from the Suntree Country Club. Istvan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Restaurant & Hotel Food and Beverage Management from the Hungarian Culinary and Hospitality University in Budapest, Hungary. He is also a certified Wine Sommelier. Istvan will be responsible to oversee the day-to-day front of house operations including lunch, brunch and Tradewinds banquet and catering events.  You can contact Istvan Daru at Call Istvan Daru at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7340 or email at id@durangolf.com.






Anthony Rezza, Chef

Anthony Rezza joined the Duran Staff in December of 2019.  Anthony has over 30 years of culinary expertise, with experience working for the Hilton in Key Largo, FL and Pietro's Italian Kitchen in Cape Canaveral, FL.  Anthony graduated with a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in 1989.  He will be responsible to oversee the restaurant culinary activities including lunch, brunch and Tradewinds extensive banquet and catering offerings.  You can contact Anthony Rezza can be reached at Call Anthony Rezza at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7373 or email at aar@durangolf.com.

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