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  • Kevin Withnell, PGA Head Professional


    Kevin Withnell is the new PGA Head Professional at Santa Barbara Golf Club. He is a native of Visalia, California and has been teaching golf since 2010. Kevin is experienced with teaching golfers of all skill levels and is passionate about sharing his knowledge. Kevin excels in partnering with his students to better understand the proper mechanics of the golf swing as well as improving their mental approach to the game.

     As a golf professional, he brings with him to this position, experience in private club operations at San Joaquin Country Club and public golf as a Golf Operations Manager at Valley Oaks Golf Course Kevin’s favorite thing about being a Golf Professional is the opportunity it provides to meet and create relationships with all of the different people that this great game attracts. If you see him around, please say hi! He would love to meet you!

    805-687-7087 ext.3  |  kwithnell@playsantabarbara.com

  • Brent Cole, PGA

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    Brent Cole has been a PGA member since 1997 and has experienced 20+ years at Santa Barbara Golf Club. Brent is a Santa Barbara native, he graduated from San Marcos High School as well as UC Santa Barbara. He excels at making connections with golfers and understanding their needs. His simple teaching style is easy to follow and allows golfers of every level   to learn something new to improve their game.

    Contact: (805) 451-1175 | bcole1@pga.com

  • Richard Chavez, PGA


    Richard Chavez has been a member of the PGA since 1976. He has worked at La Cumber CC as well as became owner-operator of Twin Lakes GC from 1977-2000. Richard was Director of Golf at SBGC from 1981-2008 and is now teach at SBGC and Ivey Ranch CC in Palm Desert, Wednesday-Saturday from 10-3.

    Richard won Golf Professional of the Year SCPGA in 2000, Club fitter of the Year in 2005 in the NCPGA and inducted into the SCPGA Hall of Fame in 2010.

    Contact: 805-895-1646 | rchavez@pga.com

  • Larry Buker, Golf Instructor

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    “Lefty” Larry Buker is a native of Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Santa Barbara in 1970. He earned a Business Administration Bachelor’s Degree, with a focus on Office Systems Management, at CSUN in 1996. Larry began playing golf at the age of 33. During his beginning years in learning to play the game, his passion and desire grew immensely. Larry began working in the Golf Shop at Santa Barbara Golf Club in 2005. His passion to teach the game has continued to grow and is lead by the desire to help golfers of all levels, especially juniors. Currently, he is the program coordinator and lead Coach with The Russ Morrison Junior Golf Program which he has been involved as an Instructor since 2005. Larry’s passion to help others is proven by being the Instructor for Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH) “Adaptive Golf Program” since 2004. Other past experiences include: junior volunteer coach with the First Tee Program from 2006-2008, Pro Advisor for SBJGA 2014-2016,  and being a golf instructor for UCSB Recreational Sports beginning & intermediate program 2007-2010. “Lefty” Larry has proven his playing skills by successfully passing the PGA’s Players Ability Test in 2008. He teaches basic fundamentals and works with all ages and abilities of golfers to improve their mental game skills and promote positive reinforcement.

    Contact:  (805) 705-8787 | lbuker@playsantabarbara.com