Dedicated to the game of golf seven Jacksonville area businessman, PGA Golf Professionals and NFJG Foundation Members who field the same vision of mentoring and growing the game of golf for our juniors, Boys and Girls in ages 7-18. The NFJG Foundation Board is comprised of:
Tyler Brown – President
“Tyler Brown is an NFJG Alum and lifelong Jacksonville resident. While growing up in Ponte Vedra Beach, he competed for several years on the NFJG Tour and helped lead Nease High School to 2 state championships.
As a starting member of the golf team at the University of Florida, he earned a degree in Finance and both All-SEC and All-American academic honors. After college he played professionally on various professional tours, including PGA TOUR Canada.
Following his golf career, Tyler became an executive at Web.com where he was responsible for the oversight, strategy and execution of all marketing activities. Among these activities was the sponsorship of the Web.com Tour, which allowed him the privilege of supporting Jacksonville through the Web.com Tour Championship and the foundations that benefitted from that event.”
Emily Tillo – Secretary/Treasurer
Emily is one of the NFJG TOUR’s past superstars and former staff member and is currently a Senior Manager of Tournament Business and Sponsor Relations for the Korn Ferry Tour at PGA TOUR Headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Emily played on the NFJG TOUR from 2007 to 2012 and played in 34 events, winning 12 times with a low round of one under par 71. After attending Stanton College Preparatory school in Jacksonville, Emily received golf and academic scholarships to Boston University. In May of 2013—after her freshman year of college—Emily joined forces with the NFJG TOUR and became a Rules Instructor and Rules Official working with the Tour during the summer months. She reunited with the NFJG TOUR Staff, helping them out during her days back in her hometown.
While at BU, Emily majored in finance and minored in journalism, and she graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.94 in May of 2016. Five days after graduation, Emily started her full-time job at the PGA TOUR and has been loving every minute of it! Emily was named the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Patriot League Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the 2016 Boston University Athletics Woman of the Year and a 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Top-30 Honoree. She became the first student-athlete in Boston University history to be named one of the top-30 honorees for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year award, which “honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions.” Ten women from each of the three NCAA divisions were selected from a pool of 142 conference nominees and an initial pool of 517 school nominees nationwide. Emily was also a member of the Scarlet Key Honor Society: she was one of 48 students in the class of 2016 (approximately 1% of the class) nominated for induction into this activities society at Boston University.
Derek Sprague – Member at Large
General Manager – TPC Sawgrass
PGA TOUR Headquarters Special Liaison
For 26 years, Sprague was the General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone (N.Y.) Golf Club, his hometown course. In 2016, Sprague was named Managing Director of Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, NJ, site of the 2017 Presidents Cup. After the Presidents Cup, Sprague relocated to Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and joined the TPC Sawgrass leadership team as General Manager.
Sprague earned his PGA Membership in 1993 and has served in many leadership roles with the PGA of America serving as its national President from 2014-2016. Through Sprague’s leadership, the PGA of America was instrumental in growing the game through player development and youth programs such as PGA Junior League Golf and the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship. In addition, he co-chaired the highly successful Ryder Cup Task Force, which created a blueprint for success in the event. Inducted into the PGA Hall of Fame in 2019.
Donald H. Poag, Jr. – Member at Large
Vice President — Jacksonville Branch Representative
Insurance Office of America
Don is a native of Jacksonville Florida and has been an insurance executive for over 40 years. He is Vice President of Insurance Office of America leading the operations of the Jacksonville Branch. He was in the PGA Program in the 1970’s, He is a sponsor of the North Florida Chapter of the PGA and has been active in the community with service on many boards to include the University of North Florida Foundation board from 1992-2012. Currently he is the Immediate Past President (2016-2017) of the Board of Governors at San Jose Country Club and chairs the Strategical Planning Committee.
Kevin Bing – Member at Large
Bing & Associates, P.A.
Kevin grew up in the beaches community and has been a resident of Ponte Vedra since 1974. He graduated from Fletcher High School and Florida State University. He has been providing tax and accounting services in the Jacksonville area since 1989. Kevin and his wife Kathy have been married since 1993. They stay very busy raising their three children and being involved in their lives. They are active members of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Kevin served two terms on the School Board of Palmer Catholic Academy where he served on the finance committee and as Chairman. He was also on the Parish Council at St. Paul’s Catholic Church where he served on the finance committee. He has been a coach for many of his kid’s teams as they’ve played football, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball and cross country. Kevin is a C.P.A. and also holds Series 6, 7, and 66 securities licenses, and Florida Life, Health & Variable Annuity certifications.
Will Kurtz – Scholarship Chairman
Originally from the Central Florida area, Will joined the U.S. Navy a month after graduation from high school where he rose through the enlisted ranks and ultimately earned a commission as a Naval Officer. In 1998 the navy brought Will to Jacksonville where he continued to serve until his retirement in 2008. While in the navy, Will served in duty stations from Japan, to Hawaii, to the East Coast of the U.S. and conducted missions throughout the Western Pacific, Persian Gulf, and Counter-narcoterrorism Operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. Also, while serving in the navy Will earned his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. After retiring he began his law career as an Assistant State Attorney with the 4th Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville. Will is currently a senior trial attorney with The Law Offices of Ronald E. Sholes, P.A. serving all of Florida. Will began playing golf as a 21 year old while stationed in Japan and quickly grew to love the sport. Although not nearly a professional, his love and respect for the game has transferred to his son Charlie who is an active participant in NFJG and other junior golf in Florida. Will and his wife Melissa have three children – Madison, Natalie and Charlie – and live in St. Johns County.
Contact our junior golf foundation in Jacksonville, Florida, to speak with us about our membership options. We host junior golf tournaments for Boys and Girls ages 7-18 with seven different skill sets.