Start your youngster on the path to success with the junior golf tournaments from our organization. At the North Florida Junior Golf Foundation in Jacksonville, Florida, we serve the needs of each of our young members.
Jack Aschenbach – Executive Director
PGA Golf Professional – email@example.com
Jack Aschenbach has been the Executive Director since 2012 and is a well-recognized and respected professional in the PGA, Northern Chapter of the North Florida Section PGA and our North Florida Communities.
Jack is the past President of the Northern Chapter, North Florida PGA where he served in office from October 2008 – August 2014 and continues to serve today on various committees. His professional golf career started in June of 1995 at Mayport Golf Club (1995-1999). Jack then was hired on with ClubCorp of America for the next eight years where he worked at Deercreek Country and Queen’s Harbour Yacht and Country Club (1999-2006). He was elected into PGA Membership in 2003 later becoming the Head Golf Professional at Queen’s Harbour Yacht and Country Club (2003-2006) with a follow on six year stay at Amelia National Country Club before taking over and revamping the NFJG Foundation and Tour.
Jack is a decorated Veteran of the United States Navy, serving our Nation for 23 years and is a 19 time PGA Award Winner.
Jack was inducted into the North Florida PGA “Hall of Fame” in May of 2020 and was the recipient of the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Northern Chapter and North Florida Section PGA Youth Player Development Award and was the 2014 Northern Chapter and Section PGA Professional of the Year. He also was named the 2011 Northern Chapter PGA Professional of the Year in concert with receiving the 2011 Bill Stausbaugh Award . A three-time recipient of the “Patriot Award” and a five-time recipient of the Northern Chapter and North Florida Section Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award.
Jack’s outstanding contributions in the promotion and development of junior golf, reflect the ideals of those who work with youth. His distinguished service in mentoring other PGA professionals, integrity and character reflect positively upon the profession and outstanding involvement in charitable and community affairs.
Jack is a proud native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin raised in a family of 11 brothers and sisters and has lived in Jacksonville for the past 25 years. He is married to his wife Debbie for over 42 years. They have two adult children, Sara and Shawn and two grandchildren Jordyn and Jaxsyn. Jack Loves fishing and watching his Green Bay Packers!
Gary Murfitt – Tournament Day Coordinator – Rules Official
PGA Professional – UNF Golfplex
Gary grew up in the small town of Brook Indiana. He played golf 4 years on his varsity High School Golf Team and set all the schools scoring records. In his junior year he was selected onto the All American High School Golf Team. That year he shot 65, 6 times, also finishing 3rd place in the state finials. He went on to play for Ball State University for 2 years, and played in the NCAA Championship his freshman year. Gary moved to Florida in 1984, and turned professional. He played the Space Coast Tour for 5 years in the early 1980’s. He starting working at Hyde Park Golf Club in 1986 and went into the PGA Program were he spent most of his career until June 2017, as Head Golf Professional and Instructor. He has been teaching golf for the last 36 years and now is able to focus on teaching the game he loves full time to golfers of all ages, beginners to professional. He also enjoys working with the North Florida Junior Golf Tour, mentoring and coaching juniors in this wonderful game. Wife: Laura, Children: Johnny and Michelle, Grandchildren: Nicole, Sierra, Riley and Ellie.
Lynne Kirkpatrick – Golf Development Lead Instructor / Rules Official
LPGA Golf Professional – University of North Florida
Lynne has been a rules official with NFJG since the summer of 2007. Actively involved in growing junior golf Lynne is the NFJG Duval County Middle School Golf Coordinator and the TEE IT UP Coordinator. Lynne’s children Kyle, Sean and Brian have also participated in the program.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Lynne was introduced to golf through a junior program. She competed in city and state tournaments throughout her junior years. Lynne attended Appalachian State University and played on the women’s golf team.
Lynne is currently an LPGA Teaching Instructor at the GolfPlex @ University of North Florida. She is also the Head Golf Coach for the Bishop Kenny High School Girl’s golf team. Her passion is in junior golf having developed and conducted many junior programs in the area.
Jody is currently a LPGA Apprentice working towards her membership into the LPGA. She is the 1st Assistant/Pro Shop Manager at Deercreek Country Club and worked at Hidden Hills Country Club from 2009-May 2017. Prior to Hidden Hills she worked at Deercreek Country Club (2003-2009) and Mill Cove Golf Course (2001-2003).
Born and raised in Orange Park, Jody would play golf periodically with her dad, aunt and uncle growing up. Her teenage and college years were spent playing volleyball. After graduating from Flagler College, Jody’s afternoons, evenings and weekends consisted of coaching high school and travel volleyball teams. Weekday mornings she would head up to Mill Cove and play golf. This is when her passion and love for the game ignited and would lead to her first job and future in the golf industry.
Susan Waite – Rules Official
PGA Professional – The First Tee of North Florida
As a Navy Brat, I had the privilege of living in Italy while I was in sixth and seventh grade, living on the United States Naval Academy during eighth, ninth and tenth grade, before settling in Jacksonville to round out my High School years as a Robert E. Lee Fighting General!
I’ve always enjoyed sports, and as a young girl learned to play soccer in the streets of Naples, Italy. However, upon returning to the States, soccer wasn’t too popular and I turned to basketball and softball. In college, during a one-year sabbatical between my sophomore and junior years, I was fortunate enough to take up The Game of Golf, played everyday, and eventually “walked on” to the Lady Gator Golf Team. During college I found myself constantly seeking part-time summer and holiday breaks working in the golf business at various country clubs. Upon graduating from The University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications, my love of golf (and connections made therein) lead to a sales position with IZOD LaCoste in Pittsburgh, PA.
Using my amateur golf skills as a means to succeed in the “real working world” (again, all the connections made on the golf course) I was encouraged to turn my love of The Game into a profession. I accepted a full-time position in the Ponce de Leon Golf Shop, and after two failed attempts, practiced hard and long enough to pass the PGA Player Ability Test.
After enjoying 20 years as an assistant golf professional at The Ponce, Deercreek Country Club, and San Jose Country Club, as a First Tee Coach, and a Rules Official with The North Florida Junior Golf Tour, I can now enjoy and experience what I never played…Junior Golf!
Mark Heeter – Rules Official
Mark Heeter has been a rules official with NFJG TOUR since the spring of 2015.
Mark was born and raised in northern Ohio. He spent the majority of his working career in the automotive and trucking industry. His skills and training led him to the management side of the business and for 18 years, as Service Director, he led an award-winning service department of a Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep dealership.
Mark started golfing at the age of 14, but was focused on pole vaulting throughout high school and into college. As an adult his focus changed to the game of golf, where he played on several golf leagues and begin spending time on his game in hopes of moving to Florida some-day to pursue a career as a professional golfer.
In 1999 Mark moved to Jacksonville Florida to pursue his dream. In an effort to help fund his training, Mark joined Windsor Parke Golf Club as a member but was soon offered a position as an assistant in the golf shop. Having a solid business background, he entered the PGA training program and in 2004 was offered and accepted the position of Head Golf Professional/Director of Golf at Windsor Parke. He remained in that capacity till 2015 when the course was sold and Mark retired.
Mark traded his dream of becoming a professional golfer for being an excellent golf professional, honing his teaching skills, conducting successful junior golf camps and helping junior golfers pursue their dreams. His knowledge of the game, his easy-going attitude, sense of humor, and admiration for the kids that play the game, make him a good fit for the NFJG team.
Mike Charrie- Rules Official
Mike has been a Rules Official for NFJG since the summer of 2016. He is a Jacksonville native & attended Flagler College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management which lead to working in the golf industry at St. Johns Golf Club, then an internship with The First Tee, both while he finished his degree. Then he moved around the country working in the golf industry. The first stop was in Las Vegas at the Southern Nevada Golf Association (SNGA) working mostly on tournaments, course ratings, handicaps, sponsorships, and the marketing/website of the Association. Another stop was in New Jersey working for the United States Golf Association (USGA) as a Rules of Golf Associate as well as in the Course Rating/Handicapping department. During these times, Mike has been a Rules Official for numerous large scale & high-level events such as the Princeton Invitational, Nevada State Championships, collegiate conference championships (Ivy League & WAC), and two national championships (WAPL & Senior Amateur).
After a few years away, Mike returned home and attended Jacksonville
University to earn his MBA with double concentrations in management and
finance/accounting, producing a 3.83 GPA and Magna Cum Laude honors.
Mike is currently working as the Jacksonville Tour Director for the Golf Channel Amateur Tour as well as working on staff at their Southeast Majors and National Championships. Mike also works part-time at Hidden Hills Golf Club, Duval County middle school instruction/coordination, occasionally with the First Tee of North Florida, and of course, NFJG.
Mike is passionate about junior golf and enjoys giving back to junior golf both in
time and finances and has been working on doing so since he returned to Jacksonville in
2014. Mike most recently was elected to the Board of Directors for the Moore-Myers
Children’s Fund which is a Junior Golf based charity that has the mission of enhancing
juniors’ golf game and lives by helping them grow as players and people, feeding them
into competitive arenas such as NFJG, and hopefully into college scholarships.
Charles Collings – Rules Official
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