Professional Staff

  • Jim Howard
    • Director of Golf

      Jim is a member of the PGA of America. Jim was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Jim has been married 36 years to Karin, and they have two adult daughters. In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and following the Gators in any sport they happen to be playing.
  • Courtney Figueroa
    • Courtney was born in Bronxville, New York and then moved to Naples, Florida.  She played golf on a full scholarship at Florida Gulf Coast University and studied elementary education.  She enjoys teaching, especially clinics for ladies and children. .
  • Chris Blackham
  • Bob Wallace
  • Grace Hurley

      Grace Hurley grew up in Washington State in the summers and spent her winters in Snowbird, UT. She obtained her Class A PGA Card from the University of Idaho,  where she also played Division 1 collegiate golf. 

  • Milana Mervosh
  • Ashley Markey
    • Ashley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She studied marketing, management and economics at Florida Atlantic University and is now also working for  She has been with the golf staff since June 2016. 
  • Tamara Barrus
  • Jay Reister
    • Golf Course and Grounds Superintendent

      Jay Reister, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club’s Golf Course and Grounds Superintendent, directs a staff of more than 40 landscape professionals to ensure that the Club’s two golf courses are maintained to the highest standards year round. Additionally, he oversees the manicuring and beautification of not only the Inn’s 300 acres but also the 10 acres featured at the neighboring Lodge & Club. A Ponte Vedra Beach native, his extensive golf course management career spans more than twenty-five years, the past sixteen at the Inn & Club. The Northern Chapter of the North Florida Section, PGA of America has recognized Jay as the 2014 Golf Course Superintendent of the Year. He was selected from superintendents throughout north Florida in recognition of his contributions to golf course conditions, labor and budget management and service to golf clientele.