Professional Staff

  • Jim Howard, PGA - 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.
  • Stefan Brunt, PGA - Head Golf Professional

    • Stefan joined the professional staff in July of 2018 as the Head Golf Professional.  A graduate of the University of Florida, Stefan's golf career has spanned throughout the state of Florida to include Amelia Island, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, and Ponte Vedra from 2007-2015 where he was a member of the staff at Sawgrass Country Club.  Stefan and his wife Paula are excited to return to Ponte Vedra with their daughter Avery and son Evan.
  • Grace Hurley, PGA - Golf Retail Manager
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      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. 

  • Bob Wallace, PGA - First Assistant Golf Professional

    • Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Bob has spent the majority of his golf professional career in the Mid-Atlantic area. Bob was a member of the golf team at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and turned Professional in 1997.  Bob’s passion for the game includes playing competitively as well as teaching and coaching.  Elected to the PGA of America in 2009, Bob is an accomplished player and instructor and is recognized as a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level II Certified Golf Fitness instructor and a U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach.  Bob and his wife Diana relocated to Ponte Vedra Beach in 2012 as part of their “quality of life” move, and has been a member of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club Professional Staff since 2017.
  • Courtney Figueroa - Assistant Golf Professional
    • 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 - Assistant Golf Professional
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  • Milana Mervosh - Assistant Golf Shop Manager

    • Milana grew up in Spartanburg, SC.  She studied Exercise Science at Pfeiffer University where she also played 4 years of volleyball. Milana is now coaching volleyball for both Episcopal High School and JJVA.  She has been with the golf staff since August 2016. 
  • Tamara Barrus - Golf Shop Merchandiser
    • Tamara has recently relocated to Florida from New York with her husband and youngest daughter.  She has over 20 years of retail experience in visual merchandising and marketing, and has worked for various national retail & athletic companies, as well as regional companies in the northeast.  Her experience includes in-store merchandising & marketing, national & regional product launches, in-store holiday experiences, corporate training/liaison, and store openings across the country.  Her biggest passion was for her women's boutique, BeBe Mills, named after her three daughters, which she owned and operated for 5 years before moving to Florida.
  • Jay Reister - Director of Golf Course and Grounds
    • 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.