Guest Speakers

Below is a list of our 2017 speakers, which will be updated as new speakers sign on. Check back for a complete daily schedule on the stage!

Jason Owens

For the past nine years, Jason Owens has served as Waverley’s PGA Director of Player Development. He has spent 20+ years studying and teaching alongside the game’s most prominent teachers. Jason was the Oregon Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year in 2013 and 2014, 2013 Pacific Northwest Section PGA Teacher of the Year, and has coached four-consecutive Oregon Class 6A High School State Champions. Jason aims to help each golfer solidify the basic fundamentals of the game, while achieving their own personal goals. Jason is an ambassador for TaylorMade Golf and Flightscope, as well as a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute. He is passionate to coach and practice with golfers of all levels of ability.

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith is a PGA Professional at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, and past Oregon Chapter and Pacific Northwest Section PGA Teacher of the Year. He has been recognized by GOLF magazine and Golf Digestas a top instructor both regionally and nationally, and featured in articles in The Wall Street Journal, Golf Digest and GolfWeek. Christopher is also the Guinness World-Record Holder in Speedgolf, having shot an amazing 65 in just 44 minutes carrying only six clubs at the Chicago Speedgolf Open in 2005. He is the orchestrator of the Train2Trust instruction and coaching programs, author of I’ve Got 99 Swing Thoughts but ‘Hit the Ball’ Ain’t One (Crown, 2007), and the creator of the neuroscience-based audio CD, “Better Golf.” In addition, Christopher is a longtime advisor and consultant with Nike and Nike Golf.

Chris Woods

Chris Woods is the GolfTEC City Manager and director of instruction at GolfTEC Beaverton. Woods started his career in golf at the Golf Academy of America, where he received his associates degree in golf business management in 1999. After working at golf courses in the Southern California area, Chris quickly moved up to head golf professional and general manager at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente, Calif. Since moving back to the Portland area and joining the GolfTEC team in 2010, he has become a Certified Club Fitter and taught thousands of lessons. Chris has a passion for coaching and enjoys helping his students reach their goals. Whether you are a low-handicap player and just looking to make one or two adjustments in your swing or someone that has never played the game before, Chris is ready to help you improve your game. For more information about fees and instruction, please visit www.golftec.com/portland.

Jake Bader

Jake Bader has been coaching golf for more than 20 years, starting in the early ’90s as a junior golfer, teaching fellow juniors at Three Rivers Golf Course in Kelso, where his father was a PGA general manager. As the director of instruction at GolfTEC Cascade Station for the past eight years, Jake has taught over 15,000 lessons and coached 300-plus players to their career-low round, including six club champions and 20-plus students that have earned college scholarships. Jake’s focus is in ball control, short game mastery and mental approach. As a second-generation PGA member, Jake has much to offer all skill levels of golfers, from learning as a beginner to winning tournaments.

Brad Hunter

Brad A. Hunter is a PGA member and Certified Personal Coach at GolfTEC in Tualatin. Brad began playing golf at the age of 14 and soon fell in love with the challenges that golf could offer over any other sport. After completing his high school career, Brad played collegiately at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash., receiving all-region awards both years. After school, Brad turned to the San Diego Golf Academy to learn more about the business of golf, before spending eight years as an assistant golf professional at numerous clubs. Brad joined the GolfTEC team in March of 2013 and has taught over 5,000 lessons with the company. An avid tournament golfer himself, Brad thoroughly enjoys watching clients break their career-low rounds and achieve personal goals.

John Grothe

John Grothe is currently the head golf professional at Willamette Valley Country Club. John was born and raised in Carmel, Calif., and played his first round of golf, at the age of 18, at Pebble Beach. John continued his golfing career at the University of California – Davis, before entering the PGA program in 1998 at Pumpkin Ridge. His career quickly brought him back to Pebble Beach, where he was an assistant professional at the fabled golf links for five years. John returned to Oregon for good when Bandon Dunes was searching for a head professional in 2002, eventually becoming the resort’s director of golf. Most recently, John was at the OGA Golf Course as the head professional, a position he held for five years. At the OGA Golf Course, John led many player development programs and was awarded the 2015 Player Development Award from the PNW PGA. He was also awarded the 2008 Oregon PGA Professional of the Year and has also received awards for his junior golf program and golf shop merchandising. Grothe is a director for the Oregon PGA Board and serves on the OPGA Mentoring Committee, as well as the Player Development Committee. John also serves on the Executive Committee for the Children’s Cancer Association and passionately supports the Evans Scholar Foundation, which provides college scholarships to caddies.

Tara Tokonitz

Tara Tokonitz, Topgolf Hillsboro’s Director of Instruction, has been a PGA Class A professional since 2009 after graduating from Methodist University with a bachelor’s in business administration and professional golf management. Her passion for the game has taken her across the country, working at numerous top-100 golf courses. Tara grew up outside Philadelphia and developed a passion for golf at an early age. She started her career as a caddie, soon progressing to position of assistant golf professional and, eventually, head golf professional. Over the years, she has accumulated ample experience in running tournaments, junior golf clinics and individual lessons. While playing collegiate golf at Methodist University, she realized her true passion was to bring new golfers into her favorite game. Her personal experiences as a student, player and manager are reflected in her teaching philosophy. She believes that the best way to improve the game is to have fun while doing it and that a good attitude is as important as a good swing. She endeavors to make every lesson fun, engaging, and relaxed while providing personalized solutions to help improve the individual’s game. As a part of the Topgolf team, Tara is excited to help you improve your game in an enjoyable and fun atmosphere.

Ryan Rysdam

Ryan grew up in rural Eastern Oregon, where he excelled in football and several track events. He became fascinated with how the body moves and getting the most power out of it. Choosing the city over the farm he moved here in 2001 and found his love of not only helping people but thinking outside the box and finding the most bio-mechanically correct equipment.

Dr. Aaron Anderson

Dr. Anderson received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2008. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, after which he pursued a fellowship in sports medicine at Boise State University with the Idaho Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Anderson treats all aspects of musculoskeletal medicine with a focus on sports injuries. His goal is to treat musculoskeletal pathology with the most minimally invasive approaches possible with techniques in which he specializes. Accompanied by his sweet wife and two children, Dr. Anderson found his way to the beautiful Northwest where he enjoys running and biking. Other hobbies include music and movies as well as a newfound love of reading.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller received his Master of Physical Therapy in 1994 from the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks, N.D. His primary focus is in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and he’s received certification as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. Matt’s philosophy of patient care is that everyone is unique with different needs and concerns, and that even though he treats a diagnosis, he remains mindful that treatment is for the “whole” person. Away from work, Matt enjoys mountain biking, hiking and spending as much time as possible with his wife and two sons.

NOTE: Times subject to change. Check back frequently for an updated schedule!
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Friday
12:00Mark Keating, Head Professional, OGA Golf Course
1:15Jason Owens, Director of Instruction, Waverly G.C.
2:30Brad Hunter, GolfTEC
3:45Matt Miller, Physical Therapist at The Vancouver Clinic -- Repetitive Back Injuries
Saturday
10:00Chris Woods, GolfTEC
11:15Dr. Aaron Anderson, The Vancouver Clinic -- Tendon Pain
12:30First Tee of Greater Portland / Oregon Junior Golf
1:45Tara Tokonitz, Topgolf Hillsboro
3:00Ryan Rysdam, NW Fitness
Sunday
10:00Christopher Smith, PGA Professional, Pumpkin Ridge G.C.
11:15Jake Bader, GolfTEC
12:30John Grothe, Head Professional, Willamette Valley Country Club
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