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College Golf Fellowship staff are real people who get where you’re at because each one of them has been there before–in golf, life and faith (even if you’ve never been in church before).
Check out their staff profiles, see where they went to college and why, and contact a staff member in your area. We’d love to connect with you!
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Steve lives just outside of Sacramento, California and covers the West Region for CGF. He was an All-American golfer at Stanford University from 1991-1995 and helped the Cardinal win a National Championship in 1994. While attending Stanford, Steve was a student leader with the Athletes-In-Action ministry and was a teammate with PGA Tour players Casey Martin, Notah Begay and Tiger Woods. After graduating, Steve went on to play professional golf for two years before God led him into full-time ministry. He served as a youth pastor for two years before joining the CGF team in 2001.
He graduated from Western Theological Seminary in 2004 with a Master’s of Divinity degree, and he has helped plant two churches in the Sacramento area. Steve has been married to his wife, Jenelle, since 2000, and they have two children—Jessica (born in 2004) and Zachary (born in 2007).
Steve works with colleges throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho and Utah.
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Brad resides near Dallas, Texas, and leads the Central Region for CGF. He was a 3-time All-Conference golfer at Pepperdine University from 1988-91. While in college, Brad was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ, youth ministry, and working with special-needs children. After graduating, Brad went to Dallas Theological Seminary and received his Master’s of Theology degree in 1996. While in seminary, he worked with high school and college students and served as an intern with College Golf Fellowship. He joined the CGF Staff full-time in 1996.
Brad has been married to his wife, Caprice, since 1993. They have been blessed with 4 special children. Darrin was adopted in 1999 as an infant and later was diagnosed with Autism. Abigail, adpoted in 2002 has the challenge of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). In 2005, the Paynes delivered their first biological child, Kailey. In 2007 they were blessed with their second biological child, Holly Rose.
Brad works with coaches and players throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado.
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Stephen resides just outside Birmingham, Alabama, and covers the Southeast Region for CGF. He is married to Lisa (1994) and they have two boys; Davis, born in 1997, and Walker, born in 2001. After graduating from the University of Alabama in 1993, he served on staff for Campus Crusade for Christ for five years—four years at Auburn University and one year in East Asia.
He has been working with College Golf Fellowship since 1998, and is passionate about helping young men break down misconceptions of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and helping them unpack the message of the Bible. He attended Birmingham Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Biblical Studies.
Stephen works with coaches and players throughout the southeast.
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Marcus joined the CGF staff in February of 2007, after playing professional golf for almost nine years. He currently resides in Argyle, TX and covers the South-Central Region for CGF. Marcus was an honorable mention All-American at the University of Texas and grew significantly in his faith during his college days through his involvement with Fellowship of Christian Athletes and College Golf Fellowship.
After graduating in May of 1998, Marcus played professional golf full-time on various developmental tours. One of the highlights of his career was qualifying for and playing in the PGA Texas Open in San Antonio. While competing, Marcus helped administer Bible studies on the Tightlies Tour, TearDrop Tour, NGA Hooters Tour, Gateway Tour, and Canadian Tour. Marcus has also ministered in various roles with many F.C.A. Junior Golf Camps. Throughout his nine-year professional golf career, God had been preparing Marcus for full-time Christian ministry. In 2007, Marcus’ desire to pursue a career on the PGA Tour was surpassed by his passion to build into young men and help them develop a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ.
Marcus is currently pursuing a Masters of Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary. Marcus has been married to his wife, Robin, since 2001. They have been blessed with two children, a son, Davis Graham Jones born in February of 2005 and a son, Avery Marcus Jones born in January of 2008.
Marcus works with schools throughout Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado.
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Korky came on staff in November of 2005. He currently resides in Greensboro, North Carolina and covers the East Region for CGF. Korky was an academic All-American at N.C. State University and grew significantly in his faith during his college days through his involvement with Athletes-In-Action and College Golf Fellowship.
After graduating in 1998, Korky played his way into the Top 25 of the National Amateur Rankings. He played professional golf for seven years– qualifying for two PGA Tour events, several Nationwide Tour events and winning various mini-tour events. Korky continued to serve God in ministry as a professional golfer– partnering with CGF whenever he could, leading the EGOLF Tarheel Tour Bible study, and serving as a counselor at multiple FCA Junior Golf Camps.
In 2005, Korky responded to the Lord’s call to full-time ministry and came on staff with CGF. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010 with a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies degree.
Korky has been married to his wife, Helen, since 1999. They have been blessed with three children, Wyatt (March 2006), Ellie (August 2007), and Chanler (February 2012). Korky works with schools throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida.
Matt Van Zandt
South Central Region
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Matt came on staff in June of 2011. He currently lives in Houston, TX and covers the South Central Region for CGF.
Graduating from Texas A&M University in May 2009, Matt was a four year letterman, three year captain, a Cleveland Academic All American in 2008, and was part of the team that won the 2009 NCAA Championship.
During his five years as an Aggie, Matt was actively involved with College Golf Fellowship. Through the encouragement of his local church body and also the College Golf Fellowship staff, Matt and his teammate, roommate, and PGA Tour player Martin Piller, began a Bible study for his team which carried on throughout his time there.
Matt studied accounting where he went on to work for Pricewaterhouse Coopers for two years after graduating. However, God was continually preparing Matt to enter into full time ministry as He opened doors to become a volunteer representative for College Golf Fellowship in Houston during his time in accounting. It was during that Matt realized that the one true passion he had was to see the Gospel spread throughout the college golf community thus leading to a full time position with CGF.
CGF was the vehicle that God used to bring Matt into relationship with Himself. Matt first accept Christ into his life in high school through a high school ministry. However, it was through CGF that God showed him what a life giving relationship with Christ looked like. Matt attended CGF events throughout his 5 years at Texas A&M and spent a great deal of time with Brad Payne, who became both a mentor and a close friend.
Matt works with players and coaches throughout Texas and Louisiana
John lives just outside of Birmingham, AL and covers the Southeast region for CGF. He played golf at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and started his involvement with CGF during his sophomore year of college when he attended a CGF retreat at Lee Janzen’s house.
After the retreat, he started investigating the Christian faith and meeting with local staff member Stephen Bunn. A few weeks later, John trusted in Christ and then continued to meet with Stephen for weekly Bible studies and one-on-one discipleship. As he grew in his faith, he attended many more retreats where he started leading small groups. Over the next two summers he worked at two Christian sports camps and God used this experience to equip John and lead him into full-time ministry.
After graduating from UAB in 2010, John served as an intern for CGF, and then joined the full-time staff in 2011. He is pursuing a Masters in Biblical Studies at Birmingham Theological Seminary. John works with teams in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
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Michael resides in Charlotte, North Carolina and covers the East region for CGF. He played golf at the University of Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2009. While at Penn, Michael captured medalist honors in the 2008 Ivy League Championship. In addition to his playing career, Michael served as Penn’s volunteer assistant coach in 2010. His faith journey was greatly influenced by his interactions with
several CGF staff and campus organizations like FCA and AIA.
After graduating from Penn, Michael went to play professional golf for one season, until God revealed different plans for his life. A career in full-time ministry began to take shape after he joined the internship program at his local church campus in Charlotte. After serving 9 months as an intern, Michael joined the church campus staff as a hospitality coordinator. His role exposed him to several
ministry disciplines including adult discipleship and pastoral care. Even though he no longer plays golf professionally, Michael continues to serve as one of the eGolf Tour Bible Study leaders.
In September of 2012, Michael joined the CGF Staff full-time. He works with schools throughout North and South Carolina, as well as the Northeast region.
North Central Region
Draegen was raised in Bixby, OK and currently lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Draegen played college golf at SMU in Dallas, TX and lettered all four years. During his freshman year, he was introduced to Brad Payne and began attending the weekly bible study with CGF. It was through these weekly studies and time with Brad that Draegen began investigating Christianity. By his final semester of college, after numerous discussions, conferences, and time with the CGF staff, the Lord won over Draegen’s heart with the gospel.
Upon graduation from SMU in 2010, Draegen went to work for Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City. During his employment, Draegen continued his involvement with CGF by conducting bible studies and developing new relationships with coaches and players in the Oklahoma City area. Through this, Draegen quickly realized that his passion was to spread the gospel through the college golf community thus leading him to a full time position with CGF.
Over the last three years, Draegen’s life has been drastically changed through his walk with Christ. It is undeniable that God has drawn him into relationship with Himself, blessed him with deep friendships, and given him a love for college golfers. He is looking forward to serving the college golf community and sharing the “good news” that we have in Jesus.
Draegen works with players and coaches throughout Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas.