COACHING & INSTRUCTION
RODNEY YOUNG – PGA GENERAL MANAGER
A native Oklahoman, Rodney has played golf for 40 years and has been a PGA Golf Professional member since 1993. He began collegiate golf at the University of Oklahoma and then finished with All-America and Academic All-America honors at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.
After graduation, Rodney worked at Oakwood Country Club in Enid, Okla., until achieving PGA Membership. He then moved to La Quinta, California, to work and assist in the opening of Rancho La Quinta Country Club, four-time host to The Skins Game.
In 1996, Rodney went to work at Castle Pines International in Castle Rock, Colo., and assisted with the PGA TOUR International Golf Tournament before moving back to the Desert to be the Head Golf Professional at Desert Willow Golf Resort and Mission Hills Country Club. While back in the Desert, Rodney assisted the hosting of four Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational’s and two Kraft Nabisco LPGA Major Championships, respectively.
Rodney became the General Manager/Director of Golf at Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert, Calif., in 2001, where he was able to increase facility revenues nearly 100% from $5M to $10M annually and was named by Golf Inc. in 2005 as one of the Nation’s Most Admired Operators.
In 2007 Rodney moved back to his roots to join the University of Oklahoma and the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club. While at the OU Golf Club, Rodney has overseen the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, the 2010 Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship, 2012 NCAA Men’s Regional, 2013 NCAA Women’s Regional, 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, as well as many other qualifiers and events. Over 12 million dollars in course and facility renovations have occurred under his watch since his arrival in 2007.
SEBASTIEN COURTOIS – PGA ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL
A native of Paris, France, Sebastien has played golf for 27 years.
Before moving to Norman he participated in the Leadbetter Golf Academy in Paris for two years to improve and learn more about the game. He then went on to manage the Callaway Golf Event for South Europe.
Sebastien moved to Norman in 2006 and has been with the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club since his move to Oklahoma. He participated in the organization and operation of the 2009 Amateur Public Links Championship and is a certified club fitter with Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade and Titleist.
In 2012, he also became level 2 Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified.
In addition to helping run the Golf Shop, he also teaches lessons and clinics.
Please feel free to call 405-229-4690 to set up a lesson or a custom club fitting.
Hunter Smith – ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL
A native of Norman, OK. Hunter has played golf for 21 years.
Hunter attended Norman High, followed by the University of Oklahoma. His passion for golf runs deep, and is excited to help improve your game! As well as teaching Hunter is in charge of the outside service staff, and helping run the golf shop here at the Jimmie. Contact him today to inquire about Merchandise, lessons and clinics.
TYLER WOODWARD – PGA HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL
Tyler is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, with a Business Management and Business Marketing degrees. Born in Edmond, Okla., Tyler has been a Golf Professional at Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club since 2006, and the Head Golf Professional since 2014.
He has played golf for 31 years and is Class A PGA Member. He enjoys teaching both junior and adult golf lessons, as well as operating a club repair business. Tyler stays up to date with the new clubs and equipment that come to the retail market and is a Certified Club fitter for PXG, Taylormade, Titleist, Callaway, and Ping.
Tyler was one of the Volunteer Chairs and was very involved with the organization and operation of the 2009 USGA Amateur Public Links Championship, 2010 Women’s Big XII Championship, and Tournament Director for the 2012 & 2018 NCAA Men’s Regional, the 2013, 2019 NCAA Women’s Regional, and the 2013 USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.
JOHNNY JOHNSON – PGA DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION
A native of Stroud, Okla., Johnny has been playing and working in the golf industry for 40 years. He played collegiately at Central State University and in 1986, became the Assistant Golf Professional at Cushing Country Club, where he was promoted to Head Golf Professional just six months later.
Johnny left to take the same position at Stroud Municipal Golf Course in 1992 and later became the Head Golf Professional at Eagle Crest Golf Course in Muskogee, Okla., in 1996.
In 2004, Johnny and his family moved to the Norman area when he became the Tournament Director at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club.
He is now the Director of Instruction at Jimmie Austin and has seen the course emerge as one of the best public facilities in the state. Johnny has been a Golf Professional for 25 years and a proud member of the PGA for 20 years.
He has served as Tournament Director for the South Central Section and a rules official for the NCAA Championship, Nike Tour and the Big 8 Conference. Johnny served as Golf Coach at the Special Olympic World Games held in North Carolina and was one of five Golf Professionals from the South Central Section to qualify and compete in the 2009 National Senior Club Professionals Championship.
He is a certified club fitter with Ping and Titleist and is very qualified with all golf club manufacturers. He enjoys teaching, organizing, and running golf events.
Custom Club Fitting
The Sooner Golf Academy at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club employs the use of the Foresight launch monitor system that uses the same 3D Doppler tracking radar technology to provide accurate distances, club speed and ball speed to the amateur golfer with the same data that pros depend on to hone their skills.
PXG PARSONS EXTREME GOLF
Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) was founded in September of 2014 by well-known businessman, philanthropist and golf nut Bob Parsons. PXG was born out of Parsons’ desire to make the world’s best golf equipment. Looking to be custom-fitted, The Jimmie is your hub for PXG custom fitting experience. Contact our Head Professional Tyler for more information on how to schedule your fitting!
THE TAYLOR MADE SELECT FIT SYSTEM
Featuring this year’s Hottest Taylormade Equipment.
The TaylorMade SelectFit System allows us to quickly and easily experiment with different shafts and head combinations without sacrificing feel or performance of the golf club.
The TaylorMade SelectFit System cart utilizes multiple driver heads of various lofts and models. Along with the heads the cart offers more than a dozen driver shafts of varying lengths, flexes and kick points.
THE PING FITTING CART & SYSTEM
The cart was designed to equip golf retailers a functional cart, providing all the tools for custom fitting.
The cart is also required to function both indoors and outdoors and provide security for the high end products it displays.
It not only performs well, but is extremely durable.
THE TITLEIST SURE FIT GOLF BAG
It is all about confidence, in your game and your equipment. That’s why Titleist designs the highest performing equipment and offers the most precise club fitting experience in the game.
Titleist’s approach to fitting begins with a unique understanding of players’ performance needs born from working with PGA Tour players, PGA Professionals and amateurs serious about getting better.
Our highly skilled team of fitters utilizes the most advanced tools to help players optimize driver performance, make iron play more precise, dial in their wedges and fine-tune set compositions.
If you would like to receive more information about golf lessons and other instructional programs at Jimmie Austin Golf Club, please contact one of our Golf Professionals at 405.325.6716.