Assistants Information

Assistants Information


The mission of the Illinois PGA Assistants' Committee is to provide access to information, both career orientated and otherwise, in an effort to develop all Assistant professionals within the Illinois PGA into well rounded and prepared golf professionals.

2020 - Mentor List:
A note from the Chairman: "The Assistants Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the Mentor List. The Mentor List includes PGA Professionals who are experts in various areas. These professionals have graciously offered their time to mentor and assist Assistant Golf Professionals and Associates.

  • Jon Duppler, PGA: Head Golf Professional, Elgin Country Club
  • Dave Lundy, PGA: Head Golf Professional, Mt. Hawley Country Club
  • Shaun McElroy, PGA: Head Golf Professional, North Shore Country Club
  • About Shaun: Shaun McElroy started his career going through the Golf Professional Management Program, graduating with an Acushnet Scholarship in 2007. Shaun has worked across the country, most notably as the First Assistant/Head Golf Professional at The Estancia Club in Scottsdale, AZ (2009-2013), Director of Golf at Shooting Star in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (2013-2016), and now in his current position as the Head Golf Professional at North Shore Country Club (2017-). Shaun was named Merchandiser of the Year in 2015 (Rocky Mountain PGA), and 2018 (Illinois PGA). Shaun and his team were finalists for the National Merchandiser of the Year in 2016. Throughout Shaun's career, he has helped many assistants reach leadership roles, helping place 3 Assistants into Head Professional/DOG roles in the past 6 years, in addition to helping many others advance into Senior Assistant roles. Former Assistant Professionals that worked with Shaun are in current leadership roles at Country Club of the Rockies (CO), Spanish Peaks (MT), and Shooting Star (WY). Career advancement for Assistant Professionals is one of Shaun's most passionate endeavors and he genuinely enjoys helping others succeed.
  • Nick Papadakes, PGA: Head Golf Professional, Onwentsia Club
    • Email:
    • Phone Number: (847) 810-0710
    • Mentoring Areas: Career/Interviewing, Merchandising and Tournaments
  • About Nick: Nick got into golf because of the Masters; the tournament was the reason he wanted to get into the golf industry. He gained his membership through the apprentice program and was first an Assistant Golf Professional at Sawgrass Country Club. When he moved to Illinois, he was first an Assistant Professional at Conway Farms Golf Club, then had the title of Head Professional at Old Elm Club. He is currently the Head Professional at Onwentsia Club, where he is going into his sixth season. He is also the Vice President of the Illinois PGA Section, along with being involved with many other industry boards. Nick is a fantastic career mentor and is quick to help young golf professionals in all aspects of their careers.
  • Carson Solien, PGA Head Golf Professional, Oak Park Country Club
  • About Carson: Carson grew up in Minnesota, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he played on the golf team for four years. Carson had worked as an Assistant Golf Professional for 11 years with stops at various clubs across the country, which included Willowbend Country Club on Cape Cod, The Reserve Club in Palm Desert, California, and Aronimink Golf Club in Philadelphia. Carson had joined the apprentice program during his time at Willowbend, and was elected to membership in 2014. He was hired as the Head Golf Professional at Oak Park Country Club in the Spring of 2018. 

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Ryan Peavey


Assistants Committee:

Ryan Peavey, Chairman
Knollwood Club

Andrew Braun
Country Club of Peoria

Claire Castetter
Onwentsia Club

Kyle Donovan
Oak Park Country Club

Chris Ioriatti
Mistwood Golf Club

Jason Moss
Old Elm Club


Mike Troy
Zigfield Troy Golf


Carly Schneider
Ruth Lake Country Club 

Taylor Lambertsen
Exmoor Country Club