Golf Professional Staff

To contact a member of the Golf Shop staff please call (239) 353-2561 or via email at their address below.

  • T.K. Matthews, Director of Golf
    • Director of Golf
      (239) 353-2561 ext. 104

      T.K. Matthews was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. After high school, he attended the Air Force Academy where he played on the Division 1 basketball team and had hopes of becoming a pilot.

      His introduction to the golf business was at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. He then moved to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts where he started his PGA apprenticeship. Over the course of two years he traveled between Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard MA and The Vineyards in Naples FL to complete his PGA apprenticeship.

      His first Head Professional position was at Country Creek in Estero where he spent one year as a head professional prior to receiving his PGA status. He was then named the Head Golf Professional at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Florida where he spent three years before he transitioned to Bear’s Paw in Naples and spent the following eight years as their Head Golf Professional. Following Bear’s Paw, TK spent three years as Head Professional at Grey Oaks and most recently seven years as the Director of Golf at Countryside Golf & Country Club.

      TK has been a PGA member since 1991. He was twice awarded the Southwest Chapter PGA Horton Smith award for his work in education. He is married to Jane who is a chef at Glen Eagle. His son Michael recently graduated from Barron Collier and will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University.

  • Ellen Lamson, PGA Assistant Golf Professional
    • Assistant Golf Professional
      (239) 353-2561

      Ellen Lamson grew up in South Royalton, Vermont. After a successful junior golf career; which included multiple top ten finishes in the Women’s Vermont Amateur and being the Vermont Junior Girls’ Match Play Champion twice, she was recruited to play division 1 golf at the College of The Holy Cross, in Worcester, MA. She played as the number 1 and number 2 player for Holy Cross all four years and captained the women’s golf team.

      She began working in the golf business during the summer after her freshmen year of college at Eastman Golf Links in Grantham, New Hampshire. It was during that summer of work that she decided she wanted to become a PGA golf professional. After graduating from Holy Cross she began her PGA apprenticeship working as the Assistant Golf Professional at IMG Academies Golf & Country Club in Bradenton, FL where she worked for three seasons. As a seasonal golf professional she has also worked in the New England area for the past five summers as a teaching professional at a driving range in New Hampshire and as an Assistant Golf Professional at Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson, Massachusetts and Wedgewood Pines Country Club in Stow, Massachusetts.

      After working in Sarasota, FL for four winters she began working at Countryside Golf & Country Club in Naples, FL as the Assistant Golf Professional and has worked with TK Matthews for the past two seasons. She was elected to PGA membership in October of 2013.
      During her free time Ellen enjoys traveling, spending time with her family back in New England, playing golf, and enjoying the beautiful south Florida weather.

  • Patrick Lapointe, PGA Assistant Golf Professional
    • Patrick (Pat) grew up in New Hampshire where he attended The University of New Hampshire.  He also attended PGA Schools 1, 2 & 3.  In 1991 Pat was elected to the PGA of America.  He has resided in Bonita Springs for 23years and his hobbies include sports and travel.  He was also recently elected to the Quarter Century Club of the Professional Golfers Association of America for 25 years of service!

  • Janelle Varnes, Retail Manager
    • Retail Manager
      (239) 353-2561

      Janelle Varnes was born and raised in Naples FL. After attending college in Clearwater FL, she returned to Naples where she has spent the entirety of her career.

      Janelle was first introduced to the golf business when she started working the counter at Forest Glen Golf & Country Club. After only a few months on staff, she moved into Merchandising and spent the following four years as their Merchandising Manager. Following Forest Glen, Janelle moved to Countryside Golf & Country Club and spent the succeeding two years as their Merchandising Manager.

      In addition to her Merchandising career, Janelle is also a professional harpist. She has had numerous local appearances, and travels periodically to join several orchestras and productions in need of her specialized skill. Janelle has appeared on stages across the state accompanying singers such as Johnny Mathis, Bernadette Peters, Natalie Merchant and Kansas.