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Derek Gutierrez, PGA
Director of Golf / General Manager, Santa Ana Golf Club, Inc.  

Derek Gutierrez, a Native New Mexican, has been with Santa Ana Golf Corporation on the Santa Ana Pueblo for eighteen years and has served in the capacity of assistant golf professional, tournament director and head golf professional at Twin Warriors Golf Club from 2004 – 2013.  Derek was promoted to the position of director of golf operations at Santa Ana Golf Corporation in June of 2013 and his duties include overseeing both golf facilities and two restaurants; Prairie Star Restaurant and Wind Dancer Bar and Grill.  Elected to membership in the PGA of America in May of 2004 following graduation from the PGA of America’s Professional Golf Management Program, Derek received the prestigious Acushnet Scholarship in that same year recognizing the nation’s top PGA PGM graduates. As one of the first two graduates of the PGA PGM Program in the state to reach the status of head golf professional, Derek has an extensive background in tournament operations and served on several committees that organized many high profile events such as the 2003 and 2009 PGA Club Professional Championship, Nike Tour and Buy.com events, 1996, 2003 and 2010 NM Open, and the 1999 USGA Women’s’ Amateur Public Links Championship. He currently serves on the Sun Country Section PGA Board of Directors as president.  Additionally Derek has served on the PGA of America’s National Committee for Inclusion which is dedicated to attracting more minorities and women to the PGA of America.  He and the entire team at Santa Ana Golf Club, Twin Warriors Club, Prairie Star Restaurant and Wind Dancer Bar and Grill are committed to providing a memorable experience for all of our patrons and look forward to seeing you on our fairways and greens very soon!       


Dave Brown, PGA
Head Professional

Dave Brown has been involved with golf since age nine. Entering the golf business in 1981, he became a member of the PGA in 1986, and recently achieved Life Member Status. He has participated on various PGA committees, and served as the PGA Tournament Chairman for a period of five years. His professional experience includes three private clubs here in New Mexico during the 80’s and 90’s, before joining the Santa Ana team in 1998.

Dave has played in golf tournaments at most of the courses around the state for the past four decades, been involved on the administrative side of many high profile events in that time span, and feels that he knows “New Mexico Golf”, inviting you to Santa Ana for an enjoyable golf experience at one of the best the state has to offer.


Christopher Heslin, GCSAA
Course Superintendent


Christopher is a transplant from North East Ohio where he started his career as a golf course maintenance worker. Christopher enjoyed golf course work so much he switched from a business degree, and graduated with a Turf Management degree from The Ohio State University.  He worked at several high-end country clubs in NE Ohio and was the Sports Turf Manager at Kent State University.

Christopher came to New Mexico in 2008 to be closer to family members and worked at Pinon Hills Golf Course in Farmington.  He became Golf Course Superintendent at San Juan Country Club which hosted the region renowned San Juan Open. Most recently, Christopher was Sports Turf Manager for the City of Farmington, overseeing turf maintenance of all the city athletic fields including the prestigious Ricketts Field where the Connie Mack World Series is held annually. 

Christopher states, “I am happy to bring my knowledge and skills to Santa Ana Golf Club, and hope to be here for many years to come.”  
 

Derek Butt, GCSAA   
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

 


Sandy Lemon, PGA & LPGA
Corporate Director of Instruction

Sandy Lemon, over both Twin Warriors and Santa Ana,  is a PGA and LPGA Professional who has specialized in teaching for well over 20 years. She is an instructor of LPGA Golf Clinics for Women and has received the PGA Excellence in Education Award and was Section East Chapter Teacher of the Year. Sandy was a three time state golf champion in Virginia, Illinois and Georgia during which time she became an Inductee in the Southern Illinois University Hall of Fame. Sandy played on the Asian Golf Tour and the Futures Golf Tour. In addition to her extensive playing background, she has developed and implemented numerous golf schools, clinics, and tournaments. She held the Head Professional position at a 36 whole facility in Savannah, Georgia for 18 years. Her expertise is in the area of instruction and club fitting. Sandy was named Callaway Golf Club Fitter of the Year for 2005, and Top Ten for the last three years. 


Golf Shop Staff & Starters:

Steve Manning, PGA 
Javier Chavez, PGA Apprentice
Pat Murphy, PGA, 1st Assistant | Tournament Coordinator
Charlie Vasquez
Matt Montoya
Nuey Johnson
Larry Carroll
Bill Hicks


Khristian Leon, Outside Services Supervisor
 





 


Administration

Nanci Davis
Controller, Santa Ana Golf Club, Inc.  

Nanci Davis served as the Assistant Financial Manager for Santa Ana Golf Club from 1999 – 2003, and has recently returned to serve in the Controller position.
 
From 2004 to 2013, Nanci lived with her family in Denver, Colorado. She worked as the Founder and President of Basic Books Bookkeeping Solutions, Inc. located in Greenwood Village, Colorado.  Since forming the company with one client just over eleven years ago, Nanci has overseen the growth of the organization to its current position of over 120 clients serviced by a full time staff.  Basic Books provides comprehensive bookkeeping, accounting, tax, consulting and human resource services to companies and individuals of various sizes across a vast array of industries. 
 
Nanci has a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Business Computer Systems from New Mexico State University.  She has worked extensively in the accounting, finance, and human resources fields in both the public and private sectors prior to founding her own company.  In 2008, she was recognized as a Champion of Enterprise by the Denver Chapter of Sales Professionals International.  She is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and spent several years teaching Accounting and QuickBooks courses at the Accounting & Business School of the Rockies.
 
In addition to her professional work, Nanci has served as a volunteer in the Albuquerque and Denver educational and political communities.
 

Kathy Morrow, Human Resources/Payroll
Kathy Morrow joined Santa Ana Golf in 2009, first working in the Pro Shop, moving into the Accounting Department in 2012, and becoming the Human Resource Manager in 2015.   Kathy has lived in Albuquerque since 1983, coming from Joplin, MO.   She has played golf since the age of 8, starting in a free Parks & Recreation program, sponsored by the City of Joplin.   Swimming lessons were too costly, so golf it was!   She has maintained her love of golf over her lifetime.

Kathy brings an extensive management background to Santa Ana, having managed people & programs throughout her career, most recently in healthcare.   The last 10 years, Kathy has spent time doing the things she has always wanted, obtaining a BA in Interior Design in 2006, after many years of dabbling in the decorating field, as well as becoming more involved in ladies golf, allowing her to surround herself with the game she loves.  Kathy keeps herself busy in her spare time volunteering, chairing the Albuquerque Women’s Golf Championship, and any and all arts & crafts. 

Kathy plans to spend the last years of her career at Santa Ana Golf Club working with employees to continue to make it a great place to work, play, and dine for all who walk through the doors.  




Micah Jones, Executive Assistant | Web Manager
Micah Jones first came to work on the Santa Ana Golf Club property in 1999 as an administrative assistant with the Sun Country Section PGA, which was housed on the golf club.  After a six-year stint with the PGA, Micah was hired as an administrative assistant and benefits administrator for the golf corporation,  moving just across the lawn to her new office in 2005.  She is now executive assistant to Derek Gutierrez, assists with all four departments of the corporation and serves the SAGC, Inc. Board of Directors.  Micah also serves as the web and social media manager and assists with corporate marketing.  

Micah grew up in Dumas, TX and moved to Albuquerque in 1986, enrolling at UNM.  She worked in the food and beverage industry in sales, service and management while attending the university,  so she brings both F&B experience and PGA of America experience to the corporation.  Micah has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology and has completed the majority of work towards a Masters in Education with a Training & Learning Technology focus.   

Micah loves to hike with her dog and cook, and loves social media, even on her off time.  

Brian Lyle, PGA- Bookkeeper/Teaching Professional

 
 

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