Matthew Gordon, PGA Director of Instruction

I began the game of golf at the age 3 and have since dedicated over twenty years to working with others to help make golf more enjoyable. I started my career assisting with the opening of Hartefeld National in 1995 in beautiful Avondale, PA. This is where my passion for teaching developed. In 2000 my first golf academy opened at Chisel Creek in Landenberg, PA and remained until 2007 when my wife and I decided to move south to enjoy golf (and the beach) more year round. 
Since moving from Wilmington, DE to Wilmington, NC, I had the privilege to work at the esteemed Bald Head Island Country Club which led me to the fabulous teaching facility at Magnolia Greens in Leland, NC which is now my "home away from home".  
When I'm not on the course, I'm enjoying time with my family at the beach, outside playing lacrosse or golf with my kids and just enjoying living in beautiful southeastern coastal Carolina.

Jay Zahran, Assistant Golf Instructor

Jay studied Golf Operation under Class A PGA Master Golf Professional, Gordon Fulp, in 1982.
Bryan Park in Greensboro, NC 1986-1989 – Managed Super Camps, taught golf lessons and also operated the driving range. 
Cardinal Country Club 1990 - Completed 6-month apprenticeship under Class A PGA Professional; successfully passed the PAT and Rules Test.  Was the First Assistant Golf Professional; responsible for entire golf operation, pro shop, lessons, tournaments, clinics, junior interclub, club repair, sales, merchandising, club fitting, etc. 
Forest Oaks Country Club, 1998-2001 – Worked with course Superintendent, Dan Winters.  PGA Site of the Greater Greensboro Open. 
In 2003 worked as an Assistant Golf Professional at Ocean Ridge Plantation. 
From 1990-2003 played tournament golf in the Carolinas PGA Section and also participated in the qualifying rounds for the U.S. Open, the Kemper Open and the Greater Greensboro Open. 

Matt 7-iron video

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Abby Byrd, PGA

Hello!  My name is Abby Byrd, and I have been a golf professional in the area for the last 6 years.  If you made the trip over to Bald Head Island and played golf,  you probably saw me there!  I am joining the Gordon Golf Academy from Cape Fear Country Club, and I am so excited to join Matt and his team of excellent instructors.  

Now a little bit more about my background.  I started playing golf in middle school and through some hard work and lots of fun I earned a scholarship to play golf at East Carolina University.  I was the Conference USA Player of the Year in 2008 and 2010, won two individual events, and was the East Carolina Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2010.  After college I played professional golf on the Symetra Tour for two years before I decided to start working in the golf business.  I have a passion for teaching all levels golf golfers and making golf a fun, welcoming game for all players!


Abby Byrd, PGA