JD Brake

Role: Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2010
Phone Number: 913.402.1001

JD Brake begins his 7th season as Head Golf Professional of the Nicklaus GC.  A Class “A” Professional since 1992, JD originally hails from Beatrice, NE.  He believes that keeping the game simple through proper fundamentals and using plain talk that is easy to understand are secrets to his teaching success. He has worked with all levels players from the most raw beginner to players on the Tour and has the experience to make the game enjoyable for everyone.  JD has been married to his wife Alison for 25 years and has two children, Jeffrey age 23 and Abbey age 20.

Jeff Kurdziel

Role: 1st Assistant Golf Pro
Serving Since: 2010

Jeff Kurdziel enters his 7th season at Nicklaus GC and his 17th year in the golf industry.  He has been teaching for eleven years and has had the pleasure from learning from some of midwest Kansas’ best teachers including former PGA tour player and current KSU head coach, Tim Norris.  Jeff grew up in Topeka, KS and upon graduating from Kansas State worked at Colbert Hills in Manhattan, KS for four years as a first assistant.  For the next two seasons, he was the General Manager and Class B Head Golf Professional at Wamego Country Club.  Jeff approaches each student’s swing individually and focuses on both the physical and mental part of the golf game. He has taught players of all levels from beginners and children to scratch golfers and collegiate players.  Jeff has been married to wife Leanne for just over 1 year.

Robert Russell

Role: Assistant Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2015

Robert Russell starts his first season at Nicklaus GC and comes to us from Shamrock Hills GC where he was the Apprentice Head Golf Professional. He is currently in the PGM Program working towards his Class A status. Robert attended the Kansas City Kansas Community College where he won the National Jr. College Championship.  He then went on to the UMKC where he was a 2-time All-American.  He played professionally for 10 years played in the 1999 U.S. Open. As a member of the Midwest Section PGA, Robert was the leading money-earner in 2015.  At Nicklaus GC Robert will be directly involved in all aspects of the golf operations and we are thrilled to have him on our team.  He resides in Overland Park and has been married for 13 years to his wife Tara.  They have two children, Lauren age 10 and Rhett age 5.

Skyler Arbuckle

Role: Assistant Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2015

Skyler will be in his first year at the Nicklaus GC working as an Assistant Golf Professional. He previously worked at Fred Arbanas Golf Course (Longview) for 7 seasons. This past summer he graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a degree in marketing, management, and human resource. Skyler looks to continue his education, and is starting the PGA’s PGM Program.  Hailing from Lee’s Summit Skyler is looking forward to the opportunity to work with all ages and levels of golfers. He was a three-sport athlete growing up before switching to golf full-time. He played golf in high school and while in college at Central Missouri and Missouri Southern. This season Skyler will be involved in: Junior Golf Programming, PeeWee Golf, Couples Golf, Lady Bug, as well as other golf related operations.