General Manager | White Oak & Canongate I
Serving since 2015
Joe Russello, a graduate of the Golf Academy of the South, has been in the golf business for the past 18 years. He began as an assistant golf pro with a passion to teach. In the beginning he spent a lot of time instructing while in Massachusetts and continued to teach when he decided to move to Georgia. It was here when he became a Head Golf Professional and eventually promoted to General Manager. Joe has worked with several different properties within the Sequoia/ClubCorp portfolio and enjoys all of the different challenges it brings. His focus is to provide member and guest satisfaction through quality management on a daily basis. When Joe is not working he enjoys fitness workouts, golfing, exploring new restaurants with his wife and spending time with his dog, Sal.
Food & Beverage Director | White Oak
Serving since 2012
770-251-6700 ext. 8
Michele Haase is originally from Rochester, New York. She graduated from Paul Smiths College and Niagara University with AAS and BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management. After working at The Gateway Catering Company for 6 years, Michele moved to Knoxville, Tennessee with her husband. She accepted a position at Fox Den Country Club for 13 years as the Clubhouse Manager. Then the family relocated to Newnan and Michele started working for White Oak Golf Club in 2012.
Serving since 2017
Tiffany Allen comes to us from the Clubs of Peachtree City where she served as both Member Relations Director and Membership Manager. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sports Management from Georgia Southern University and previously worked for the Fayette Chamber of Commerce with oversight of events and membership engagement.
Head Golf Professional | Canongate I
Serving since 2006
770-463-3342 ext. 2
Eddy Young is a native of Atlanta. Raised in the Cascade Heights area just north of Canongate 1. Eddy attended Southwest Atlanta High school and graduated from Georgia Southern with a degree in Criminal Justice. His first job in the golf industry was in the DeKalb County public course system first serving at Sugar Creek Golf Course and then at Mystery Valley. The first head professional job was at Riverside Golf and Country club in Macon, Georgia. After leaving Macon to return home he was the Head Professional at Hidden Hills Country club in Stone Mountain. Eddy became the golf professional at Canongate 1 in 2006 where he proudly serves our members.
Head Golf Professional | White Oak
Serving since 2012
770-251-6700 ext. 2
Sean Renaud is originally from Cocoa Beach, Florida. With both his grandfather and father being PGA Golf Professionals, Sean had an early start in this profession. Sean got accepted into the Professional Golf Management College at Mississippi State University. In 1997, he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Degree with a major in Marketing. Sean currently is the Head Golf Professional at White Oak. His hobbies include golfing, poker and grilling out with friends. His favorite college to root for is Mississippi State and he is a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
Director of Instruction
Serving since 2014
One of America’s Junior Golf Leaders is coaching in Peachtree City, GA @ Braelinn Golf Club.USKIDS Golf awarded Chris Knobloch their Top 50 Master Kids Teacher status in 2011 & 2017 Georgia’s Youth Development Leader. Chris brings his energy, enthusiasm and colorful style to every lesson/program with a continual desire to see his students improve. A mix of GAME based Learning Experience, creating a PLAYful Atmosphere, using TECHnology to Entertain and Educate along with his hands-on coaching has impacted thousands of golfers of all ages. Chris has been playing golf for over 40 years and teaching kids since 1987.Awards & Certifications2019 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional2017 Georgia PGA Youth Development Leader2008 Georgia PGA Growth of the Game Professional27 Year PGA MemberDiscover Golf Coach & Ambassador2011 USKIDS Golf TOP 50 Master Kids Teacher2008, 2009, 2010 USKIDS Golf TOP 50 Kids TeacherUSKIDS Golf Certified Coach – 1st Class of Certified CoachesTATHAT...
Golf Instructor & Club Fitter | Canongate 1
Serving since 2007
Brandon is originally from Mobile, AL. Brandon has been playing golf since the age of six, and has built an impressive resume as both an amateur and professional golfer. As a junior golfer, he was a full-time student at the IMG/David Ledbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He played his collegiate golf at the University of North Alabama. As a professional, he has twice represented Georgia as a member of the Georgia PGA Assistants Cup team and was the 2012 Georgia PGA Assistants Champion. A talented club-fitter with ten years of experience to his credit, Brandon has a wealth of knowledge about the scientific aspects of ball flight and how to make a club perform its best for each player. He is a Certified Flightscope professional, trained in the use of radar-based launch monitors. He is also certified by Eyeline Golf as a 4PE putting instructor, US Kids Golf, the Positive Coaching Alliance and is a member of the 4D Motion Sports advisory panel.
Canongate 1 Golf Course Superintendent
Serving since 2009
Johnny grew up in Senoia, GA and graduated from The Heritage School in Newnan. After working a summer job at White Oak Golf Club in 1993 he started classes at Gwinnett College in Golf Course Management. Following graduation, Johnny was hired as an Assistant Superintendent at White Water Creek for two years and then returned to White Oak as an Assistant to hone skills needed to become a Superintendent. Jeff Burton hired Johnny 3 years later to be the Head Superintendent at Heron Bay Golf Club in Locust Grove, GA in 2004. After 4 years at Heron Bay, Johnny moved to Sun City Peachtree in Griffin, GA and hardly had time to unpack when the job at Canongate 1 was available in October of 2009. Wanting to return to the area and work at a 36-hole golf course he returned and has made Canongate his home. Since accepting the position Johnny has married and his boys, Connor and Jack enjoy coming to work with Daddy and riding some of the equipment around the golf course and visiting with the staff.
White Oak Golf Course Superintendent
Serving since 2006
Steve Morgan has worked at White Oak Golf Course for the past 12 years. He was the first assistant for four years and has held the Head Golf Course Superintendent position for the past eight years. Before moving to the Atlanta area in 2006, he was employed at Seven Oaks Country Club in Bakersfield California as the first assistant Golf Course Superintendent for six years. After graduating from Bakersfield JC in 1994 with a degree in Economics, he attended Rutgers Professional Turfgrass Management Program and graduated in 1996. Before getting his first assistants job, he worked at a few different golf courses as a spray technician and crew foreman. Steve is married with three children of ages 13, 15, and 16. His hobbies include working out, landscaping and enjoying all sporting events.