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The Duran Academy of Golf Instructional Staff at Duran Golf Club realize each and every golfer responds to different educational approaches. Our Golf Professional Staff will develop a curriculum tailored to each individual student, based on athleticism, current level of play, specific goals, and the time available to reach those goals.

The staff at Duran believes in providing students with the understanding of Golf's "fundamentals." With that knowledge, students better understand relationships between grip, posture, alignment and swing motion.

Justin Blazer
PGA, Director of Instruction

Originally from Yorktown, Virginia, Justin Blazer developed an interest in teaching golfers through the development of his own game. While Justin's golfing journey began as a teenager, it always took a backseat to other sports. As a standout basketball player through college, Justin's competitive spirit was fueled once again when he started regularly joining his college golf team practices. This led to Justin's interest in golf instruction and, backed by the same competitive spirit that drove him in sports, he eventually became a PGA Class A Teaching Professional. Today, as part of his journey in the golf industry, Justin actively plays in PGA sectional events, with a dream to qualify for the PGA Professional National Championship.

Justin's true passion, however, lies in working with juniors and the growth of junior golf. As Director of Instruction at the Duran Academy of Golf, Justin has established a breadth of junior programs for newcomers and competitive players. Many of his juniors have had tremendous success and currently compete at an elite level such as the U.S. Kids World Championships and other premier junior golf championships. This work has not gone unnoticed, as Justin has been awarded a two-time U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Teacher, which recognizes the top junior golf instructors in the country.

Justin has also worked with many LPGA and Senior Tour players as their putting and short game instructor, including Sir Nick Faldo. He has also caddied in multiple tour events and Q-schools for some of his students as a result of his expertise in green reading, tournament preparation and on-course strategy.

Justin has appeared in instructional videos on Golfweek.com and FoxSports.com and other popular publications and blogs. He also serves as both a U.S. Kids Golf certified instructor specializing in teaching, fitting and competition for ages 6-12. Additionally, he is 1 of only 14 Aimpoint Certified Level 2 Instructors in the world, which enables Justin to teach students on the finer points of putting, including how to read greens and accurately predict break.

Justin earned a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a focus in Recreational Programming, Leadership and Coaching from Virginia Wesleyan College.

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Abigale Schepperle
LPGA Academy Instructor

2012-2015' Steel Canyon Golf Club', Player Development Director 2015-2019 Fox Creek Golf Club, Lead Instructor of Juniors/ Women Programs Abigale was born and raised in Birmingham', Alabama where she spent the majority of her golfing career. She has been around the game of golf since she was two as her father is a fellow golf instructor and her sister spent time playing in the LPGA Tour and teaching as well.

Abigale spent 2010-2011 working with UAB's Women Golf Team ' before she moved to Atlanta to pursue her passion for teaching in 2012. In 2015, she was promoted to Player Development Director at Steel Canyon Golf Club in which she ran classes for women and juniors along with other responsibilities to help the golf course flourish. She is a graduate from Auburn University with a B.S in Communications. While there, she was part of a Top-5 nationally ranked Auburn Women's Golf Team who captured 2- SEC Championships, a NCAA Regional Championship, and multiple top 10 finishes.

Abigale' is an LPGA T&CP member , an Top 50 US Kids Certified Instructor, and positive alliance coach. Abigale will bring her passion for teaching the game to Duran Academy of Golf. Her focus will be on building fun, engaging ladies programs and overseeing the after-school junior golf program.

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Call Abigale at Duran Golf Club at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7461, or email at aps@durangolf.com.

Matthew T. Morrison
PGA, Head Golf Professional

Matt Morrison joined the Duran Staff in September of 2011. His background includes over 17 years in the golf industry, and has been a member of the PGA of America since 2002. Matt relocated to Florida from Michigan, where he served as Director of Golf Operations at the Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms, Suttons Bay for the last 9 years. Matt graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing in their Professional Golf Management Program.

Matt's responsibilities include direction and management of the Golf Operations, development of programs and events, and supervision of staff. Matt can be reached at Call Matt Morrison Duran Golf Club at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7340, or email at mtm@durangolf.com.

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Testimonies From Matt's Students

"Matt Morrison has given the gift of golf to my family. His teaching style has made my teen sons into life-long golfers and his general "cool, let's do it" attitude has kept it fun and enjoyable."
-Mario Batali, World Famous Iron Chef, Restaurateur, and Media Personality

"With Matt's iPad video analysis, it's like having a 15th club in the bag. No traipsing back to the clubhouse to watch the computer. You can put his thoughtful swing tweaks into action immediately-and then doublecheck whether you've gotten it right."
-Rick Smith, Former CEO and Editor in Chief, Newsweek Magazine

Peter Watts
Assistant Golf Professional

Peter Watts joined the Duran Staff in September of 2016. Having graduated from the Golf Academy of America in Orlando in 2015, Watts will bring new ideas and fresh thinking to Duran. He earned his teaching certificate through the Academy along with a degree in Criminal Justice from Schoolcraft College in Michigan. Watts relocated to Florida from Michigan where he worked as the Assistant Golf Professional at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. Watts will be responsible for providing an exceptional experience for Duran's guests, assisting the Professional staff with the day to day operation of the clubs golf related activities, tournaments, leagues and outings, as well as teaching golf lessons at the Development Center. He can be contacted at Call Peter Watts at Duran Golf Club at (321) 504-7776, ext. 7345 or by email at pw@durangolf.com.

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