Meet the Golf Pros
Director of Golf
Gene brought his experience as a champion and his passion for the game to Club Pelican Bay in October 2015.
A PGA Class A Member since 1987, Gene was previously Director of Golf at Hideout Golf Club in Naples from 1999 to 2015 and an Assistant Professional at Overbrook Golf Club in Villanova, PA, from 1987 to 1998.
Born in Philadelphia, Gene has lived in Naples since 1999. He has been married for 30 years to his wife, Angela, and they have two sons, Gene Jr. 27 and Brad 25.
Gene's Golf Tournament History
- 2013 – National Senior Club Professional Champion
- 1993 and 1998 – U.S. Open Participant
- 9-Time PGA and Senior PGA Champion Participant
- 2-Time South Florida Section PGA Champion
- 2-Time Philadelphia Section PGA Champion
- 3-Time Pennsylvania Open Champion
- 2-Time Philadelphia Open Champion
- 2001 Honda Classic (PGA Tour) Tie - 27th
- 4-Time South Florida Section PGA Senior Player of the Year
Head Golf Professional
Justin joined the Golf Staff in July of 2019 after serving as the Head Golf Professional at Hideout Golf Club from 2009-2019.
A 2005 graduate of the University of Toledo, Justin enjoys competing against his fellow PGA Professionals during the summer tournament season and recently competed in the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.
Originally from Sandusky, OH, Justin is married to his wife Sally and the proud father of two girls, Lily and Grace.
Justin's Recent Golf Accomplishments
- 2019 PGA Championship Contestant
- 2019 South Florida Section PGA Player of the Year
- 2019 South Florida Section PGA Champion
- 2019 Fort Lauderdale Open Champion
- 2019 SWFL Chapter PGA Champion
- 2018,2019 SWFL Chapter PGA Player of the Year
Assistant Golf Professionals
Mitch joined the golf staff in September 2019. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2010 with degrees in Professional Golf Management and Economics. Mitch spent the last 4 years working at Bear's Paw in Naples and previously worked at clubs in Atlanta, GA and Sioux City, IA. He enjoys playing against his fellow PGA professionals in tournaments during the summer and following Nebraska Cornhusker football.
Taylor, originally from Aurora, Illinois has been with the club since 2011. He graduated from Florida Gulf
Coast University in 2016, with a Business and Hospitality Degree, along with a Class - A PGA certification
through the Professional Golf Management Program at the university. Taylor has worked at multiple
clubs up north including Rich Harvest Farms, Black Sheep, Chicago Highlands, and Aurora Country Club.
Taylor enjoys multiple activities from watching his hometown sports teams, playing sports, working out,
going to the beach/pool, and fishing.
Darin Whitaker is originally from Washington, Indiana where she went from there to play four years of college golf for the University of Indianapolis. Her career included five 1st place finishes and ten top 10 finishes, while playing for a team that capped its season by finishing 3rd in Division II. After college, she began her career at Woodland Country Club in Carmel, Indiana working for Pat Welch and then Patrick White. She worked as an Assistant Golf Professional there learning more about teaching the game as well as merchandising. From there, she was hired on as Golf Shop Manager at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, FL. Following her time there, she joined us at CPB as the Merchandise Manager and splits her time doing the buying and merchandising and teaching ladies golf. Darin and Club Pelican Bay were honored with the 2020 Association of Golf Merchandisers Platinum Award which distinguishes the "best of the best" golf shops from around the world.
When she is not working, Darin enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, being outside by the pool or at the beach, and supporting the Chicago Cubs and Bears as well as the Indianapolis Colts!
Darin celebrated her one year anniversary with CPB on September 16th, 2019.
You can reach any of our Golf Staff members by calling 239-597-2105.