Mark T. Bixler, PGA
Head Golf Professional
Mark Bixler has been the Head Golf Professional since the fall of 2013. Mark was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, where he got his first job in the golf business as a caddie at the Inverness Club. He graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. After graduating, Mark worked as an Assistant Golf Pro at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, home of the LPGA Jamie Farr Classic. Mark then worked at Chagrin Valley Country Club for one season before moving to the East Coast. From 2010 until 2013, Mark split his time as the Senior Assistant at Pine Valley Golf Club in the summer and The John's Island Club in the winter. Pine Valley is widely regarded as one of the top golf clubs in the world while John's Island has been recognized as a Top 15 Residental Community in America. Mark and his wife Rachel reside in Willoughby with their three boys – William, Owen, and Colin.
Mike Pickett, PGA
Director of Player Development
Mike is a Northeast Ohio native, having grown up in Stow and achieving a BS Degree in Sports Management from Kent State University. He has held progressive roles in the golf world, including positions with Beechmont Country Club, Cumberland Trail Golf Club (Columbus), StoneWater Golf Club, and most recently, as the Director of Player Development at Quail Hollow Country Club. While at Quail, Mike developed his expertise in Golf Instruction, Club-Fitting, Junior Golf, and Player Development Programming. Mike’s passion and leadership for Junior Golf extends even further as he leads the Regional PGA Jr. League All-Star Team and is the Head Varsity Golf Coach for Riverside High School. Mike’s educational and professional training has separated him within the golf industry from his peers. He has been a PGA Member for 19 years, along with achieving advanced level “Certified PGA Professional” status within the PGA of America under the focuses of “Teaching & Coaching” and “Golf Operations.” He recently achieved Level 1 TPI Certification, focusing on the body-swing connection throughout the golf swing. He is also certified in the “PGA.Coach ADM Model” which embodies the importance of age-appropriate Junior Golf development. One of Mike’s other passions within the game is the Rules of Golf. In January 2023, Mike achieved “Expert Certification” within the USGA, allowing him to serve as the Lead Rules Official for amateur, collegiate, and professional golf tournaments. Mike resides locally in Painesville with his two children (Ella, 17 & Griffin, 13) and his wife, Elizabeth. He and his entire family have a passion for promoting and living by the “Razz Way of Life,” a philosophy of celebrating life to its fullest that Mike has developed.
Weston Lucas
Assistant Golf Professional
Weston grew up in Strongsville, Ohio, and was an all-around athlete. He played basketball, baseball, soccer, and golf in high school and eventually played golf for three years at Baldwin Wallace University. Weston obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Marketing. After graduating, he took a position as a financial analyst and quickly learned that the golf industry was where he belonged. Since 2019, Weston has been an Assistant Pro at Signature of Solon. He assisted the Head Golf Professional in all facets of the operation with a strong focus on their junior golf program. During the winter months, Weston worked at 1899 Indoor Golf in Twinsburg, where he conducted lessons, assisted customers with Trackman, and occasionally tended bar. Weston looks forward to joining the Kirtland team and helping members in any way possible.
Kyle Twarek
Assistant Golf Professional
Kyle will be a familiar face as he worked outside operations and part-time in the golf shop the past two years. Kyle has entered the PGA Associate Program and is beginning his work to become a PGA Member. A native of Solon, Kyle has multiple years of experience at different country clubs and has a very strong knowledge of the golf operation at KCC.
Noah Schroeder
Assistant Golf Professional
The newest member of the Professional Staff is Noah Schroeder. Noah is a Lake Catholic graduate and is in the final year of undergrad at John Carroll University where he will be receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. While at JCU, Noah was on the Football and Track & Field teams specializing in the hammer throw. Noah has spent the previous three summers at Quail Hollow, working his way up from outside services to Assistant Golf Professional.