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.
Steve Niland
Senior Assistant Golf Professional
Steve Niland has been the Senior Assistant at Kirtland since 2017. Steve grew up outside of Allentown, PA and spent most of his childhood playing hockey. Steve graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Shortly thereafter, Steve started spending his summers working at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Philadelphia and John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, FL in the winter. Before Steve was the year-round Assistant at Kirtland, he spent one winter working in New Zealand at a new club called Tara Iti. Tara Iti opened in 2015 and is now recognized as a top 25 golf course in the world. Steve and his wife Kaitlin reside in Mayfield Heights.
Robbie Gilmore, Jr.
Assistant Golf Professional
Robbie most recently served as the Membership Golf Professional at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Prior to that, he was the Golf Professional at The Greenbrier Sporting Club and also the Director of Instruction of The Greenbrier's Sam Snead Golf Academy. Robbie was recognized by Golf Digest as the #1 Instructor in the state of West Virginia in 2015 and 2016. On occasion, he had a little time to pick the Slammer's brain on teaching philosophy and hear his countless stories. Since then he has added to his teaching resume by working with such renowned teachers as Jim Hardy, Laird Small, Annika Sorenstam, and Jim McLean. Robbie attended Jacksonville University on a full golf scholarship and graduated in 1976. He was a two-year Captain of the team and won several collegiate events. He was twice named Play of the Year in the North Florida PGA, won numerous Chapter and Sectional level events and competed in many PGA Tour events and a few major championships. He has worked at private golf clubs the majority of his career. In addition, he has orchestrated several golf course openings. Robbie and his wife reside in Willoughby.