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Head Golf Professional

Jon is the ninth Head Golf Professional. Prior to joining DGC in 2002, Jon served as Head Golf Professional at Orchard Lake Country Club in Orchard Lake, Michigan. Beforejoining Orchard Lake Country Club in 1990, Jon Gates served in similar capacities at the Travis Point Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1986 through 1989 and at theMt. Pleasant Country Club in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan from 1983 until 1985. Jon also served as an Assistant Head Golf Professional at Grosse Ile Country Club in Grosse Ile,Michigan from 1981 until 1982.

Jon has received numerous awards for his golf shops rating in the top 100 Golf Shops in the country by "Golf World Business-Americas 100 Best Golf Shops Private Club". He has also been named "Merchandiser of the Year" by the Michigan Section of the PGA on multiple occasions and he won the Bill Strausbaugh Award for two consecutive years. Fourteen of his former Assistant Professionals have moved on to become Head Professionals.

His professional affliations include several years as a member of the Board of Directors and Committee Chairperson of the Michigan PGA. Jon is highly regarded by his peers andserved as President of the Michigan PGA Section. Jon is PGA Certified in golf operations and is currently working towards certification in player development. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. A four year letter winner on the golf team, Jon was elected to the Eastern Michigan University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. In the off season, Jon coaches youth hockey & high school varsity hockey. Jon and wife Patti reside in Novi with their three children, Ashley, Jim and Wesley.


Certified Golf Course Superintendent

From an early age the game of golf and agronomy has been a significant part of my life. My family owned and operated a landscaping company (retail store, installation and construction) from my birth until 1985. We also had a family membership at a local golf course where I fell in love with the game. I remember bartering for my first set of golf clubs by landscaping our golf professional’s lawn. In high school, as part of the golf team, I spent a lot of time on that local course. I naturally took an interest in the agronomy side of golf with the background of our family business.

After high school I worked with Liebold Irrigation (while attending University of Western Illinois). Working with Liebold Irrigation I had the opportunity to work on many courses throughout the Midwest. I also met a lot of Golf Course Superintendents. The vast majority recommended Michigan State University as the school of choice for the profession. In the Fall of 1989 I enrolled in 4-year turfgrass program at Michigan State University.

Upon graduation I was hired as the assistant golf course superintendent at Muskegon Country Club. That Fall the acting Golf Course Superintendent resigned and I was hired as his replacement. For twenty years I was the Golf Course Superintendent of Muskegon Country Club which boasts a Donald Ross designed course constructed in the same time period as the course’s at Detroit Golf Club. Previously, I have also worked at Cedar Rapids Country Club in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; another Donald Ross jewel born of that same era. I certainly have a passion and respect for his architecture.

The day I stepped on Detroit Golf Clubs property I knew it was the perfect fit for me. I am excited to be part of the management team here at DGC. This Club has an unparalleled history and a promising future. From what I understand I am DGCs 7th Golf Course Superintendent to be blessed with the task of overseeing these two great golf courses. I don’t think I will make it to 54 years of service as Clem Wolfrom had as your last Golf Course Superintendent but I am looking forward to my future with your great club. Thank you for the honor of being your Golf Course Superintendent.


Teaching Golf Professional

Kenhas been a member of the PGA since 1982, serving in various capacities in Michigan including Birmingham Country Club, Oakland University Golf Club, The Wyndgateand Wabeek Country Club. Ken has a long history of exceptional playing including:
  • Two U.S. Opens
  • Six PGA Championships
  • One U.S. Senior Open
  • Two Senior PGA Championships
  • Three Buick Opens
  • Ken also won the Michigan PGA Championship three times (1989, 1991 and 2002) won the Michigan PGA Match Play Championship in 1992 and was named Michigan PGA Player of the Year in 1991. Ken also competed in seven National Club Pro-Championships. Ken is returning to DGC for his sixth season. He his family reside in Rochester.


Assistant Professional


Matt was elected into Class-A PGA Membership shortly after graduating Ferris State University in 2005 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing and a specialty in Professional Golf Management. Matt has been a Level One TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor (Titleist Performance Institute) since 2008. He is a Mitchell Golf Certified Club-Fitter and Club-Repair Technician and is currently working toward more PGA Certification in Golf Operations.

Prior to joining the staff at Detroit Golf Club Matt was the First Assistant at Birchwood Farms Golf and Country Club in Harbor Springs, MI for the past three years. Before BFGCC he was the Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at Brevard College in Brevard, NC and at the same time he was the Head Professional at Seven Falls Golf and River Club a brand new private community in Hendersonville, NC. He also spent time at the Cliffs in SC. As well as internships at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, TX; Bethesda Country Club in MD and True North Golf Club in Harbor Springs, MI.

Matt was born Toledo, OH and raised in Temperance, Michigan. He and his wife Tonya reside in Temperance, Michigan with their two children Jackson and Haylee.

Erin Fuchik

Assistant Professional

Erin was elected into Class-A PGA Membership shortly after graduating from Ferris State University in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and a specialty in PGA Professional Golf Management. She also competed on the Women’s golf team at Ferris while attending schools and doing various internships. Erin has been certified in Flight Scope and is continuing her education in the golf business.

Before joining the staff at Detroit Golf Club, Erin was an
Assistant Professional at Pine Lake Country Club in Orchard Lake, MI for two seasons. Her internships while at Ferris State include: LaFortune Park Golf Course in Tulsa, OK; Rockaway Hunting Club in Lawrence, NY; The Highlands Golf Course in Grand Rapids, MI and Beechwoods Golf Course in Southfield, MI. Erin has also worked with the First Tee of Tulsa & West Michigan, and enjoys getting junior golfers involved in the game. She has also had the opportunity to work with various Special Olympic golf team members both in Michigan and Oklahoma.

Erin is from Tulsa, OK where she was born and raised with an older sister and a younger brother. She and her fiancé Eric live in Novi with their King Charles Cavalier puppy, Ginger.


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