At Blackstone National, we have five different instructors on staff. This ensures you recieve the best, most individualized learning experience possible. Below, you will find some brief information about our instructors, their pasts, and their incredible qualifications. Upon booking a lesson, simply mention your preferred instructor's name.
Matt StephensPGA Professional/ Director of Golf Events/ General Manager
Matt moved from Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, Massachusetts to Blackstone National in 2006 to serve as the Head Golf Professional. In 2010 Matt became Director of Golf Operations and assumed the title of General Manager in 2013. Since arriving at Blackstone National, Matt has put his sales and marketing skills to use with programs including the Junior Intramural Golf League, Friday Night Social League, and development of the Blackstone National Golf Card, and Tiered Memberships.
Matt played on the Worcester State golf team winning the Massachusetts Intercollegiate Championship in 1984. He was also recognized for All New England Honors in 1984. After college, Matt spent 13 years in direct sales and sales management for various companies including his own.
In 1998, at the age of forty, Matt left the sales industry to begin a career in golf. He joined the Cyprian Keyes Golf Club instruction team at their brand new golf school. In 2001, he moved into Cyprian Keyes golf operations with the oversight and responsibility of tournaments, leagues, and member services. Under his watch, the Cyprian Keyes Junior Program earned Golf Digest’s honors as #1 Public Junior Golf Program in the United States. During that time he developed, implemented, and marketed the successful Keyes Card.
Matt is a PGA First Class Member elected in 2005.
Patrick BeahnHead Golf Professional - PGA Professional
Pat Beahn was elected to the PGA of America in July 2013 as a Class A PGA Professional. He graduated from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Management, specializing in PGA Golf Management and was a three-time qualifier representing Coastal Carolina in the Florida PGA Management four-day tournament.
Pat is a 2006 graduate of St. Peter-Marian Central Catholic High School in Worcester, MA. He qualified for the varsity golf team in grades 8-12 and was a three-year captain. Pat was a two-time Central Mass All-Star and Telegram & Gazette All-Star.
Pat enjoys teaching players of all levels and especially junior golfers. His passion lies in growing the game of golf.
Bob BrusoDirector of Instruction - PGA Golf Professional
Bob began his professional career in 2011 under golf professional Matt Stephens at Blackstone National Golf Club and attained his PGA Membership and Class A certification in 2014. Bob has advanced his career and developed skills working at prestigious private clubs including Worcester Country Club, home of the first Ryder Cup, and Essex County Club, a top 50 country club in the United States. During the winter seasons, he has also worked for Terry O’Hara at the Longboat Key Club in Sarasota, Florida.
Over the past four years, Bob has focused his career on golf instruction and successfully grown his brand as a teacher. As Director of Instruction at Blackstone National, Bob organizes and oversees player development programs, including PGA Junior League, PGA Golf Camp, Women’s intramural programs, Men’s and Women’s clinics, and club fitting. Bob utilizes V1 swing analysis and Trackman Radar System to teach key fundamentals which allows for each player’ swing to reach their full potential. In addition to golf instruction, Bob is a Product Specialist for Titleist.
From a competition standpoint, Bob has won over 20 times as a professional, qualified for 5 PGA Professional National Championships and 4 Assistants National Championships. He won the 2018 New England Assistants Championship and has been a top 10 finisher in the last five New England PGA Section Championships.
Bob resides in Grafton with his wife, Stephanie, and son, Harrison. His other hobbies include fishing, boating, and spending time with his family.
Mark ArnoldTeaching Professional – PGA Professional, Lifetime
Mark Arnold moved to Blackstone National from Cyprian Keyes where he was Director of Instruction from 1999-2010. Prior to that he was the Head Instructor at Stow Acres Golf School. Mark has over 40 years of teaching experience in all abilities, including the physically handicapped.
Over the years, Mark has been recognized for several prestigious honors. He was the 2008 Central Mass Teacher of the Year. He was nominated in 2009 for the top 100 teachers list by Golf Digest. Mark's casual demeanor, simple teaching philosophy and experience makes him the perfect teacher for men, women, and junior golfers - of all skill levels and ages.
Mark has an uncanny ability for visualizing the swing but has incorporated video and computer- aided swing analysis to further refine his teaching techniques. His goal with all his students is to keep the swing simple and focus on just a few drills to improve their game.
Mark emphasizes the importance of keeping the game and teaching experience fun for everyone.
George T Gregory Teaching Professional George began his golf career as a PGA Assistant Golf Professional working for Club Corp at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex in Alameda CA. After a year and a half, he was transferred to Harding Park in San Francisco CA. After 3 years at Harding Park, he resigned to return to Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania to care for his elderly parents. After his parents passing George relocated to Park City, Utah to work in both the ski and golf industries. He spent the first 7 years as the Assistant Manager and 1st Assistant Golf Professional at the Homestead Golf Resort in Midway, Utah. During this time, besides helping manage the daily operations of the golf course, he was also the Head Instructor running the Wasatch County Jr Golf Camps. In addition, George was responsible for teaching adult lessons, group lessons, and corporate golf clinics for the resort. After 7 years George retired from the resort and took a full time teaching positional at Fore Lakes GC in Salt Lake City. George began working at Blackstone National Golf Club in 2018 after moving to Uxbridge MA. He is entering his fourth season at Blackstone National and he is looking forward to continuing his work with Bob Bruso. He is excited about offering quality lesson for all levels of golfers and working with the Junior and Women’s group programs. George’s lessons emphasize strong fundamentals and are individually tailored taking into consideration age or physical limitations. Besides working as a golf instructor George is a Rhythm and Blues vocalist and saxophonist who was inducted into the Connecticut Blues Hall of Fame in 2018. He still performs in New England so watch for the George T Gregory Band in your area.
Morgan MitchellTeaching Professional
Morgan had a golf career that was a little different than most. She learned how to golf during her sophomore year of college and by the time her junior year of college arrived, she was a top contributor to the team. Within those two years alone, she lowered her scoring average by 14 strokes. During her second year on the Southern New Hampshire Women’s Golf team, Morgan won a Coach’s award for most improved, and began positioning herself as a leader in women’s NE10 Division 2 Golf Conference.
At the Penmen Columbus Day Intercollegiate, Morgan shot a first round two over par 74, which not only place her fourth for the tournament, but also made her the new SNHU Women’s golf record holder. That same season, Morgan fired a one-under 71 to break her personal best and become the first woman on the team to shoot a sub-par round. Scoring a sub-par round is a rare feat accomplished only by those with advanced skills.
In between seasons, Morgan continued competing in many golf championships throughout Massachusetts and New England, including her most recent showing at Essex County Club for the Massachusetts Women’s Amateur. Her great play in the stroke play competition allowed her to advance to the field of 32 in the match play portion of the tournament.
In the spring of 2020, before COVID-19 made its debut, Morgan was selected to play on the Griscom Cup Team as a representative for Massachusetts. The pandemic ended her final season early, but she made enough of a showing to earn NE10 All-Conference Second Team honors after turning in four top-10 finishes and a pair of top-five showings in the always competitive NE10.Morgan is ready to pursue her dream of becoming a golf instructor to share her passion and help others improve their games and achieve their goals.
Nick BatesPGA Intern - Teaching Professional
Nick Bates has been playing golf for 16 years. He was a member of the Oxford High School Golf team and served as the team captain during both his Junior and Senior years. He began his work in the golf industry at a golf simulation company named X Golf New England in 2015. After realizing that he enjoyed working in the golf industry, he decided to do it year-round working in the Pro Shop at Leicester Country Club. Nick graduated Southern New Hampshire University in May of 2019 with a B.S in Sports Management. Upon graduation, he knew that he wanted to use his skills to further his career in the golf industry and joined the team at Blackstone National Golf Club. Nick has already been involved with the PGA Junior League, the Mens and Ladies Leagues, and helped the PGA professional with other tasks throughout the club.
Nick enjoys getting to know and creating lasting relationships with the members. He cannot wait for the 2021 season as he works towards his PGA certification.
Jeff GordonTeaching Professional
Jeff Gordon has successfully completed the United States Golf Teacher's Federation(level 3) Certification Program. Jeff is a seasoned instructor with years of experience. He has had the opportunity to collaborate with members of the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, and Champions Tour. As a result, Jeff has observed that the best players in the world spend much of their practice time working on the short game. Jeff believes that given the proper information, the average golfer who is willing to put in a little bit of practice time, has the ability to improve their short game dramatically. For this reason, Jeff has gravitated towards offering more short game instruction to all of his students.
Jeff's motto is: "Improve your short game - lower your scores - have more fun!