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 Stephens - PGA 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.
Mark Arnold - Director of Instruction
Mark Arnold was Director of Instruction at Cyprian Keyes 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. He was the 2008 Central Mass Teacher of the Year. He was nominated for 2009 top 100 teachers by Golf Digest. Mark's casual demeanor, simple teaching philosophy and experience makes him the perfect teacher for men, women and juniors - of all skill levels and ages. Mark has a talent for visualizing the swing but has incorporated video and computer- aided swing analysis to further refine his teaching techniques. His goal with all of his students is to keep the swing simple and focus on just a few drills to improve their game. Above all, Mark strives to keep the game of golf and the teaching experience fun for everyone.
Patrick Beahn - PGA Professional
Pat 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 Bachelors 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 Bruso - Assistant PGA Golf Profesional
Bob started his professional career in 2011 at Blackstone National Golf Club under golf professional Matt Stephens, helping him attain his PGA Membership. From there, Bob has grown his career working at prestigious private clubs including Worcester Country Club, home of the first Ryder Cup, and Essex County Club, a top 100 country club in the United States. Bob has also worked for Terry O’Hara at the Longboat Key Cub in Sarasota, Florida during the last several winter seasons.
Over the past three years, Bob has focused his career on golf instruction and successfully grown his brand as a teacher. This winter he grew the instructional programs at Longboat where he had more than 200 students in ten different programs. Bob teaches key fundamentals to allow each player’s swing to reach their full potential. From a competition standpoint, Bob has won five times as a professional, and qualified for two PGA Professional National Championships and two Assistant National Championships. During the past two seasons, Bob has been a top 10 finisher at the NEPGA Section Championship. He is very excited to be rejoining a club he loves where his golf career started almost 10 years ago and we are more than thrilled he is back!
Jeff Gordon - Teaching 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!