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WGANJ Teaching Professionals

We offer individual and group lessons taught by golf teaching professionals who meet WGANJ standards and have demonstrated success as both players and teaching pros.  Our pros join us in our dedication to providing women with the best golfing opportunities available in New Jersey with an emphasis on continuing education.            

Our relationship with these pros is strong and their support and commitment to WGANJ is integral to our success as an Association.  We encourage all members to work with these pros - to learn and improve your golf skills!


Meet Our Teaching Golf Professionals:


Debbie O'Connell

Meet Debbie O'Connell. A 25-year veteran of women’s professional golf and an LPGA Class A Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP). As a club professional, Debbie held the prestigious position of Head Golf Professional for over 15 years.

Here are some awards that she has been given through the years:

Digest Magazine - Top 50 Best Women Teachers in America (2010 & 2012)

LPGA's Top 50 Best Teachers (2008 & 2009)

Inaugural recipient of the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award (2007)

LPGA National Professional of the Year (2002).

DebbieOConnell@golf-positive.com



AJ Spicer

AJ grew up the of a PGA Professional and played NCAA Division II golf from 2000-2004 before turning pro. He honed his skills at the Morris County Golf Club in Morristown, NJ for 6 seasons before moving on to the White Beeches Golf & Country Club in Haworth, NJ for a season.

AJ Spicer is the Director of Instruction at the AJ Spicer School of Golf as well as being a PGA Member, a Hank Haney Associate Instructor, and a US Kids Golf Top Instructor. 

In 2012, AJ decided to branch out and start the School of Golf., when not at the school AJ can be found at the Paramus Golf Course in Paramus, NJ and from November through March, the Metro Athletic Club in Tenafly, NJ.

As the Director of Instruction, I offer Private Instruction, Group Clinics, and Junior Camps. You can reach me through my website at www.ajspicergolf.com

Current Rates for WGANJ Members:

1 hour $125. 5 pack $550, 10 pack $1,000, Clinics (4 or more golfers): $35 /hr /player

ajspicer@pga.com



Jeff Ward

Jeff was recently nominated Top 50 Instructors by US Kids.  He is currently the Head Golf Professional at Twin Willows Golf Course and is working through his apprenticeship to become a PGA Professional after completing his education at William and Mary.  Last year, he and his wife started the Twin Willows Golf Academy providing high end Golf and Fitness Instruction.

Jeff grew up locally in Montville, NJ. As Junior and Senior, Jeff achieved the rank of All-State Golfer in his Montville High School.  He loves working with students of all ages and gets a sense of pride when one of his new golfers is ready to hit the course.

 Current Rates for WGANJ Members:
  $45 - 1/2 hour; $75 - 1 hour; $50 - 1 hour group lesson (min 3 golfers)

jkward79@yahoo.com



Madeline Cassano

Madeline has over 25 years of teaching experience and is a certified LPGA Class A Professional.

Madeline was the Head Golf Professional at Paramus Golf & Country Club as well as Director of Golf Course Operations and owner of Maddie’s Caddie Golf Shop.

She was also the Chairperson for the LPGA Nominating Committee for two years. She organized and instructed the Bergen County Special Olympics Program for three years which was featured in the local newspaper The South Berginite in 1999. 

Madeline has been a guest speaker for Women in Careers and Women’s Golf Association (WGA). She has played in the Metropolitan Open, New Jersey State Open, and PGA teaching tournaments.  

 Currently teaching at Essex Golf Academy in Roseland, NJ.   Available at cell number 201-390-9757

madelinecassano@comcast.com  


Rasmita Taylert


Rasmita attended the State University of New York Cortland where she graduated with a BS in Sports Management. She played on the golf team all four years. 

She attained her class A LPGA Professional status and is currently working toward her PGA certification. 
Rasmita was the Assistant Professional at the La Fortune Park Golf Course in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 2014 to 2016 and has been the Assistant Pro at the North Jersey Country Club in Wayne, NJ since 2016.  

She is a US KIDS certified coach and is the Site Director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.

raz.taylert@gmail.com

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