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Meet The Staff

One of the foundational components of the Back Tee Sports model has always been to provide our customers with the greatest experience we can possibly create.  Of course this includes world-class venues and extraordinary attention to detail in every aspect of the event.  But arguably the most important ingredient in that recipe is the quality of our staff.   Each of our team members embody the characteristics we feel essential to delivering the incredible service levels that distinguish us from the rest of the event world:  selflessness, attentiveness, willingness to go the extra mile, accomplished playing skills, proven instructional effectiveness, and a passion for what we do.

One of the most consistent and satisfying messages we get from our customers is the “people quality” of our staff.  Many have worked together for 20 years while others are more recent additions but no less impactful to our events.  We are proud to showcase some of their credentials below, but there’s no way to capture the true value these folks can bring to your event until you meet them and witness first-hand their talents.

Mike Cornell, Director of Instruction


club affiliation - Champions Run, Omaha, NE

turned pro - 1978; alma mater - University of South Dakota

highlights - 10-Time Member of the Nebraska Cup Team

11-Time Qualifier, PGA Club Pro Championship

Course Record Holder, The Nebraska Open

6-Time Teacher of the Year, Nebraska Section, PGA

Top 200 Teachers in the U.S., Golf Magazine

Top Teachers (7 State Region), Golf Digest

Top 200 Teachers, Consumer Digest

Top Teacher, State of Nebraska

4-Time Member, PGA National Teaching Committee

Contributed to PGA Manual for Special Olympics

Jeff McMillian, Director of Golf Operations & Business Development


Club affiliation - Karsten Creek GC, Stillwater, OK

Turned pro - 1985; alma mater - Oklahoma State University

Highlights - 50 Professional Tournament Wins

2015 Champion, The Summit at Pebble Beach

Competed in Two U.S. Opens

4-Time Finalist, PGA Tour School

Member of The Asian Tour

2-Time Champion, Oklahoma State Amateur

Course Record Holder, The Olympic Club (Ocean)

Course Record Holder, Karsten Creek GC

Teaching Professional, Norwegian Cruise Lines

Greg Harmon, Teaching Professional


Club affiliation - Dobson Ranch Golf Course, Mesa, AZ

Turned pro - 1980; alma mater - University of New Mexico

Highlights - 2-Time Senior Champion, Southwest Section, PGA

2-Time Senior Player of the Year, Southwest Section, PGA

Senior Champion, The Arizona Open

Senior Champion, The Colorado Open

Senior Champion, The New Mexico Open

Champion, The Rocky Mountain Open

Competed in The Senior U.S. Open

Competed in The Senior PGA Championship

All Conference and All American Honors

Curt Schnell, Teaching Professional


Club affiliation - Okoboji View Golf Course, Spirit Lake, IA

Turned pro - 1980; alma mater - Wake Forest University

Highlights - 2-time Iowa PGA Player of the Year

2-Time Iowa PGA Teacher of the Year

2-Time Nebraska PGA Player of the Year

2-Time Nebraska PGA Teacher of the Year

3-Time Iowa Open Champion

2-Time Iowa PGA Champion

Competed in 14 National Club Professional Championships

Competed in 2 PGA Championships 1990 Shoal Creek & 1993 Inverness

Mike Schuchart, Teaching Professional


Club affiliation - Wilderness Ridge GC, Lincoln, Nebraska

Turned pro - 1985; alma mater - University of Nebraska

Highlights - 3-Time Nike Tour Winner

5-Time Player of the Year, Nebraska Section, PGA

3-Time Teacher of the Year, Nebraska Section, PGA

1994-2002 Competed on the Nike Tour

1994 Nike Tour Champion

1990 and 1993, Competed on the PGA Tour

1992 America Cup Team Member

Member, All Big 8 Team

Gayle Smith, Vice President, Operations


Alma mater - San Diego State University

Highlights - Over 25 years experience planning and administering golf-oriented entertainment for corporate clients.

Robin McMillian, Functions and Services


Alma mater - Oklahoma State University

Highlights - Over 15 years experience planning and administering golf-oriented entertainment for corporate clients.

Jerry Smith, Teaching Professional


Club Affiliation - Golf Club of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

Turned Pro - 1987

Alma Mater - Baylor

Highlights -
  • 5 Year Member PGA Tour
  • 3 Year Member Nationwide Tour
  • 114 Combined Cuts Made PGA, Nationwide Tours
  • Competed in Four U.S. Opens8 Year Member Asian Tour
  • 1998 Champion Guam Open
  • 2-Time Player of the Year, Iowa Section, PGA
  • Iowa Amateur Player of the Year
  • 1984 Champion NJCAA Tournament