Meet our Golf Instructors

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Meet our Golf Instructors

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    Matt Dito

    PGA Teaching Professional

    Originally from Petaluma, California, Matt has been a Class-A Member of the PGA of America since 2005. He’s taught golf since 1998, and has studied the teachings of well-known golf instructors Eddie Merrins, Dave Pelz, and Stan Utley. Utilizing that knowledge, Matt has created his own distinct brand of instruction, one that emphasizes fundamentals and engages the student to determine their specific needs and how best to fulfill them. Matt enjoys working with students of all ages and ability levels, and loves helping junior golfers develop their swings and a passion for the game. When he isn’t teaching, Matt competes professionally with the Northern California Professional Golfers’ Association (NCPGA).

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    Dave Zorn

    PGA

    Dave Zorn is the PGA Head Golf Professional. He grew up in northeast Wisconsin and learned to play golf in the “Tiger Boom” of the late 90’s. His travels as a golf professional have taken him from Illinois, Arizona, and finally here to beautiful Napa, California. His simple approach to the game, focus on fundamentals, and his ability to listen to the students needs has helped his students improve from tee to green. When he is not at Silverado or playing golf, he is spending quality time with his wife and 2 young boys.

    Dave is also the recipient of the Northern California PGA Section Merchandiser of the year for 2022.

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    Kayla Walter

    PGA of America and LPGA T&CP member

    Kayla Walter is from Teton Valley Idaho just outside of Jackson Hole Wyoming. Kayla graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Professional Golf Management Program. She is a PGA of America and LPGA T&CP member. Kayla has worked several different clubs across the country including Medinah Country Club, Medinah IL, Royal Wellington, Wellington New Zealand, Teton Pines, Wilson WY, Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg VA, International Country Club, Fairfax VA, and most recently Dominion Valley Country Club in Haymarket, VA.

    Kayla got her start in golf like many other club professionals, washing carts and cleaning clubs at her local country club. Her dad introduced her to the game, and she knew very quickly this game was not going to be just a hobby, she loved the business too. At the age of 16 she started working in golf and has never left the industry.

    Kayla loves coaching students of all ages and skill levels. She has even coaches’ players as young as 3 years old. Every player is unique, and no two golf swings are the same. Her goal is to provide players with the tools to succeed that are specific to them. She does her best to explain and demonstrate complex concepts in a simple practical manner. Her goal at the end of every lesson is to provide her players with the knowledge to correct poor golf shots rather than feeling helpless and not knowing what they are doing wrong. Kayla is looking forward to helping her students at Silverado shoot lower scores and have more fun!

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    Brandon Duncan

    Certified Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Professional

    Brandon Duncan is a Napa Native and has been playing golf since the age of 5 years old. He has been teaching for over 10 years and strives in the development of young adults. Brandon is a certified TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Professional. Working with people of all ages and abilities is something that he takes great pride in. A big philosophy that he teaches is trying to make the golf game feel more natural and "reactive" rather than static with incorporating other sport movements. He also always wants his players to be confident in knowing "Why?". Why did that swing produce that shot? Why did that miss happen? etc. With all that being said, Brandon believes enjoyment is first and foremost the most important thing to be able to reach your highest potential.