Pinon Hills Golf Course

Golf Staff Bios

 

Chris Jones, PGA Professional – General Manager

 

Chris became the General Manager at Piñon Hills Golf Course in December 2007. A 21-year PGA Member, Chris has worked in Missouri at a number of golf courses. He was the Head Golf Professional at Creekmoor Golf Club in Raymore, Missouri, Silo Ridge Country Club in Bolivar, Missouri, and the General Manager for Greene Hills Golf Course, a municipal course, in his hometown of Chillicothe, Missouri.  Chris grew up and still is an avid Kansas City Royals and Kansas CIty Chiefs fan even though he lives in Farmington—what seems like a million miles from the midwest. Chris enjoys everything about the four corners and lists hiking and skiing among his favorite activities. Chris and his wife Andrea, who is the Farmington City Clerk, are the parents of Jackson (25), Aiden (18), Morgan (18), Ellie (15), and Mason (12).

 

Luke Tanner, PGA Professional – Head Golf Professional

 

Born and raised in Farmington, Luke grew up playing golf in the Four Corners Area. He is a 2005 graduate of Farmington High School and the 2004 New Mexico State High School Champion. Luke was a standout player at Fort Lewis College -a Division II college in Durango, Colorado – winning a total of 7 golf tournaments including the conference championship. After earning his Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration in 2009, Luke moved to Arizona where he played professional golf full-time for two and a half years, gaining a wealth of playing experience and knowledge. He also owns the current course record of 62 at Piñon Hills. Luke worked as the Assistant Golf Professional at Piñon Hills before becoming the Assistant Golf Professional, and eventually the Head Golf Professional, at San Juan Country Club. He became the Head Golf Professional at Piñon Hills in April of 2015. Luke was elected to PGA Membership in November of 2014, receiving Class A status. He is very confident in his ability to teach and grow the game of golf, while possessing a good golf business mind. Luke is a devoted husband to his wife Allison Tanner, and they have 2 sons, Eli (4) and Brett (2). Luke is an avid fisherman and also loves hunting, camping, and sports.

 

Mark Omell - Golf Course Superintendent
 

Mark was born and raised in Metro Detroit and got his start working on golf courses at 16 years old. At first it was a summer job to help offset cost of college, but after an injury derailed his baseball career, he decided to transfer to Michigan State University and obtain a degree in Crop and Soil Science. Mark worked in the Detroit region for next 15 plus years gaining experience at public and private facilities. After a harsh winter in 2012, his wife told him "no more snow" so they relocated to the US Virgin Islands where he ran the golf course until Hurricane Irma destroyed the property. He then took a job in Panama managing a golf course and coffee plantation. Last year Mark returned "home" where he worked at Detroit Golf Club and helped prepare for the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic on the PGA Tour. Mark and his wife Angela have two sons, Throck, 23  and Samuel, 6. They enjoy outdoor activities, camping and exploring new places.