CHRIS GUMBACH, PGA:
Chris Gumbach, has been part of the RFCC golf staff for the past 27 years. Starting in 1994, as an Assistant Golf Professional and then promoted to Head Golf Professional in 2006. Chris was elected into PGA membership in 1997 and has been very active within the Illinois PGA, National PGA and the community. Chris served on the IL PGA Board of Directors from 2008 to 2016 and was Section President in 2013-2014.
He has won numerous Section tournaments over the years and qualified for the 2009 PGA National Championship. One distinction Chris has is that he is the only IL PGA Section Professional in history that has won both the IL PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year Award (1999) & the Golf Professional of the Year Award (2018). In 2019, Chris was invited to become a supervisor at The Masters and enjoys sharing his experiences of the tournament and Augusta National with the RFCC membership.
Lastly, and possibly his biggest contribution to the game and community, Chris co-founded Birdies for Charity in 2011. Birdies for Charity is a one day fundraiser consisting of 40 local professionals playing up to 90 holes at River Forest. In our first 10 years, we have been able to raise over 2 million dollars for local charities such as Lurie's Children's Hospital, JDRF, Ronald McDonald House, IL PGA Foundation and our own RFCC Educational Foundation.
SEAN REA, PGA:
Sean is in his third year at RFCC and was elected into PGA membership in 2017. Sean graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Business Marketing and was also a part of the Professional Golf Management program. Sean has worked at some very prestigious clubs in his career including the Maroon Creek Club (Aspen, CO) and The Golf Club at Black Rock (Coeur d' Alene, ID). He will be working closely on the ladies and junior programs, all day-to-day operations, tournaments and events. Sean is also a very capable instructor that will be able to help any golfer achieve their goals!
DREW GROSS, PGA
Drew is a PGA Member that graduated from Penn State University as part of their Professional Golf Management program with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Tourism Management. Drew has worked at some very high-profile facilities including: Karsten Creek Club (Stillwater, OK), Bandon Dunes (Bandon, OR), The Estancia Club (Scottsdale, AZ) and most recently at Phoenix Country Club (Phoenix, AZ). Drew is a wonderful addition to our team and brings both enthusiasm and knowledge to all areas of the operation.