Shelby Futch, Scottsdale Golf Group CEO, got an early start in golf. The work ethic and dedication he learned has helped him become a successful player, student, instructor, Green Beret, and manager of people. He played collegiately at Oklahoma State University and on numerous professional tours including the PGA Tour. He won the 1975 Illinois PGA Championship and was inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. Over the last five decades he has owned and operated nearly a dozen golf course properties, a chain of golf retail stores, and a successful golf club fitting and manufacturing company. While serving as an instructor for the Golf Digest Schools, he founded the world famous John Jacobs’ Golf Schools. Shelby has been recognized by, and written for, Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, and Golf Tips and is honored as one of the world’s top instructors. He has produced two series of golf instructional videos, was featured in the book Golf Gurus, and has appeared on The Golf Channel’s Golf Academy Live. As an international ambassador for golf instruction, he is a frequent guest speaker for both the Hong Kong and China PGA Tours. He also served voluntarily as coach of the NJCAA National Champion Scottsdale Community College golf team.
A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Gordon
Petrie brings more than 30 years of finance, legal and
human resources experience to the Scottsdale Golf Group.
He has held several senior management positions with multinational
corporations in manufacturing, hospitality and mining
industries in the United States and Canada. His
experience also includes a big four CPA firm in Toronto.
Prior to joining the Scottsdale Golf Group, Gordon owned
his own financial services consulting firm in Scottsdale.
He is currently a member of numerous financial organizations
in the US and Europe as well as the Board of Directors
of the Greater Scottsdale Boys & Girls Club.
Marc has been a proud member of the
British PGA for over 30 years and has spent his entire
career in the golf business. He worked personally with
John Jacobs’ for over five years and became the
youngest lead instructor for John Jacobs’ Golf Schools
& Academies. In 1993 he became the managing partner
of the Asian market for John Jacobs’ Golf Schools
and was the first Western golf professional to reside
in China. Marc was involved in brokering the first US/China
golf course purchase in 1995. Additionally, he was the
founder and managing partner for Central Golf Indoor Precision
Learning & Club-fitting Centers in Hong Kong and Beijing
in 2002, working with both Western and Chinese golf professionals.
He is the managing partner for the China Golf Challenge
a made for TV golf event. He continues to spend much of
his time building and strengthening business relationships
in Asia for both John Jacobs' Golf Schools and Scottsdale
Golf Group investments.
Jerry Wilson—Vice President
Public Golf Operations
With more than 30 years of experience in golf operations, Jerry Wilson joined Scottsdale Golf Group in 1994. As Vice President of Golf Operations, Jerry serves as General Manager for Red Mountain Ranch Country Club and Painted Mountain Golf Resort in Mesa. He oversees operations at both facilities as well as assisting in golf, food & beverage, and maintenance operations at other properties in the SGG portfolio.. His diverse background includes a two year degree in agronomy and turf management, food and beverage operations, multi-facility, golf and clubhouse operations, supervision of capital construction projects, staff development and training and budgeting/cost control operations. He has maintained his Class “A” membership in the PGA since 1993. Prior to joining SGG, Jerry held similar management positions with Pinetop Lakes Country Club, Gold Canyon Golf Resort and Camelot Golf Club in Mesa.
John Jackson—Vice President
Golf Operations & Merchandising
After an All-American career at Arizona State University and two years on the PGA Tour, John has spent the last four decades managing every facet of public and private courses. Since joining SGG he has served as General Manager at Legend Trail Golf Club, Orange Tree Golf Club, and Corte Bella Country Club. The former “Merchandiser of the Year” in the PGA Southwest Section has also tutored a number of top-name players including PGA Tour winner Billy Mayfair. John was inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame in 2005.