Staff

Meet our golf professionals.

Jason Sudenga

Jason Sudenga

Director of Golf

jason.sudenga@joingreatlife.com

Professional Experience
As Director of Golf, Jason Sudenga oversees all golf operations at Willow Run, Bakker
Crossing, Central Valley, Rocky Run, and Fox Run. Jason has been a Class A PGA
professional for over 20 years. He has been the Director of Golf for GreatLIFE since 2014.
He has worked at every level of golf from an exclusive private club in Southern California,
The Farms Golf Club, to one of the busiest golf courses in the midwest, Lake Shawnee Golf
Course, and the mid-priced public golf course, Bakker Crossing.
Jason has been working as a golf professional in the Sioux Falls market for the last 17
golf seasons. Before becoming the director of golf for GreatLIFE, Jason was the head golf
professional at Bakker Crossing Golf Course. Jason opened Bakker Crossing in 2002.
Opening a 18-hole championship golf course from day one has given Jason valuable
experience in all aspects of golf course operations. Creating leagues, junior golf programs
and an excellent tournament program are just a few things he has accomplished while at
Bakker Crossing.

Jason is an accomplished teacher and player. He was honored by the Minnesota Section of
the PGA in 2015, receiving the Player Development Award. In 2010 US Kids gave Jason
Honorable Mention as a teacher. Jason has won several tournaments as a PGA professional.

Jason has worked personally with top instructors such as Hank Haney, Stan Utley, Phil
Rogers and Mike Malaska. Jason’s students have won club championships, state opens and
qualified for USGA Championships.

Education and Certifications
Jason learned his skills from the San Diego Golf Academy with a degree in Golf Operations
Management. He was elected to membership into the PGA of American on April of 1997
and is a Titleist Staff member.

Matt Drake

Matt Drake

Head Golf Professional

matt.drake@joingreatlife.com

Matt Drake joined the GreatLIFE team at Bakker Crossing Golf Course in 2014. Matt is a past graduate of Augustana University where he was also on the golf team for four years. Since then, Matt has been endlessly looking for ways to increase his golf knowledge and finding ways to make golf more enjoyable for everyone. For the past three years, Matt has been professionally teaching all ages and all skill levels through individual lessons and golf camps. Chasing a lifelong career in the golf industry, Matt is constantly searching for new concepts and techniques to help improve your golf needs. Matt is currently enrolled in the PGA PGM Program to help grow his knowledge and provide you with an experience that will last a lifetime! Let Matt help you become the golfer that you want to be!

Jason Metz

Jason Metz

Superintendent

jason.metz@joingreatlife.com

Jason Metz, a Yankton native, first joined the Fox Run team in 2010 where he worked on the grounds crew for two seasons while attending USD. It was there Jason decided to make a career path change. He transferred to Southeast Technical Institute where he studied Sports Turf Management. Prior to graduation, Jason continued gaining valuable experience working at Elmwood golf course in Sioux Falls. Before returning to Fox Run as the assistant superintendent in the spring of 2017, Jason was the superintendent of some local courses including Bon Homme Country Club, Parkston Country Club, and Springfield Golf Club. Now, as the Head Superintendent of the course he grew up on, he intends to not only maintain the course to the standards golfers have come to expect. But for the maintenance team to surpass those expectations and provide golfers with the best Fox Run possible.