Golf Professionals

STEVE CONNER

Downriver Golf Course
Born and raised in Omak, Wash., Steve Conner moved to Spokane to attend Whitworth University and play on the golf team. He graduated from Whitworth with a degree in Business Management. He started his golf career shortly after graduation at Spokane Country Club. Following a year at the Country Club, Steve continued his career at Indian Canyon Golf Course. He left Indian Canyon for the opportunity to help open the Coeur d’ Alene Resort Golf Course. Steve returned to Indian Canyon before becoming the Head Professional at Downriver Golf Course where he has enjoyed a long tenure. Steve has previously served on the Inland Empire PGA Board of Directors, as well as Chairman of the Inland Empire PGA tournament committee. He is currently serving another term on the Tournament Committee of the Inland Empire PGA. Steve is married with 3 daughters.

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REX SCHULTZ

Esmeralda Golf Course
Rex Schultz, Head Golf Professional at Esmeralda, is no stranger to the facility. Rex is a Spokane native who played his junior golf at Esmeralda. After graduating from Rogers High School in Northeast Spokane, he went on to play golf at Washington State University. Following graduation, Rex returned to Esmeralda and began his career as a Golf Professional. During his years at Esmeralda, Rex has been active in promoting junior golf and introduced the game thousands of kids over the years. In 2002, he received recognition as the Inland Empire Professional Golfer’s Association’s Junior Golf Leader. Rex has also been active in the governance of the P.G.A. and has served in each elective office available in the Inland Empire Chapter culminating in serving as President in 2003 and 2004. Rex was awarded the Inland Empire Golf Professional of the Year Award for 2003.

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GARY LINDEBLAD

Indian Canyon Golf Course
In 2007 Gary Lindeblad, head professional at Indian Canyon, was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America Hall of Fame, the highest honor the Section can bestow upon one of its members.  Gary started at Indian Canyon on Jan. 1, 1985 after spending 12 years at Liberty Lake Golf Course in Spokane.  He graduated from North Central High School in Spokane and continued his education at Eastern Washington University, graduating with a B.A. in accounting in 1972.  Gary has been a golf professional for decades.  He has received over 40 Inland Empire Chapter and Pacific Northwest Section awards for his service to the PGA, golf instruction and junior golf.  Gary has played on 11 PNWPGA Section Hudson Cup teams, was the captain in 2004 and has won numerous chapter and section titles.  In 1995, Gary was named Golf Business Magazines, "Golf Professional of the Year."


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MARK A. GARDNER

Qualchan Golf Course
Mark A. Gardner has the been the Head Professional at The Creek at Qualchan for many years. Mark was born, raised and started his golf career in Spokane. He has been a part of golf in Spokane for decades. He served as Inland Empire PGA President for 2 terms. He has served on the Pacific NW PGA Board of Directors for 8 years and has served as the Tournament Chairman for the Pacific NW PGA. He was chosen Professional of the Year in the Inland Empire PGA several times and has won the Player of the Year honors many times as well.

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