Meet the Instructors

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Our golf instructors represent many years of experience teaching the game to novices, as well as accomplished amateurs and professionals.

Peggy Kirk Bell

Owner of Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club.  Mrs.  Bell is the winner of several tournament championships including: Two-Ball, Palm Beach Amateur, Titleholders, Eastern Amateur.  She was a member of the 1950 USGA Curtis Cup Team and 1951 LPGA Weathervane Team.

Other honors include: LPGA Teacher of the Year, LPGA Master Teacher, Golf Digest's one of the six Best Women Teachers in the World, member North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, one of five Most Influential Women in Golf, member Carolinas' Golf Hall of Fame, National Golf Foundation's Joe Graffis Award, winner of the first LPGA Senior Championship.

Mrs. Bell has also received the 1990 LPGA's Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the 1990 Bobby Jones Award.  In 1994, she was presented with the William D.  Richardson Memorial Trophy at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia.

Mrs.  Bell is the author of a "Woman's Way to Better Golf" and "The Gift Of Golf, My Life With A Wonderful Game."  She is an instructor in the ESPN video – "How to Play Your Best Golf" and has been named one of Golf for Women Magazine's Top 50 Teachers.  She has also been named by Golf Magazine as one of the Top 100 Teachers in America and in 2004 she was the first woman inducted into Golf Magazine's World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.

Pat McGowan

Pine Needles' Director of Instruction. Pat joined the PGA tour in 1978 and was Rookie of the Year. He won the 1984 TPS Sacramento Open. Other top finishes include: Second in the Canadian Open, second in the Quad Cities Open, fourth in the PGA Championship. Pat attended Brigham Young University and is an active supporter of junior golf. Pat qualified to play on the Champion's Tour beginning in the 2005 season.

Bonnie Bell McGowan

One of Peggy Kirk Bell's two daughters, Bonnie is a former outstanding amateur golfer who played on the University of North Carolina Women's Golf Team. She is married to Pat McGowan, Pine Needles' PGA Touring Professional and Director of Instruction. Bonnie is the mother of Michael and Scottie.

She has been an Instructor for over 20 years in Pine Needles' Golfaris. Bonnie is also Owner of BBM Designs (golf jewelry, infant shoes and other golf related items) and Co-Owner of Player's Design (golf and outerwear apparel).

Donna Andrews

A Virginia native, Donna is a five-time winner of the Virginia State Amateur Championship.  She won the prestigious North and South Amateur title in 1984 and 1988, and was runner-up in 1989.  She received All-American honors as a member of the University of North Carolina team in 1989.

As a professional, Donna has captured six events, including one major title:  The Nabisco Dinah Shore in 1994.  She placed third in the 1992 U.S. Women's Open and tied for second a year later.  She had four top ten finishes in 2002, and her best finish in 2003 was a tie for seventh in the Canadian Open.  Donna has served on the LPGA Executive Committee since 2001 and was president of the association for two years.

Peggy Bell Miller

One of Peggy Kirk Bell's two daughters. Former member of the University of Alabama Women's Golf Team; married to Kelly Miller, Chief Operating Officer of Pine Needles and Mid Pines. Peggy is the mother of Blair, Melody, and Kelly Ann. She has been an instructor for over 20 years in Pine Needles' Golfaris.

Graham Gilmore

A graduate of Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC, with a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Professional Golf Management. In 2001 Graham joined the staff at Mid Pines and worked as an Assistant Golf Professional for three years. Graham, now General Manager and Director of Golf at Pine Needles and Mid Pines, has been teaching with the Golfaris since 2002.

Golf Professionals

Brett Harless, PGA Head Golf Professional - Mid Pines

Brett graduated from Methodist University with a degree in Business Administration and a Concentration in Professional Golf Management, he is also a member of the PGA. Brett has spent the last three seasons at the Carolina Club in the Outer Banks and various internships prior to that position. Along with these positions he also spent three years coaching Middle School golf. Brett is the Senior Assistant Golf Professional at Pine Needles and Mid Pines.

Tyler Yancey, PGA Assistant

Tyler is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Professional Golf Management. Tyler has worked at private clubs in New Mexico and Virginia before joining our staff in 2013. He is currently a PGA Assistant Golf Professional at Pine Needles and Mid Pines. 

Mandy Moore, Assistant

Mandy played collegiate golf at Wake Forest University and graduated with a degree in Communication in 2007. She played one year professionally on the Duramed Futures Tour. After completing her masters degree in Physical Education/Sports Management at Eastern Kentucky University, she was a graduate assistant for the womans golf team. Most recently, she was the head women's golf coach at Carson-Newman University for three years and joined the staff here at Pine Needles and Mid Pines in June of 2013.

Brad Davis, PGA Assistant

Brad is a PGA Professional and a graduate of Coastal Carolina University. He has a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Professional Golf Management. He has worked for clubs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and most recently worked for two years with the Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Brad joined the Pine Needles and Mid Pines staff in January 2014 as a PGA Assistant Golf Professional.

Chase Lippard, Assistant

Chase played collegiate golf at Mars Hill University and graduated in 2012. He has a degree in Recreation and Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration. Before joining our staff Chase worked at Lake Hickory Country Club in Hickory, North Carolina. He is currently an active PGA Apprentice who is pursuing his class A. Chase joined the Pine Needles and Mid Pines staff as one of our Assistant Golf Professionals in January 2013.

Andy Kiker, Assistant

Andy began his career in golf at Rocky River Golf Club working for the outside staff and progressing all the way up to an Assistant Golf Professional. After growing up playing in many junior tournaments, he now has placed in some of Carolina's PGA Sectional events. Andy has been teaching for more than two years and is currently working through the PGA apprenticeship program.

Melissa Evanich, 2014 Intern

Melissa is a PGA Golf Management Intern who attends Methodist University. She will graduate from Methodist in Decemeber 2014, with a degree in Accounting with a concentration in Professional Golf Management. She did her first internship with Morris County Golf Club in New Jersey working in the golf shop. She then did her second internship at Independence Golf Club in Virginia working in the Robins Junior Golf Program teaching juniors.