About Griffin Golf
Love, passion and respect for the game of golf.
Why We Started
Coaching and giving golf lessons in Washington has been one of our ultimate pleasures. Teaching is where we have chosen to dedicate our careers and where we have found our professional fulfillment. As we continue to advance our knowledge and understanding of the game, we look forward to sharing that with our current and future students. To say Griffin Golf is a passion project would be an understatement.
It doesn’t matter where you are beginning, what your goals are or what your budget it. Griffin Golf was created to support all those who want to better understand the game. We have found a true calling in assisting Washington junior golfers advance their abilities to be competitive on the junior, collegiate and tour scenes.
Co-Owner/Director of Instruction
“I fell in love with the game from a very young age. Now, I can’t think of anything better than helping others fall in love with it too.”
I was born and raised in Federal Way, WA, and started playing golf at age 8 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club. I was a four-year letterman on the boy’s high school team before signing on to play for the Oregon State University Women’s Golf Team. Upon graduating, I became the assistant coach for the OSU Beavers. After two years of assisting, I was offered the head coach position at University of San Francisco. Between 1997 and 2005, I developed a Top-25 ranked team, secured a West Coast Conference Championship and made eight consecutive NCAA Regional appearances. In 2005, I returned to the Pacific Northwest to begin work at Tacoma Country & Golf Club. I earned my Class A PGA Membership in 2009. Currently, I am in my 4th season as the Pacific Lutheran University Women’s Golf Coach.
My Proudest Golf Moment: Watching my daughter play High School golf!
My Proudest Teaching Moment: Receiving the 2015 PNWPGA Section Award for Youth Player Development
Additional Achievements & Education:
2019 & 2015 PNWPGA Section Youth Player Development Award Winner | 2017 WWCPGA Player Development Award Winner | 2011 & 2013 WWCPGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year | PAX Community Educator – Completed Mastery and Certification in 2012 | Heart Math Certified Coach |4-Year Letter Winner FWHS Boy’s Golf Team | Oregon State University Women’s Golf Team Member | BS in Zoology from OSU
“I’ve played a lot of golf in my life. To be able to share what has been such an important part of my life with others has been such an amazing thing.”
My golf career began at the age of 9 and I haven’t stopped since. In 2000, I turned professional and in 2006 became a Class A Member of the PGA. I had spent my teen years working the bags of Tacoma Country & Golf Club, and eventually worked my way up to first assistant at the Lakewood, WA club. In 2009, I set off to pursue a full-time PGA Tour career playing on the Canadian Tour and various mini tours while attending PGA Tour School. After four years of tour experience, I returned to TCGC to continue teaching. In 2013, I won the Washington State Open, and am a consistent top 10-player in the PGA’s Pacific Northwest Section. I have also been a member of the Hudson Cup Team for 8 out of the past 10 years.
My Proudest Golf Moment: Qualifying for the 48th PGA Professional National Championship in 2015.
My Proudest Teaching Moment: I am proud to work with a few current touring professionals–Kyle Stanley, Andres Gonzales, Michael Putnam and Derek Barron –as they compete at golf’s highest level as well as many other professionals in the Pacific Northwest Section.
Additional Achievements and Education:
2019 Wester Washington PGA Teacher of the Year | Pacific Northwest Section Assistant Golf Professional of the Year 2006 | 2007 PNWPGA Assistant’s Champion 2007 | Top 7 Pacific Northwest Section Player of the Year Points 2005 to 2008 | Western Washington PGA Match Play Champion 2003 & 2007 | Hudson Cup 5-0-1 record | 2004 and 2005 Washington Open 6th and 5th place finisher, respectively | 2nd and 4th place finisher at 2006 and 2005 Roasauer’s Invitational, respectively | 2005 Nationwide Tour (now Web.com) competitor at Shadow Hills, OR
“My passion is to grow the game of golf and create fun, social learning environments! I hope to share my love for golf with others to further grow Griffin Golf and the create as many golfers as possible! “
Carissa Shaw (Simmons) is the newest additional to our staff. She was raised in Boise, Idaho and played college golf at the University of Montana. She has worked as an Assistant Golf Professional for the past seven years and has decided to follow her passion and become a full time teacher! She has played golf since the age of 5 and the game has had such a significant impact on her life and where she is today. Her career goal is to introduce and attract as many people to the game as possible and help them find the love and passion in a game they can play for a lifetime.
My Proudest Golf Moment: Getting my first hole-in-one with my biggest fan, my father! 🙂
My Proudest Teaching Moment: Leading the 13u and 17u PGA Junior League Teams to their 2018 Championships!
Additional Achievements and Education:
2019 PNWPGA Deacon Palmer Award Winner | 2017 Pacific Northwest Section Assistant Golf Professional of the Year | Titleist Performance Institute Certified Professional | University of Montana Golf Team Member | Three time Big Sky All Conference | First Tee of Greater Seattle Certified Coach | Golf in Schools Instructor | BS in Marketing & Management from UM
A Little More About Us
We embody the term “golf nerds.” We love watching, playing, and talking about the game. Golf has transcended our professional careers to be our passion. Don’t believe us? Just check our back yard and our 5 hole putting course. We got engaged at on the famed Swilken Bridge while playing the Old Course at St. Andrews, got married on the 15th hole of TCGC and honeymooned at The Masters.
Off of the course, we love to support our Seahawks, spend time with friends (usually talking about golf) and share meals with family. We also try to visit Hawaii’s Big Island (with our clubs, of course) as often as we can!