Charles Raulerson, Jr., PGA
Charles Raulerson, Jr., PGA Professional and Sole Golf Management President, earned his Class A from the PGA of America in 1994. He has been teaching and playing golf for most of his life. In 2001, after his professional career on several tours, Charles began managing clubs and in 2013 became President of Sole Golf Management. During his management tenure, Charles has taken pride in turning around the Country Club of Orange Park. The success of the turn around stems from close management of membership, guest services and cash flow. Sole Golf Management is poised to purchase or manage other properties by delivering a proven track record of reducing operating costs, improving course conditions and driving cash flow to the members or owners of the club. In April 2013, Charles purchased the Golf Club at Fleming Island. Charles gives much credit to his mentors; C. Ray Raulerson, his father, Colin Armstrong and Chris Blocker, owner of the Hyde Park GC. As quoted many times, “these three gentlemen have taught me how to manage my personal life in harmony with playing professional golf and managing personal & business assets”.
In 1998, during his playing career, Charles won two events on the PGA Nationwide Tour; the Oregon Classic and the Inland Empire Open. Prior to playing on the Nationwide Tour, Charles earned his PGA Tour card in 1994 and 1999-2000. During his 1999 PGA Tour year, Charles had two top-ten and four top-twelve finishes. He played in three US Opens, enjoyed a practice round with Tiger Woods on several occasions and played in the 2000 Players Championship at TPC. Charles has won several International tournaments including the 1989 Jamaican Open, the European Challenge Tour at the 1992 South France Open and the 1993 Gortex Classic in Scotland. He applies the lessons of playing to his teaching skill sets enhancing the players ability to focus on training at the driving range and scoring on the golf course. Charles is a graduate from the fighting Tigers of LSU.
For golf lessons text him at (904) 334-1094
Sean McGauley, PGA
Sean is a Florida native who was born and raised in the Jacksonville area. After graduating High School, Sean moved to Orlando and became the Owner/Operator of a successful pizza franchise in which he later sold to pursue his career in the Golf industy.
In 2007, Sean graduated from the Golf Academy of America with a Degree in Golf Operations and Management. Along with a degree in the golf course management, he was a warded several certificates in professional golf instruction, club fitting, tournament operations, and club repair. Sean has worked his way through the PGA beginning with his first job as an Assistant Professional at Planterra Ridge Golf Club in Peachtree City Georgia. After a few years he returned home to Jacksonville as Assistant Professional at Queen’s Harbor Yacht & Country Club only to later accept the Head Professional position.
In 2013, Sean earned his Class A membership from the PGA of America. In that time, he spent four years working with junior golfers and creating youth programs while growing the game of golf and teaching life skills and core values to the future generation of golfers at the The First Tee of North Florida. In 2016, Sean accepted the role of General Manager at Fleming Island Golf Club.
Michael E Pafford
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Michael is the Lead Golf Course Superintendent for Sole Golf and manages the agronomical practices at Country Club of Orange Park and Fleming Island. Michael has been employed in the golf management industry for the past 27 years, working in the Jacksonville area at courses such as Deerwood Country Club, Timuquana Country Club and Eagle Harbor Golf Club.
Michael was born in Charleston, South Carolina and relocated to Jacksonville, FL as a toddler. He obtained his first introduction into the world of golf course management while attending Robert E. Lee High School. Michael’s first studies began in horticulture and turf grass management. He then completed his studies in turf grass management at Saint Augustine Technical Institute (First Coast Technical College).
Michael has two golf course constructions and grow-ins under his belt and has been Superintendent at Fleming Island for the past fourteen years, before joining Sole Golf Management.