Private Lessons, Adult Clinics, and Golf Camps
Chris Mowers, PGA – Director of Golf
Jon Ellis, PGA - Head Golf Professional
Chris Mowers, PGA ~ Director of Golf
Chris is originally from Plymouth, New Hampshire, where he grew up and at the age of 12 began working in the golf industry. He worked in golf course maintenance throughout high school and college, including the construction of the back 9 holes at Nippo Lake.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Management and Business Administration, Chris moved to southern California to attend the Golf Academy of San Diego. Upon graduation in 2002, he began his career at Morgan Run Resort and Club as an Assistant Golf Professional, during which time he completed a three level apprenticeship to earn his "Class A" PGA Membership in 2006.
Chris transferred back to the east coast in April 2007 to become the First Assistant Golf Professional at Ipswich Country Club and was promoted to Head Golf Professional the following year.
Since becoming Nippo Lake's Head Professional in 2009, Chris has taken the Member tournaments to the next level and created the Annual Nippo Lake Cup and the Annual Nippo Lake Fourball. In addition, he introduced the Get Golf Ready Program and has developed a reputation as a highly regarded Golf Instructor. Coming into his 5th season at Rochester C.C. and 8th season at Nippo Lake, Chris is eager to continue to grow the game at both facilities through increased playing opportunities and teaching programs. Please let Chris know if there is anything he and/or his staff can do to improve your experience at Rochester C.C.
Jon Ellis, PGA ~ Head Golf Professional
Jon Ellis has been in the golf business for nearly 17 years, 5 of which have been at RCC. We are delighted to have Jon on our staff and as a key member of RCC's Team.
Jon grew up in Rochester, NH and graduated from Spaulding High School. He attended New England College in 1990 earning a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He was inducted into the New England College Sports Hall of Fame in 2001 and later the Rochester Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Jon began his Golf Professional career at Rochester C.C. as the 1st Assistant Golf Professional for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. Jon accepted the Head Golf Professional position at Sanford Country Club in Maine in 2001 and spent the next 11 years promoting customer service and helped create the annual Spaulding Hockey and Rochester Elks Fundraiser outings. Jon served on both the New England PGA Section and Maine Chapter Board of Directors and received the Maine Chapter's Bill Strausbaugh Award for Golf Leadership in 2008.
Jon and his wife, Shana, live in Rochester, NH and are parents to a daughter Kate, and two sons, Connor and Ryan. They love to visit their dad in the Pro Shop and we love having them as part of the RCC family!