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Meet the Staff

Meet the staff at The Ridge Golf Course & Events Center in Auburn, California.


Head Golf Professional

Hailing from San Jose State University, Shawn Kelly brings a wealth of experience to The Ridge Golf Course. As a seasoned PGA Professional since 1993, Shawn's rich journey in golf spans over three decades, prominently in the Sacramento/Auburn region.

With a remarkable record, Shawn has been honored as the Northern California PGA Player of the Year six times. His skill and passion have seen him participate in various prestigious PGA Tour events, including the 1996 US Open and three PGA Championships. His international accolade includes representing the United States on the triumphant 2000 PGA Cup Team in Wales.

Beyond his impressive playing career, Shawn is deeply committed to instruction. He's mentored thousands, imparting his unique "Basics and Balance" approach to the game. Many of his junior proteges have gone on to earn college scholarships. With a teaching philosophy rooted in mastering the essentials, Shawn emphasizes playing the game consistently and effectively. Under his guidance, students dive deep into the fundamentals of the golf swing, aiming to leverage them for improved scores. Always attuned to individual capabilities, Shawn is dedicated to helping each student understand and elevate their swing.

Eager to refine your golf techniques under expert guidance? Don't hesitate, book a session with Shawn Kelly now!

Email skelly@ridgegc.com
Phone 530.888.7888 ext 639
Tournament Director/ Men's Club Director

Christopher Marinelli has been a dedicated member of The Ridge Golf Course & Events Center team since 2010. Hailing from Grass Valley, CA, Christopher started his journey with The Ridge when he was 17 years old.

From his initial position as an Outside Service Attendant, his dedication and passion for the game saw him transition through roles as Golf Shop Assistant, and now, to his prominent roles as Tournament Director and Men's Club Director.

In his pivotal role, Christopher is the driving force behind the meticulous planning, organization, and oversight of all tournaments hosted at The Ridge. His unmatched expertise, coupled with his commitment, has made him an invaluable asset to the course, ensuring every event is executed with precision and excellence.

Planning a tournament? Ensure it's a standout event by reaching out to Chris Marinelli. Book your next tournament with Chris today!

Email cmarinelli@ridgegc.com
Phone 530.888.7888 ext. 633
Assistant Golf Professional

Born and raised in Loomis, CA, Jake Smeltzer's journey with golf began at the age of 7. Embracing the sport, he actively participated in local junior golf programs, and it's these early experiences that fueled his passion and dedication to the game.

Since joining The Ridge Golf Course in 2018, Jake has been instrumental in shaping both individual lessons and our junior's program. Beginning his teaching journey in 2020, he holds a special affinity for junior golf, recognizing the doors it opened for him during his formative years.

Determined to deepen his expertise and bring the best to his students, Jake is currently immersed in the PGA's Professional Golf Management Program, with a specialized focus on teaching and coaching. In his own words, "I strive to help you improve your golf game using the knowledge that I have acquired over the years of recreational as well as competitive golf."

Looking to elevate your game? Reach out and book a lesson with Jake today!

Email: jsmeltzer@ridgegc.com
Phone: 530.888.7888 ext. 2