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Tom Zahradka

Tom Zahradka

Head Golf Professional

Phone: (510) 231-2252

I began my PGA golf career here at Richmond C.C. as a 22 year old Assistant Golf Professional in October of 1982. In 1990, I was awarded the Head Golf Professional position. My fascination of this golf course still grows. Day in and day out, it plays differently in so many ways. Through the years, the membership has become family to me. Outside of my job, I have been married for 28 years to my wife, Glenda. I have one son, Kyle, a dog, and a cat. My other passions include sporting events, fishing, and exotic travel.

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Joe Vavra

Joe Vavra

Director of Instruction

Phone: (650) 416-4671

Joe Vavra, the Director of Instruction, has been affiliated with Richmond Country Club since 2001 and a golf professional at various times since 1968. Previously, he was the teaching professional at the Olympic Club and Head Professional, Director of Instruction at Harding Park, both in San Francisco. He has written numerous instruction articles for "Golf Illustrated" Magazine.

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Patrick McChesney

Patrick McChesney

Director of Instruction

Phone: (510) 637-9039

Patrick is a PGA class A member who has been with Richmond Country Club since 2007. He is a TPI Certified instructor and employs the use of Trackman technology to aid his students in the learning process. He is also a SeeMore Putter Institute Certified Instructor, and Titleist Certified Club Fitter. He is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Oakland Athletics. Patrick is married and has 2 dogs, a yellow lab and a manchester terrier mix he took home as a stray from RCC. He loves good food and enjoying nature with his wife and dogs.

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Kelly Smith

Kelly Smith

Assistant Golf Professional

Phone: (510) 232-7815

Kelly is a PGA Class A member that joins the professional staff at RCC after spending over ten years outside of the Washington DC area at Bethesda CC. She is a graduate of Penn State University majoring in Professional Golf Management. Upon moving to CA to be closer to her nephews, she became an active volunteer for the First Tee of Contra Costa. She believes in the PGA motto to grow the game of golf and looks forward to be able to do that here at RCC. In her free time she enjoys her nephews, sports, and most of all in the fall Penn State football.

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Jeff Oda

Jeff Oda

Golf Shop Assistant

Phone: (510) 232-7815

Jeff has worked at Franklin Canyon GC and Tilden Park GC. He is finishing up his degree in Kinesiology with the emphasis in Nutrition at Cal State Monterey. While in college, he played on the rugby team and now is playing for the Diablo Gales in Lafayette. His interests also include fishing, camping, and dirt biking.

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