2017 Stonycroft Hills Club Golf Biographies



Ryan Reynolds, PGA Head Golf Professional


Ryan Reynolds, our PGA head golf professional has been in the golf industry since he was legal to work.  He began his journey in golf as a caddy at Great Oaks Country Club; from there he worked in golf retail, and then pursued PGA membership.  Along his journey he has held assistant professional positions at numerous facilities from Dellwood Country Club in New City, NY; The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, SC; Pine Lake Country Club in Orchard Lake, MI; and Gull Lake Country Club in Richland, MI.  After serving as an assistant professional Ryan became the head professional at Gull Lake Country Club for five years.  Being from Rochester Hills, Ryan wanted to bring his family back to the east side of the state and that is where he currently resides with his family, Katie his wife and Scotland his two year old son.  Ryan is a graduate of Rochester Adams High and Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  Along with his industry knowledge, Ryan has played in numerous amateur and professional events around the country and is a PGA of America class A member.  Ryan looks forward to spending many years as a part of the Stonycroft family.




Derek Brown, Assistant Golf Professional


Derek Brown has been the lead golf professional at Stonycroft Hills since 2000.  Derek has endless hours of teaching experience from his days working at The Ken Venturi Golf Academy, which remains his industry passion.  Derek has also served as the caddie master at Oakland Hills Country Club where he was also lucky enough to caddy for Omar Uresti in the 1996 US Open.  Derek is the proud father of Brinley and husband to Jennifer.   Derek is the longest tenured employee of The Stonycroft Hills Club.



Griffin Smith, Outside Services Staff


Griffin Smith has been employed at Stonycroft Hills since 2012. He has been around the game his entire life. He was a standout golfer at Cranbrook Schools, where he won the individual state title (with an impressive two-day total of 141) in 2011 at the Forest Akers West Golf Course at Michigan State University.  In 2012 as a senior co-captain, Griffin anchored a team that won the state championship in 2012 by a whopping 27 strokes. He then moved on to play golf at Bowling Green State University.  Griffin is currently finishing his degree at Oakland University and has recently entered the PGA program through Stonycroft in 2017. He is also the current varsity coach for the Cranbrook Schools boy’s golf team. Griffin looks forward to a long and successful career in the golf industry. We are happy to have him as part of our team.  




Chris Zangkas, Outside Services Staff


Chris Zangkas has returned for his 11th year of service to the members of Stonycroft.  Chris has and continues to be an incredible asset to our outside service staff.  He is walking, talking customer relationship management system, always able to recall the preferences of virtually every member here at the club.  Chris is a graduate of Birmingham Brother Rice High and Central Michigan University with a B.A. in personal financial planning.  Chris is currently employed with Northwestern Mutual Life in Grand Blanc and in his time away from the office works here at Stonycroft.  We are lucky to have him to help us.