Meet the Staff

Ryan Ochs
General Manager/Superintendent of Golf Operations

Ryan has over 15 years of experience in all aspects of golf course maintenance and administration. Ochs is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture, Production Management with a concentraion in Turf Grass Management. He is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and the Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents (MAGCS).


Rob Saunders
Manager of Golf Programs & Services
PGA Professional

Rob has been a PGA member since 1992 and the Sunset Valley Golf Professional since 1999. His teaching philosophy deals with getting players to understand how to make solid contact and create the desired shot. Rob customizes his instruction to accommodate each player's unique swing. 
"Every player needs to learn how the swing feels so they can repeat the swing."

Cole Sangern
Sunset Valley Clubhouse Facility Supervisor
Golf Professional

Cole has been at Sunset Valley for over 18 years and works with players of all ages and abilities. Cole has led a number of golf clinics and has been an instructor for the Highland Park Golf Academy since its inception in 2005.

“The most important part of teaching golf is to make it fun.”

Hiromune Takamura
Golf Professional

Hiromune, is a Class A member of the PGA of America and has been teaching golf since 1996. He is a golf specific fitness pro certified by the Titleist Professional Institute (T.P.I.) and 3D professional certified by K-vest. Both of these certifications give Hiromune great insights into the development of golfing students.

With his enthusiasm for teaching and learning, Hiromune has adapted his teaching philosophy to new technologies to gain maximum results. The principles applied, combined with new technologies, can improve your game regardless of age or ability. 

Golf Course Lessons Outings