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Baton Rouge PGA Professional Chis Burkstaller - Golf Lessons

Chris Burkstaller, PGA


Chris is originally from Mandeville, Louisiana and attended The University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Chris began his career in the golf business at Covington Country Club and a youngster and moved to the northeast part of the United States and worked at many high-profile clubs such as Ridgewood Country Club, TPC River Highlands, Wannamoisett Country Club and spent winters working at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. After many years in the northeast, Chris came home to take the Head Golf Professional position at Lakewood Country Club in New Orleans, Louisiana and the The University Club in Baton Rouge. Chris also spent time teaching full time at Santa Maria Golf Course in Baton Rouge. He also was Head Golf Professional at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Denham Springs and had an earlier stint at The Island before coming back last October. Chris has a passion for teaching and merchandising and is a two-time winner of the Gulf States PGA Merchandiser of the Year and is also the 2019 Gulf States PGA Youth Player Development Award Winner. In his spare time Chris enjoys fishing and cooking.

Casey Simoneaux


Casey is originally from West Monroe, Louisiana and graduated from LSU in Sports Administration. He and his girlfriend Olivia live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Casey began his career in golf at Top Golf in Atlanta, Georgia as Lead Instructor. He then moved to the Huntville, Alabama location to take the Director of Instruction role. Casey also was Director of Instruction at the Baton Rouge Top Golf where he gave hundreds of golf lessons and coordinated leagues and outings. He recently spent time at Club Champion in New Orleans, Louisiana before deciding to get back on the green grass side of things. He has a passion for Golf Instruction and especially working with junior golfers. He is also the Head Golf Coach at St. John School in Plaquemine, Louisiana. In his spare time, he loves cheering for LSU and the Saints and enjoys fishing and playing golf.

Baton Rouge PGA Professional Chis Burkstaller - Golf Lessons

Howard Champagne, GCSAA


Howard is a native of Luling, Louisiana and grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Howard now resides in Addis, Louisiana and is married to Samantha. Howard has two daughters, Sydnie Luke and Natallie and one son Emmett. Howard graduated High School from Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge and graduated from LSU with a degree in Horticulture-Turf Grass Management. Howard has been at The Island since 1999 as Assistant Superintendent and then as Head Golf Course Superintendent since 2010. Howard enjoys LSU Football and spending quality time with his family.