Meet The Staff
Ron is the Director of Golf & Club Operations for Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, VT. An accomplished player and coach, he captured the 2006 PGA Professional National Championship and is a five-time PGA Section Player of the Year and four-time PGA Section champion. He has competed in eight major championships overall, including one U.S. Open, and more than a dozen events on the PGA Tour.
A PGA teaching professional for more than 20 years, Ron was anointed the “Best Teacher” in the state of Vermont by Golf Digest magazine (for 2015-’16) and New England Golf Journal. He was also recognized as the 2010 New England Section PGA Teacher of the Year.
Ron comes from one of golf’s leading families—his sister, veteran LPGA Tour player Laura Diaz, won two LPGA titles in 2002 and competed in four Solheim Cups for the U.S., while his father, Ron Sr., has been a PGA member for more than 40 years and continues to teach at Stowe Mountain Resort through the summer months. Ron’s uncle and grandfather were also PGA Professionals; in fact, his uncle Dave competed in two PGA Championships and his father one. Ron, Jr., made the cut at the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey with sister Laura on his bag.
Ronald Philo Life Member PGA of America (member for 43 years) Full Time Teaching Professional since 1987 President Ron Philos’ School of Golf founded 1992 with Partner Ron Philo Jr. (2006 Club Professional National Champion) 3rd year as teaching professional Stowe Mountain Resort Father and coach of Laura Diaz 18 year veteran of the LPGA Tour
After graduating the PGA of America program in 2010, Rj was named named Head Golf Professional for Sugarbush Golf Club and later in 2011 named the Vice President; Director of Golf and Fitness.
Competitive highlights include five VT State Amateur tournaments; as a professional, RJ has never finished no worse than eleventh in the yearlong points race for Vermont PGA each year since turning pro in 2004. With five wins and countless runner up finishes in the VT Chapter of the PGA, his love of the game has never waned. This passion carries into my teaching of students and time around the Golf Club with members and guest. Winner of the 2015 NEPGA Merchandiser of the year Resort award.
A 1999 graduate of TCU where she competed on the women’s golf team for four years. Sue qualified to play in the 1998 US Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run. After graduating, Sue went on to compete on the LPGA’s Futures Tour until 2004. She then continued to pursue her passion for golf as a caddy on the LPGA Tour. In 2009, Sue settled in Essex VT and began teaching at the Links at Lang Farm. Sue comes to SMC with a wealth of experience that she is excited to share with members and guests.
Susan is a 25 year member of the PGA of America – Former Captain of the University of Alabama Golf Team. Susan has been involved with the New England section governance for 14 years- while also serving on the National Growth of the Game Committee for the PGA of America. Susan has received the following awards from the New England PGA- Teacher of the Year Rhode Island PGA 2007 – Player Development Award NEPGA 2008 -Horton Smith Award 2010 – Bill Strausbaugh Award 2012- Patriot Award 2014. Playing Accomplishments include Mass Womens Open Champion – Cape Cod Womens Open Champion – Three time New England Womens Open Champion – Runner Up Connecticut Womens Open
Entering his fifth season as part of the Stowe Golf Team, Topher has worked with a variety of ages and levels as a coach. He recently returned to Stowe after spending the 2015 golf season at Lake Mohawk Golf Club in Sparta, NJ where he lead their Junior Golf Program and worked with the members to improve their game and golf experience. On the course, Topher recently finished second in the VT PGA Pro-Lady.
No stranger to coaching, Topher spends his winter months as a ski coach for the Mount Mansfield Ski Club. He was honored with the 2014 Vermont Alpine Racing Association’s prestigious, Coach of the Year Award. He has coached a National Championship team at Plymouth State University in 2009 and an Overall U18 National Champion in 2012. His wealth of coaching knowledge will be an asset to the Stowe Golf members and guests