Professional Staff


Mark Ahrens - Head Golf Professional
PGA of Canada Class A Professional

& 2013 PGA of Ontario Golf Professional of the Year

From being Rookie of the Year at Ferris State College in 1985, to being honoured as PGA of Ontario Golf Professional of the Year for 2013, it’s been a memorable journey for Mark.

As a kid from Toronto, Ahrens started playing junior golf with his brother Brian at the Donalda Club, where his parents Lyle and Heidi remain active members.  It was during this time that Mark picked up a passion for the game that set him on a course to become recognized as one of the province’s premiere golf professionals.

“It was a true honour to be recognized by the PGA of Ontario as the Golf Professional of the Year”, says Ahrens, who is looking forward to his 25th  season as Head Professional at Kawartha Golf & Country Club.

“Mark has transformed Kawartha into one of the best serviced clubs anywhere in the country”, says Ian Webb, Executive Professional at Credit Valley G&CC,  “Mark leads by example; he is an astute businessman as his golf shop consistently parallels big city clubs in sales and service.  He represents the best of that the PGA has to offer in professionalism, integrity and enthusiasm for the game”.

Ahrens has also mentored close to 15 up-and-coming PGA of Ontario members who have passed through his shop over the years.


  Blake Ulrich - Associate Golf Professional
PGA of Canada Class A Professional

Blake was born and raised in Peterborough and was a junior member at Kawartha for 10 years. 

In 2015 Blake graduated from Georgian College’s Bachelor of Business, Golf Management Degree Program and joined the PGA of Canada shortly after in 2016.  Blake has worked previously at The National Golf Club of Canada, Wildfire Golf Club and most recently, Peterborough Golf. 

Blake will make a great team leader to the rest of the golf shop staff.  Blake’s biggest strengths will be helping with our Junior Program, teaching and coaching, as well as the organization of member events.  His commitment to detail in all areas of our golf operation will be a great asset to us. 

  Shana Kelly - Teaching Professional
PGA of Canada Class A Professional

A PGA of Canada Class “A” Member since 2009, Shana has spent the past 12 years focusing on Instruction & Coaching, earning her PGA of Canada specializations in both areas. She is also TPI, US Kids and certified and serves as a Master Coach Developer for golf in Canada.  Shana works with her students to help them fully understand what needs to be done to reach their goals and supports them in how to achieve success. She utilizes Foresight GC Quad launch monitor technology to enhance her students’ learning, when necessary and can be found in her home studio in Lindsay, ON during the Winter months.

Shana currently coaches a team of 10 competitive juniors ranging in age from 12-18 and has two former students playing collegiate golf in the United States.

While she is passionate about working with golfers, her number one job is being Mom to Skye, Nyah & Landon and Wife to Matt.

    Andre Stevens
Andre has lived in Peterborough for nearly his whole life.  At a young age he would spend his summers at KGC, playing golf almost every day.  He is now studying French and Geography at Trent University, with the intention of becoming a teacher.  His hobbies include golf, basketball, and music.  Andre spends his summers at Kawartha, working at the Golf Shop and looks forward to yet another great year at Kawartha.
    Emma Twohey
This is Emma’s 5th year working at Kawartha and her 1st year in the Golf Shop.  She graduated from Trent University with a BSc in Biology/Health Sciences.  Emma grew up in Peterborough playing golf at Kawartha and also enjoys playing soccer and ultimate Frisbee.  She is looking forward to a great year at Kawartha.
    Ethan Payne
Ethan is a 20 year old college student, currently enrolled at Fleming and is working towards a Business Diploma.  He has been golfing at Kawartha for 8 years, and has had the privilege of working here for the past 3 years.  This will be Ethan’s 4th year, and 1st in the Golf Shop.  Ethan is excited to help everyone have a great year this summer.