The Most Distinguished Golf Staff in Boca Raton

When playing a sport as difficult as golf, it's important to have a strong team around to help you achieve your full potential. Vast experience, unwavering dedication, and an intimate attention to detail make the staff at Boca Grove an indispensible part of the country club.

Head Golf Professional - Duke Trombetti

Duke Trombetti entered the golf industry nine years ago following a career change. Always a golfer, he received his PGA Membership in 2014 and is a certified club fitter. Duke is from Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Upper Arlington High School, the same school as Jack Nicklaus.
 

Interim First Assistant Golf Professional/PGA Apprentice - Phillip Gabes

After a shoulder injury ended a college baseball career, Phillip Gabes turned his attention to golf. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and is currently a PGA Apprentice. Phillip proudly held the title of Employee of the Month from September to December 2014. 
 

Golf Shop Merchandise Buyer - Billie DeCover

Billie DeCover has been in the golf industry for 20 years. She is a member of the LPGA as a teaching and club professional and has worked with the Nike Golf School and Camps. She also ran the Deerfield Beach Children's Program at Symbiotic Golf. As a National Sales Manager for Astra, a high end women’s golf clothing line, she attended all the major golf market PGA shows, worked with reps, and oversaw sales. 
 


Director of Golf Course Operations - Rafael Barajas

Rafael Barajas joined Boca Grove at the end of 2015, bringing with him a total of 35 years in the golf industry. He has been a member of the GCSAA for 30 years and Certified Golf Course Superintendent for the past 25 years. He is the Past President of the Golf Course Superintendents of Southern California, Past President of the California Golf Course Superintendents Association and a board member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for the past 5 years. Originally from Colima, Mexico, Rafael immigrated to the US at the age of 14, only knowing two words of English. He followed in his brother’s footsteps and worked as part of the maintenance crew at a municipal course in the San Fernando Valley. By the age of 20, he was the superintendent at the Recreation Park Golf Course in Long Beach, Calif. He spent the following six years in professional development courses and seminars about turfgrass maintenance and agronomy, eventually leading him to become a Certified Golf Course Superintendent in 1990. In the mid-1990’s Rafael became the superintendent at Hacienda Golf Club in Southern California, where he spent 20 years before coming to Boca Grove.