Cheval Golf and Athletic Club

Golf Professional Staff

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Brian Thornbury
Director of Golf
PGA Golf Professional


Brian was born and raised in St. Petersburg, FL and is a third generation golf professional. He has worked in the industry since 1993. Golf courses Brian has worked at include; Seminole Lake, Avila and Carrollwood. Brian acquired his membership to the Professional Golfer’s Association of America in 2008. He is married and is a patient father to three children.


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Ryan Chaney
Youth Golf Director

Originally from Troy, Ohio, Ryan has been in the golf industry since 2012. A former Head Golf Professional at Saddlebrook Resort, Ryan now oversees all youth golf activities at Cheval including summer golf camps and the Thoroughbred after school golf series. In addition to youth golf, Ryan is also available for private or group instruction to players of all ages.



Michael Woods
Assistant Golf Professional

Michael is an assistant golf professional at Cheval Golf & Athletic Club. He is originally from Knoxville, TN and attended Milligan College in which he was a 4-year letterman in golf. Michael earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in May 2009. He moved to Florida in 2012 where he attended the Golf Academy of America in Orlando. Michael was Valedictorian of his class and earned an Associate’s degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management. He is currently a PGA apprentice and is working towards his Class A membership.


Aaron Fusiek
Assistant Golf Professional

Aaron grew up in Denver, CO and moved to Tampa six years ago when he met his wife Jessica. He went
to Wright State University with duel majors and received his Masters from Lewis University. He started
his golf career when he moved to Florida at Streamsong Resort and has also worked at Seven Springs,
Quail Hollow, and most recently was the Director of Golf Operations at River Ridge.

Teaching Philosophy:
As an instructor Aaron believes in building a solid repeatable golf swing by mastering a fundamental
grip, properly aligned stance, and balanced swing. By mastering the fundamentals from the ground up
we can simplify the golf swing too increase consistency, lower scores, and have more fun playing the
game we love.