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Don Connolly - Don Connolly Golf Academy

Director of Instruction

In 1998, with a degree in golf course management under his belt, Don became the assistant professional at the Riverside Country Club. Over the next two decades, he dedicated much of his time at the club - working, teaching and, most importantly, learning from his mentor, Jim Connolly. He also continued his professional development by becoming a Class "A" member of the PGA of Canada in 2008, as well as obtaining a Level 2 TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Certification which helps his students increase performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing.

Don became the head professional of Riverside in 2016. His passion and dedication for the game remains after all these years. This is mainly due to the fact that he loves teaching, promoting the game, and seeing long-time members, as well as new ones, on the course. Don especially enjoys working with the junior golfers and ensuring they have fun while learning valuable life lessons through the game of golf. In 2021, Don opened up his own teaching academy, The Don Connolly Golf Academy.

Don is married to Tracey and has two beautiful children, Kenzie & Cas.

To contact Don please call 506-650-4389 or email him at or you can contact the Pro Shop to book with Don.  (506) 847-7545 x229

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Carrie Vaughan

Head PGA Professional


Originally from New Brunswick and a true Maritimer at heart, Carrie Vaughan is thrilled to be back at Riverside where it all began. Carrie has devoted her entire life thus far towards her love and passion for the game of golf. Carrie's passion for the game grew under the watchful eye of her former boss for many years Jim Connolly.

She is an accomplished former player; she competed in two CN Canadian Women’s open and was a finalist in the LPGA Tour’s q-school. 2016 PGA of Ontario ladies Champion

Carrie can best be described as an open, caring, and compassionate person. Through golf she has found a way to connect to her students and help them thrive, regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability. She is driven, a hard-worker, and an individual who has a reputation for bringing the best out of her students.

Carrie's proudest accomplishment hands down is the incredible Girls Only Elite Junior program she developed during the last 12 years at Glen Abbey Academy in Oakville. Her dedication to helping junior girls led to her developing one of Ontario most successful junior girl’s program and the evidence is represented on both Team Canada and Team Ontario .

Please contact the pro shop to book lessons with Carrie.  (506) 847-7545 x229

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