Golf Staff

Meet the Staff at Greensboro National

Michael Parah

PGA Professional

Michael has returned home to Greensboro National as the Golf Course Operations manager.  He was the first golf professional at Greensboro National as he helped open the course in 1995. Growing up in upstate New York, and after graduating college with a degree in music along with  studying agronomy for a year, he set forth to the Carolinas where he started his golf career at Carolinas Shores in Calabash and later became the Head Professional.  His career moved in a new direction where he got involved in new golf course projects, managing five new golf projects, with 8 new courses and helped in the rebuild of 5 courses throughout Virginia and the Carolinas. He has three children, Andrea, Michael and Jordan. Andrea lives in New York with his three grandchildren and Michael and Jordan are living here in the Carolinas where Jordan, a graduate of ECU is an artist in Greenville NC, and Michael Jr. is following his father’s footsteps as a golf professional in Myrtle Beach.  Michael also competed in a few Nike Tour events in 1994 and 1995 along with competing in several Carolina PGA Tournaments over the past 28 years.  Returning to Greensboro National has become a dream come true for Michael as he is excited to bring his experiences back to the club which has always had very a special place in his heart.

Rick Murphy, PGA Professional

Director of Instruction –

Rick Murphy has taught every imaginable kind of student, from beginner to PGA TOUR player. For five years (1995-1999), he was Director of Instruction at the Country Club of Bogota, Colombia, where he gave more than 12,500 lessons in his first four years of work. Today he says, "It was a learning experience I’ll never match.”

Rick now owns and operates the Rick Murphy Golf Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, with practice centers both onsite and at the Greensboro National Golf Club . Rick and his staff of five PGA professionals run programs for players of all ages and skills. Rick has twice won the PGA of America’s Free Lesson Month in 2010 and 2011, an annual national competition of more than 28,000 professionals across the country.

  • 2016 PGA Certified Professional – Teaching and Coaching
  • 2001 & 2009 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year
  • 2015 – 2016 Golf Digest List Best Teachers in North Carolina
  • Certified AimPoint Instructor – Green Reading
  • Certified FlightScope Instructor – Fitting Specialist/Teaching
  • Certified BodiTrac Mechanics Instructor – Ground Reaction Forces
  • Certified NG360 Performance Specialist – Total Body Mechanics
  • Certified 4D Motion Instructor – 3D Full Body & Club Motion Capture
  • Certified Master Instructor – Lynn Blake Golf/Alignment Golf
  • Certified US Kids Instructor
  • Over 36 years of teaching experience

Additional Bio:

  • 2008 Carolinas PGA Golf Professional of the Year – Carolinas Section
  • 2016 Carolinas PGA Horton Smith Award Winner – Education
  • 1994 National Teacher of the Year – Spalding Golf
  • 1993 Golf Digest’s Shop Operations National JR Golf Promoter of the Year Award
  • 1988 PGA of America National Junior Golf Leader Award