Meet the Staff

  • Joe Collins, The Wingman

    Favorite Course : Panther Creek CC

    Dream 5-Some : Holly Sonders, Paige Spirnac, Meghan Hardin, and Harry Storts

    Special Talents : Can eat a chicken wing in 10 seconds and 3 putt any green.

    Hole in 1 Count : 2; more coming…

    I love to help others make their dreams come true.

  • Bill Ott, Owner

    32 years of golf retail experience
    An expert and certified golf club fitter
    Hall of Fame Bradley University Golfer
    Runner up in MVC Conference Tournament in 1984
    Illinois Central College Golfer, helped team finish 9th nationally in 1983
    Favorite Golf Course Ever Played: Augusta National “The Masters”
    Dream Fivesome: Jeremy Ott, Isabella Ott, Tom Watson, Greg Norman and myself
    Pro’s I Have Played With: Vijah Singh, Jim Furyk, John Daly, Barry Lane and Dale Eggling (LPGA)
    Holes in One: Made 4
    2010 Al Weaver Integrity Award Winner


  • Jimmy Hoffman, Manager

    Callaway 2016 Retail Sales Hall of Fame

    Favorite All-time Golfer: Jack Nicklaus
    Favorite Current Golfer: Phil Mickelson
    Favorite Golf Course I’ve Played: Whistling Straits
    Favorite Golf Moment: First round of golf I played after recovering from cancer
    Dream Fivesome: Phil Mickelson, Kevin Hefner, Linday VanWetzinga, me and my dad.

    I started in the golf business in 1991 and have been the manager at Illini Golf since 2001. I started golfing when I was a little kid and my passion for golf is still the same now as it was then.  We specialize in figuring out the right kind of clubs and shafts to fit whatever kind of golfer you are.  Golf is hard enough if you don’t have the right kind of tools to play with and at Illini Golf we do all we can to help meet those needs.

  • Harry Storts, Assistant Manger

    35 years club fitting and repairing
    Started golfing in 1965
    Favorite Golf Course: Northmoor but now Metamora Fields
    Dream Fivesome: Nick Storts, Christie Kerr, Natalie Gulbis, Jack Nicklaus and myself

    Known as the “Club Doctor”

    Enjoy helping people improve their game and having fun.

  • Luke Ott, Southpaw Specialist

    Favorite Golfer: Bubba Watson
    Favorite Club: 9 Iron and a bucket of ice
    Favorite Movie: All of them
    Favorite Local Course: Coyote Creek

    Golf has been in my life since before I was born. There is nothing more peaceful and serene than being on a golf course with the sun shining off the morning dew. I love scrambles for the entertainment, charity, long bombs, and precision putts. My dream fivesome would be Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and myself.