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
I LOVE THIS GAME!
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.