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Carl Junction, MO 64834
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Meet the Staff

Kaleb Forkner
Kaleb Forkner
General Manager/Head Golf Professional
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A native of Webb City, MO, Kaleb took up the game of golf as a youngster. During his junior golf years he spent time playing and working at Briarbrook Golf Course. He played four years on his high school golf team at Webb City, Missouri before joining the heralded golf team at Missouri Southern State University.

“When I was in college, I started working at Eagle Creek Golf Club (at Downstream Casino in Joplin). When I finished my second year of college, I was offered a job as an Assistant Golf Professional at Eagle Creek – so my work schedule forced me to leave the golf team.”

He continued his education, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in the winter of 2015 from MSSU.

Kaleb left Eagle Creek, taking a job at Terradyne Country Club in Wichita. A longing for home territory took him back to Joplin where he worked briefly in medical sales and real estate. Then came the call for a new adventure, Shangri-La Golf Club & Resort. As an Assistant Golf Professional at Shangri-La, Kaleb provided first class service and premier products to members and guests.
Kaleb’s love of the game of goes far beyond the business world. He is an accomplished player and teacher of the game and looks forward to provide his knowledge to golfer’s across the four states. In addition to his duties at Briarbrook, he is also heavily involved with Missouri Southern State University being named the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Coach in August 2018.
Brian Lawson
Assistant Golf Professional
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Brian Lawson was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri and graduated from Joplin High School in 2007. He went on to attend Missouri Southern State University studying Business and Psychology. Brian played on JHS Golf Team for four years but did not go on to play in college due to his work schedule. 

At the age of 16, Brian started his first job at Briarbrook Golf Course. After three years he was offered a position at Garry's Golf Center as Pro Shop Manager. It was here where he began giving golf lessons. From 2009-2015, he worked at Twin Hills Country Club as Pro Shop Assistant. In 2015, with much excitement Brian returned to Briarbrook as Assistant Golf Professional.

Brian has loved the golf since he was a young child. He gets the most joy out of teaching new golfers and juniors. Golf is a lifelong game that builds life skills, encourages social interaction and creates lifelong memories and that is Brian's drive to continue building the game of golf.

Joe McKenzie
Honorary Golf Professional
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