Meet the Staff

Ed Bialek
Head Golf Professional

Ed Bialek has been the PGA Head Golf Professional at Oak Ridge Country Club since 2010. He has over 22 years of experience as a head golf professional in the private club industry.

Throughout his career Ed has served on numerous committees with the PGA. He was president of his chapter, education and tournament chairman for the Michigan Section as well as serving on the sections long range planning committee.

He has also received recognition from his peers for his expertise in merchandising, furthering the education of fellow PGA Professionals and dedication to junior golf. In 2008, he was recognized by Titleist for being one of the top 100 club professionals in the country.

Ed is a native of Grand Rapids Michigan and is married with two sons.

Ed played his college golf at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has had a long established playing career as a professional competing in sectional and national tournaments.

Mike Marshall
Assistant Golf Professional

Mike started at Oak Ridge Country Club in 2010. After having spent most of his golf career in Southern California he is happy to be having such a wonderful experience in Minnesota. Mike attended Bethel University and St. Scholastica. He is currently enrolled in the PGM program through the PGA of America. Mike has strong desires to become a Head Golf Professional.

Mike, a native of Duluth MN, has enjoyed being a lot closer to his family and friends. His prior work includes positions at Carmel Mountain Ranch CC in Poway, CA and La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, CA. Mike finished second in the San Diego section in 2008 and was a member of the North South Cup Matches. Mike loves playing competitively and continues to work hard at the game to improve.

Todd Christensen
Associate Golf Professional

Todd Christensen has been the Associate Professional at Oak Ridge Country Club since 1982. He has input in the entire golf operation but his main goals and objectives are to provide top quality first-rate service to the membership and their guests. He also is an accomplished instructor and enjoys working with players of all ages and abilities.

Todd played his college golf at Mankato State where he was first team all conference. He has had a long and established playing career. Some of his career highlights would include qualifying for two National Amateur Publinx Championships as well as a participant on the Grapefruit Mini Tour in the 1980’s. Todd also has qualified and participated in the Minnesota State Open on numerous occasions.

Todd is from Robbinsdale Minnesota and enjoys sports and all outdoor activities including hunting, fishing and spending quality time with his family.

David Branstad
Teaching Golf Professional

Prior to graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Speech and Marketing, David played two years of collegiate golf at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato highlighted by two National Championship appearances. After turning professional in 2000 David spent his time learning the golf business at Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul, followed by experiences at Rochester Golf & Country Club, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club in Fountain Hills, AZ and has now been the Teaching Professional at Oak Ridge since 2006.

Throughout his career David developed a real passion for teaching. David has been successful developing, teaching and coaching all levels of golfers and forms lasting relationships with all of his students. He also coaches the Hopkins Boys Varsity Golf Team. David is a PGA Member, US Kids Top 50 Teacher and a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor and a Member of the PGA’s President’s Council.

David has sought knowledge from some of the industry’s top instructors and is constantly working to improve his instruction and use of technology. Through collaboration, knowledge, education and passion David will help you play better golf while you learn more about your golf game. He will fix and work on physical limitations and strengths and focus on the short game so you play better golf for longer.

Katie Clark
Golf Shop Buyer

Katie has been at Oak Ridge Country Club since 2013. She grew up in nearby Minnetonka and is a graduate of Hopkins High School. Katie grew up playing sports (Softball & Volleyball) and took up the game of golf later on.

Katie brings a large passion for merchandising as well as a dedication to providing first-class service. As the merchandiser/buyer for 8 years at The Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel Island, FL, Katie was instrumental in the golf shop there earning a Platinum Club rating, also earning recognition from Boardroom Magazine, as well as being named one of the 2011 Golf Digest Top 100 Golf Shops. Katie brings her award-winning standards of service and excellence, her effective organizational and personal skills, and her unparalleled passion for merchandising to the golf shop, staff, and most importantly, the members and guests of Oak Ridge Country Club.

Katie, a full-time mom and a part time do-it-yourselfer, lives in Rogers with her 8-year-old daughter, Ashlyn, and her husband Tim.

Jake Barnard
Assistant Golf Professional & Caddie Master

Jake Barnard has been with Oak Ridge Country Club since 2017. Previously, he had four internships at clubs around the country. His first summer learning the golf industry was spent at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata, MN in 2013. He spent his next summer in the Appalachian Mountains at Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, NC. His first experience in a golf shop was spent at the Powder Horn Golf Club in Sheridan, WY. His last internship was spent helping the golf staff at the Country Club of Lincoln for the 2016 season in Nebraska. 
Jake was born and raised in Edina, MN and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While studying the Professional Golf Management program, he became a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity.