Our friendly staff of Golf Pros here at Ridgewood Country Club are eager to assist you with any of your golfing needs. Below is a brief bio on each of our Pros. Please feel free to reach out to any of them via our CONTACT page. Matt, Jay, and Benoit can help with anything you need from new clubs and equipment to lessons and swing tips and everything in between!
Matt Hibbert, PGA - Head Golf Professional / Clubhouse Manager
Matt, a Medway, Massachusetts native, found a passion for the game of golf as a young man. His commitment to the game led him to the Professional Golf Career College in Temecula, California where he graduated with a degree in golf management. Soon after graduation, he made the move to Florida where he began his career as a golf professional and teaching pro. Matt worked through the Florida system amassing year-round knowledge and expertise in the game and club management. His early career brought him opportunities ranging from high-end private clubs to resort destinations. Once he returned to New England he spent five years as a teaching pro at the historic Worcester Country Club, and also would later take a management position at the prestigious Lake Saint Catherine Country Club in Vermont. Matt truly finds his passion as a teaching pro. With over 10,000 lessons taught in his career he finds working with golfers of all levels to be the most rewarding part of what he does. He especially takes favor in advancing ladies golf as well as youth junior golf, designing and running numerous programs throughout his career. A Class A PGA Professional with over 26 years of experience, Matt oversees everything at Ridgewood, constantly striving to ensure a fun and friendly atmosphere, creating new and exciting ways to enhance the experience for Ridgewood’s members, as well as nurturing the love of the game for beginning golfers. When not working long hours at Ridgewood and teaching one and all to play the life long game, Matt can be found hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, or generally enjoying as many outdoor activities as possible!
Jay Polini, PGA - 1st Assistant Golf Professional
• Slippery Rock University Scholarship Athlete.
• B.S. Sport Management Slippery Rock University.
• Golf Professional Training Program Graduate. September of 1999 elected to class A Professional.
• Brewster Academy Golf Coach for 7 years.
• 2003 New Hampshire Chapter Assistant Professional Champion.
• 2005 New Hampshire Chapter Player of the Year.
• 2016 Nominated for New England PGA Merchandiser of the year.
• Programmed 3 different point of sales systems. Jonas, Fore Up, and GolfNow.
• 10 year General Manager.
• 11 year Head Professional.
• 3 time National Club Professional contestant.
• 27 years of individual and group lesson instruction experience.
Benoit Crowell - 2nd Assistant Golf Professional
• Graduated from Laconia High School in 2009
• Played on the Laconia Golf Team, 2006-2008 (Captain, 2008)
• Competed at States Finals, 2006-2008
• Individual State Tournament, 2008
• All-State Honorable Mention, 2008
• Joined U.S. Army Infantry, 2009-2012
• Deployed to Iraq, 2010-2011
• Laconia High School Varsity Assistant Golf Coach, 2014
• Golf Academy of America, San Diego, 2018