About

Meet the Staff
 

GARY & KATHY DESERRANO

Managing Partners – K&G Sports LLC

Gary was born in Bradford, PA, and Kathy was born in Garland TX. They met at the University of Texas, where they both attended and graduated. They currently live in Double Oak, TX.

Kathy began her professional career as a flight attendant for American Airlines, before transitioning to managing the K&G sports office after having children.

Gary worked for 6 years in national media sales before launching K&G Sports in 1994. Initially launched as a sports marketing firm, today the company operates All Pro Tour, Women’s All Pro Tour, and Dallas Lacrosse.

Today, the couple has been married for 30 years, with their children Travis (27) and Cody (23) also apart of the K&G Sports Family.

As their picture indicates, they both want their company to be meaningful yet fun!

PATRICK MURPHY, PGA

Tournament Director

Patrick was born in New Orleans before moving to Memphis, where he grew up. He went to college at Mississippi State, earning a PGA Golf Management Degree in 2011. He is now married to his wife Emily, currently residing in Patrick’s hometown.

Before coming to APT, Patrick has had extensive experience in the golf industry. He served as an Assistant Golf Professional at New Orleans Country Club out of college for one year, before moving to the Gulf State PGA as the Player Development Director from 2012 to 2016. He was promoted to the PGA Tournament Director there from 2016 to 2018, until he joined us for his first season in 2018.

 

KATIE MARKHAM

Assistant Tournament Director

Katie was born and raised in Denton, Texas.  She attended Texas A&M University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences and has a minor in Sports Management.  She also upholds certificates in Tourism Management, Hospitality Management and Professional Event Planning. 

Prior to the WAPT, Katie has had experience working with the AJGA as a traveling Operations Intern in the Spring of 2019.  In the Fall she worked as a Tournament Operations Intern with the Northern Texas PGA section before joining the WAPT full time in December of 2019.

 

CHAD GINN

Operations Director

Chad was raised in Gulfport, Mississippi and stayed in state for college, going to Mississippi State for golf and graduating with a degree in marketing. Chad was the 1991 and 1993 Mississippi State Amateur Champion, and a 4 year letter winner with Mississippi State Golf Team. Chad turned pro after his college career, playing for 22 years on APT and Web.com.

After retiring from professional play, Chad joined APT in 2016 as an Operations Director. When Chad isn’t with us, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, watching college football, and spending time on the coast.

SIMON TODD

Operations

Simon was born in England, but has lived the last 25 years in Texas. He was educated in England and earned his MBA at Oxford Brookes University. Simon enjoyed a successful business career before becoming involved in the golf business. He lives in Grapevine, Texas.

Prior to joining the APT and WAPT, Simon has worked on a consulting basis for ten years with International Sports Management, and in 2019 was senior rules official and tournament official on the MENA Tour, based in Dubai. Simon has been a rules official on many Texas Golf Association and USGA events, including qualifiers for the US Open, US Women’s Open, US Senior Open, US Amateur and US Women’s Amateur.

BRANDON MOORE

Director of Communications

Brandon was born in Hendersonville, TN and grew up in the Nashville area.  He attended college at Middle Tennessee State University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia Journalism in 2015.  He continued his education at Middle Tennessee State University where he would go on to receive his Master’s Degree in Sports Management. In his time at the University he held a marketing internship with the athletic department. In the Summer of 2018, he served as an Operations Assistant for the Carolinas Section of the PGA before joining the APT staff in 2019.

 

LUKE OTTO

Media Producer Intern

Luke was raised in Livonia, Michigan. He attended Ferris State University and earned a B.S. in Business with specialization in Professional Golf Management in fall 2019. Luke has been in the golf industry since
2012 working at a local public course. Later in his career, Luke went on to work at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club for 3 seasons and had the privilege to work at Rancho La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, CA for
one season. Luke was also able to work at 9&10 News, a local news station in northern Michigan, which helped him generate interest in media before joining the WAPT team for the 2020 season.

 

ERIC GANNON

Operations

Eric was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico where he pursued his goals of becoming a P.G.A. Professional. He received his degree in Marketing with a specialization in P.G.A. Golf Management in December of 2013. Eric has been working in the golf industry as a club professional for five plus years and started his career as an Assistant Golf Professional in the state of Hawaii. He later moved to Las Angeles, California where he continued his career as a golf instructor working for the company GolfTEC. Eric moved to Dallas, Texas in 2018 where he began caddying for the Trinity Forrest Golf Club before joining the APT staff in 2019.

TAYLOR SMITH

Operations Intern

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