Mark Loker has a passion for golf & loves to share it with others. A PGA Member since 2000, he has taught at multiple private clubs on the East Coast, including the famed Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, NJ, a regular stop on the PGA Tour. Mark’s premiere coaching instruction includes thousands of individual and group lessons for players of all levels, from beginners to juniors to club champions at all kinds of facilities including GOLFTEC.
Mark’s love of golf began in high school, where he served as captain of the Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms and was an all-county player. Growing up, he would spend countless hours in his backyard practicing his swing, chipping and putting — figuring out how to take a divot without ripping up his parents’ lawn — which he also cared for.
What Mark first loved about golf was the challenge of solving how to slice and curve around a tree. Using wiffle balls, he would figure out how to mimic a real golf ball and determine how it would react in a real-world scenario— much like a simulator situation. He finds joy in sharing his love of golf with others— and helping them build their game.
Mark graduated from The Pennsylvania State University’s Professional Golf Management Program in 1999 and holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership/Adult and Organizational Learning. That is the basis for his teaching philosophy and the programs he has developed throughout the years for his students and his PGA colleagues.
Since moving to Washington, DC in 2013, Mark has worked in higher education at American University and the Georgetown University Law Center. The Golf Studio is his vision for sharing his love of the game with others. Mark passionately believes golf promotes mental focus, clarity and persistence — all qualities required to achieve one’s dreams. The Golf Studio is centrally located in Chevy Chase, DC, where he lives with Jess & their 3 children.
Jessica oversees the day-to-day operations at The Golf Studio & assists in designing the individualized programs for our players. She is the organizer, scheduler & messenger of how The Golf Studio can bring together diverse groups of people through the common denominator of golf. Jessica first met Mark on the golf course at Penn State where she was learning to play the game and he was learning how to teach.
Fast forward 20+ years & together they dreamed up the idea of The Golf Studio. Originally this space was just for themselves, to share the love of the game with their own children. But it’s grown to friends, neighbors and beyond. Look for Jessica’s role to expand more as new programs get off the ground in the near future.