Meet Our Tennis Professionals

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Caerwyn Evans, Tennis Director

Educated at one of Australia’s top schools, Caerwyn came originally from Perth, Western Australia. As a member of Western Australia’s state grade elite junior tennis program he began playing competitive tennis at 12 years old.

In 1999 he started a successful coaching career in Australia before travelling to Europe the following year. In 2002 Caerwyn visited Palm Desert to fly hot air balloons. Falling in love with the desert lifestyle Caerwyn decided to put down roots and return to full time tennis coaching and in 2005 started teaching at The Reserve Club in Indian Wells. His love of teaching young people drew Caerwyn to the National Junior Tennis and Learning program (NJTL) that reaches out to under privileged kids. The NJTL, co founded by Charlie Pasarell and Ramond Moore is operated out of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the “fifth slam”, the BNP Paribas Open.

In 2009 Caerwyn coached the Palm Desert High School Girls Tennis Team to a CIF Championship victory. Soon afterwards Caerwyn accepted a professional teaching position at the Tennis Garden and remained there through to October 2013. Caerwyn is certified as a USPTA P1 Professional, a PTR Professional, a PTR 10&Under Professional a Cardio Tennis Authorized Provider to name a just a few.

Caerwyn is an exceptional sportsman, in addition to tennis he has excelled in and taught both golf and volleyball to high levels. Having lived in Palm Desert for over 10 years Caerwyn has become a true American – Australian.

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Michael McFarlane, Resort Co-Owner

Michael is a 35 year resident of the Coachella Valley and a graduate of the University of Redlands with a degree in Political Science. He has been involved in tennis since the age of eight and has been teaching clinics and camps for the past 25 years.

Michael was exposed early to the workings of a country club, his grandfather owned one in Palm Springs; and since his grandfather was also the developer, Michael literally saw how a tennis club was created from the ground up. At age 14 he started his serious study of tennis at the Rancho Mirage Reed Anderson Tennis School and credits his style to the teaching he received and provided there for a total of 14 years.

In 1997, the opportunity arose for him to instruct at Shadow Mountain Resort’s highly acclaimed Desert Tennis Academy, where he took his love of tennis. Since then, his attachment to the resort culminated into ownership in 2009. Having such a dedicated tennis enthusiast as a part owner is great news for anyone wanting to improve their game in an atmosphere that is specifically geared to the game. Michael is committed to creating a resort that stays serious about tennis and yet has a more social vibe, wanting to give the historical Shadow Mountain Resort & Club a updated look; and create a social ambiance that entices people to come play and hang out with friends while improving their tennis game, aspiring for them to come back over and over again. He enthusiastically takes on the challenge of keeping Shadow Mountain Resort a favorite hotspot for years to come.

 

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John Randolph, Head Tennis Professional

John started playing tennis at the age of five when his mother took him to his first tennis lesson. He competed in other sports as well as tennis until his freshman year at Palm Springs High School where he began to focus exclusively on tennis, playing varsity on the team there through his senior year.

Upon graduation, John went to work for former top 7 ranked player in the world and renowned coach Jose Higueras at Mission Hills Country Club. Under the auspices of Higueras, John worked with many top juniors from around the world, including Alejo Mancisidor, a former top 50 touring pro. During this time, John also attended College of the Desert, where he was the number one singles player on the team. He was the M.V.P. for C.O.D. for two seasons, including the undefeated conference winning team in 1989, the year he also reached the final of the conference championship. Following C.O.D., John went on to U.C. Santa Barbara where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

After college, John began teaching tennis at the Palm Spring Tennis Club, where he served as Head Pro. In the summers, he traveled to Europe, playing tournaments and coaching in south France. At this time he also began working with several professional players on the WTA tour, including former Canadian number one and Fed Cup player and top 50 in the world Jana Nejedly. John would later team up again with Jose Higueras, acting as hitting partner and helping to coach former number one player in the world and grand slam champion Jennifer Capriati, as well as Tracy Sinjin, formerly the number one ranked eighteen and under player in the United States, and top 100 in the world professional.

John would continue his coaching career at several other tennis clubs where he worked as the Head Tennis Pro, including the Palm Springs Plaza Racquet Club, the Riviera Resort, and the Reed Anderson Tennis School at the Westin. He has also taught tennis for the U.S. Santa Barbara Alumni Association Family Vacation Center and the Coachella Valley Parks and Recreation District. John has served as the Head Tennis Professional at Shadow Mountain Resort & Club since 2001.

 

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Morgan Evans, Director of Pickleball & Tennis Professional

Morgan Evans, Shadow Mountain tennis professional of 3 years has taken to the increasingly popular game of pickleball, and welcomes our guests to enjoy private lessons and clinics. Morgan is one of the top players in the country, taking gold in Men’s doubles at the 2016 US Open, the 2016 SoCal Classic, and bronze in the 2016 Tournament of Champions, to name a few.

As a pickleball teaching professional, Morgan is a member of the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association, the Professional Pickleball Federation, and a board member of the training and development committee of the United States of America Pickleball Association.

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Donny Felich, Tennis Professional

A Coachella Valley resident, Donny grew up playing junior tennis in the California desert winters, and Tahoe City during the summer months. He played 4 years of varsity tennis at Palm Desert High School, captaining the team, as well as playing #1 singles his last 3 years; and won the Desert Valley League Singles title as a high school senior, winning the CIF Division 2 Player of the Year Award.

Playing college tennis at Sonoma State and Santa Rosa Junior College, Donny won the Big 8 Conference Doubles title and was ranked Top 10 in Doubles in the state of California.

During the summer, Donny runs the tennis program at Tahoe Tavern Properties located in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California and is certified at the highest levels through the PTR and USPTA.

When not on the court, he enjoys paddle boarding, fly fishing, camping and many other outdoor activities. Donny works part time in the radio/emcee industry and is a part time country-western line dancing instructor.