Our Staff

Pete Makowski opened Pete’s Golf in 1979 on Mineola Boulevard and was soon joined by Woody Lashen. The two have grown the shop considerably, attracting a clientele of avid and elite golfers from around the world. Meet our team…

Pete Makowski

Master Clubfitter, Partner

In 1977, Pete Makowski began building and repairing golf clubs in his basement. He received club making training from some of the most skilled club makers in the New York area. At that time, fairway woods were made of wood and irons were forged. From the beginning, Pete has believed in building the club to fit the person and has been building custom clubs ever since.

Soon, his endeavors developed and Pete opened his first business just two years later, in 1979. Like many businesses, he started off in a small office space on Mineola Boulevard. His business continued to grow in a relatively short span period of time.

Woody Lashen

Master Clubfitter, Partner

Woody joined Pete and within two years the business outgrew its space. The shop was moved to its current location in Mineola. With more than ten times the original retail space, the business was expanded to include a much wider range of merchandise, such as golf attire, footware and accessories.

Woody Lashen attended and graduated from New York Tech on a golf scholarship. A self-proclaimed “golf-aholic,” he is still an avid golfer and competes regularly in amateur tournaments.

Sonny Burgo

Master Clubfitter

Sonny joined the Pete’s Golf team in 2013 after honing his skills at Callaway Golf. His passion for golf and experience in customer service has made him a perfect fit. Sonny has spent four years learning the art of fitting at Pete’s Golf, and recently achieved his Master Clubfitter status. He has the knowledge and experience to fit every club in your bag, and get you playing your best golf.

Kirk Oguri

PGA Professional, Master Fitter and Teacher

Kirk Oguri, PGA, having had a strong relationship with our facility for over 20 years, brought a unique perspective being a competitive player, golf instructor, and a club fitter. It was only natural that he joined the team at Pete’s Golf Shop in 2011. He was awarded the Met PGA 2016 Teacher of the Year, and voted to Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in New York State. Kirk takes pride in his passion for golf equipment, and it shows in his reputation as a leader in the Metropolitan NY area as a club fitting expert. He has helped golfers from Tour players, local PGA Professionals, top amateurs to novices find the best golf equipment that matches their specific games.


Master Club Maker


Customer Service Specialist

Rob LaRosa

Master Clubfitter

Rob is an industry veteran that brings 25 years of experience to our team. He has worked as a Head Teaching Professional and Master Clubfitter. A PGA Member since 2007, Rob works with all levels of golfers ranging from beginners to touring professionals