Jason Payne, an avid golfer and tech-industry veteran, concepted and developed BigShots Golf in 2013 and has since overseen the brand’s evolution into a state-of-the-art golf and entertainment experience.
The initial idea for BigShots came to Jason based on his personal needs as a golfer and family man, while his background and education in computer information systems along with various entrepreneurial ventures armed him with the knowledge and resources needed to create the technology framework behind BigShots Golf.
In 2018, BigShots entered a joint venture with ClubCorp, which will introduce the cutting-edge BigShots proprietary technology to consumers at some of ClubCorp’s locations and through franchise opportunities available in 2019.
Libby Godlove, Senior Vice President
Libby Godlove joined BigShots Golf as Senior Vice President in 2019. In her role, she oversees all company strategy and operations to build the BigShots Golf brand.
In 2018, Libby served as Chief Operating Officer for Cuma Restaurant Group, a multimillion-dollar group with Cane Rosso, Zoli’s and Cow Creamery in multiple locations throughout major Texas cities.
Before Cuma Restaurant Group, Libby was the National Director of Golf Services, Retail and Guest Care at Topgolf, where she was responsible for building the supply chain to support the company’s tremendous growth. In her time with Topgolf, she revamped the retail department and turned it into a multimillion-dollar revenue stream, and started the Guest Care team. Prior to joining Topgolf in 2014, Libby worked for Pizza Hut, where she served as a Product Development Chef & Scientist, as well as an Associate Manager of Internal Communication and Engagement. In these roles, she was on the front-end innovation team and traveled the country searching for food trends. Libby earned a Bachelor of Science in food manufacturing operations from Purdue University and is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, with an emphasis on pastry arts. She decorated wedding cakes at a bakery near her hometown in Indiana for a short time after graduating from culinary school.
Jason Payne, Founder
Jason, who is based in Peoria, IL attributes his vision and the success of BigShots Golf to his professional and personal experiences with the game of golf and his inside look at the golf market over the last 15 years. His experience, combined with a deep understanding of technology, helped Jason analyze the evolving golf market and identify the role technology will have on the future of consumer golf entertainment experiences.
Prior to founding BigShots Golf, Jason owned Payne & Associates, a software company focused on transportation and logistics solutions that provided services to 30 percent of the top 200 transportation and logistics companies in North America, which he eventually sold to a publicly traded company.