- Pat Bernot
- Craig Burrows
- Scott Campbell
- Bobby King
- Joe Megdlen
- Nicolas Paez
- Joe Parsley
- Kevin Sullivan
- Chris Walsh
- Melissa Yeazell
Anne Marie Palli, LPGA Tour winner
As soon as a conversation with her begins, it is readily apparent that Anne Marie Palli, LPGA (Scottsdale, AZ) is originally from France. Golf has been a constant in her life, and as the daughter of a golf professional she has played since the age of four.
Anne Marie has the distinction of being the first Continental player to qualify for the LPGA Tour and the first European professional to win on the LPGA Tour (1983 and 1992).
She has a record of 26 amateur wins including multiple European titles and the Junior World Championship title in 1972, held at Torrey Pines defeating Hall of Fame players Nancy Lopez and Amy Alcott.
That same year, Anne Marie was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal from the French Academy of Sports. She was the 1982 Women’s Mini-Tour Player of the Year finishing the season with 9 wins. In 1983 she went on to become the first ranked qualifier to receive her LPGA card.
Following her retirement as an active LPGA player, Anne Marie has spent the last 10 years teaching while continuing to work on her golf skills and knowledge. As a founding member of the Women’s Senior Golf Association (WSGA), Anne Marie maintains a schedule of play on the Legends Tour. She is an elected member of the WSGA Board of Directors of the Legends Tour. Anne Marie is Medicus Golf Machine certified as well as a Clear Key certified instructor. She is a member of the LPGA Teaching Division.
Anne Marie is a true golf enthusiast and a devoted student of both the technical and mental and emotional aspects of the game. When not teaching, you can find Anne Marie on the golf course enjoying the game both competitively and socially, where her enthusiasm and passion remain eternally infectious.
Anne Marie can be reached at: <ahref=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com
Natasha Vincent, University of Central Arkansas Women’s Golf Coach
Natasha Vincent (Little Rock, AR) is the Head Women’s Golf Coach at the University of Central Arkansas. Under her leadership, the women’s golf program has brought home multiple awards within the Southland Conference, including Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Natasha was also named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year in 2015.
Natasha’s mission is to create a healthy and positive environment; one that promotes self-discovery, inner guidance, and teamwork both on and off the golf course. She has been privately teaching and coaching golf for the past nine years throughout central Arkansas. She is also a Certified AimPoint Instructor.
Natasha can be reached at 501-339-3270 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
John Ruark (The Putting Professor), Spirit of Golf Coach
Originally from New Jersey, John Ruark (San Rafael, CA) came to the San Francisco Bay Area as a pilot for World Airways, after many years flying for the Air Force. The challenge of learning to fly with precision and becoming an FAA certified flight instructor provided him with a unique foundation for his transition into golf as a teacher and coach.
John has worked with and coached all levels of players including those presently at the tour level. As an assistant college golf coach at a California University, his main focus is on putting, the short game, and the mental/emotional part of the game.
His search for mastery is an ongoing process, and today John utilizes Spirit of Golf concepts as major components for the “mind game.” A meditation practice combined with extensive research on what constitutes elite performance continues to be a part of his everyday passion.
John can be reached at 415-497-7627 or at email@example.com
Tim N. Kremer, M.A. (President and Founder, Spirit of Golf)
Tim N. Kremer is a visionary peak performance mind coach based in Port St. Lucie, FL. He is president and founder of Spirit of Golf, LLC, a program utilizing innovative and pioneering mind coaching techniques that help participants (both athletes and non-athletes) access Zone-like states of clarity and confidence for greater success in both golf and life.
Tim currently works privately with golfers on all of the major tours (PGA, LPGA, Champions, European, web.com, and Symetra) as well as professionals and ranked amateurs in many other sports. He also directs a peak performance mind program for Club Med Academies, a multi-sports (golf, tennis, volleyball, swimming, and soccer) training destination in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Tim is an author, lecturer, and national keynote speaker and was selected to speak at both the 2013 PGA and LPGA Teaching and Coaching Summits. He regularly conducts workshops and clinics for athletic, corporate, and not-for-profit organizations throughout the country, inspiring athletes and non-athletes alike with the messages he shares. Tim also collaborates with Addiction Reach of Jupiter, FL, in directing a golf therapy program for those in substance abuse recovery.
Since Spirit of Golf was founded in 1999, Tim has touched the lives of thousands utilizing his background in golf (as competitor, coach, and instructor), Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Transformational Communication, hypnosis, meditation (a 25-year practice), breathwork, writing, and the martial arts. He is an author, lecturer, and national keynote speaker (he was selected to speak at both the 2013 PGA and LPGA Teaching and Coaching Summits) and has presented before athletic, educational, corporate, and not-for-profit organizations, inspiring athletes and non-athletes alike with the messages he shares.
His life experiences and deep passion for sharing the concepts of Spirit of Golf have helped Tim create a fun, unique, and entertaining coaching/teaching style appreciated by the lives of the people he has touched.
Tim can be reached at 772-879-1978 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Weller, PGA and LPGA
Raised in Lakeville, Massachusetts and beginning her golf career near age 4, Nicole Weller (Savannah, GA) rose through youth golf and women’s amateur golf rankings to play on scholarship at Wake Forest University, where she earned her B.S. in Psychology (’94). Nicole followed up her collegate career with a master’s degree in sport psychology at The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (’95) and proceeded to enter into both the LPGA T&CP and PGA of America certification programs while working as an assistant professional at Cherokee Country Club and Fairways and Green Golf Center in Knoxville.
She grew the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf chapter there from 15 to nearly 80 girls ages 4-17 before moving to Savannah, Georgia, with her husband (PGA member and Head Golf Professional Ty Weller), where she works with members and their guests at The Landings Club as Head Teaching Professional and is responsible for all golf education programs at the Club. Nicole is a Class A member of the PGA of America and the LPGA T&CP, as well as a member of Proponent Group. She is SNAG, TPI and U.S. Kids Golf Certified and is a staff ambassador for The Littlest Golfer.
Having authored the first-ever golf sticker reward book for children ages 4-8+, Nicole is the first duo award recipient in the same year for both the PGA and LPGA Junior Golf leader Awards (2013). She has earned other honors to include GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teacher, U.S. Kids Golf Master Kids Teacher, Georgia PGA Horton Smith Section Award, Golf Digest Best 50 Women Teachers, Golf Digest Best Young Teacher, LPGA T&CP Southeast Junior Golf Leader and Teacher of the Year and Georgia PGA East Chapter Teacher of the Year.
Nicole can be reached at www.nicoleweller.com
Anthony (Tony) C. Rutz, Spirit of Golf Coach
Tony Rutz (Boise, ID) joins Spirit of Golf as a life coach after a successful career in environmental protection and restoration and later in the nuclear energy industry. He has a long history in competitive athletics, playing and coaching baseball, basketball, football, soccer, golf, and in keeping fit through appropriate lifestyle choices.
As a Spirit of Golf Certified Instructor, Tony is on a renewed quest to be of value and service to others while utilizing the principles he has learned in part through Spirit of Golf. He completely gave up the game of golf twice, only to return each time more humbled, compassionate, contrite, sincere, and alive (and now, as he describes it, more skillful and passionate about the game that mirrors the game of life than ever before).
An engineer/scientist by nature and by academic training, Tony specializes in humor to jiggle the serious “realities” which so often complicate golf. He hopes to help players at all levels find the deep well of satisfaction that comes from conducting oneself honorably, skillfully, and playfully through the human experience both on and off the course.
Tony earned a BS degree in Biological Science at Michigan State University (with a minor in Mechanical Engineering), and a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental Health from the University of Michigan. He is married, has four grown and successful sons, and lives in Boise, Idaho.
Tony can be reached at 208-521-5105 or at email@example.com
Brian Creghan, Swing and Peak Performance Coach
Brian Creghan (Havre de Grace, MD ) is a golf performance coach specializing in helping top-level amateurs and professionals realize their full potential. Although it is his foundation, Brian’s expertise extends far beyond the mechanics of the golf swing as his clients seek advice from him regarding the short game, putting, and course management strategies.
Most recently, Brian has been exposed to the science behind emotional mastery through Tim Kremer and Spirit of Golf. As a competitive player himself, Brian recognizes the emotions as a critical aspect for success at the highest levels of competitive golf.
After growing up near Philadelphia, Brian attended Guilford College in Greensboro, NC where he became an All-American for the Quakers’ golf program. Brian would then move to California where he taught at a myriad of facilities over a 9-month period. After almost a year on the west coast, Brian moved back east to embark on a professional playing career. Before long, however, his practice rounds were consumed with helping other players. Coaching is (and has always been) Brian’s passion, so it comes as no surprise that his career path has led him here.
Brian now resides in Havre de Grace, MD (with a seasonal base in South Florida), and he travels frequently to meet the needs of his professional clients. Along the way, he often stops to help top-level amateurs and club professionals.
Brian can be reached at 610-608-4898 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Saunders, PGA
As a member of the PGA, Dave Saunders (Gaithersburg, MD) has devoted his career to helping players of all levels improve their games using a comprehensive approach to development. By focusing on the mind game with his players, along with swing instruction and club fitting, he has helped students play the best golf of their lives.
In 2004, Dave began teaching the game of golf. He continues to balance a full teaching schedule specializing in private coaching. This schedule includes a golf program with upwards of 200 students ranging from the very beginner to high level college players, as well as maintaining a busy playing schedule consisting of golf tournaments and pro-amateur events throughout the Mid-Atlantic Section.
In his spare time, Dave enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and of course, golf.
Dave can be reached at 240-654-0796 or at email@example.com
Bruce Hamilton, Spirit of Golf Coach
Bruce Hamilton (Mansfield, MA) first received the gift of golf from his grandfather at age three and has been involved in the game ever since. He played competitive golf in his twenties, during which time he also managed a golf retail franchise for 12 years. Bruce has since volunteered with local YMCA and school systems and with The First Tee program to introduce kids to the game of golf.
After a serious cycling accident kept him from playing golf for more than a year, Bruce began to explore the “non-physical” nature of the game and discovered an entirely new source of potential knowledge, wisdom and energy, which led him to become a certified instructor with Spirit of Golf.
Bruce is a certified level II United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF) associate member instructor and is working on his level III certification, to be completed in 2015. Bruce is also an instructor at the Barrie Bruce Golf School at Wentworth Hills Golf Club in Plainville, Massachusetts. One of his goals is to bring a PGA Jr. league to Wentworth Hills. He resides in Mansfield, Massachusetts with his wife Pat and has two grown children, Alyssa and Chris.
Bruce can be reached through his website at www/bhauthenticswing.com
Jerry Lehrman, Spirit of Golf Coach
Jerry Lehrman (Minneapolis, MN) has been on a lifetime quest to better understand many of the mindful mysteries that seemed to happen only occasionally both in golf and life. He was always intrigued from unexplainable occurrences on the course that there seemed to be something more about how best to approach not only the traditional learning and playing, but most importantly the enjoyment of the game.
Despite rewarding improvements in his own play (he competed in state and national competitions) there was one piece that seemed to be missing. That led Jerry ultimately to Sprit of Golf and, with his love of teaching, he has furthered his studies to become a certified instructor in order to pass on these teachings and help others make a paradigm shift in their mental and emotional approach to golf.
Previously, Jerry was a Vice President and General Counsel of a public communications services company prior to his retirement. Most recently he helped coach a high school golf team for five years and is currently a tournament rules official for the Minnesota Golf Association. His coaching provides a number of flexible options for his students to begin developing a quantum leap to their game of golf.
Jerry resides in Minneapolis, MN and has 3 sons living in New Orleans, Boulder, and Phoenix who are on their own passionate journeys with the game of golf.
Jerry can be reached at 763-443-4455 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Kave, PGA
After playing college golf at Barton College (formerly Atlantic Christian College) in Wilson, NC, Bob joined the PGA and began as an assistant professional at Greenville CC (NC). He then moved to Silver Creek CC (PA) and Philmont CC (PA), and is now a Certified Personal Coach with GolfTEC in Moorestown, NJ.
Bob has always had an interest in the “mental” side of the game and believes that the best way for golfers to reach their full potential is not simply through physical practice but through mental/emotional skill development as well.
Bob is an active player in the Philadelphia Section of the PGA and has played in three National PGA Professional Championships and was awarded the 1998 Philadelphia PGA Most Improved Player Award. He also was awarded the 2003 Leon Sullivan, Jr. Award for his teaching to a group of Philadelphia inner city youth, one of which went on to play college golf at Temple University.
Today, Bob is looking forward to playing more family golf, as his two children are becoming more interested in golf and have “applied” to caddy for him in tournaments, taking away that position from his wife, Gail, who has caddied for him in the past.
Bob can be reached at email@example.com
Brad Skupaka, PGA
Brad Skupaka, PGA (Moorestown, NJ) is the director of instruction of four GolfTEC locations in the Philadelphia area. He grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and began playing golf when he was only 10 years old. Brad has competed on the professional long-drive tour for several years, qualifying for the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship on three occasions where he posted his longest drive in competition of 432 yards. He has since retired from long drive but still actively competes in Professional Philadelphia Section events.
In his tenure with GolfTEC, Brad has taught nearly 10,000 golfers of all skills levels. His teaching philosophy is based upon getting golfers to hit the ball high enough, far enough, and straight enough for their desired skill level. In doing so, he helps students find a better emotional and mental state which helps them optimize performance while on the course. Brad believes there is no single aspect of the game that is more important than any other; accordingly, he has educated himself as a “total instructor” in allowing him to best help each student.
In addition to being a Spirit of Golf Certified Instructor, Brad is a TPI Certified Golf Coach, Stack and Tilt Network Instructor, U.S. Kid’s Golf Coach, and in 2014 he was nominated for the prestigious GolfTEC Coach of the Year award. Brad currently resides in Maple Shade, NJ with his fiancé Nicole and two dogs Zoey and Molly.
Brad can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Diffley, PGA
Mike Diffley, PGA (New York, NY) has been the head golf professional at the Pelham Country Club in Pelham Manor, NY since 1988. He grew up in Queens, NY and is a graduate of St. John’s University, where he is the only golfer selected to be in the Athletic Hall of Fame. He has also worked as an assistant professional at Nassau CC and Cherry Valley Club, both in Long Island, NY.
As an instructor, Mike’s commitment to the development of the “total golfer” includes his strong belief in the importance of the mind game and the emotional mastery skills shared through Spirit of Golf. He uses hypnosis with golfers to help them achieve states of peak performance, and his five pillars include: Concentration and Focus, Positive Attitude, Decisiveness, Judgment, and Enjoyment.
A highly-accomplished player, Mike has successfully competed at both the amateur and professional levels, with victories on most of the tours on which he has played. The highlights of his playing career include: 1976 NYC Junior Champion, 1982 Big East Conference Champion, 1991 Metropolitan Open Champion, 1992 Westchester PGA Champion, and 2001 Metropolitan PGA Head Professional Champion. Additionally, Mike has qualified for several PGA Tour and Senior Tour events, including the 1990 and 1992 Buick Classic (Westchester CC in Rye, NY), the 2010 Senior Open (Sahalee CC in Seattle, WA), and the 2011 Senior PGA Championship (Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY).
Mike can be reached at (914) 738-5074 or at email@example.com
Pat Bernot, PGA
Unlike many golf professionals, Pat did not get into the game as a child but instead grew up playing hockey in the Pittsburgh area. It was in college at the University of Dayton while getting his degrees in secondary education and history that Pat developed a passion for the game and the desire for a career in the golf business.
Today, Pat has a strong passion for teaching and helping people gain knowledge. To this end, he has a strong passion for teaching the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of golf and believes that golfers should be well rounded in all areas of the game to get the best out of their abilities.
Pat is not just a teacher but a passionate tournament golfer as well. He plays golf at every opportunity competitively and recreationally. When he is not golfing or teaching, he spends his time bowling, playing ice hockey, and spending time with his wife, Susan.
Pat can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 937-470-2658
Craig Burrows, PGA
Craig Burrows, PGA (Cleveland, OH) is a graduate of Ferris State University’s Professional Golf Management Program. He played collegiately for Ferris State after walking on the team and competed in a National Championship, being part of the best finishing team in FSU history. Craig also received the Dr. Lowell LeClaire award at Ferris State, which is given to the student who most embodies what it means to be a golf professional.
As a PGA Professional, Craig has worked in all facets of the industry, including golf clubs, with equipment manufacturers and as a club fitter, and now as a teaching professional at GolfTEC Stonebrook in Cleveland, Ohio.
He has four professional victories including two in his 2014 season. He currently resides in Strongsville, Ohio with his wife Nicole and their two dogs, Gunner and Penny.
Craig can be reached at email@example.com
Scott Campbell, PGA
Scott Campbell, PGA (Canton, Ohio) began playing golf at a high level after playing college baseball at Louisiana Tech University. He completed his last semester at Kent State University and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education before turning to golf full-time and never looking back.
Scott has more than 23 years of experience working as a PGA Head Professional, Director of Golf, and General Manager in the private golf club industry. He has competed extensively as a player and has won many local PGA section events as well as qualifying for a Nike.com Tour event (now the Web.com Tour).
Currently, Scott is a Certified Personal Coach with GolfTEC in Canton, OH. With a dedicated passion towards teaching the total game, Scott’s philosophy is to have his players enjoy the learning process and gain knowledge of their swings while creating solutions. It is important to him that players understand both technical skill as well as the mental and emotional awareness needed to perform at their very best. His current list of players range from the recreational player to the aspiring intercollegiate player and beyond.
Scott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 330-433-2850
Bobby King, PGA
Originally from Southern California, Bobby King, PGA (Cleveland, OH) got into golf by way of junior golf as a kid. Hooked on the sport immediately, he began a very rewarding golf career following an Associate’s Degree in Professional Golf Management from the Professional Golfers Career College.
Bobby has worked as a PGA Golf Professional at prestigious clubs from Arizona to Colorado (Troon North, The Ridge at Castle Pines North) where he focused on instruction, operations, tournament management, and merchandising.
Today, he is a full-time golf instructor at GolfTEC in Cleveland, Ohio. At home, Bobby enjoys spending time with his wife, Laurel and daughter, Norah. On his down time, Bobby is fishing as much as possible.
Bobby can be reached at email@example.com
Joe Megdlen, PGA
Joe Meglen, PGA (Cleveland, OH) has been teaching and coaching golf to players of all ages and abilities for more than ten years. Since 2012, he has been under the guidance and tutelage of Nick Paez as a Certified Personal Coach at GolfTEC, earning the Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Instruction in both 2013 and 2014.
Joe began playing golf with his father when he was in the ninth grade, progressing to the number one player on his high school golf team and earning league player of the year honors and selection to the area all-star team. After high school, Joe played intercollegiate golf at Kent State University and Eckard College in St. Petersburg Florida. Upon graduation from college, Joe competed professionally until finding his true passion in teaching and coaching golf.
During his career as a golf professional, teacher and coach, Joe has given more 6000 lessons. Based upon this experience, he has developed a comprehensive approach to instruction that includes all facets of the game, enabling hundreds of golfers to shoot their best rounds. He has also coached many junior golfers to improvements which have enabled them to qualify and play for their high school teams. To date, Joe has more than twenty students who have gone on to play intercollegiate golf.
Joe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicolas Paez, PGA
Nicolas Paez, PGA (Cleveland, OH) is the owner and the director of instruction of four GolfTEC locations in Northeast Ohio. As a member of the PGA, Nick has devoted his career to helping players of all levels improve their game using a comprehensive approach. By focusing on the mental and physical conditioning of his players, along with instruction and club fitting, he has produced some of the top junior players in Ohio.
Using this approach he has had more than 45 players receive a college scholarship for golf. In addition to teaching and managing a staff of eighteen golf professionals, Nick has contributed to Golf Digest, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and several other publications. He has also developed an I-phone/Android App called the Golf Fix which provides more than 100 different video golf drills and a training aid called The Radius which improves a player’s short game and full swing. His two GolfTEC locations in Cleveland were listed in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Clubfitters in America.
In 2012, Nick was named to the Golf Digest Top 40 instructors Under 40, was the Northern Ohio PGA Teacher of the Year in 2012, and named GolfTEC National Teacher of the Year in 2009 and 2012. Nick is expanding in 2014 by opening two new locations in Northeast Ohio. Currently he resides in Cleveland with his wife Susan and their children, Isabella, Avery, Savannah, and Coleson.
Nick can be reached at GolfTEC Cleveland West at 440-348-1757
Joe Parsley, Spirit of Golf Coach
Joe Parsley (Springfield, OH) was introduced to golf 23 years ago and has been passionate about the game ever since. He has been playing competitive golf on both the Golf Channel and Golf Week Amateur Tours for over the past three years, achieving some of his goals by winning three events during that time.
While working with Tim Kremer, Joe has learned that deliberately accessing peak states of emotion is a major key to achieving success both on and off the golf course. He looks forward to passing along the teachings of Spirit of Golf to help others reach their goals as they gain emotional mastery skills.
Joe received a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked as an engineer in the natural gas industry for 23 years. He enjoys biking, cooking, and spending time with his two children, four grandchildren, and fiancé.
Joe can be reached at 614-623-7446 or at email@example.com
Kevin Sullivan, PGA
Kevin Sullivan, PGA (Cleveland, OH) is an investor and manager of GolfTEC Brecksville in Brecksville, OH. He was head golf professional at Legend Lake in Chardon, OH and the Director of Instruction for The First Tee of Cleveland (he grew the program from 40 kids to more than 550) before joining GolfTEC in 2009.
Today, Kevin assists golfers of all ages and abilities achieve their goals by helping them with swing technique as well as the mental and emotional aspects of the game. By looking at the “total golfer” he helps his students break through plateaus in their games, and they have shot their career low rounds or won tournaments more than 200 times.
In 2007, Kevin was selected as the Northern Ohio PGA Junior golf leader, and in 2010 he was selected as a U.S. Kids Top 50 instructor Honorable Mention. Kevin resides in Painesville, OH with his wife Margaret and daughter Corinne.
Kevin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (216)792-6700
Chris Walsh, GolfTEC Instructor and Spirit of Golf Coach
Chris Walsh (Cleveland, OH) has been a student of Spirit of Golf since 2011 while playing professionally on various mini-tours throughout the country. He turned professional in 2003 and was constantly seeking to improve and take his game to the next level. He spent time playing the NGA Hooters Tour, E Golf Tour, Gateway Tour, and many others as well as competing in PGA Tour and Web.com Tour Monday qualifiers.
Chris has worked with many of the Top 100 swing instructors and has studied human and golf psychology extensively in an effort to access states of peak performance. He found himself in The Zone on many occasions, only for it to be lost the next day. Things changed when he was introduced to Spirit of Golf and he began developing emotional mastery skills both on and off the golf course. The game became more enjoyable, scores went down, and his love for the game returned!
Chris believes the emotional mastery skills taught through Spirit of Golf are the next step in optimizing human performance both on and off the golf course. He has recently transitioned to sharing his knowledge, experience, and passion for golf by starting a full-time teaching career at GolfTEC Stonebrook in Middleburg Heights, OH. He likes to spend his free time travelling, playing golf, practicing yoga, and learning new things.
Chis can be reached at email@example.com
Melissa Yeazell, PGA
Melissa Yeazell, PGA (Cincinnati, OH) began swinging the club at the ripe old age of five under the tutelage of her grandfather. Her love for the game continued to grow beyond the backyard “driving range” and she eventually became a member of the Xavier University Women’s Golf Team while earning an undergraduate degree in Sports Management and eventually an MBA.
Melissa began administering golf programs in college as the Director of the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Club of Cincinnati. Her passion for teaching continued after graduation and she became an assistant golf professional at Kenwood Country Club (2003 Southern Ohio PGA Apprentice Assistant of the Year) and later a PGA Teaching Professional at Meadow Links and Golf Academy (2012 Southern Ohio PGA Player Development Award winner).
Melissa has always been a competitor on the golf course (1997, 2001 Cincinnati Women’s Met Champ; 2004, 2009, 2011 SOPGA Women’s Champ with more to come!). Her current endeavors include the Symetra Tour, Cactus Tour, and Suncoast Series with the ultimate goal of earning a spot on the LPGA Tour. Her current training includes golf fitness workouts/stretching, yoga, Spirit of Golf peak performance training, and countless hours spent on the golf course with her teachers and mentors.
Melissa can be reached at www.cincinnatigolfpro.com
Michael Heidler, PGA
Michael Heidler, PGA (Rosemont, PA) is a golf instructor and Certified Personal Coach at GolfTEC Mainline in Villanova, PA. He grew up just outside of Philadelphia and has been involved in golf ever since first playing at the age of six.
Michael has played competitively since the age of 12 and now competes in professional events in the Philadelphia section of the PGA. He attended Eastern Kentucky University where he graduated from the PGA Golf Management Program and was immediately hired as assistant golf professional at Berkshire Country Club where he worked for three years.
During his time at Berkshire, Michael helped with the running of junior camps and tournaments in addition to giving lessons. He joined the GolfTEC team as an instructor in 2013, as total coaching (physical and mental) is where his true passion resides.
Michael can be reached at 484-222-2151 or at mheidler@GolfTEC.com
Charles Luis, PGA
Charles Luis (Gilbertsville, PA) is the Director of Instruction and City Manager of GolfTEC Philadelphia. He grew up outside of Medford, NJ and is the son of Philadelphia Section PGA member, Clark Luis. Charles started playing golf when he was 12 years old has been a golf professional for 17 years. Charles is active in Philadelphia Section events, but most enjoys improving the game of his 100 active clients.
Charles has spent time as Assistant Golf Professional at Pocono Farms Country Club (Tobyhanna, PA), The Country Club of Virginia, and was a PGA Head Professional at Woodstone Country Club in Pennsylvania. In late 2007, Charles decided to follow his true passion as an instructor with GolfTEC.
Charles has given more than 15,000 lessons in his career, almost 11,000 of those with GolfTEC. The approach that he takes is strongly rooted in fundamentals; both pre-shot and in-swing mechanics leading to repeatable ball flight. He also believes that if one isn’t in the proper mindset that fundamentals and mechanics are irrelevant, which is why he has followed the guidance of Tim Kremer in becoming a Spirit of Golf Certified Instructor.
Other certifications that Charles has include: Stack and Tilt Network Instructor, U.S. Kids Golf Coach, Ping, Taylormade, Cobra, and Mizuno Certified Club Fitter and Eyeline Golf Certified Instructor. Additionally, in 2014 Charles had the honor of being nominated for the Philadelphia PGA Section Teacher of the Year.
Charles lives in Gilbertsville, PA, with this wife, Jen, his daughter, Isabelle and their two dogs, Buckley and Truman.
Charles can be reached at cluis@GolfTEC.com
Scott Yurgalevicz, GolfTEC Swing Instructor and Peak Performance Coach
Scott Yurgalevicz (Rosemont, PA) is currently the Center Manager and a Certified Personal Coach at GolfTEC – Main Line in Villanova, PA as well as the Assistant Golf Coach at Division I LaSalle University. Scott specializes in coaching golfers of all ages from juniors to USGA Championship participants.
Raised in rural Torrington, CT, Scott began his golf career at age 12 and his passion for the game has not wavered since. After attending Villanova University in Villanova, PA, he began his journey into the golf business at Radnor Valley Country Club where he eventually became the 1st Assistant Golf Professional, where he conducted lessons and ran a successful junior program.
During his time at Radnor Valley, Scott would venture to The Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, FL for the winter months. Following a three-year tenure at Radnor Valley, Scott opened his own golf academy named the “Yur Golf Swing Teaching Academy,” and then later took his knowledge and skills to GolfTEC where he currently teaches golfers of varying abilities.
In addition to Spirit of Golf, Scott is also a U.S. Kids Certified Coach, a Stack & Tilt Network Instructor, and a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America for collegiate coaches.
Scott can be reached at 484-222-2151 or at Syurgalevicz@GolfTEC.com
Andrew Braley, PGA
Andrew Braley (Nashville, TN) is a PGA member and GolfTEC Certified Personal Coach who has been teaching golf for more than 20 years with the last 13 years at GolfTEC. He has given more than 20,000 lessons in his career and coached students at every level from beginner to players on every major professional tour.
Before joining GolfTEC, Andrew worked as an assistant professional in Atlanta and was a head golf professional and Director of Instruction at a 72-hole resort in Northern Michigan, where he mentored 10 professionals on their way to success in the golf business. He was also the Director of Instruction at a private club in Southern Maryland.
Andrew’s GolfTEC career started in Woodland Hills, CA and today he owns three GolfTEC stores (Memphis and Nashville). He manages the day-to-day operations of all three locations, and works as a Certified Personal Coach in the Cool Springs location. When not teaching, Andrew enjoys fly fishing and woodworking.
Andrew can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
George Stoffel, PGA
George Stoffel, PGA (Seattle, WA) is a PGA Golf Professional with more than 30 years’ experience in the golf industry to include swing instructor, director of golf, general manager, and golf facility owner. George is a former Horton Smith award winner in the Wisconsin PGA Section and national faculty member of the PGA of America’s Golf Professional Training (GPTP) Program.
George has also served in corporate positions having worked for two Fortune 500 companies in sales, marketing, training, and management positions.
George received his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Lewis University in Joliet, IL. At Lewis, George received a two year Presidential Scholarship and graduated as the #1 student in the school of business.
George’s experiences allow him to apply Spirit of Golf concepts and coaching to a wide range of applications in the areas of golf, business and life. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife, Michelle, and son, Alec.
George can be reached at email@example.com
Peter Croker, PGA
Peter Croker, PGA (Victoria, Australia) started his passion for golf as a caddy at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Victoria at the age of 12. His search for ways to play and enjoy the challenges of the game has since remained a lifetime journey.
Peter’s time as a junior golfer culminated in winning the Queensland Junior Championship, and as a Trainee Professional he won the Trainee Championship of Victoria in 1971. He was second to Bill Dunk in the 1976 Australian PGA Championship.
In 1981, Peter formed the Australian International Golf School. He appeared in 1995 as the cover story in the Masters ‘95 Edition of Golf Digest, where the heading stated “YOUR SWING OF THE FUTURE.” Today, Joe Hallett (coach to Stacey Lewis) and Martin Chuck (Master Instructor with Revolution Golf) credit Peter as having a strong influence on their coaching methods following their attendance of Peter’s schools and their study of his book – The Hit.
In 2007, Peter was awarded the “PGA Teacher of the Year” for the State of Victoria and is currently based at Eagle Ridge Golf Course on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia.
Peter strongly believes that all golfers wishing to enjoy and become competent in golf must first address their emotional state of mind, which is at the heart of the teachings of Spirit of Golf and where Peter and Tim Kremer first met (they have since become lifelong friends.)
Peter can be contacted through his website crokergolfsystem.com and is available to deliver schools and workshops in Australiasia, Asia, Europe, the USA, and Canada. His mobile is: +61415292549 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Noel Flannery, Spirit of Golf Coach
Noel Flannery joins Spirit of Golf as a Certified Instructor from Edinburgh, Scotland (“from where the game was first played,” as he loves to point out) following a highly successful career as a multiple national motorcar racing champion.
Racing cars at exceptionally high (life or death) rates of speed afforded Noel the unique perspective of a sport that requires nothing short of performing “in the Now,” providing him with a skill set that, in addition to new Spirit of Golf techniques, he uses within the professional racing community as a peak performance coach.
Today, Noel manages the operations of professional race car teams and is able to assimilate many Spirit of Golf concepts into his daily work as he mentors drivers and teams.
As a golfer who is relatively new to the sport, his progression into a single-digit handicap player is a testament to his passion for improving in every aspect of the game – physical, mental, and emotional. When he is not busy at work or having fun at golf, Noel enjoys spending time playing snooker and relaxing with his partner, Clare.
Noel can be reached at email@example.com
Vikas Dan, PGA
Vikas Dan, PGA (Slovenia, Europe) began his golf career at the age of 12. He was introduced to golf as a caddy and in just three years played to a five handicap. His greatest playing achievement was winning the title for National Amateur Champion in 1994 and finished in 11th place in the British Junior Open (Scotland). Because he felt at home with teaching the game, he applied for professional status at age of 19 and began working as an assistant professional at Bled Golf & Country Club, one of the most well-known golf courses in Slovenia. He successfully coached youth sections and completed the PGA qualifications in five years.
As the technical and psychological aspects of the game left him frustrated, Vikas began his journey of self-discovery in the East. There he found the possibility of different “mindful” approaches to playing golf and devoted most of his time to studying and understanding how the human mind works.
In 2010, Vikas graduated from the Faculty of Tourism Studies (Portorose, Slovenia). In the same year, he published his first book entitled, “Golf from the Inside Out – A Guide through the Inner Game.” Knowledge from his book was successfully incorporated into his game and twice he ranked among the three best teaching pro’s in Slovenia. As a result he represented Slovenia at the International Team Golf Championship for golf teachers in Portugal (2011 and 2012). In 2013, Vikas successfully completed the PGA of Europe- Golf Teacher Education Program (Level 2) and is a member of Golf Academy Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Vikas has extensive experience in teaching for more than 15 years and is proud that he has been able to find a teaching approach that helps players of all handicaps and ages to overcome internal barriers. His work offers the possibility of playing a round of golf which is based on awareness and relaxed concentration.
Vikas can be reached at: www.buddhafulgolf.com