Golf Channel Academy Facilities Begin to Roll-Out Nationwide Next Week

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Golf Channel Academy, a dedicated network of teaching facilities and a hands-on extension of Golf Channel’s Golf Channel Academy primetime instruction programming, will begin to roll out next week with an initial 57 locations in 26 states and Canada.

Golf Channel Academy offers golfers the opportunity to receive personalized instruction from some of the game’s finest coaches, including 46 lead teaching professionals at launch. The primary mission of Golf Channel Academy is to bring these top teachers together, and make it easier for avid amateur golfers to experience the benefits of high-quality instruction. Each location’s teaching philosophy will be based on that coach’s proven methods that elevated him or her to the top of the golf teaching profession. A directory of all Golf Channel Academy locations and additional information on the facilities, programs, PGA of America and LPGA teaching credentials, and the inaugural group of more than 190 lead and staff coaches can be found at GolfChannelAcademy.com.

“Golf Channel Academy is a natural brand extension of our popular, high-quality instructional programming,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf Channel. “Our viewers will have the opportunity to interact with Golf Channel’s brand beyond traditional media platforms as Golf Channel Academy facilities open in markets across North America. Golf Channel works closely with PGA of America and LPGA teaching professionals and values their ability to enhance golfer’s enjoyment of the game, which ultimately encourages their students to play more golf. With this goal in mind, Golf Channel Academy coaches are committed to engaging golfers through instruction to make the game more accessible, inviting and fun.”

Golf Channel Academy coaches all share the philosophy that good coaching takes place over a period of time, and that the relationship between coach and student is an on-going one devoted to long-lasting improvement. The inaugural group of Golf Channel Academy lead coaches includes:

Arizona

  • Jeff Fisher                   Fisher Bryan Golf Academy, Longbow G.C., Mesa
  • Lynn Marriott             VISION54, Talking Stick G.C., Scottsdale
  • Pia Nilsson                  VISION54, Talking Stick G.C., Scottsdale
  • Mark Polich                 Mark Polich Golf, Tucson
  • Craig Renshaw            Legacy Golf Performance Center, Phoenix

Canada

  • Henry Brunton            Henry Brunton Golf at Eagles Nest G.C., Maple, Ontario

California

  • Henry Brunton            Strawberry Farms G.C., Irvine
  • Don Parsons               Don Parsons Golf Instruction at Twin Lakes GC, Santa Barbara
  • Kip Puterbaugh           Kip Puterbaugh’s Aviara Golf Academy, Carlsbad
  • Jeff Ritter                    MTT Performance at Poppy Hills GC, Pebble Beach

Colorado

  • Trent Wearner             Trent Wearner Golf Academy, Meridian G.C., Englewood

Connecticut

  • Paul Ramee, Jr.           Bull’s Bridge G.C., South Kent

Florida

  • Ed Bowe                     Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island
  • Fred Griffin                Grand Cypress Academy of Golf, Orlando
  • Martin Hall                 Martin Hall Golf, Ibis G&CC, West Palm Beach
  • Kenny Nairn               Celebration Golf Academy, Celebration G.C., Celebration
  • Kellie Stenzel              Kellie Stenzel Golf Academy at Palm Beach Par 3, Palm Beach

Georgia

  • Charlie King                Reynolds Golf Academy, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro
  • Chad Phillips               Blue Giraffe Golf Institute, Alpharetta

Hawaii

  • Claude Brousseau       Ko Olina G.C., Kapolei (Oahu)

Illinois

  • Todd Sones                 Todd Sones Impact Golf at White Deer Run Golf Club, Vernon Hills
  • Kevin Weeks               Cog Hill G&CC, Lemont

Kansas

  • Chuck Evans               Chuck Evans Golf at Canyon Farms G.C., Lenexa

Kentucky

  • Ralph Landrum           World of Golf, Florence
  • Larry Ward                 High Performance Golf Academy, Lexington

Louisiana

  • Rob Noel                     Rob Noel Golf Academy at Money Hill G&CC, Abita Springs

                                       Rob Noel Golf Academy at Big Easy Sportsplex, Jefferson

                                       Rob Noel Golf Academy at Carter Plantation, Springfield

Maryland

  • Rick Krebs                  Waverly Woods G.C., Marriottsville
  • Mitchell Spearman      Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy at Oak Creek Club, Upper Marlboro

Massachusetts

  • Jane Frost                    Jane Frost Golf Performance Center, East Sandwich
  • Skip Guss                    GolfRite, Southborough Golf Practice & Learning Center, Southborough
  • Cathy MacPherson      Cathy MacPherson Golf at Ferncroft CC, Middleton

Michigan

  • Dave Kendall              Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf, Ypsilanti

                                      Gull Lake View G.C. & Resort, Augusta 

Minnesota

  • Rod Lidenberg            Halla Greens Executive GC and Training Center, Chanhassen

Missouri

  • Chuck Evans               Chuck Evans Golf at Tiffany Greens G.C., Kansas City

                                       ChuckEvans Golf at Staley Farms G.C., Kansas City

                                       Chuck Evans Golf at Drumm Farm G.C., Independence

Nevada

  • Mike Davis                  Royal Links G.C., Las Vegas

New Hampshire

  • Jason Sedan                Lake Winnipesaukee G.C., New Durham

New Jersey

  • Jason Birnbaum           New Jersey Golf Academy, Roseland

New York

  • Kelley Brooke             The Golf Academy of Randall’s Island, New York City
  • Anders Mattson          Saratoga National G.C., Saratoga Springs
  • Mitchell Spearman      Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy at Doral Arrowwood, Rye Brook

North Carolina

  • Dana Rader                 Dana Rader Golf School at Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, Charlotte

Pennsylvania

  • Dom DiJulia                DiJulia Golf, Jericho National G.C., New Hope

Tennessee

  • Virgil Herring              Higher Performance Golf Academy at Westhaven G.C., Franklin

Texas

  • Chris O’Connell          The Plane Truth at The Courses at Watters Creek, Plano
  • Jon Sinclair                 Sinclair’s Golf Training Center, Euless
  • Brech Spradley           Barton Creek Golf Academy, Austin

Virginia

  • Chris George               Golf Academy at Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg
  • Erika Larkin                 Larkin Golf Learning Community at Virginia Oaks G.C., Gainesville
  • Mitchell Spearman     

Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy at Belmont CC, Ashburn

Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy at Dominion Valley CC, Haymarket                                       

Washington

  • Gregg Rogers             

Gregg Rogers Golf Performance Center, Bellevue 

Gregg Rogers Golf Performance Center, Willows Run G.C., Redmond

Gregg Rogers Golf Performance Center, Safeco Field, Seattle