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

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 2, 2015, 6:45 pm

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 

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Schauffele just fine being the underdog

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 8:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following a breakthough season during which he won twice and collected the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award, Xander Schauffele concedes his sophomore campaign has been less than stellar, but that could all change on Sunday at The Open.

Schauffele followed a second-round 66 with a 67 on Saturday to take a share of the 9-under-par lead with Jordan Spieth and Kevin Kisner.

Although he hasn’t won in 2018, he did finish runner-up at The Players and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open, two of the year’s toughest tests.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


“Growing up, I always hit it well and played well in tough conditions,” Schauffele said. “I wasn't the guy to shoot 61. I was the guy to shoot like 70 when it was playing really hard.”

Sunday’s pairing could make things even more challenging when he’ll head out in the day’s final tee time with Spieth, the defending champion. But being the underdog in a pairing, like he was on Saturday alongside Rory McIlroy, is not a problem.

“All the guys I've talked to said, 'Live it up while you can, fly under the radar,'” he said. “Today I played in front of what you call Rory's crowd and guys were just yelling all the time, even while he's trying to putt, and he had to step off a few times. No one was yelling at me while I was putting. So I kind of enjoy just hanging back and relaxing.”

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Open odds: Spieth 7/1 to win; Tiger, Rory 14/1

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 7:54 pm

Only 18 holes remain in the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie, and the man tied atop the leaderboard is the same man who captured the claret jug last year at Royal Birkdale.

So it’s little surprise that Jordan Spieth is the odds-on favorite (7/4) to win his fourth major entering Sunday’s final round.

Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner, both tied with Spieth at 9 under par, are next in line at 5/1 and 11/2 respectively. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both four shots behind the leaders, are listed at 14/1.

Click here for the leaderboard and take a look below at the odds, courtesy Jeff Sherman at golfodds.com.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


Jordan Spieth: 7/4

Xander Schauffele: 5/1

Kevin Kisner: 11/2

Tiger Woods: 14/1

Francesco Molinari: 14/1

Rory McIlroy: 14/1

Kevin Chappell: 20/1

Tommy Fleetwood: 20/1

Alex Noren: 25/1

Zach Johnson: 30/1

Justin Rose: 30/1

Matt Kuchar: 40/1

Webb Simpson: 50/1

Adam Scott: 80/1

Tony Finau: 80/1

Charley Hoffman: 100/1

Austin Cook: 100/1

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Spieth stands on brink of Open repeat

By Rex HoggardJuly 21, 2018, 7:49 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jordan Spieth described Monday’s “ceremony” to return the claret jug to the keepers of the game’s oldest championship as anything but enjoyable.

For the last 12 months the silver chalice has been a ready reminder of what he was able to overcome and accomplish in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, a beacon of hope during a year that’s been infinitely forgettable.

By comparison, the relative pillow fight this week at Carnoustie has been a welcome distraction, a happy-go-lucky stroll through a wispy field. Unlike last year’s edition, when Spieth traveled from the depths of defeat to the heights of victory within a 30-minute window, the defending champion has made this Open seem stress-free, easy even, by comparison.

But then those who remain at Carnoustie know it’s little more than a temporary sleight of hand.

As carefree as things appeared on Saturday when 13 players, including Spieth, posted rounds of 67 or lower, as tame as Carnoustie, which stands alone as The Open’s undisputed bully, has been through 54 holes there was a foreboding tension among the rank and file as they readied for a final trip around Royal Brown & Bouncy.

“This kind of southeast or east/southeast wind we had is probably the easiest wind this golf course can have, but when it goes off the left side, which I think is forecasted, that's when you start getting more into the wind versus that kind of cross downwind,” said Spieth, who is tied for the lead with Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner at 9 under par after a 6-under 65. “It won't be the case tomorrow. It's going to be a meaty start, not to mention, obviously, the last few holes to finish.”

Carnoustie only gives so much and with winds predicted to gust to 25 mph there was a distinct feeling that playtime was over.

As melancholy as Spieth was about giving back the claret jug, and make no mistake, he wasn’t happy, not even his status among the leading contenders with a lap remaining was enough for him to ignore the sleeping giant.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


But then he’s come by his anxiousness honestly. Spieth has spent far too much time answering questions about an inexplicably balky putter the last few weeks and he hasn’t finished better than 21st since his “show” finish in April at the Masters.

After a refreshingly solid start to his week on Thursday imploded with a double bogey-bogey-par-bogey finish he appeared closer to an early ride home on Friday than he did another victory lap, but he slowly clawed his way back into the conversation as only he can with one clutch putt after the next.

“I'm playing golf for me now. I've kind of got a cleared mind. I've made a lot of progress over the year that's been kind of an off year, a building year,” said Spieth, who is bogey-free over his last 36 holes. “And I've got an opportunity to make it a very memorable one with a round, but it's not necessary for me to prove anything for any reason.”

But if an awakened Carnoustie has Spieth’s attention, the collection of would-be champions assembled around and behind him adds another layer of intrigue.

Kisner, Spieth’s housemate this week on Angus coast, has led or shared the lead after each round this week and hasn’t shown any signs of fading like he did at last year’s PGA Championship, when he started the final round with a one-stroke lead only to close with a 74 to tie for seventh place.

“I haven't played it in that much wind. So I think it's going to be a true test, and we'll get to see really who's hitting it the best and playing the best tomorrow,” said Kisner, who added a 68 to his total on Day 3.

There’s no shortage of potential party crashers, from Justin Rose at 4 under after a round-of-the-week 64 to 2015 champion Zach Johnson, who also made himself at home with Spieth and Kisner in the annual Open frat house and is at 5 under.

Rory McIlroy, who is four years removed from winning his last major championship, looked like a player poised to get off the Grand Slam schneid for much of the day, moving to 7 under with a birdie at the 15th hole, but he played the last three holes in 2 over par and is tied with Johnson at 5 under par. 

And then there’s Tiger Woods. For three magical hours the three-time Open champion played like he’d never drifted into the dark competitive hole that’s defined his last few years. Like he’d never been sidelined by an endless collection of injuries and eventually sought relief under the surgeon’s knife.

As quietly as Woods can do anything, he turned in 3 under par for the day and added two more birdies at Nos. 10 and 11. His birdie putt at the 14th hole lifted him temporarily into a share of the lead at 6 under par.

“We knew there were going to be 10, 12 guys with a chance to win on Sunday, and it's turning out to be that,” said Woods, who is four strokes off the lead. “I didn't want to be too far back if the guys got to 10 [under] today. Five [shots back] is certainly doable, and especially if we get the forecast tomorrow.”

Woods held his round of 66 together with a gritty par save at the 18th hole after hitting what he said was his only clunker of the day off the final tee.

Even that episode seemed like foreshadowing.

The 18th hole has rough, bunkers, out of bounds and a burn named Barry that weaves its way through the hole like a drunken soccer fan. It’s the Grand Slam of hazardous living and appears certain to play a leading role in Sunday’s outcome.

Perhaps none of the leading men will go full Jean Van de Velde, the star-crossed Frenchman who could still be standing in that burn if not for a rising tide back at the 1999 championship, but if the 499 yards of dusty turf is an uninvited guest, it’s a guest nonetheless.

It may not create the same joyless feelings that he had when he returned the claret jug, but given the hole’s history and Spieth’s penchant for late-inning histrionics (see Open Championship, 2017), the 18th hole is certain to produce more than a few uncomfortable moments.

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Wandering photographer costs McIlroy on 16

By Ryan LavnerJuly 21, 2018, 7:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Rory McIlroy bogeyed two of his last four holes Saturday to fall four shots off the lead at The Open.

One of those mistakes might not have entirely been his fault.

McIlroy missed a short putt on the par-3 16th after a photographer was “in a world all his own,” wandering around near the green, taking photos of the crowd and not paying attention to the action on the green.


Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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“It’s fine,” McIlroy said after a third-round 70 put him at 5-under 208, four shots off the lead. “It’s one of those things that happens. There’s a lot of people out there, and it is what it is. It’s probably my fault, but I just didn’t regroup well after it happened.”

McIlroy also bogeyed the home hole, after driving into a fairway bunker, sending his second shot right of the green and failing to get up and down.

“I putted well,” he said. “I holed out when I needed to. I just need to make the birdies and try to limit the damage tomorrow.”