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Tom Tarsia

Tom Tarsia

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Tom Tarsia, born and raised in New Jersey, teaches during the summer months in Atlantic City. Tom turned professional at age 23 after attending Jacksonville University. He has played in numerous professional events and has been with VIP Golf Academy eleven years. Tom has studied under some of the most renowned teachers in the country, all of which are currently ranked in the Top 100 Instructors in the USA. Besides his excellent teaching of the physical side of the golf swing, Tom has an in-depth knowledge of the psychological aspects of the game. This unique insight, coupled with strong swing fundamentals has helped Tom do wonders for all levels of golfers! An Atlantic City golf school with Tom is a true learning experience and for many a breakthrough experience in their golfing lives.

Jeff Bonicky

Jeff Bonicky

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Jeff Bonicky is the Director of Golf at Sea Oaks Golf Club. Jeff is an experienced PGA golf professional that is accomplished in all aspects of the golf industry. An excellent teacher, his lessons with VIP Golf Academy Atlantic City Golf School have been highly praised for there insightfulness and expertise. An excellent player also, his playing skills give his students insights into good player course management and strategy. A golf school with Jeff is an exciting learning experience.

Pete Popovich

Pete Popovich

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Pete Popovich began teaching junior and beginner clinics in 1989 (at 17 years of age) and has not stopped teaching since. Attending the prestigious Professional Golf Management program at Ferris State University allowed Pete access to some of the top teaching institutions in the country where he apprenticed under some of the top teachers of that time. However, this was only the beginning. Never satisfied with the status quo, his desire to help his students improve and thirst for knowledge lead him to continued research and the study of; physiology, neurology, biomechanics, learning styles and comprehension, club fitting, fitness and health and the effects of each on one another.

The result of this research concluded with the development of the instructional philosophy known as; ‘The Golf Paradigm: A Hole In One Approach to Improvement’. Utilization of this philosophy not only allows a student’s problem to be pinpointed, it also allows for the proper solution to be implemented as well as an overall plan for continued improvement. This way the golfer’s entire game is addressed and improvement is continual. Through these methods he is able to offer a guarantee of improvement both in lower scores and more fun. Such extensive research allowed Pete to author over 40 published articles, lecture at different venues and develop the GPA Putter Fitting System. All have received wide spread acclaim from his peers and golfers of all abilities. If you are tired of going through the same routine and not improving year after year, maybe it’s time for a new and easier way to improve your game and have fun in the process?

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Craig Lydic

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Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Craig found his love of golf at a young age and decided to pursue golf as a professional career. He has over 38 years of experience teaching golfers to reach their maximum potential. Craig has owned and operated three courses in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Alabama. He believes in matching the player’s ability and commitment to improving the student’s love of the game. He is currently residing in Port Saint  Lucie Florida with his wife Connie and is the proud father of four children and six grandchildren.

Eric Fitzsimmons

Eric Fitzsimmons

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Eric Fitzsimmons  was born and raised in central Connecticut to a couple parents enthusiastic about academics and sports.  From a young age he was exposed to any sport that was readily available.  He excelled at soccer, basketball, and baseball, but baseball won out early on as his true passion, and he continued this passion through college.  This didn’t leave much time for golf, as the seasons are the same in Connecticut.  On the rare occasion a few times year that he did get to golf, the same bad advice everyone gets was shared, so nothing amounted from his casual play.  He always had fun with golf though, keeping a passion for it, and one summer he even made a little chip and putt course in his yard using coffee cans for cups.

He ended up heading to a small school in Lynchburg Virginia where he played baseball, and received 2 degrees, one in Computer Science, and one in Sports Management.  Shortly after finishing school, his job brought him to Las Vegas, but the same injuries that had limited his baseball opportunities prevented him from even playing casually, so he needed something to fuel his competitive nature, and golf was there to fill that void.  His passion for the game came quickly, especially with the quantity and quality of new courses available to him in the area.

He started playing and practicing more and more, but wasn’t getting much better.  He tried out a couple teachers and made changes, but nothing was really clicking, and his body was telling him that something was off.  A chance encounter with a respected employee at the course he practiced at led him to Bob Byman, and his golf world was never the same.  They clicked immediately and lessons were highly anticipated, and why wouldn’t they be going from a 20 handicap to a 6 in 3 months, then to a 3 in another 3 months, and within 1 year of his first lesson with Bob he was a scratch golfer, and had started playing some competitive events.  His body was feeling good, he kept working hard at his game, and he kept getting better with a newly learned understanding of the direction he was headed.  Within the next few years he won a number of events, and had been player of the year for the Southern Nevada Golf Association.

Towards the end of this time he had decided to pursue golf as a profession, where he could compete in tournaments, and teach the same things he learned that had changed golf for him forever.  He has a great passion for this sport, and truly enjoys helping others get better making the sport more enjoyable for them as well. This is an example of a golf success story which inspires us all.

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Herb Moreland

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Herb is a four-time winner of the Northeastern New York PGA Teacher of the Year Award. He was a member of the National PGA Teaching Advisory Board from 1993 through 1996 and was elected to the Northeastern New York PGA Hall of Fame in 2005. During his 41 years at Western, he has enjoyed much success in teaching. His students include:

  • 45 Club champions
  • 31 Division I Scholarship athletes
  • Three New York State Junior Girls Championships
  • A runner up in the United States Women’s Public Links Championship
  • Three Northeastern Women’s Golf Association Champions
  • An All American woman and a men’s captain at Florida State University
  • Two LPGA tour members: Moira Dunn and Kris Tamulis. Kris Tamulis is in her fifteenth year on the tour and was 41st on the 2015 year-end money list. Kris recently enjoyed her first victory winning the 2015 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Moira Dunn has been on the LPGA Tour for 23
    She won the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic in 2004. She also has three-second place, two third place, and 23 top-ten finishes. Moira is in 103rd place on the LPGA’s all-time money list.
Ken Zimet

Ken Zimet

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After a low medalist honor in the P.G.A Player Test june, 2000 at Sundale C.C in Bakersfield, CA.  Ken was recruited by Ken Venturi Golf Academies in Las Vegas where he first earned the academy teaching certification. Ken began teaching for the golf academy as Lead instructor at the Badlands G.C. and LAs Vegas NAtional G.C. respectively. Later, he advanced to that of Senior Instructor and then Director of instruction, summer programs in Northern California for K.V.G.A. Golf Academies.

Other notable positions include:  Lead Instructor for Tucson City Golf, Director of Instruction at Charlotte Golf Links, and from  2007-2012, Teaching Director,  La Purisima G.C. in Lompoc, Ca on California’s central coast.

Currently, Ken spends the summers in Vermont teaching as the Lead Instuctor for The Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, VT.

Earl Svenningsen

Earl Svenningsen

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Earl Svenningsen is the rare combination of a great teacher and championship golfer. Earl has studied and played the game of golf for over 50 years, starting at age 7. While playing the game at golf highest levels, Earl has gained valuable insight into the golf swing and what is necessary for his students to improve and enjoy their golf experience more fully. Earl is graduate from the University of Southern California where he played on the nationally ranked golf team. He played one year on the PGA Tour and has won senior state championships in Nevada and New Mexico along with the Colorado PGA Senior section championship both stroke play and match play. While living in Colorado, Earl was presented the Horton Smith Award four times for Education leadership and the Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year honor. Earl also has conducted national PGA teaching seminars, where he shared his teaching philosophy and techniques to other PGA golf professionals. Earl has taught for VIP Golf Academy since its inception over twenty years ago. His enthusiasm for teaching and commitment to his students’ development sets him apart. Professional golfer, beginner, senior or junior, you will get the same dedicated attention to detail that makes Earl’s lessons exceptional.

Frank Bianco

Frank Bianco

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A PGA Class “A” Professional and Certified Edel Master Fitter, Frankie has been teaching golf since 2002. Frankie mentored under a host of well-known teachers, including Gary Gilchrist and Hank Haney, while working as an instructor at the Golf Academy at The Sea Pines Resort. He has also served as either Head Professional or Director of Instruction at numerous facilities, including a six-year stint at Crossgates Country Club in Millersville, Pa., where he ran his own golf school, junior programs, and corporate outings. Frankie exudes an infectious love and knowledge of golf which helps his students achieve their goals.