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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.

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.

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.

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.

BILL PRESSE

Bill Presse IV

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Started playing golf at a very young age in the mid 70’s

Manuel de la Torre – Junior coach / Milwaukee CC ealry-mid 80’s

86’-present Professional Club (Master) Repairman and Fitter.

First lessons given in 87’ – 40,000+ lessons to date.

SanDiego Golf Academy (SDGA) Class of 1996 Double major AA – Business Management & Golf Complex Operations Certificates – Advanced Methods of Club Repair Advanced Methods of Teaching

Medalist – PGA PAT(Players Ability Test) 1996 Camelback CC

2004-2006 Martin Chuck PGA 1st Assistant Arrowcreek CC Reno NV
Medalist – PGA PAT(Players Ability Test) 2005 Eagle Valley GC

2006 – 2013 GolfTEC Reno NV/Director of Instruction

2012 – current
Inventor/Founder/Designer/co-Owner L.A.B. Golf Co (aka Directed Force Putters & Press Putter grips)

2019 – current
Inventor/Founder/Designer/CEO Fācit Golf Co.
DSL(dynamic scoring lines) for wedges and irons

2018- current / putting coach
PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Korn Ferry Tour

2020 – current PLDA Coach
both Male and Female clients in World Finals Credentialed Long Drive Coach/ Professional Long Drive Association PLDA (formerly Remax Long Drive)

2020 – current
Director of Instruction and R&D

Zachary Sardina

Zachary Sardina

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Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Zachary grew up playing baseball as it was his dad’s favorite sport. He played on multiple club teams at one time. A hip injury took him out of the game and brought him into golf. Zachary improved rapidly and quickly got addicted to this great game! By his junior year in high school, he was one of the Top 20 high school golfers in Arizona. That summer he was also a Quarter Finalist in the State Amateur. A shoulder injury took him off course to be able to get into a four year college playing golf right out of high school, so he had to pivot where he went next.

Zachary walked on to the golf team for Scottsdale Community College, and was immediately put into the starting five. By his second year, he was leading the team and had 6 straight rounds under par (5 in the 60’s). This stretch lead him to earning All-American honors, as well as earning a golf scholarship to play at California State University, Chico in northern California. It was and still is, a competitive program which really helped his game evolve. Traveling up and down California playing at that level really taught Zachary how to be mentally tough and how important the mental game is in golf.

Zachary trained and prepared for a life of living off his golf skills for six months after returned home to Phoenix. He played on the Pepsi Tour with success and made money playing golf. Shortly after turning professional, he met his wife and now has two kids. He doesn’t play competitively anymore, but now he puts that dedication and commitment into his clients through coaching. Zachary has been coaching for 7 years helping golfers of all ages and skill levels to reach their goals while finding enjoyment in the game he loves.

Carl Rabito

Carl Rabito

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A PGA Certified Master Teaching Professional and one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers, Carl Rabito is a nationally certified strength and conditioning specialist. Rabito’s philosophy of “Structure Governs Function” deals with how a person’s anatomical makeup influences one’s golf swing mechanics and one’s golf swing related injuries.  He has been effectively combining his extensive knowledge of the human body with the game of golf for more than 25 years.

In addition to Rabito’s private golf instruction, he also instructs many of the top PGA, LPGA, Nationwide and Champions tour players.  Rabito’s unique approach to golf has won him accolades and attention far outside the golf world.

In June 2008, Rabito was on the cover of Golf Tips Magazine.  His article on Faults and Fixes highlights his revolutionary approach to golf swing mechanics.

Based in Orlando, Rabito also has academies in Chicago, New Orleans, and Aspen.  His first ebook, Golf: The Rabito Way, an in-depth study of biomechanics and how structure governs function in the golf swing is now available.  The interactive ebook features over 40 videos and additional content and will be available as a smartphone and tablet app for golf fans on the go.


PGA Certified Master Teaching Professional

  • Head Teaching Professional Walt Disney World Resorts,1984-1992
  • One of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Golf Teachers
  • PGA, Class A,One of 43 PGA Certified Master Teaching Professionals in U.S
  • Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • North Florida PGA Section Teacher of the Year
  • 3 Times East Central Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year, 1995, 1997, 2001
  • PGA of America, Educational Faculty Member
  • Board member and author of the teaching manual for the
    Therapeutic Golf Foundation, 1996-2003
  • 2007 Inductee into Louisiana American Italian Sports Hall of Fame
  • Executive Teachings Panel at Orange County National Golf Center, 1997- 1999

Media Appearances

  • Frequent Appearances on Golf Channel’s Academy Live Show
  • Frequent XM Radio appearances on the Peter Kessler “Making the Turn” program
  • Developed and featured in 36 1-minute instructional golf spots in Orlando/Tampa on WKMG, CBS sponsored by Chrysler, 2000
  • Filmed 5 instructional pieces for Sky Golf, English Golf Channel, 2004
  • March – Present: Perfect Connextion Swing Trainer Commercials
    (30 & 60 second spots)

Golf Consulting

  • Co-developed and co-authored the program and manual for Health South’s Sport for Golf Program offered at Health South Corporation locations nationwide. This program deals with a person’s anatomical make-up and how it influences the swing mechanics and one’s golf swing related injuries. 1993-1997.
  • National consultant and lecturer for Body Balance for Performance Program. 1998-99.
  • Consultant/advisor to the Biomechanical Research Lab for Pediatrics and Adolescents in golf and baseball at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL 2004-2005.
  • Co-creator of Perfect Connextion, Three-in-one Swing Trainer, currently the most favorably rated swing trainer by PGA Tour Partners.

Past & Present Students

  • Carl Paulson, PGA Tour
  • Andy Svoboda, PGA Tour
  • Chris DiMarco, PGA Tour
  • Brian Davis, PGA Tour
  • Deane Pappas, Nationwide Tour
  • Jim Chancey, Champions Tour
  • Dave Rummels, Champions Tour
  • Jeanne Cho Hunicke, LPGA Tour
  • Greg Towne, European Senior Tour
  • Bryan DeCorso, Nationwide Tour
  • Brent Schwarzrock, PGA Tour
  • David Peoples, PGA Tour
  • Mike Brisky, PGA Tour
  • Garret Willis, PGA Tour
  • Bart Bryant, PGA Tour
  • Larry Rinker, PGA Tour
  • David Morland, PGA Tour
  • Young Kim, LPGA Tour
  • Gloria Park, LPGA Tour
  • Kaori Ohe,  Japan LPGA Tour
  • Jeong Jang, LPGA Tour
  • Meena Lee,  LPGA Tour
  • Yung Yeon Lee, LPGA Tour
  • Hye Jung Choi, LPGA Tour

Published Articles/Books

  • E Book “The Rabito Way”
  • Golf Digest
  • Golf Magazine
  • Golf Tips (Cover)
  • Senior Golfer
  • Women’s Golf
  • PGA Magazine
  • Junior Golf Magazine
  • Ready Golf Magazine
  • Chicago Golf (Cover)
  • Central Florida Golfer Magazine
  • Monthly Columnist at Florida Golf Monthly Magazine
Scott Bettger

Scott Bettger

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Scott’s current position is Lead Golf Instructor at the Missing Link Golf Academy located at Legacy Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch Florida. He spent the last 23 years as a Senior Performance Coach at IMG Academies in Bradenton Florida. While at IMG he coached multiple professional golfers including both men and women that play on tours all over the world including Julieta Granada the winner of the first million-dollar prize on the LPGA Tour. He has been responsible for training hundreds of students to become more recruitable that are placed into Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3 Universities in the United States.

Scott’s Passion for golf started as a junior in Westerly, Rhode Island where that lead to moving to Orlando Florida and graduating from the Golf Academy of the South in 1994. He spent 4 years in the golf business working at Miacomet Golf Club on Nantucket Island and Hanover Country Club at Dartmouth College. After the birth of his first son Jakob he and his wife Amy moved to Bradenton Florida to pursue a career in teaching golf at the David Leadbetter Junior Golf Academy.

Scott’s mission is to identify every student’s strength and area for improvement. As a coach and mentor, he communicates their personal blueprint that enables them to become the best version of themselves.

Ron Applegate

Ron Applegate

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  • PGA Life Member
  • BS. In Education from Central Michigan. Member of the Golf team.
  • Taught school for four years.
  • Golf Instructor 42 years Lansing Community College-beginning, intermediate, and advance classes.
  • 20 years coaching high school and college golf
  • District and Regional coaches awards for both high school and
    college.
  • Lead instructor at Pine Lake CC,Haslett Mi. 1970-1981. Lead
    instructor Owosso CC Mi. 1982-84
  • General Manager Boca Woods CC Fl. 1985-86
  • Lead instructor at The Applegate Golf Center 1987-2006.
  • Runner-up in the 1983 Central Chapter Championship. Michigan
    Section.
  • 2020 Super Senior Champion. Michigan Section.
West Sharkey

West Sharkey

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West Sharkey is a retired National Team Athlete from Canada with 7 years of experience coaching with National Team Programs and Professional Athletes.  West is a PGA Golf Swing Coach and TPI Athletic Therapist specializing in corrective movement patterning to tackle golf movement from all angles. West Sharkey has worked with high-performance golf programs from Highschool and D1 up to the Professional Tour Pro level helping athletes find the keys to unlock prime performance and stay injury free.

Charlie Bolling

Charlie Bolling

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Charlie Bolling is an American professional golfer. Early in his career Bolling had much success, winning six significant amateur events in the mid-Atlantic region, including the 1980 Pennsylvania Amateur. Shortly after graduating from Duke University in 1981, Bolling attempted to earn membership on the PGA Tour. However, he was unsuccessful for three consecutive years at Q-school. In the interim he played overseas, culminating with a win at the 1983 South African Open. In late 1984, Bolling earned PGA Tour membership. He played on the PGA Tour for four seasons in the mid-1980s, recording four top-10s. Since 1990, Bolling has worked primarily as a Club professional and as a Golf Instructor in the northeastern United States.

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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.
David Shenosky

David Shenosky

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David is motivated by his students desire to get better, their want for improved results and the opportunity to help them reach their goals. His main focus is bringing value to every single person he interacts with. The training is based on simple achievable goals to build confidence in each players own personal process. These small victories become the building blocks towards building the knowledge, skill and mindset to reach your individual goals no matter what level your game is at. The competitive edge is not about perfection, but the ability to respond and build resilience to situations and problems that are in your control. His programs and practice are action based plans designed around what/why/how training programs that have achieved high results out of his students at all levels and ages.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • TrackMan
  • Flightscope
  • TPI
  • SAM Putt Lab
  • BodiTrak
  • Gary Gilchrist Coaches Certification
  • US Kids Golf

CAREER COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Taught over 50,000 hours of individual lessons and group training at all levels throughout his past 15 years of coaching.
  • Assisted Gary Gilchrist with past #1 ranked professionals and multiple players on every major tour including PGA, LPGA, and European / Asia / South American tours.
  • Performed Junior golf clinics and training across the world in China, Taiwan, Colombia, Chile and Central America.
  • Executed the first Adult Clinic for ExxonMobil executives in Colombia.
  • Student wins in high ranked AJGA events and other national elite junior tours around the nation.
  • Junior Golf Academy Coach for 7 years with Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy and 3 years with IJGA in Orlando Florida.
  • Coached and Caddied for multiple players through LPGA Q Series, Symetra and LPGA Tour.
  • Students have accomplished major junior tournament wins, elite college golf program scholarships, national team members and amateur / professional wins around the globe.
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Paula Thompson

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 Paula Thompson, a gifted and passionate golf instructor, has been teaching golf for over 40 years. She currently resides in Kentucky where she teaches golf at the Bardstown Country Club. She also travels to Arizona, seasonally, to teach golf at the Sedona Golf Resort and to facilitate golf schools for the VIP Golf Academy at Oak Creek Country Club. Starting in the summer of 2023, she will also be facilitating golf schools for VIP at the Bardstown Country Club in Bardstown, KY. 

A natural athlete in several sports, Paula learned to play golf when she was 14 years old. She became a local legend because of her ability to outdrive most men. She graduated from college with a BA in Fine Art form Chico State University where she played for the women’s varsity tennis team (there was no golf program available for women at that time). 

After college, she started her golf career in California at the Ojai Valley Inn as an assistant golf professional where she obtained Class ‘A’ status with the LPGA. She moved to Sedona, Arizona in 2001 and was hired to teach golf at the Sedona Golf Resort and the Oak Creek Country Club for the next 20 years. 

Officially retired in 2021, she moved to Kentucky to live near her children and grandchildren. Word spread quickly about her teaching ability. Missing her teaching career, she came out of retirement to help coach a local girl’s high school golf team and then established herself as a teaching pro at Bardstown Country Club. 

Paula has the unique ability to determine a golfer’s learning style within the first few minutes of the lesson and then applies this knowledge to help her students achieve a successful golf swing in a short amount of time. By relating the golf swing to other familiar everyday motions and activities, Paula keeps the learning process simple and does not overload the mind with excess information. A firm believer in the importance of increasing flexibility, avoiding injuries, and learning to play golf tension free, she makes learning fun and keeps her clients entertained with her golf and life analogies. 

Accomplishments: 

  • LPGA Class ‘A’ status. 
  • Owner/Operator of “Swing Easy Golf, Inc.” in Sedona, AZ, from 2001 until 2021. 
  • Established the “Let’s Get Tee-Gether” Sunday Scrambles, a fun and unique one-of-a-kind golf tournament mixer and founded the “Naughty Niners” golf group for novice women golfers in Sedona, AZ. 

Paula is available for private instruction, seasonally, at Bardstown Country Club in Bardstown, KY, the Lebanon Country Club in Lebanon, KY, and the Sedona Golf Resort in Sedona, AZ. 

Sayaka Carpenter

Sayaka Carpenter

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Sayaka has been coaching for 7 years, and is currently the Director of Golf at Royce Brook Golf Course. Over the course of her career, she has focused on building inclusive programs that invite people of all ages and skill levels to jump into the game. She especially aims to create opportunities for both juniors and women to engage in a warm, welcoming environment. For competitive players, she brings her experience of collegiate and international competition when teaching players to navigate through the mental and physical aspects of the game. Her adaptable coaching style suits any kind of player, whether it be a competitive collegiate player, a hobbyist, or a junior getting started in the game.

Her coaching programs aim to provide players of all ages with the tools to analyze and assess their golf swing for themselves. Through discussion and swing assessments, players become more attuned to their body, adapting both the swing, the body, and the mind to establish a swing they can confidently call their own. Players will be able to sharpen their golf swings by harnessing their natural strengths and mastering their weaknesses. This holistic approach aims to keep people having fun and hitting the links for longer.

R. J. “Butch” Butler PGA

R. J. “Butch” Butler

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Butch is the son of a Naval Aviator and the product of a military family, moving several times and has spent most of his adult life in Maryland. He moved to Port St Lucie in 2020 and is a full time resident of PGA Village. Butch has been a PGA Class A Member since 1983, elected to The President’s Society of the PGA in 1991, nominated for the National PGA Patriot Award in 2011 and received the MAPGA Presidents Award in 2013 for multiple years of distinguished service. Butch served as Assistant Professional at Indian Spring CC, Shannon Green Sheraton Resort, the University of Maryland Golf Course and the Chevy Chase Club, then General Manager/Head Professional for 26 years at Cedar Point Golf Course in Patuxent River, MD.  After retiring from that position Butch served as Teaching Professional at both Cedar Point, Breton Bay Golf & CC and the Golf Club at South River. Butch is an accomplished instructor, producing state high school champions and many scholarship golfers. Butch also served part time as a certified Taylormade Clubfitter. He is an experienced competitor at the local, national and global levels, winning  317 Professional Tournaments. He believes in teaching solid fundamentals in order for his students to reach their full potential. He brings a friendly, knowledgeable and positive attitude which he feels is critical to developing a successful relationship between he and his students. His hobbies are surfing and gourmet cooking.

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Warren Raatz

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Warren is recognized for developing and expanding world-class teaching and instructional programs. He has taught with many other golf instructors and with this consistently provides groundbreaking levels of teaching concepts and customer service.

Warren has been a member of the PGA since 1993 and is thrilled to be at Mission Hills CC as an instructor. Warren as been involved with numerous videos and books including: “The Laws of Golf” and the “Play Better Golf” series. He has made appearances on the Golf Channel and CNN Golf Tips.

 

PGA National – Lead Instructor, 1995 – 2001

Royce Brook –   Director of Instruction, 2001-2021

Twice nominated Golf Magazine’s top 100 teacher

 2003 Nj Golf Magazine teacher of the year

Participated on numerous developmental golf tours

 

“Warren uses a complete understanding of cause and effects in his teachings”
–  Scott Monroe, Golf Magazine top 100

 

 “He is very concise and precise and truly fixes the problem”
–  Dr Simon Samaha, Private Client

Jeff LeFevre

Jeff LeFevre

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Director of Instruction at Twisted Dune golf club.

Prior experience Director of Golf at Linwood Country Club for 30 + years. Playing achievements are multiple wins in the Philadelphia section PGA . Golf lessons should be tailored individually to the student and not a theory for everyone to follow .

Different golf abilities should receive lessons best suited to them, so improvement is achieved. As always improvement on all levels is based on the student’s enjoyment.

PAUL BARNSLEY

Paul Barnsley

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Paul was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. After moderate success as an amateur, Paul turned Professional in 1989 and played various tours throughout the world. Paul has won a number of Professional events with his lowest competitive round being 62. On the recommendation of friend Chip Beck, three time Ryder Cup player, Paul ventured to the USA in 1992 to take instruction from Hank Haney. In 1995 he started teaching for Hank and by 1999 was one of the head golf operators for Hank Haney Golf, Inc. While working for Hank he assisted in building Hank Haney Headquarters in Lewisville, Texas. Paul has also been a student of Jim Hardy since 1995. Paul credits both Hank Haney and Jim Hardy as having the biggest influence on his playing and teaching. In 2005 Paul and his wife relocated to the Northeast to be closer to family. He was hired as the Head Golf Professional at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. While at the Cricket Club he conducted regular teaching seminars to fellow Golf Professionals. In 2006 nearby Meadowlands Country Club hired him as their Head Golf Professional. Paul and his wife started the Barnsley Golf Academy to promote golf through player development initiatives. In April 2009 they moved further north to a wonderful opportunity at Race Brook Country Club. He was the sixth golf professional in the club’s 100 year history until the end of 2021 when he relocated to Port St Lucie, Florida. Paul is a Life Member of the PGA of America and a great addition to the VIP Golf Schools.

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Eric Egy

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Eric Egy’s love of golf began at age 10. He played on the golf team at La Canada High School, in Los Angeles California. Having a successful high school career, Eric finished second in the State Championship. Afterward, he attended Cal State University in Los Angeles and played on the golf team for 4 years winning 3 college tournaments during that time. Upon completion of college, he turned pro in 1983. From 1983 to 1994 he played various tours including Canadian, South American, Asian, European, and U.S. tours.

Eric began instructing both private and group lessons after his 11-year touring career. Eric started at Doug Ford’s La Cuna Golf Club in Lake Worth Florida from 1994 to 1997. He then returned to LA where he worked and instructed at La Canada Country Club and Brookside Golf Club until moving to famed Palm Springs, the “golf capital” of California. For 13 years he taught at O’Donnell Golf Club, becoming one of the most sought-after and premiere golf coaches in the desert. Eric presently teaches at Cimmaron Golf Club.

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Josh Vornsand

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Josh Vornsand was born in Las Vegas, NV. Josh grew up taking lessons at the Butch Harmon School for 10 years, where he gained a vast amount of overall knowledge about the game that propelled him to have a successful professional golf career. After his career was over, Josh stayed in the golf industry learning all aspects of the golf business with a concentration on golf instruction. Today, Josh teaches at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona with VIP Golf Academy. Additionally, he is the Director of Instruction at Silverado GC. With great knowledge of the golf swing, Josh is easily able to communicate and transform all players at any skill level. Josh has quickly become one of the top golf instructors in Scottsdale and VIP is proud to have him on their team!

Britton Mullis

Britton Mullis

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Britton grew up in Charlotte, NC.  At an early age he fell in love with golf.  It wasn’t long before he started competing in statewide junior tournaments and later on competing on the High School Golf Team.  After a successful high school career he was recruited to Methodist College in Fayetteville, NC which is year after year the top Div. 3 program in the country.  It is there that Britton enrolled in the PGM program (Professional Golf Management).  After graduating from Methodist he went on to pursue his career as a PGA Professional. 

 After working at various clubs in the North Carolina area honing his teaching skills under the supervision of seasoned PGA instructors Britton landed an opportunity to be the lead instructor at the Brown-McCord Golf Schools.  This extensive teaching experience has made Britton one of the best teachers in the Orlando area.  He has the unique ability to communicate the golf swing in a manner that is easy to understand mentally and translates smoothly to the physical side of the swing.  His passion shows through his teaching style and personality.   VIP Golf Academy is happy to have Britton on our staff at our Orlando location. 

David Curtis

David Curtis

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David Curtis turned professional after leading his college team to a California State Championship in 2004. He has honed his instruction skills over the years with many hours of golf schools, lessons, and junior programs. Current certifications: Class A PGA Teaching Professional, PGA.Coach, PGA H.O.P.E, Golf Digest Schools, Advantage Golf Schools, Callaway Club Fitter, and True Temper. David has taught with some of the finest instructors in the country, and is excited about passing along his knowledge to his students.

David is also an accomplished player who has won seven local PGA section tournaments:

  • 2016 PGA Desert Chapter Player of the Year
  • 2016 PGA Desert Chapter Assistant’s Championship
  • 2017 PGA Desert Chapter Assistant Professional of the Year
  • 2018 PGA Desert Chapter Associate Player of the Year
  • 2019 PGA Desert Chapter Junior Golf Development Leader
  • 2020 PGA Desert Chapter Professional Development of the Year
  • 2021 GRAA Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals
  • 2022 PGA Desert Chapter Teacher/Coach of the Year
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Joal Harding

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Joal is the mother of 3 amazing daughters. All played golf at Michigan State and 1 finished her career at Florida Southern College. Joal grew up in Charlotte, NC where she played on the all men’s golf team in High School. Her family moved her to Florida so that she could continue training all year round. Joal attended Auburn University where she played on the golf team for 4 years, winning multiple tournaments, and was selected as a two time All SEC and All American honoree. After graduating from Auburn in 1990, Joal represented the USA during the World Cup Tournament in France, finishing 2nd individually. Following the competition, Joal qualified for the LPGA Tour and played three years full time. Unfortunately, injuries led to a shortened playing career. When on the LPGA Tour Joal received golf instruction from the very best in the world, including David Leadbetter, Mike Bender, Jim McLean and Gene Thompson. She now uses those experiences as well as her commitment to learn more everyday and assisting her in teaching students to enjoy the process to reach and surpass their goals. Joal uses many tools in her bag since each student has a unique swing. One size, or training method does not fit all. She works with students strengths and minimizes less than optimal movements by creating new and more efficient ones. We, at VIP Golf Academy are excited to have Joal on our Instructional Staff.

Will Walters

Will Walters

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Will Walters, a Professional Golf Coach at Heathrow Country Club, hails from South Florida and began his golf journey at the age of nine. Being self-taught, he immersed himself in Jack Nicklaus’ “Golf My Way” and Ben Hogan’s “Five Lessons” after his father handed him the books, instructing him to practice diligently.

Over the years, Will honed his skills on the South Florida mini-tour circuits and independently taught golf in the Palm Beaches. This journey led him to become one of South Florida’s premier golf coaches. Now, with over 25 years of experience and 20,000 lessons under his belt, Will focuses on combining scientific principles with proven tour player techniques to craft a repeatable golf swing tailored to each student.

Coaching at the picturesque Heathrow Country Club in Lake Mary, Florida, part of the Concert Golf Family, Will Walters continues to share his passion for golf with enthusiasts seeking to improve their game.

David C Smith Jr

David C. Smith Jr.

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David C. Smith Jr. Certified PGA Member Since 1997 David has been a member of The Professional Golfer’s Association of America, in 2013 David completed The First Tee Coach Certification and in 2014 was Certified in General Management with the PGA. As a native of Philadelphia David graduated from Methodist University with a B.S. in Golf Management. Working locally in the Philadelphia area David has been affiliated with many fine golf facilities including the historic Atlantic City Country Club and famed Yardley Country Club. In 2009 a calling to help young people through golf changed David’s career path when he became the Program Director for The First Tee of Greater Philadelphia at Walnut Lane Golf Course. David led the program’s development which positively affected 2,500 students annually. With over 20 years of golf instructional experience, David’s expertise in golf swing knowledge comes from extensive reading, classroom training, and thousands of hours in practical lesson tee experience,as well as extensive tournament play. David’s passion for golf has led him to instruct an expansive mix of players from expert to entry-level and he has been a dedicated coach to blind golfers in the Mid-Atlantic Blind Golfers Association for 20 years. David’s coaching philosophy for student success: “Make learning, concise, fun, and engaging for all students”. In 2012, David was awarded PGA Section Presidents Plaque for Player Development and was on the Junior Golf Committee for the Philadelphia PGA Section.

Jonathan Liss

Jonathan Liss

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Jonathan Liss has been playing golf since he could walk. He started competitive junior golf at the age of seven and continued competitive play through high school. After college, he returned to his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona to compete professionally. Jonathan spent several years playing on the Outlaw and Golden State Tours. He also traveled as far as Thailand to compete in the Asia Tour Qualifier. While playing, he acquired a wealth of knowledge of the game, swing mechanics and equipment. Jonathan makes the swing and the game easily relatable to things you are already familiar with. He has a passion to help you improve your game, lower your scores and make your time on the golf course more enjoyable.