PGA Head Golf Professional/Director of Golf Course Operations
"My goal in teaching is to give each one of my students the knowledge and skills necessary to make him or her the best golfer they can be, while improving the student’s fundamental understanding of the golf swing.”
Golf has always been a passion of mine. At the age of 3, my father introduced and taught me the game of golf. I started playing competitively at the age of 10. At Avon Lake High School I was a 4 year varsity letterman and a three-time 1st team All-Conference member as well as Conference Player of the year in 2005. I took my love of golf with me to college where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management at Cleveland State University in 2009. While attending CSU, I began working towards becoming a PGA Professional and in February 2012 I became a Class A PGA Professional. Currently, I reside in Avon Lake with my wife, Kristen and our son Brenden who was born on July 14th, 2016.
Previous to taking the Head Golf Professional/Director of Golf Course Operations position, I was the Assistant Golf Professional here at Sweetbriar for 4 years. Over this time, I have taught between 150-200 lessons annually and built up a large clientele base. I have extensive experience with teaching new, as well as experienced golfers, varying from men to juniors and women. My strengths as a teacher are my patience, my ability to communicate, and effectively relate to a wide range of individuals and experience levels.
It is of the utmost importance to me that I tailor my teaching methodology to each student’s individual skill set and learning style. I also want to provide each student with a fun learning environment that helps him or her feel comfortable while exciting them when they come to the golf course. The most important thing to remember about this game is that it should always be about having fun.
Ever since I can remember, golf has always been in my life. I grew up working and playing golf at Twin Creeks Golf Course, which is owned and ran by my family in Illinois. I was taught by my dad and grandfather, both avid and accomplished golfers. At the age of eight, I played in my very first tournament, and went on to play competitive golf in high school and college.
I played on scholarship at John A. Logan College and The University of Missouri at Kansas City, where I graduated with a Business Degree in 2004. I then moved to Arizona and had the privilege of working for The First Tee of Phoenix from 2007-2012. I was a Recognized Coach of The First Tee, where I taught Life Skills and Core Values to juniors locally and nationally.
My love for the game came full circle when I met my husband. Our first date was 18 holes and we played every week after that. This ignited my desire to learn more, teach more and begin the process of becoming a member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals. Soon thereafter, my husband and I moved back to the Midwest to be closer to our family.
I’ve been an LPGA member since 2011 and have been teaching at Sweetbriar since 2013. I currently reside in Bay Village with my husband, Bobby, and my son, Wallace. My experience teaching has been extremely rewarding and I absolutely love what I do. I can think of nothing better than to help others learn and love the game as I have.
My Teaching Philosophy:
“Every student and every lesson is different from the last. Each student has their own goals, abilities, strengths and reasons for playing the game of golf. It’s my goal to discover the individuality of my student and create an effective, efficient and fun way for them to learn and be successful.”
I became fascinated with the game of golf at the age of 12. In 8th grade I decided that my focus would be on the game I loved the most: golf. I had a successful four years at St. Ignatius High School where I learned how to compete on big stages. I learned how to form a winning mindset and compete in the State Championship. I remained in competitive golf throughout college and graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 2010.
Upon graduation, I knew I wanted to be involved in the golf world, and golf instruction is where I felt like I could make a difference. I have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best teaching professionals in the country including Dr. Jim Suttie and Nick Paez, and I wanted to share what I had learned from them as well as my own findings. To date, I have given over 1,400 golf lessons and over 150 customized club fittings to people of all ages during my time at GolfTEC. I am ready to take on anyone and everyone who is interested in improving their golf game and have some fun in the process.
I am of the belief that there is no one correct way to swing a golf club or play the game of golf. There are, however, certain fundamentals that have consistently proven to be the most efficient ways to help you play your best golf. The key seems to be blending your uniqueness with timeless fundamentals that will never die.
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Time spent at the driving range is a major part in developing your game. Our driving range offers several tees where lessons take place and we also have a large practice green to sharpen your putting skills before or after play.