Meet our Instructors

Please call the golf shop at 440-933-9001 or email for Instruction staff availability and we will have a member of our staff contact you shortly. 

Kevin Moore, PGA | Director of Golf Course Operations/Head Golf Professional

Kevin has been working at Sweetbriar for 21 years.  Kevin Started out working outside washing golf carts in Junior High School, worked inside in the proshop and then worked 5 seasons as the Assistant Golf Professional prior to taking the Head Golf Professional/Director of Golf Operations position he is in today.   
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. I reside in Avon Lake with my wife, Kristen, our son Brenden who was born on July 14th, 2016 and our Daughter Leah who was born January 24th 2019

Teaching Experience
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.

Teaching Philosophy
"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.”
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.

Nikki St. Vincent, PGA |  Teaching Professional

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 two sons, Wallace and August. 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.”

Mike Franko, PGA |  Assistant Golf Professional

I became interested in golf at the age of 10.  My dad played in a golf league and I had him cut down some old clubs for me to use.  I used to go to the park at the end of my street in Parma and hit golf balls with my friends.  As I got older I played golf at Parma High School my Junior and Senior Year.  Competitive golf at this point was not a priority at this point in my life.  After I graduated and went to school college for 2 years and then proceeded to change my major from Civil Engineering to PGA Golf Management over a brief break from college.

I moved to Oklahoma and attended the University of Central Oklahoma just north of Oklahoma City and started towards my degree in PGA Golf Management.  During my time at UCO I had internships each summer at The Trails Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma, Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton, Ohio, and Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson Kansas.  After graduation I received a full-time job at Prairie Dunes and had the opportunity to teach members of all ages from children’s clinics to individual lessons to adults 90 years old.  Teaching has been a passion of mine and I always have looked forward to teaching students of all skill levels.

Teaching Philosophy
For me, teaching has always been about making golf fun for the student.  I believe that teaching without being too complex has helped all my students learn much more efficiently.  I can relate to most, if not all of my students.  If the student is willing to put in the practice after the lesson, it will benefit even longer. Never forget that most of the game is played within 150 yards.  Short game is my greatest strength in my game and it should be yours too.


Faith Egli LPGA | Teaching Professional

I have been playing golf for as long as I can remember, playing with my family and friends in Northern Michigan.  I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend Michigan State University where I was honored with twice being named to the First Team All Big Ten team.   From there, I went to play golf professionally, playing in the 1989 US Open and 12 LPGA tour events as well as 2 years on the mini tour.  I joined the PGA of America and the LPGA Teaching division. My career has taken me where I have wore many hats from Head Golf Professional,  General Manager, College Coach, and Golf Instructor.  I was honored to earn a lifetime achievement award from the PGA and also being named a Top 50 LPGA Instructor and twice Professional of the Year.

Teaching golf is my passion and what I choose to do as I have retired from the business side of the game.  4 years teaching at Golftec helped me learn the modern ways of teaching which I have to admit have changed a lot as technology has changed.

In my spare time I spend time with my family and 2 dogs, spend time relaxing at my cabin, hiking, boating, riding motorcycles, I’m a stock market junkie, and of course I love golfing.

I look forward to helping you improve your golf game and reach your goals.

Golfing philosophy:
Juniors: have fun, start with solid fundamentals, play by the rules, keep improving

Adults: Listen to determine what issues bother the student. Determine the root cause of what is happening, communicate the issue and explain why it is happening, show how to fix it, give drills and homework so they can progress.

Ciera Miller | Teaching Professional

I grew up in Bay Village, Ohio and attended their school system throughout my childhood. I ended up getting involved with golf the summer before my freshman year at Bay High School. I didn’t have much knowledge of golf other than the fact my grandfather played golf with Arnold Palmer in High School, but I did make a 48 on my first 9 holes. Come fall tryouts I made the Bay Girls Golf Varsity Team! I played 4 years for the Bay Girls Varsity Team and decided I wanted to pursue golf further after High School. 
I attended Eastern Kentucky University and Majored in Marketing with a Concentration of PGA Professional Golf Management and graduated in 2017. I will also become a full Class A PGA Member come May 2021.  Since then, I have moved back to Ohio and live in the suburb of Lyndhurst with my Fiancé and our dog, cat and chickens. I have worked all around the Greater Cleveland Area at places such as Avon Oaks Country Club, Columbia Hills Country Club, Shaker Heights Country Club and Catawba Island Golf Club. All of which helped grow my knowledge teaching and how the golf world works!
Teaching Philosophy

I have truly found my calling in life with growing the game golf to everyone who wants to learn. I have had the privilege of teaching and creating many lessons and clinics to Women, Men and Juniors over the past 5 years at  varying skill levels.   I really focus on how my student’s bodies feel from the beginning to end of their swing as this can play into their limitations. I create each lesson plan according to each student’s goals and divide them into steps to get them there. My favorite part about teaching is whether or not  the student is a beginner or advanced player, when they finally feel the connection of  proper body rotation to impact their confidence for the whole game improves.  

Rick Montgomery | Teaching Professional

I became interested in golf just before high school. I spent time at the driving range hitting balls just for fun, not thinking about anything else. I started playing competitive golf my sophomore year of high school and I was hooked. After graduating from Elyria High School in 1987 I then played college golf at North Greenville University in South Carolina. After a coaching change toward the end of my 2nd season I decided to return home and pursue other interests. I then attended Lorain County Community College and earned my Associate of Science Degree with minor concentration in Business Management. After 7 years of being self-employed I decided to enter the golf business.
I passed my Player's Ability Test and was employed as the Assistant Golf Professional at Spring Valley Country Club from 2001-2006. I had the opportunity to teach numerous individual lessons and was in charge of the Junior program, usually 60-70 kids. I also played in several PGA Section events on Mondays to keep my competitive juices flowing. In 2007 I was employed as the Teaching Professional at Willow Creek Golf Club in Vermilion, Ohio.   In 2008 I began a 12-year period as the Golf Professional / Manager at Brentwood Golf Club in Grafton, Ohio. I had the opportunity to teach individual lessons, group lessons, clinics, and a junior program of about 35-40 kids.  I now begin a new chapter of my life as 2021 kicks in. I am excited to join an awesome staff of people with so much teaching experience.
Teaching Experience:
1)  Individual lessons
2)  PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit  2003 and 2005
3)  United States Golf Teachers Federation  -  Associate and Masters Certification
4)  Varsity Golf Coach  - Elyria Catholic High School    ( 2010-2020)
Teaching Philosophy:
Every lesson and every student is altogether different. All students have different goals they want to accomplish while playing the game of golf. My job is to provide them with the fundamentals to help them understand the golf swing and provide them with some drills that will help them improve. I want my students to have fun so they will continue to play. I believe as a Teaching Professional we can always learn more.

Visit the Sweetbriar Driving Range & Practice Green
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.