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Anthony Russell

Anthony Russell

Instructor • (540) 720-7374 • Email

A Retired U.S. Marine of over 28 years, Anthony continues to serve the public sector in his other passion – GOLF. Anthony accomplishes this by instructing and helping others learn to play, improve, and score, while at the same time gaining an appreciation of how playing the game of golf can help in life.

Junior Lessons: Ages 13–17 years old
45-Min Lessons - $45
Series of 3 - $125
Series of 5 - $200

Adult Lessons: 18 years old+
One-Hour Lessons - $65
Series of 3 - $180
Series of 5 - $300
Series of 10 - $550

Group lessons available upon request. Golf clubs available upon request. Range balls provided for lesson at no extra cost. Please contact the golf shop for more information at (540) 720-7374.

Caleb Fletcher

Caleb Fletcher

Instructor • (703) 303-7748 • Email

Book Online @ Virginia Golf Center

Philosophy: I believe in fully evaluating a student's golf game through measurements and testing.  Based on a player’s baseline statistics and natural athleticism, we work together on a process to fix swing flaws and improve skills.

Biography: I grew up playing hockey.  After one year of NCAA Division I Hockey, I suffered a knee injury.  That summer I started working at a golf course and never looked back. Like most of you, I was hooked to the challenges of golf and put in countless hours to become a scratch golfer. I have been working in the golf industry since 2010. I was apprenticed under the Director of Raspberry Golf Academy Patrick McGuire for two years learning all the game has to offer.

Rates:  Contact Caleb at fletchercaleb@yahoo.com or 703-303-7748.

Cliff Hollingsworth

Cliff Hollingsworth

Instructor • (703) 341-9956 • Email

Book Online @ Bull RunBook Online @ Raspberry Falls

Philosophy: "Simplicity of Motion"  I believe my students see the most improvements when I train them to use the body to swing the club in an athletic motion.  This is the most repeatable form.  Science and technology can measure how the body is designed to perform the golf swing efficiently.  Using my knowledge of the golf swing, cutting edge technology and a trained eye, I effectively communicate this to help my students reach their goals.

Golf Influences: Books: Jack Nicklaus, Golf My Way; Nick Bradley, The 7 Laws of the Golf Swing; Nick Faldo, A Swing for Life; Tiger Woods, How I Swing the Golf Club
People:  Pat McGuire, PGA, Owner/Director of Instruction - Raspberry Golf Academy, Robert Evans, PGA Golf Instructor, Tour Rep. Bobby Grace Putters, Master Club Tech. Max Claiborne,  Master Club Technician Brian Hollingsworth, brother (started me playing the game)

Skills/Training and Certifications:

  • Zelocity Launch Monitor Fitting System
  • Swing View Pro Video Software
  • Taylor Made Matt Launch Monitor Fitting Systems
  • Ping N-Flight Fitting Software
  • 3-D Motion Capture and Analysis Software
  • Certified Club Fitter for Titleist/Cobra, Ping, Taylor Made, Mizuno
  • Titleist Staff Member 2009
  • Trained in Bio-Mechanics (Physical Body in Motion)
  • Trained in Kinematic Link of Golf Swing (Sequence of Motion)
  • Trained in Body Screening (Mobility, Flexibility and Stability)


David Mackenzie

David Mackenzie

Instructor • (571) 641-9687 • Email

Book Online @ Virginia Golf Center

David MacKenzie has been coaching golfers of all ages and levels from beginner to Tour pro for more than 15 years.

Originally from England, David attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland where he competed on the golf team. Since then, David has dedicated himself to developing a holistic approach to golf coaching which includes the physical, technical, mental and emotional aspects of the game.

His philosophy on the golf swing is simple yet effective. His students learn how to build confidence in their game through:

  • Simple swing thoughts
  • A solid pre-shot routine
  • Visualization and feel
  • Mental and Emotional control
  • Course strategy
  • Effective practice

In addition to teaching at Virginia Golf Center, David runs his golf coaching website, Golf State of Mind (www.golfstateofmind.com). He has also written several books about how to implement his unique approach to the game.

Lesson rates:

1 hour = $200
5 x 1 hour = $900
10 x 1 hour = $1800

9 hole playing lesson (RGM 18-hole course) = $600


Don Frost

Don Frost

Director of Instruction • 301-524-5092 • dforst@raspberrygolfacademy.com

Don Frost has been a Class A PGA Golf Professional since 1994 and has given over 30,000 lessons, accumulating a wide range of experience in golf. He first learned to play golf at the age of five and began working at a golf course at the age of 14, setting the course for a lifelong career in the golf industry. From Florida to Maryland, he has worked at various golf facilities.

Don boasts an exceptional golfing career, having competed three times in the Maryland State High School tournament and twice in the College National tournament. He attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and was sponsored to play professionally on various tours in Florida. During this time, he participated in hundreds of tournaments, winning numerous events. Furthermore, Don has successfully coached winners on the PGA, Champions, and LPGA Tours. His students include Walker Cup contestants, men's and women's college All-Americans, and National Drive, Chip, and Putt contestants at Augusta National.

What sets Don apart as a golf instructor is his unique perspective on golf instruction. His commitment to improving his own game led him to seek out the best instructors in golf. After competing in his first professional tournament, he realized the need to further develop all aspects of his golf game. Don sought guidance from Hall of Fame Instructor Bob Toski, who remains his teacher and mentor to this day. Alongside Mr. Toski, Don has worked with esteemed coaches such as Chuck Cook, Martin Hall, Cameron McCormick, James Sieckmann, David Orr, Dr. Bob Rotella, and Dr. Greg Rose of TPI (Titleist Performance Institute). These coaches have played a significant role in Don's development as both a player and a coach.

As a coach, Don does not believe in the idea of a set "method" or "swing model." He believes that every golfer is a unique individual with different body types, strengths, and desires, thus advocating for a collaborative approach between student and coach. Michael Breed taught Don the importance of "listening and communicating" intently with students, while Butch Harmon emphasized the significance of nurturing each student's individual potential rather than trying to mold them into Tiger Woods or Lexi Thompson.

Don is entirely focused on his students, utilizing the latest golf technology such as Sportsbox AI 3D, Foresight launch monitor, high-speed V1 video, and Ping putting sensor. With three decades of experience, he guides his students on "what to do" and "why you should do it," helping them narrow their focus to achieve a state of "FLOW" associated with timely feedback and appropriate challenges.

Passionately dedicated to improving his students, Don employs a holistic golf approach centered on the "Four Cornerstones of Golf" – swing technique, short game, self-management, and course management. His goal is to create the most positive environment for students to thrive by engaging, educating, entertaining, encouraging, and evaluating. In the words of Einstein, "From the complicated find simplicity as the answer. Then take that simple concept and take it seriously." Don aims to pass on the knowledge imparted by his mentors, which has positively impacted his life both inside and outside of golf, to all his students.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS & CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Mid-Atlantic PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Mid-Atlantic PGA Professional Development Award (outstanding contributions to education)
  • Golf Digest Magazine selected "Best in State"
  • TPI Level 3 Golf / TPI Level 2 Junior / TPI Level 2 Bio-mechanical
  • Titleist, TaylorMade, Callaway Master Club Fitter
  • Numerous PGA Grow the Games Awards
  • PGA college golf management adjunct instructor
  • US Kids Certified
  • Official PGA & LPGA Tour Instructors Badge
  • Featured presenter at various PGA seminars & Washington Golf Show
  • PGA HOPE Certified
  • BS in Economics from the University of Maryland

 RATES: INTRODUCTORY LIMITED TIME OFFER

  Adult Juniors under 17yo
1/2 Hour x $50
1 Session (55 minutes) $145 $90
3 Session Series (55 minutes) $360 x
5 Session Series (55 minutes) $575 x
10 Session Series (55 minutes) $1100 x
Exclusive RF Member Lesson (55 minutes) 110  x
Club Fitting (55 minutes) $125  x
Playing Lesson (2 hours) $255  x
Half Day Golf School (2-4 golfers) $245 x

Doug Walczak

Doug Walczak

Instructor • 571-266-1182 • Email

As a golf instructor, Doug is passionate about golf, dedicated to his students and committed to improving both their fundamentals and overall enjoyment of this great game. With more than 20 years coaching and teaching, 1000’s of lessons, and focus on complete player development, improvement is achievable and sustainable for everyone. Short game, putting, mental approach and course management are his best coaching strengths.

Book your lessons today to start your journey towards playing better golf.

One-Hour Lesson - $80

Series of 3 One-Hour Lessons - $215

Evre Veress

Evre Veress

Director of Instruction • (775) 722-2876 • Email

Maybe you too have already had your A-ha moment with this incredible game and have been forever bitten by the golf bug? Chances are if you’re reading this you probably have! The great thing about this game is that no one has ever completely mastered it and if they’ve come close, they no doubt were humbled by it at some point during the journey…

I’ve spent the last 20 years as a pro chasing the dream of playing golf for a living and although for a variety of reasons I may not have attained that ultimate goal of winning on the PGA Tour, I have lived life to it’s fullest and I’ve gained a plethora of knowledge about golf and life in the process.

In the golf business as a PGA Member for the last 18 years, I’ve been a cart kid, an assistant pro, a teaching pro, a Head Pro and a General Manager all over this great country! At times when I was trying to play for a living I’ve moonlighted as a busboy, a fine-dining server, a bartender, a shuttle bus operator, a pool boy, a home renovator, a bum check collections agent, you name it!

But the one thing that all of these activities always centered around was that obsession with golf. I worked all of these jobs, just so I could constantly be around the game I loved so much. Golf is my passion and I’d love to share that passion with you!

Evre Veress, PGA

Garrett Larson

Garrett Larson

Instructor • (571) 258-8358 • Email

My goal as a golf coach is not only to make you a better golfer, but also to have you enjoy the game as much as I do.

In high school, my sister worked at a golf club, and that is where my journey began with golf. With access to the course, I found myself hooked on the thrill of the game. What started as a recreational hobby evolved into a passion that shaped the course of my career.

Now, I am committed to sharing that passion with my students. I want to make learning golf as enjoyable for you as it was for me. We will work on the mechanics of your game so you can feel confident and have fun out on the course from tee to green. “Every shot counts. The three foot putt is just as important as the 300 yard drive” -Henry Cotton

Achievements:
• 3-time MAPGA junior golfer of the year
• 21 high school and collegiate wins
• Competed in both the South Carolina and Virginia state amateur championships
• Low tournament round: 68
• Lowest round: 66
• Former founder and head teacher of Larson’s Lessons

Hyung Cho

Hyung Cho

Instructor • (703) 966-7816 • Email

Book Online @ Virginia Golf Center

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John Miller

John Miller

Director of Instruction • (571) 269-3011 • Email

Book Online @ Raspberry Falls

Book Online @ Virginia Golf Center

Coaching Philosophy: "Make the swing as simple and appropriate for the student in front of me."

Every golfer is unique. Each person has a unique set of movements that they do well and could improve on to enjoy the game more. My goal is to evaluate students, make the body-swing connection, and work within the framework of what they can physically do to reach their full potential.

  Adult Private Junior Private
(5-10 yo)
Junior Private
(11-15 yo)
Junior Private
(14-19 yo)
30 minutes   $35 x x
1 hour $150 x $85 $105
3 hours $400 x x x
5 hours $600 $315 $383 $475
10 hours $1125 x $1000 x
Full Evaluation $300  x  x x
Club Fitting (1 hour) $125  x  x x
Club Fitting Full Bag (3 hours) $300  x  x x
9-Hole Playing Lesson $250  x  x x

Josh Apple

Josh Apple

Raspberry Golf Academy Coach of the Year!

Director of Instruction • (614) 804-8449 • Email

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I am a PGA Member, Director of Instruction and Certified Performance Coach with the Raspberry Golf Academy. As a true performance coach, I evaluate and improve all pillars of golf performance: full swing, short game, putting, course management, process, mental, fitness, nutrition and more.

I was recognized by my peers as the 2020 Raspberry Golf Academy Coach of the Year.

My approach to golf instruction is taking what each person does naturally and making it better. No two people are the same mentally or physically, so no two people should have the same lesson. I want to optimize each person's unique abilities. I also believe that golfers do not need to get worse before they get better. I want you to leave better than you came after each lesson.

As a TPI Certified instructor for golf fitness, I place a high value on physical health and the body. I connect nearly all of my full swing teaching to exercises that can be done both with and without a golf club.

I played golf professionally full time before making the transition to coaching in 2016. As a student of the Raspberry Golf Academy myself as a player since it opened in 2007, coming on board as an instructor was a smooth transition. I spent one year as an apprentice with the Academy, learning under directors Patrick McGuire, John Miller, and Sang Hwang. Through my training, I have become an expert on quickly identifying what a player needs to work on and how to work on it.

Before playing professionally, I played Division I golf at George Mason University and later served as an Assistant Coach for George Mason, and have also served as an Assistant Coach for Centreville High School and Chantilly High School.

I also currently serve as the Instruction Editor of the Virginia Golfer Magazine, the official magazine of the Virginia State Golf Association (VSGA).

With my extensive playing and coaching background, I enjoy helping golfers get to the next level. I am eager to share my knowledge and to improve each person that walks in the door, whether a beginner, intermediate, or elite player.

Certifications/Awards:
• PGA Class A Member
• TPI Certified- Golf Fitness
• Raspberry Golf Academy Certified Performance Coach
• 2020 Raspberry Golf Academy Coach of the Year

Coaching:
• Assistant Coach George Mason University
• Assistant Coach Centreville High School
• Assistant Coach Chantilly High School

Playing Background:
• Four-year starter at George Mason University, was first or second in scoring average every semester in school (2008-12)
• Over three years full time on the mini tours, primarily the eGolf Pro Tour in North Carolina and the Gateway Pro Tour in Arizona (2012-16)
• Reached Second Stage of Web.com Q-School twice in two attempts, played in PGA Canada Q-School
• Played in the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills
• 2019 Assistant Pro Association Player of the Year
• Low tournament round: 63 (-9)
• Low professional tournament round: 64 (-8)

Adult Lesson Prices:
• 1 hour - $150
• 3 hours - $375
• 5 hours - $575
• 10 hours - $1000

Junior Lesson Prices (18 and under):
• 1 hour - $100
• 5 hours - $450
• 10 hours - $800


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Lisa Deel

Lisa Deel

Instructor • (703) 606-6065 • Email

Book Online @ Bull RunBook Online @ Raspberry Falls

Philosophy

  • All golfers are unique in their abilities, experiences, goals and understandings of the golf swing
  • A lesson can and should be tailored to each students needs using various teaching models and drills
  • By developing a better understanding of the “whys” and “what’s” of the golf swing, the student develops a better sense of the swing feel and the ability to take the improvement from the lesson tee to the golf course.
  • The Golf Swing:  Understand it….. Improve it…..Enjoy it…!!

Skills and Training:

  • Certified club fitter for Cobra, Titleist, PING manufactures.
  • Vector launch monitor, Swing View Pro, LPGA National Education Programs I & II
  • Club Champion: River Creek CC Leesburg, VA. Belmont CC  Ashburn, VA
  • Best Golf Round: 70- Belmont CC
  • Holes-in –One: 2

Rates:

  • 1 lesson - $150
  • 3 lesson series - $ 375
  • 5 lesson series - $575

Testimonials:

  • "Lisa is the single best coach with whom I have had the pleasure of working over a lifetime of playing sports and I recommend Lisa to anyone, at any level, looking to improve his/her game.  She is dedicated, highly creative in finding ways to help her students use their own athletic abilities to become better golfers and designs drills that work without requiring an overwhelming amount of time on the range.  Results speak louder than words so... I was a 14.9 when I took my first lesson in late March, a 10.7 by June 1st and would be a 9.8 if my index was calculated today, six weeks after my last lesson with Lisa in early July..."  -- Ralph B.
  • "I just wanted to tell you that after my lesson today, I played 9 holes at my course and I did extremely well!  I was even hitting my driver over 150 yds." - Hannah , Jr. Golfer
  • "I applied some of the lessons from yesterday to the putting green and suddenly I felt like Tiger Woods.  I was able to stay true to the new swing keys throughout the round and I have growing confidence that it's going to make a dramatic difference" - Dave A.
  • "Lisa, thanks for everything this year.  You really helped my game... more than anyone else ever has." - George B.
  • "Thank you for all your help with my game.  I did win my
  • flight of the WGA "Match Play" thi year, and won my flight of the "Club Championship".  Yeah, all thanks to you!!" - Karen F.
  • "You are a part of our golf family so I want you to hear this from me.  this is why I brag about Raspberry Falls and Golf Academy to people.  You guys are good and are terrific with the kids. " - Tom F.


Neil Colton

Neil Colton

Instructor • 703-965-9417 • Email

Book Online @ Virginia Golf Center

As a Certified Golf Teaching Professional, I enjoy working with golfers to help them establish a strong foundation for their game, based on fundamentals, recognizing that every golf swing is unique. I have helped many adult players break the 100, 90 and even 80 scoring barriers through instruction and confidence building. I believe the mental side of the game is just as important as the technical side. I have also worked with Junior Club Champions in multiple age groups, coached junior players to Drive, Chip & Putt Local and Regional Qualification and worked with high school age players in top programs. I work closely with students of all ages,to develop a positive, winning attitude where 'winning' is playing with confidence and enjoying this game we love.

In addition to Operation 36, USGTF, US Kids and Positive Coaching Alliance Certifications as a Golf Teaching Professional, I hold a USSF National Youth 'A' Coaching License and a Dutch Coaching Certificate, as a soccer coach. I have more than 25 years of player development experience, guiding youth players into top soccer programs at American University, Clemson, Kentucky, James Madison University, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, University of Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others.

Testimonials:

"I had been struggling to unlearn bad swing habits from baseball, and Neil's help was instrumental in helping me figure out how to strike the ball more consistently. His patient approach gave me space to test things out. I also got very good practical tips on how to improve."   Alex D. ~ Student

"Neil has coached my son for nearly 10 years. He is more than just an instructor. He is a mentor, a guide and a life coach. He has guided my son through numerous tournaments, a Junior Club Championship, a Regional Qualifier in the National Drive, Chip & Putt Championships and, this year, to a starting spot on his high school golf team as a Freshman. He is now on track to a college golf career, thanks to Neil."   Erin W. ~ Parent

"I was introduced to Neil who was the golf instructor for the Operation 36 (Op36) Program at VGC in 2023. I had taken group golf classes several years ago but never felt like I learned enough to get out on the course. I have competitively played several sports and mastered the skills rather quickly but was thinking golf was maybe not a sport for me. When I did get out on the course I would get discouraged with my play and found myself making excuses to not play.

Signing up for Op36 was going to be my last go at giving golf a try. I found Neil's approach to teaching golf was not a one-size-fits-all like I had experienced at prior golf group lessons. He took the time to get to know his students and their strengths and how to use those skills to correct and improve skills. I didn't always get it right after his correction but with persistence and encouragement I found I did have the ability to play and enjoy the play.  It is because of Neil's approach to teaching golf that I plan to continue learning and improving my game under Neil's guidance as long as he is a golf instructor at VGC." - Fawn F. ~ Student

Robyn James

Robyn James

Instructor • 571-266-1182 • Email

I first learned to play golf when I was 10 years old, and my first teacher was my father, but then I put my clubs down to ride horses and run track. Fast forward to college when I came home on Spring break, played again with my dad,I fell in love with the sport all over again! For the next 10 years I played off and on when I could, but, I was a cubicle dweller and didn’t have much time to work on my game.  As fate would have it, the recession came along in 2007-2008 and I was laid off with so many other people across the country. It turned out to be the best thing to happen to me! I was restless and not happy in the midst of the rat race. The recession gave me the chance to sit down and figure out what I wanted to do and the answer was golf! I moved back home, took a few ‘odd jobs’ and worked on my game 6 days a week for almost 4 years! I combined fitness, strength training, lessons and countless hours of practice and repetition to improve my game. I was terrible for a long time. My dream was to become an LPGA Professional but I needed the game to match. I worked my way down from a handicap that was “off-the-charts-high” to a 2!  In 2013 I moved to Northern Virginia, still following my golf dreams. Life is just like golf; there are hazards, bad breaks from good shots, incredible lows and then you sink that long putt or chip in for birdie and you are back in it!  I completed all of the requirements to get my LPGA Teaching card in 2016.  My journey wasn’t done there though.

Now as a LPGA T&CP I am a scratch golfer. I know what it takes to make the necessary improvements to shave the strokes off of your game. What are your goals? What are your personal victories that you are looking to achieve on the course? I can help you find your personal best. Whether it is hitting the ball for the first time or it is shooting under par, let me help you improve your game, and take the next steps in your golf journey.

As part of The Raspberry Golf Academy Family I will be focused on The Birdie Belief Project, LPGA Girls Golf and Rounds With Robyn. These programs are designed to start, engage and retain women and girls into the game of golf! For more information on these programs please visit www.thebirdiebeliefproject.com or www.roundswithrobyn.com

Happy Golfing!
#ibelieveinbirdies


Ron Leporati

Ron Leporati

PGA Instructor • (540) 720-7374 • Email

Ron is a nationally decorated PGA Member with over 20 years of teaching, coaching, mentoring, and player development experience. He is passionate about building relationships and establishing a personalized plan for each student. Golf instruction is available for individuals, couples, group clinics, and on-course game management.

One-Hour Lesson - $95

Series of 3 One-Hour Lessons - $255

Sang Hwang

Sang Hwang

Director of Student Development • (561) 317-6150 • Email

Book Online @ Bull RunBook Online @ Raspberry Falls

Duration Adult Private Junior Private
(6-12 yo)
Junior Private
(13-18 yo)
1 hour $175 $125 $110
3 hours $450 x x
5 hours $650 $550 $500
10 hours $1200 $1050 $1000

Originally from the Northern Virginia area, Sang was a First Assistant at Fauquier Springs Country Club in the late 1990s.  After getting married at Raspberry Farms in Leesburg, he and his wife Mary moved to South Florida in 1999 where he played in several mini-tour events.  Over the last 12 years, he became a father of two and has turned his focus more towards teaching golf and growing the game.  As one of the senior instructors at BallenIsles Country Club, a top 100 private club in the country, Sang has been teaching and developing juniors, beginners, accomplished juniors, and touring professionals at BallenIsles Country Club.Along with his playing skills where Sang has earned several top 10 finishes in the South Florida mini tours, he has developed several accomplished juniors who are now ranked in the AJGA.  He has sculpted beginner junior golfers into nationally ranked golfers who have received college scholarships.  Last year, Sang assisted in helping one of his students become the 2011 Florida High School Golf Champion!  He has also recently been awarded the 2011 U.S. Kids Top 50 Teachers Honorable Mention.  Sang has worked with touring professionals who made it to third stage Qualifying School for the LPGA.  He also worked with Bruce Fleisher, a Senior PGA Tour Player and a 2001 U.S. Senior Open Champion and his grandson Jake.  His client base at Ballenisles includes hundreds of repeat and satisfied members and non-members from beginners to advance.

My Emphasis: I like to emphasize a certain principle that’s been very effective for me.  Pre-swing preparation is the secret to success.  My feeling is you can’t play great golf without one.  I believe in learning the swing with the impact position first and achieving balance throughout the swing is the key to success in the golf swing.  Integrating mental, physical, technical, and course management principles into my instruction to all students has made me unique and popular with all level of students.  Short game improvement is the key to lowering your score.

Quick recognition on what area of the student’s golf swing to work on is another skill I have developed with the 18 plus years of experience I have under my belt.  Over the course of studying how the body works biomechanically, physiologically, and kinesthetically, I have been able to create a language within traditional teaching methodology that I believe sets my instruction apart.   I am a great believer in the use of technology.  Over the last ten years, using the JC Video Swing Analysis System or Swing View Pro, has helped me and the student reinforce and aid the learning process.  I recognize that everyone isn’t made the same, and I am always looking to be more creative in getting the message to the student.  Creativity is the key in coming up with anything that will grab a student’s attention.

Most importantly, I believe in motivating my students to achieve by being passionate about what I do and letting them know that I care.  As an instructor I recognized early on that you should never stop learning.  Just like the game of golf, teaching is a never-ending journey.  The more you know the better. Never stop asking questions to people who you respect.  Breakthroughs with great ideas come from an open mind.

Skills & Expertise: I use the latest technology to make sure you are getting the most out of your equipment and instruction. With my expertise in using the Swing View Pro and JC Video Swing Analysis System, I can concentrate on specific areas of your swing to properly diagnose, analyze, and help meet your golfing goals.  In addition, Flight scope Launch Monitor will be used to determine if you are using the clubs that are right for you.

 Swing View Pro Video Software, JC Video Swing Analysis System, Flight Scope Launch Monitor, Club Fitter for Ping, Titleist, Callaway, 2012 SFPGA Teaching Seminar.

Principles & Methods:

  • My goal to my students is to provide consistency by emphasizing certain principles of golf instruction.
  • Consistency in the result of compatible movement
  • Pre-swing preparation is the secret to success (90% of in-swing errors are the effect of incorrect pre-swing)
  • Repeatable Pre-shot Routine
  • The clubface must be square at impact
  • The spine and shoulder must be neutral throughout the entire motion;  develop a swing motion vs a hitting motion
  • Shaft must be forwarded leaned at impact
  • Left wrist flat
  • Dynamic Impact
  • Short game improvement
  • Play the game
  • Understanding “Self”
  • 3 secrets to improving your score
  • Enjoyment
  • Creating better emotional control
  • Understanding Rhythm and Tempo
  • Recognize and create correct muscular tension for optimum consistency

Testimonials:

“It is my honor to write this recommendation letter for Sang Hwang, my Assistant Golf Professional, at BallenIsles Country Club. Sang is what I would consider an “unsung hero” in the junior golf world. I have spent the past year assessing the current status of our golf programs in order to take us from being good to outstanding and award winning. One area that was already excellent was our junior golf program and its instructors. Sang is our junior golf leader and is very well respected by our membership for what he does for beginner, immediate, and advanced juniors. His positive attitude, smile, and big heart are what make the juniors want to be around Sang all of the time. Sang has created beginner junior golfers, into nationally ranked golfers who have received college scholarships as a result of being coached by Sang. There is one event that has really elevated Sang’s status in the junior golf world. This summer, I sat down with Sang and the other golf professionals in order to brainstorm ways that we could grow the game and give back to juniors. We came up with what we called the BallenIsles Junior Cup. In six quick weeks, Sang utilized his personal contacts that he coached and put together 24 local elite junior players to play in a two-day Ryder Cup style format event. We were able to receive a full sponsorship by Cleveland Golf in which all participants received a golf bag, shirts, hats, golf balls, back pack, and Cleveland 588 wedge complimentary! The event quickly became nationally recognized in magazines, local TV programs, You Tube, and the BallenIsles Junior Cup photo was event shown in New York City on one of the largest flat screen TV’s in the world! We could not have pulled off this event without Sang!”

– Brian Kelley, PGA


“I take great pleasure in highly recommending Sang as a wonderful ambassador for golf to the many youngsters he has taught and mentored during the 10+ years I have known him.  He has organized and managed a very successful, comprehensive junior golf program at my club, BallenIsles Country Club, and it is one of the most popular activities here for children and grandchildren of the membership. The program accommodates children of all ages and levels of experience.  Their lessons, clinics and the tournaments he organizes cover not only the skills necessary to play the game of golf but also emphasize proper golf etiquette and safety, respect for the game and care of the golf course.   He is very experienced in the use of computer and video equipment when appropriate to use. Sang’s approach to teaching golf skills to youngsters is quite successful as evidenced by the results I have observed.   My two grandsons began lessons with Sang at ages four and five respectively, and they have both developed golf abilities much beyond what I would have initially anticipated.   Most important is the fact that Sang makes their lessons and clinics fun and enjoyable.  I have witnessed the same when Sang has interacted with and taught other children and their parents and grandparents with whom I have spoken have nothing but the best to say about him. I have also observed Sang with older children, and his approach with them is, of course, at a more mature level.  Some of them have progressed to the extent that careers in golf would seem quite likely. It is my opinion that you could not select a finer teaching instructor.”

– Vaughn Cohan, M.D.


“I would like to personally thank you again for the opportunity to come and play in the Junior Cup.  I loved my experience and the atmosphere there.  Definitely a memory I will not forget.  Also I would love to come down sometime this week and get videoed by you and have you evaluate my game if you are still willing!”

– Richard Donegan

Richard Donegan recently became the 2011 Florida High School Golf Champion!  Richard shot a 3-under-par 69 at the Mission Inn Resort & Club on Wednesday, November 3, 2011.  He finished even-par 144 at the two-day tournament.


Sarah Schreiber

Sarah Schreiber

Instructor • (540) 720-7374 • Email

Website: www.golfgoalswithsarah.com
Instagram: @golfgoalswithsarah

As a young girl Sarah played UK Staffordshire County golf under the instruction of PGA Teacher of the Year Martin Hall.

"I taught Sarah back when she was a junior golfer and I’m glad to hear she is now involved in coaching. I’m sure she brings a great enthusiasm and knowledge of the game to all her students”-Martin Hall, Host of School of Golf on Golf Channel

Teaching philosophy: Golf is fun! Progress from Green to Tee by gaining confidence with the basic fundamentals of golf. The goal is for students to walk away from their lessons with a sense of achievement and a lot of enjoyment!

Laugh, Learn and Love the game of golf!​​​​

Adult Lessons: Age 18 years old +
One-Hour Lesson - $75
Series of 3 - $210
Series of 5 - $325
Series of 10 - $595

Junior Lessons: Age 13-17 years old
45-Min Lesson - $50
Series of 3 - $140
Series of 5 - $220
Series of 10 - $395

Junior Lessons: up to 12 years old
30-Min Lesson - $40
Series of 3 - $110
Series of 5 - $175
Series of 10 - $295

*Group Lessons available upon request, prices may vary.

Steve WenPetren

Steve WenPetren

(443) 622-6457 • Email

Book Online @ Virginia Golf Center

 

 RATES Adult Juniors under 18yo
1 Session (60 minutes) $125 $100
3 Session Series (60 minutes) $330 x
3 Session Series (60 minutes) for Military, First Responders, and Teachers $300 x
5 Session Series (60 minutes) $475 $450
5 Session Series (60 minutes) for Military, First Responders, and Teachers $400 x
Club Fitting (60 minutes) $125  x

Steve WenPetren is a golf aficionado whose passion for the game knows no bounds. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Steve's journey into the world of golf began after serving in the United States Air Force. It was during his time in the Air Force that he discovered his love for the sport, laying the foundation for what would become a lifelong devotion.

In 1996, Steve earned his Class "A" Membership into the PGA of America, marking the commencement of a distinguished career in golf instruction. With over a quarter-century of experience as a PGA member, Steve's dedication to the sport has only deepened over the years. He views playing and teaching golf not merely as professions, but as true callings in life.

Steve's personal golf goals each season are ambitious, aiming to play a staggering 100 rounds of golf. His commitment to the game extends beyond the greens, permeating every aspect of his life. Steve is known to eat, drink, and breathe golf, embodying the spirit of the sport with unwavering enthusiasm.

As an instructor, Steve's approach is characterized by a relentless pursuit of excellence. He invests wholeheartedly in his students' success, often pushing them beyond their perceived limits. Steve believes in the power of passion and dedication, expecting nothing less than full commitment from those he mentors.

At the heart of Steve's philosophy is the belief that golf is not just a physical endeavor but a mental one as well. Throughout his career, he has emphasized the importance of the Mental Game, recognizing its pivotal role in maximizing one's potential on the course. Steve's insights into the psychological aspects of golf have guided countless players towards greater achievements.

Throughout his career, Steve has garnered recognition for his outstanding contributions to the golfing community. Nominated for the Middle Atlantic PGA Teacher of the Year multiple times and named among the Top 30 Players of the Decade, his impact on the sport has been profound.

Steve's journey has seen him serve as an Assistant Golf Coach at the University of Maryland and as the Director of Instruction at various esteemed golf facilities, including IronWood Sports Park, Woody’s Golf Range, and Brambleton Golf Course.

Driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence and a genuine love for the game, Steve WenPetren continues to inspire and empower golfers of all levels. Whether through personalized instruction, immersive learning experiences, or fostering a sense of community within the SWGA family, Steve remains dedicated to helping players achieve their goals and unlock their full potential on the course.

Tim Ganse

Tim Ganse

Director of Instruction • 1-304-240-8740 • Email

Book Online @ Bull Run

Improve your golf game at Bull Run Golf Club with Certified Raspberry Golf Academy Coach Tim Ganse!

"It is imperative that you learn the whole game of golf and not just the golf swing if you really want to lower your score."

Tim’s Philosophy: I want to provide an environment where a student can be comfortable and learn to the best of their abilities. It is important to develop a game plan together based on the student's goals and objectives that will increase confidence and accelerate the learning process. Everyone is built in different shapes and sizes. A player should swing a club the way his/her body type was meant to swing it. We can make that happen.

Background:
• 15 Years of Teaching Experience
• 6 Years – Certified Raspberry Golf Academy Coach
• 1 Year - Teaching Professional - Woody's Golf Range
• 7 Years - Assistant Golf Professional, Winchester Country Club

 About PGA Tour Pros: "I love watching them play golf. They always make me want to grab my clubs and go play."

Golf Influences: Tommy Wine PGA, Patrick McGuire, Rick Miller PGA, Scott Causby, Woody Fitzhugh PGA “Hall of Fame”

  • Mike Adams, T.J. Tomasii, Ph.D., Jim Suttie - "The Laws of the Golf Swing"
  • David Leadbetter - "The Golf Swing"
  • Gary Wiren - "PGA Teaching Manual"

Achievements:

  • 5th - 2010 Poolesville Pro-Am
  • T5 - 2010 Hall of Fame Pro-Am
  • 10th - 2010 Apple Blossom Pro-Am
  • 12th - 2010 MAPGA Charity Pro-Am
  • Low Round Tournamenet - 70
  • Low Round - 66
  • Double Eagles - 1

Golf Training & Skills:

  • PGA Professional Golf Management Program
  • V-1 Video Analysis
  • Vector Pro-Launch and Accusport Launch Monitors
  • PING N-Flight Fitting Software
  • Certified PING Club Fitter, 2010
  • Certified Titleist/Cobra Club Fitter, 2009
  • Titleist/Cobra Fitting Seminar, 2008
  • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified, 2007
  • USGA/PGA Rules Workshop, 2006
  • VSGA Rules of Golf Study, 2006-2007

Pricing

1 hour-$125
3 hours-$325
5 hours-$500
8 hours-$725

Juniors 13 & under
1 hour-$75
5 hour-$325


Troy Reynolds

Troy Reynolds

Instructor • (571) 235-8612 • Email

Philosophy: I believe people play golf for fun.  Fun for you may be making a run at your club or state championship or it may be hanging with friends on a Sunday afternoon. There are about as many reasons for taking golf lessons as there are different types of swings.  I will take into consideration your motivation for seeking lessons as well your body’s capabilities when developing your instructional plan.

Background:

  • 27-Years Playing Golf/13 Years in Golf Business
  • Assistant Golf Professional, Shenandoah Valley Golf Club
  • Assistant Golf Professional, Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club
  • Head Golf Professional, Old Hickory Golf Club

Golf Influences:

  • All the PGA professionals that I’ve had the pleasure to work with that always encouraged me to reach my potential. 
  • Harvey Pennick – The little red and Green Book. 
  • Gary Wiren – PGA Teaching Manual

Achievements & Training:

  • Elected to PGA Membership 2008
  • Certified Titleist Club Fitter
  • President, MAPGA Assistant Professional Association
  • Qualified for 2 Independence (Ryder) Cup teams for MAPGA-APA, Elected to 3

Woo Soo Park

Woo Soo Park

Instructor • (703) 946-8894 • Email

Book Online @ Virginia Golf Center

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