The Dominant Force in Junior Golf
In just six short years, BGGA is proud to have built the foremost golf coaching team in junior golf, with the results of our students evidencing the quality of instruction and development. Our analysis shows that we had twice the number of wins over our nearest rival and four times the number of wins over our third-place rival academy.
We see in the structure of the golf program two main elements, one obviously being the Coaching and Instruction of students, but also very importantly we recognize the importance of many areas of the golf program that require professional Management and Organization.
“Focus on what is in front of you, because it is the only thing you can control.”
Dave Shenosky is a passionate and caring coach.
He joined the GGGA team in the fall of 2013. With his extensive background as a professional caddy on the LPGA and Symetra Tours and teaching professional at two different golf clubs, Dave brings a great deal of knowledge to coaching and tournaments from a player’s perspective.
Dave joined the academy team because of “the opportunity to learn and grow as a coach from Gary Gilchrist using his system of training and the ability to have an impact on young students.”
In his time here at GGGA, he has assisted Gary in the coaching of many professional players including Shanshan Feng, Fabrizio Zanotti, Paula Creamer, Haotong Li, Ssu-Chia Cheng, and China’s Guangdong National Team both here at the academy and in Guangzhou, China.
He is Level 4 certified in the Gary Gilchrist Training System, K-Vest certified and has completed the level one TPI Certification. Coach Dave keeps swing goals and game development simple for his students while developing a process and plan to reach their goals. “Your success in the game of golf is not about perfection, but the ability to respond and build resilience to situations and challenges.
Dave has represented GGGA all over the world. He has executed golf clinics in Chile, Taiwan, Colombia, and China. He was an integral part of developing and implementing golf programs and coaches training for the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Beijing, China.
He is motivated by his student’s drive to get better, their want for improved results and the opportunity to help them reach their goals. He believes in celebrating the small victories throughout the process.
“The lessons learned in golf help young athletes to be better equipped to have the mindset for successing anything they desire to accomplish.”
“Take a moment to close your eyes, prior to each shot then follow your routine with focus.”
Grant Balcke is a seasoned golf coach known for his honest and fair approach to golf training.
With over 15 years of experience, his golf career spans three continents.
Grant started his professional coaching career at the acclaimed National Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia as a part of the Australian PGA Education system. After 2 years, Grant moved to South East Asia to become the Junior Development Manager and eventually Owner of the Asian Golf Institute based at the Keppel Club in Singapore coaching players of all levels.
Prior to turning professional, Grant enjoyed a successful junior and amateur career and played NCAA DI golf at the University of Southern Mississippi. Coach Grant came to IJGA because he aspired to work with Elite Junior Players full time and aid them in developing as players and people. “Gary’s Coaching and the system of Training was something that I believed matched my goals and beliefs in the golf swing and game development, so it was a great fit to
join the coaching team.”
He enjoys the constant challenge and how the game blends numerous skill sets together all into onesport. Golf gives young players the opportunity, direction, knowledge, and assistance to work hard, stay on task and achieve their goals. Grant believes that in the development of junior athletes, there needs to be technical proficiency in order for strategy, mental and personal performance.
Grant has coached and mentored both national and international players to receive college golf
scholarships to Division 1 schools. He has also assisted and instructed professionals including Morgan Hoffman, Shanshan Feng, Ariya & Moriya Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko and Yani Tseng.
Coach Nick is a native from Marietta, Georgia. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia. After that, he received his Masters degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Georgia Southern University.
Before joining IJGA, Nick was the mental performance coach for Cooper Sports Performance in Tampa where he worked with numerous athletes from youth to professional. He was attracted to golf from a mental standpoint because it is a sport where the mental aspect is so prominent.
Nick describes himself as a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and passionate coach who wants student-athletes to use mental skills to improve not only their performance, but also other aspects of their lives.
For him, Mental Performance is a lifestyle that helps players to improve confidence and focus on and off the course.
Ronald Coleman Jones
“Today you don’t have to play golf. Today you get to play golf!”
Coach Ron Jones grew up in Danville, Virginia. He started playing golf at the age of 4 when his father and grandfather introduced him to the game.
Ron comes from a family of PGA teaching professionals, with his dad, his brother and himself being PGA pros. He started his teaching career in 1996 but started teaching exclusively in 2003. He describes himself as a passionate, fun and relentless golf coach.
Before joining IJGA, he was the Director of Golf Instruction at the Golf Academy of America and his recognitions include PGA Member, Trackman Certification, V-1, TPI level one, Coutour Putter Fitter Certification and SAM Putt Lab certified.
Career Highlights: 5 holes in one
Drake Edmond’s love for the game, competitive nature playing the game and commitment to self-improvement was something he wanted to share with golfers of all levels. Drake is proficient in utilizing Sam Putt Lab, Trackman, force plates and V1 analysis. Through his calm, supportive demeanor, Drake develops each player to have confidence in themselves and the resilience needed to be a top junior golfer.
- Golf Management degree, Professional Golfer’s Career College
- Instructor, David Leadbetter Golf Academy
- Instructor, Nike Golf Camps
- Rookie of the Year
- LaPorte Herald Argus Golfer of the Year
- 3x DAC All-conference Player of the Year
- 2x MVP
- State finalist
David is the cosmopolitan of the BGGA team with 16 years teaching experience from nine countries around the world. David brings his knowledge and unerring work ethic to BGGA and these qualities have quickly established him as a popular and valued member of the team.
- New Zealand Professionals Golfers Apprecticeship, 1997
- Professional, Australian Sunshine Circuit
- National Development Coach, Slovenia
- Director, David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Turkey and South Korea
- Senior Coach, England and Ireland
- 4 KLPGA wins
- Yun Ji ChO, won the 2010 KLPGA Rookie of the Year
“Stick with your first decision and don’t be worried about making a mistake.”
Bryan Mulry’s is more than just a golf instructor, he is a coach to his students.
Coach Bryan started playing golf at the age of 9, attracted to the sport because it was one of the few that can you play individually. In 1995, Bryan graduated from the Professional Golf Management Program at Ferris State University.
Before joining the International Junior Golf Academy, Bryan spent 11 years as a Head PGA Golf
Professional managing two 18-hole private facilities. He oversaw golf operations, the on-course golf shop and performing all golf instructional programs for students and adults of all ages!
His experiences teaching the game of golf on the lesson tee and golf course have helped him improve golfers of all ages and skill levels throughout the world. He came to IJGA because “there isn’t a better program for any young aspiring golfers to attend. At the academy, I have an amazing opportunity to teach and coach juniors with goals, desires and drive to better their futures academically, personally and professionally.”
He truly believes in Gary Gilchrist’s system of training and the improvement and positive results of his students keep him motivated. Bryan is a dedicated coach who supports his students both on and off the course. “It’s amazing how golf and life’s challenges and stories blend so well together.”
As a golf clinic specialist, Bryan has traveled throughout many countries demonstrating and teaching golfers how to better their game using 5 main components of the training system, technical, physical, mental, strategy and personal development.
Carlos Pasarell was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and moved to Florida at the age of 16.
He attended the University of Central Florida and earned a golf scholarship as walk on. Then he moved to Norway where he coached golfers of all ages for 2 years.
After moving back to the United States, Carlos decided to pursue a professional career in golf. He played the Q school in 1998 and the Canadian Tour Q school in 2002. He also played at mini tours in Florida and South Carolina. A few years later, he found a passion for coaching junior golfers. As of today, Carlos has over 25 years of coaching experience.
His previous positions include Director of Golf at Alaqua Country Club and a coach at Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy.
“The best thing about this sport is that perfection is unattainable” -Tin Cup
Will Munley, native from Greenville, South Carolina, has 5 years of coaching experience with elite juniors.
Will attended the Tennessee Wesleyan University where he was awarded the Stan Harrison award as the Most Valuable Male Athlete on his senior year. Later on, he attended the Golf Academy of America where he was awarded the Most Improved Golfer in graduating class as he went from a 9.9 handicap to a +1.1 in 16 months. While in GGA, he played a National Championship and he was the captain of two sport collegiate captain in lacrosse and golf.
After graduating GGA, Will turned pro and played local mini tours in North Carolina and South Carolina. Later on, he became the head teaching professional at Broadmoor golf links in Asheville NC as he founded a passion for coaching and pushing student athletes to break through their goals and soar higher than they ever expected.
One of the most important things for him is teaching the players a skill set and having the right mentality to play at the highest level.
Master Club-Maker/Fitter and Assistant Coach
With BGGA since 2013
Kris Sirak brings his strong passion for the art of Custom Club-Making and enjoyment of working with junior golfers to BGGA. Kris has been named a Certified Custom Club-Fitter by all of the following companies: Titleist, Ping, TaylorMade, Mizuno, Callaway, Cobra, Fourteen, Tour Edge, OBAN, Fujikura, Matrix and PXG.
- Certifications from:
- San Diego Golf Academy Golf Properties Management
- Trackman University (Certified Level 2 Professional)
- Flightscope Academy (Certified Professional)
- SAM Putt-lab Certified Instructor/Fitter
- Golfsmith International GCA (Certified Master Club-Maker)
- Certified Mitchell Club-Maker and Equipment Partner.
- Competed in Maxfli Junior PGA Championship at PGA National Golf Club
PROFESSIONALS WORKED WITH
- Morgan Hoffmann
- Yani Tseng
- Charles Howell III
- D.A. Points
- Suzann Pettersen
- Shanshan Feng
- Na Yeon Choi
- Amy Yang
- To name a few…
Director of Health and Athletic Development
Director of Health and Athletic Development
With BGGA since 2015
Karen Harrison has an eye for detail and this is reflected in the meticulous fitness assessments and improvement plans created for BGGA students. Originally trained as a podiatrist, Karen studied at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, then at the University of Queensland to obtain a Post-Graduate Degree in Exercise Science (majoring in Biomechanics). In 2004, Golf BioDynamics (GBD), the company jointly owned with husband Dr. Robert Neal, re-located to The Jim McLean Golf School in Miami, Florida (USA). Over the next decade, Karen further developed her golf skills, specializing in swing analysis, becoming proficient in BioFeedback Training and providing physical training programs for golfers of all abilities. In 2014/2015, Karen assumed the role as Director of Health and Athletic Development with the IJGA team in Hilton Head (SC) joining the BGGA team in 2015. The fitness program delivered alongside Performance Specialist Justin Smith, is of the highest quality and challenges our students to reach their athletic potential. Karen also has extensive experience in managing overuse injuries and recently completed a prestigious qualification in Sports Nutrition through the International Olympic Committee.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Strength and Conditioning Coach
With BGGA since 2014
Justin Smith has been a Performance Specialist since 2009, working under world-renowned Strength and Conditioning coach Pat Etcheberry in the Orlando, Fla. area. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology at the University of Kentucky (UK), as well as completing an internship in the Strength and Conditioning Department. While at UK, Justin was a diver on the Men’s Swimming and Diving team and an SEC finalist on multiple occasions. Drawing from his own athletic career, Justin brings a wealth of experience, intensity and discipline to all of the athletes he coaches. He has worked with both developing and high-level athletes in multiple sports, including PGA Tour Pros and MLB All-Stars. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Justin is certified through the NSCA.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Mental Performance Coach
Matt Palazollo, a native from New Jersey, has over 9 years of training experience. He started as a trainer and worked his way into overseeing the fitness and program design department for 3 different companies.
For him, fitness is very important, especially related to golf because it teaches the fundamentals of movement. These fundamentals are essential for aiding the golf coach in teaching technique and improving overall performance, like clubhead speed and injury prevention
Nike Golf Performance
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement, and Personal Training