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The Palm Springs Golf Academy offers well-planned golf schools for men and women of all ages, and abilities, taught by many well-known PGA teaching professionals at one of America's finest resort facilities.


Palm Springs Golf Academy EXECUTIVE PGA GOLF SCHOOL STAFF

The Palm Springs Golf Academy began as the Scottsdale Golf Academy at Scottsdale Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1983.  In 1985, we moved to La Quinta Golf and Tennis Resort; and became the Palm Springs Golf Academy.  We remained there until 1992, when we moved to the Westin Mission Hills Resort.   2013 was our twenty-second year here.  Now having completed thirty seasons, we have graduated over 1800 students.  Many of the students come from the country clubs where our academy’s staff are the golf professionals, but we have alumni from all across the United States and also from England, Germany, India, Australia, Japan, Switzerland, France and Canada.  All of the instructors in our Academy are PGA professionals known for their teaching abilities and they have full time positions at recognized private clubs.  Including involvement in other schools, some of us have been working together for over thirty-six years.

 





PALM SPRINGS GOLF ACADEMY STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

Rod Johnston - PGA Master Professional
344 Master Professionals out of 28,000 PGA Professionals
PGA Professional - 38 years
Head Professional - Portage C.C., Akron, OH - 28 years - (retired Dec. 31, 2011)
Graduate of Bradley University
Northern Ohio Teacher of the Year
Northern Ohio Golf Professional of the Year
Ranked by Golf Digest in top 10 teachers in Ohio

Ranked by Golf Magazine in the top 400 teachers in North America

Lifetime Low - 65
3 Course Records
Director of Palm Springs Golf Academy - 32 years
 
Charlie Wood
PGA Professional - 31 years
Head Professional - Mayfield C.C., S. Euclid, OH - 27 years
Director of Golf for Mayfield C.C. and Sand Ridge Club, Cleveland, Ohio
2007 Tom Fazio Cup winner
University of Georgia/Furman University - Class of 1973
1988, 2004, 2006 NOPGA Golf Professional of the Year
2000 & 2007 ranked by Golf Digest as the #1 instructor in the NOPGA
2000-2003 ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top ten instructors in Ohio
2006 inducted into the NOPGA Hall of Fame
2003 & 2005 Golf Digest top 5 in Ohio
2003 Senior Match Play Champion
NOPGA Senior CPC Champion: 2004, 2005
Winner of Pete Dye Cup Nation Pro-Am (Crooked Stick Golf Club)
Participant in 7 PGA & 3 PGA Club Professional Championships
Four time finalist, Northern Ohio PGA Match Play Championship
Low Round - 62 - Green Valley C.C., SC
Palm Springs Golf Academy - 26 years
 
Tom Fussaro

PGA Professional - 40 years

Head Golf Professional - Madison Country Club - 30 years

Head Golf Professional at Shaker Hts. CC – 7 years (Retired)

Graduate of University of Memphis

Low Pro Champion in Denny Shute Memorial Pro-Am at Portage C.C.
NOPGA Stroke Play Champion at Firestone C.C

NOPGA Golf Professional of the Year

Ranked by Golf Digest in the top 10 instructors in Ohio

Ranked # 2 in the state

NOPGA Senior Match Play Champion

NOPGA Senior Player of the Year Runner up Ohio Senior Open

Toledo Open Champion

9 time participant in the PGA National Club Pro Championship

7 time participant in the PGA National Sr. Club Pro Championship

Inducted into NOPGA Hall of Fame - 2007

6 course records including lifetime low – 61

Section Champion at Firestone CC

Palm Springs Golf Academy - 27 years

 
Chuck Rininger

PGA Professional - 33 years

Head Golf Professional – Lookaway Golf Club - 15 years

Graduate of Mount Union College 1979

1997 Western New York PGA Merchandiser of the Year

Career Highlight - 4 Round Same Day w/scores of 67,68,68,65

Lifetime Low 65 - Portage Country Club

Palm Springs Golf Academy 26 years

 
John Goodson
PGA Professional - 21 years
Head Professional - Lake Forest C.C., Hudson, OH - 16 years
Youngstown State University - Class of 1984
Runner-up 1992 NOPGA Match Play Championship at Portage C.C.
First Place Oakwood Invitational - 67
Low Round - 62
Palm Springs Golf Academy - 18 years
 
Dave Britton
PGA Professional - 30 years
Head Professional - Dataw Island Club, Dataw Island, SC - 11 years
Teaching Professional - Portage C.C. - 7 years prior
Ferris State University - Class of 1981
Winner of 1993 Denny Shute Pro-Am at Portage C.C. - 68
2nd place out of 80 golf professionals, in December, at the 2000 Goodwill Tournament Professional Championship at the Mid-Ocean Club in Bermuda
Lifetime Low - 66
Palm Springs Golf Academy - 17 years
 
Jack McKelvey
PGA Professional - 33 years
Head Professional - The Country Club, Pepper Pike, OH -17 years
University of Florida - Class of 1976
2001-2007 ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top ten instructors in Ohio
PGA Club Professional Tournament winner and 4 times a runner-up
1988 Buffalo Open Champion
3 time Western New York Assistants Champion
3 course records and a Lifetime Low - 63
Palm Springs Golf Academy - 15 years
 
David Mottice
PGA Professional - 16 years
Head Professional - Fairlawn C.C., Fairlawn, OH
College of Wooster - Class of 1992
1992 Collegiate & Academic All-American
Lifetime Low - 65
Palm Springs Golf Academy - 8 years
 
Larry Manski

PGA Professional – 23 years

Head Golf Professional at Portage CC – 3rd year

Teaching Professional at Portage CC 12 years

Attended Methodist College – Fayetteville, NC (2nd Team All-American)

Played Asian Tour and Florida Mini Tour

2 Time Winner NOPGA Assistant’s Championship

3 Time NOPGA Apprentice Player of the Year

2 Time NOPGA Denny Shute Match Play Champion

12 Time NOPGA Stroke Play Champion

4 Time Denny Shute Pro-Am Low Pro 67, 65, 66

Lifetime low – Course Record 60 at Youngstown CC

Palm Springs Golf Academy – 14 years

 
John Sico
PGA Professional - 16 years
Head Professional - Westwood C.C., Rocky River, OH -14 years
Midwest Collegiate All-Conference Player: 1986-1987
Assistant Golf Coach, St. Ignatius High School: 2 state titles, 2001, 2002
Lifetime Low - 65
Palm Springs Golf Academy - 5 years
 
Brad Hicklin
PGA Professional - 13 years
Assistant Professional - Portage C.C., Akron, OH - 11 years
Lifetime Low - 67
Palm Springs Golf Academy - 9 years
 
Mike Shulas

PGA Professional – 16 years

Head Golf Professional at Salem Golf Club- 9 years

Graduate of Waynesburg University – Class of 1993

1st Team All- Conference

Played Tommy Armour Mini Tour – 2 Wins

Played Moonlight Mini Tour – 1 Win

2002 NOPGA Denny Shute Match Play Champion

Lifetime Lows of 63 at Quail Hollow Resort and Course Record at Salem
Golf Club with 2 nine hole scores of 28
3 Time NOPGA Stroke Play Champion

Palm Springs Golf Academy – 2nd Year

 
Kevin Shaheen
Caddie Master at Portage CC – 12 years
Career highlight – one of the UNLV coaches of the 1990 NCAA National
Champion Basketball team

Palm Springs Golf Academy – 12 years

 
Brandon Veld

PGA Professional – 10 Years

Associate Professional – Portage CC – 3rd Year

Associate Professional – Chagrin Valley CC – 6 years

Graduate of The University of Northern Iowa – 2003

Plane Truth Certified Instructor – 2010

Denny Shute Pro-Am Low Pro 2012

NOPGA Pro-Pro Champion – 2011

NOPGA Akron General Champion – 2006

Lifetime Low – 64

Palm Springs Golf Academy – 2nd Year

 

 

 

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2015 Session
Arrive Monday, March 9th – Depart Sunday, March 15th, 2015
 
 
 
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