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Ballantyne Golf Academy has assembled an award-winning team of teaching professionals who make it their mission to be continuous learners and outstanding teachers. Our Master, Certified, and Staff instructors have worked with Dana Rader from between 7 and 20 years and participate in research, continuing education and training directly with Dana.

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From new golfers to single-digit handicappers, we offer a variety of programs. Your golf instructor will provide a plan and suggest a program that will assist you in achieving your golf goals. Our programs include:

  • One-hour private lessons and group private lessons (2, 3 or 4 students)
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Our Staff Members

Bruce Wilkins

Director of Instruction | Master Teaching Professional

Hometown: Nampa, Idaho
Years Teaching: 15+
Education: Arizona State University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2018

  • PGA Professional
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $125 per hour for a private lesson, custom programs available
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified
  • TrackMan Certified
  • Boditrak Sports Certified
  • Tathata Golf Certified

Bruce’s coaching and teaching are influenced by golf knowledge from the past and present. With over 15 years of instructional focus, he is a true student of the game. He incorporates time-honored principles and athletic movement with modern methods of motion analysis and training of body and mind. Bruce enjoys working with golfers of all ages and abilities. He has coached beginners, young and seasoned, junior champions, aspiring professionals, high school and collegiate teams, amateurs, casual and senior players. He strives to individualize each lesson and facilitate growth through a holistic understanding of the entire game.

As an instructor, Bruce has been certified by TrackMan, the Titleist Performance Institute, BodiTrak Sports, and is a Certified Movement Specialist for Tathata Golf. Bruce uses video analysis in all lessons and offers an online training space through Edufii. Bruce also uses a TrackMan 4 launch monitor and BodiTrak Sport pressure mapping as additional ways to support and educate his students and athletes.

Before joining Ballantyne Golf Academy, Bruce was a coach and instructor in Arizona, California, and most recently Oregon, where he was Director of Instruction for the Arnold Palmer signature course at the Running Y Ranch Resort.

Learn more about Bruce and view his teaching videos at www.brucewilkinsgolf.com

 

TPI Certified


Steve Bogdanoff

Director of Junior Golf | Teaching Professional

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Years Teaching: 10+
Education: Coastal Carolina University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2015

  • PGA Class A Professional
  • Holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Professional Golf Management from Coastal Carolina University.
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $110 per person per hour

Steve is a PGA Class A Professional, with a B.S. in Business Administration and Professional Golf Management from Coastal Carolina University.  A native of Fairfax, Virginia, he’s been teaching for more than 10 years and joined our team in 2015 after working as a Club Professional at private facilities in Virginia, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island, SC.  Growing up, Steve was a Varsity athlete for his Baseball and Football teams while still mastering the game of golf.  His background as an all-around athlete has shaped his teaching style.  With certifications in BodiTrak Sports and Swing Catalyst, he has an incredible grasp of the swing sequence and the use of ground forces needed for the golf swing.  He helps his students create better club head speed and effortless power with easy to understand drills and mechanics.  Steve is also the Director of Junior Golf and holds certifications with U.S. Kids Golf, Operation 36, and is a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance.


Stan Roach

Clubfitting Specialist and Repair

Hometown: Fort Mill, South Carolina
Education: BSBA Marketing - Western Carolina University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 1997

  • Class A Professional Clubmakers Society
  • Golf Digest America's 100 Best Clubfitters
  • Ping Top 100 Regional Club Fitter of the year '03, '09, '11, '13, '14
  • Certified Edel Torque Balanced Putter Fitter
  • Advanced Member of Golf Club Makers Assoc.
  • Club Fitting Rates: $100 for 1 hour: Irons & Hybrids, Driver or Woods
  • "Full Bag" Entire Set (includes Driver, Woods, Hybrids, Irons, Wedges & Putter): $175 --Full Bag Fitting done in two (2), 1-hour sessions w/30 min break

Recognized by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters and selected as Ping’s Regional Clubfitter of the Year in 2003, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2014, Stan provides comprehensive custom club fitting and club repair, as well as assistance with purchasing clubs. With more than 20 years of experience in the golf equipment industry, Stan recognizes the importance of personalized customer service, striving to find appropriate clubs for players of all levels, from novices to PGA professionals. Through an extensive process of fitting both statically and dynamically, Stan evaluates multiple key factors specific to each golfer, including shaft length, lie angle, shaft flex, grip size and club head design, as well as how it affects the ball flight. Stan is also an Edel Certified Fitter, committed to helping golfers improve their putting by finding a custom fit to fix flaws and putt better. Stan also uses the FlightScope Launch Monitor for driver fittings, distance measurement and clubfitting.

 

Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitters in America


Julie Cole

Master Teaching Professional

Hometown: Findlay, OH
Years Teaching: 20+
Education: B.S.E.D. Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Ohio University, Athens, OH
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 1991

  • LPGA Class A Instructor, Managing Partner, Top 50 Teacher
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $125 per hour for a private lesson, custom programs available

Before making golf instruction her career, Julie played professionally on the Futures, European, Asian and LPGA Tour, winning 12 tournaments worldwide. In addition to her outstanding playing credentials, Julie has excelled in her teaching. Julie has over 25 years experience teaching all aspects of the game. She has been named to the prestigious list of 2015-2016 Best Teachers in America by Golf Digest, and is currently ranked # 12 in North Carolina. Cole is also named among Golf For Women Magazine’s Top 50 Teachers, and Golf Magazine’s Top 475 Teachers Nationwide. She has been twice voted by her peers as LPGA Southeast Section Teacher of the Year. In 2010, she was elected into the Ohio University Sports Hall of Fame for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Julie is certified in Mental Management Systems, and her students consistently place in regional and national tournaments.

Julie has shown her leadership in the golf industry by serving as an LPGA National Evaluator and instructor for LPGA Practical Teaching Workshops. She contributes her time to the 29th Annual Julie Cole Charity Pro-Am in Findlay, OH, and serves as the Site Director for LPGA * USGA Girls Golf for Charlotte, NC.

 

Golf Magazine Best Teachers in Your State, for North Carolina 2015-2016


Nancy Harvey

Senior Teaching Professional

Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY
Years Teaching: 16
Education: B.S. Engineering - Syracuse University, NY
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2005

  • LPGA Class A Professional
  • LPGA T&CP Southeast Section Teacher of the Year 2016
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $110 per hour for a private lesson

Whether her students are new to the game or more advanced golfers, Nancy combines an excellent technical eye for golf swing analysis with a simple, easy to comprehend approach to instruction. Her teaching style is results oriented and encompasses error detection and correction, progression planning, and skill development through purposeful practice, attention to the mental aspects of the game, and on course instruction. During her tenure at Ballantyne Golf Academy, Nancy has logged over 12,000 hours on the lesson tee with students of all ages and abilities.

Nancy also has a strong service record with the LPGA. She has been chosen to serve as a National Educator and Global Education Team Evaluator for the LPGA’s Teacher Education Program (TEP.)

Prior to joining the team at Ballantyne Golf Academy, Harvey was with the Golf Digest Schools, the Nick Faldo Golf Institute, Hickory Hill Golf Club in her native Baldwinsville, NY, and the historic Inverness Club in Toledo, OH.

Contact Nancy at: nharvey@golfballantyne.com


Doug Breuer

Senior Teaching Professional

Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Years Teaching: 20 +
Education: B.S. Marketing, Professional Golf Management - Ferris State (MI) University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2006

  • PGA Class A Professional
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $110 per person per hour

Doug’s enthusiasm for the game and for teaching is contagious and his knowledge of the game in all areas makes it fun for his students, regardless of their age or skill level. He is very interested in improving your short game and putting along with his positive approach to full swing instruction.  Doug joined the Ballantyne Golf Academy in 2006 after teaching 13 years at Michael Hebron’s Golf School in Smithtown, NY.  He is a former teaching professional and Director of Instruction at Island Green Golf School in Selden, NY and the former Head Pro at Smithtown Landing Country Club. Doug was named in Consumers Research Council of America Guide to America’s Top Golf Instructors in 2002.

Contact Doug at: dbreuer@golfballantyne.com


Brian Lombard

Teaching Professional

Hometown: Aspen, Colorado
Years Teaching: 10+
Education: University of Central Florida
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2018

  • PGA Professional
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $110 per hour for a private lesson, custom programs available
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified, Level 2 Junior Coach

Born in Aspen, Colorado, Brian spent his summers playing junior golf and winters on the mountain skiing and snowboarding. After relocating to Orlando, he continued to play golf and developed an interest in lacrosse. Brian played lacrosse competitively for Florida State University.  Brian returned to Orlando and completed his degree in psychology at the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, Brian began working at the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf and worked there for seven years, four as a Head Instructor.

 

Brian looks to combine physical fitness and mental acuity with the technical golf swing to improve player performance at all levels. He prides himself on being able to work with all ages and levels but also has a passion for developing junior players. In 2016, Brian received the award of Youth Player Development Coach of the Year for the North Florida East Central Chapter. He holds certifications as a PGA Class A, TPI Level 1 Fitness Coach, BodiTRak pressure mat system, TPI Level 2 Junior Coach, and a USKids Instructor.

 

Brian has worked with players competing on tours such as the Web.com, Florida Moonlight, European Challenge, Latino America, and the Sun Coast.

 

While at Grand Cypress, Brian learned from the inventor of the Flightscope and worked on research projects with Dr. Ralph Mann using the Swingmodel.

TPI Certified


Chris McLaughlin

Teaching Professional

Hometown: Northport, NY
Years Teaching: 10+
Education: Binghamton University - BS Business Administration
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2018

  • PGA Professional
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $110 per hour for a private lesson, custom programs available
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified
  • Trackman Certified

Chris has been playing golf his whole life. Competing in numerous junior and amateur events throughout the country, he received a scholarship to play Division I Collegiate Golf at New York’s Binghamton University. Upon graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration, he competed professionally on a variety of mini-tours. Chris has worked as both an Assistant and PGA Teaching Professional at various clubs in New York, Michigan and Florida before moving to North Carolina.

As a Class-A member of the PGA of America, he brings a passion for playing, teaching and helping others to Ballantyne Golf Academy. Also, Chris is both TPI and Trackman certified. What’s happening at impact is the most important aspect of golf, and there are a variety of ways to get there effectively. Chris believes that understanding how the body moves, paired with proper pre-swing and in-swing fundamentals, are the key building blocks of an efficient golf swing.

Outside of golf, Chris enjoys fishing, paddle boarding, reading, drawing, guitar, fitness and anything that involves being outside and on the water!


Johnathan Wong

Teaching Apprentice

Hometown: Brattleboro, Vermont
Education: West Virginia University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2017

  • PGA Apprentice
  • Hourly Instruction Rate: $80 per hour for a private lesson, $60 per hour for Juniors, custom programs available

Johnathan has worked in the golf industry for 9 years. Began work at Brattleboro Country Club in the spring of 2008. Work there ranged from day to day operation, to club repair and instruction. In the offseason worked in education as a teacher’s assistant and behavioral specialist. In what little free time was available John coached lacrosse, and basketball. He was pushed by former Supervisor and head pro Eric Sandstrum to pursue the PGA as a career. In doing so decided to move to Charlotte in the winter of 2015. Wong began work at the golf club at Ballantyne in the following months. With his background in education as well as coaching paired with his passion for the game of golf the Ballantyne Golf Academy is a natural fit.


Anna Egeln

Office Manager

Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Education: B.A., English, St. Andrews University, Laurinburg, NC
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2015

Anna’s hospitality experience at The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra, FL, her work in business development, social media and website content management for two publications, and graduating as a two-sport scholar athlete, add up to make her a well rounded asset for our busy front office.

Following college, Anna coached a girl’s lacrosse team in Jacksonville, FL. Anna provided her high schoolers a positive atmosphere in which to learn and grow, and she instructed them one-on-one to perfect their techniques. As a volunteer leader for a youth group, Anna organized and led weekly group meetings. She’s looking forward to finding an organization in Charlotte where she can lend her time and coaching ability.

Anna relocated to Charlotte in the Fall of 2014. She’s excited to bring her love for serving and helping people and high level of customer service to the golf school. In her spare time, Anna enjoys running and practicing yoga.

The Bissell Companies’ “franchise player” philosophy drew Anna to apply for the position at the Academy and she is our office go-to and guru as students come through to take advantage of golf schools, stay and play packages, camps, lessons and corporate clinics. Anna’s discipline earned her scholarships for Division II lacrosse and cross country, and she served as Captain for her cross country team during her senior year in college. She was also the editor of the literary magazine, “Gravity Hill.”  Needless to say, she is a terrific office manager.

 

 

 


Margo Fonda

Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor

Hometown: Durham, NC
Years Teaching: 25
Education: B.S. North Carolina State University
Year joined Dana Rader Golf School: 2015

  • TPI-CGFI Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
  • 2 Hour Session Fee - $185
  • Margo is based at the Ballantyne Hotel Fitness Center. Contact her directly 704-608-7127 to schedule appointments at the Fitness Center.

Margo began her career in fitness after earning a B.S. at North Carolina State University.

Margo is passionate about golf and fitness, and as of 2015 serves as an extension of Dana Rader’s team, while being based at the Ballantyne Hotel Fitness Center.

She has been teaching group and private exercise classes for 25 years, and joined the team at the Hotel in 2010. Twelve years ago Margo earned her Personal Trainer Certification with American Council on Exercise. Prior to conducting TPI Titleist Performance Institute assessments, Margo has previously taught individual and group classes for aqua, strength, STEP, senior, adult, maternity and aerobic dance.

As a TPI-CGFI (Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor) Margo screens individuals, revealing swing fault characteristics that can be targeted with corrective exercises.

In addition, Margo is certified with Functional Movement Systems, a forward thinking system that addresses quality of movement to reduce injury and increase performance.

A dog lover, Margo’s hobbies include playing golf and reading.

TPI Certified


 

What Our Students Say…

Thank you so much Dana for helping to improve my game. What a tremendous school of fundamentals and bolstering of confidence with your positive critiques.

- Marianne

Julie, I wanted you to know how much your instruction and the short game school improved my skill level. My wedges are getting me closer to the hole and my putting has greatly improved.

- Tim Duke

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