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THE ACADEMY TEAM

 

Megan Chapman

 

PGA of Canada Class 'A' Professional

 

Head Teaching Professional
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Over the past 10 years, Meg has committed herself to observing the golf industry and how people learn the game. Her unwavering passion for human development led her to a unique and fresh instructional approach. This instructional approach is one that puts the student into the driver’s seat of their own learning, creating a rich environment that allows one to experience and discover their own natural gifts. Megan centers her coaching in the knowing that all human beings have the innate ability to transform their game beyond what they thought was possible.  In an industry where we are constantly looking outside of ourselves for the fix/answer, Megan gently guides us inward where we can develop awareness and increase our ability to self-coach. 
 
Meg’s passion for human development and empowering others is also found when she teaches yoga. Meg has taught Hatha Yoga throughout the Thornbury area for the last 8 years and continues to share her nurturing energy to those who attend.
Meg lives in Thornbury and provides both learning retreats and private coaching at The Georgian Bay Club.
 



 

 

G.W. King


PGA of Canada Class 'A' Professional


Associate Teaching Professional
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G.W. was born and raised in Midland, ON and began playing golf at the Midland Golf and C.C. at age 9. Without any formal instruction, G.W. learned the game by playing with his friends as well as with other members of the club.  This led to a curious and explorative approach to learning the game that has stuck with him his whole life, as well as a wealth of knowledge in competitive golf.  G.W. added to his skill set during his two years as a Teaching Professional at Port Carling Country Club and continues to help both juniors and adults become better golfers at The Adademy at The Georgian Bay Club.

For the past 18 years, G.W. has taught golf in some capactity or another.  Over that time period, G.W. strived to follow the most accepted teaching models to help people improve their golfing ability.  Unfortunately, G.W. only saw a very small number of people actually improve, leading him to question his approach to teaching and coaching the game of golf. 

For the past 3 years, G.W. has since embarked on a quest to simplify his entire teaching and learning process in golf.  He ultimately discovered that specific golf skill development and the barriers to learning the skills needed to play the game at the level one desires are often overlooked in golf instruction. These barriers are far more important to understand than any golf swing you make to hit a shot as it is common for golfers to hit the ball great on the range but not at the first tee. G.W. feels that addressing factors that may affect us on the first tee that are not present on the range (people watching us, feeling rushed, hazards along the fairway, etc.) should be the starting point to see the improvement you are after.

 


 

Gary Jeffrey

 

PGA of Canada Class 'A' Professional

 

Associate Teaching Professional
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Gary was born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and has been playing golf from an early age.  Playing in numerous junior club events throughout Ontario allowed him the opportunity to advance and obtain a golf scholarship in the United States at the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree.

 

He began working as an Assistant at Kings Forest Golf Club in Hamilton and then moved to the prestigious Hamilton Golf and Country Club as an Associate, where a highlight was repairing golf clubs with Mr. Arnold Palmer during a Champions Tour PGA Senior Tour event.  In 2001 he joined forces to help build and establish Crosswinds Golf and Country Club, a new facility in Burlington.  A couple of years later saw him move north to Collingwood to take on a Head Golf Professional role. Gary later moved on from the Owen Sound Golf and Country Club as the last Head Professional in its 91st year existence to Golf Town in a Head Teaching role.  Gary now calls Georgian Bay Club home and looks forward to continue growth in a teaching role.
 
During Gary’s 28 years as a P.G.A. of Canada Member, some of his accomplishments include P.G.A. of Canada Ontario Zone Assistant Professional of the Year, 2-time Assistant Professional of the Year, Hamilton-Niagara Zone  P.G.A. of Ontario Assistant’s Championship Winner, and 2-time P.G.A. of Ontario Assistant’s Northern Championship Winner.  In 2015, Gary saw claim to the PGA of Ontario Senior Player of the Year in his first year in that category winning 3 events and runner-up in the Championship.  He is also the only two-time Champion of the Georgian Bay Club Pro-Member event along with numerous Pro-Am and area Mini Tour event wins.
 
Gary has attended numerous golf instruction seminars featuring top teachers such as Hank Haney, Rick Smith, Dave Pelz, Jimmy Ballard, Mike Hebron, Stan Utley, and Jim Flick to name a few. Some other influences are Dr. Bob Rotella, Dr. Rick Jensen and local legends such as George Knudson, Moe Norman and Bob Panisiuk.  He has also attended various club fitting and repair workshops. He brings with him vast experience in all golf areas.

 


 

Scott Bell

 

PGA of Canada Professional

 

Assistant Teaching Professional
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Born in St Louis, Missouri and growing up in Denver, Colorado, Scott discovered his love for the game at a very early age.  With the help of some great junior coaches and professionals, he began competing in junior tournaments at the state level.  It was this early exposure to great teachers that instilled a desire and a passion to become a role model for junior and beginner golfers.  Growing the game and ensuring students are engaged, interested, and having fun in golf became a priority. 

Prior to becoming a golf professional, Scott graduated with an honours degree in finance from Trent University and proceeded to work for the Royal Bank of Canada in Account Management.  However, at the age of 23, Scott decided to follow his passion and become a Golf Professional.
 
Scott has a true passion for coaching junior golfers and believes that the values they learn through the game of golf can help them grow and mature to be better both on and off the golf course.  As the new Junior Program Coordinator, Scott will be implementing these ideals along with his experience and enthusiasm to all of the Junior Programs offered at The Academy.