Our Instructors

Mike Kenny, PGA Golf Professional
MCG Academy Director of Instructor

Falls Road Golf Course
mkenny@mcggolf.com
(301) 299-5156

Mike Kenny was born in Texas and raised in Waterford, Michigan just outside of Detroit. Since starting with MCG Golf in 2003, Mike has held numerous positions. He is currently the Head Professional at Falls Road and the Director of Instruction for the MCG Golf Academy. Hobbies outside of the golfing world include bass fishing and local bass fishing tournaments, and all Washington DC sporting events. He learned to play at the age of 10 when he started caddying at a private club in Michigan. Mike has been a member of the PGA of America since 1996, is a US Kids Golf Certified Instructor, and a Titleist Certified Fitter. Mike was awarded the 2015 Mid Atlantic PGA Player Development Professional of the Year.

He has taught over 10,000 private lessons since starting with MCG Golf plus teaches many clinics and junior camps. He uses JC Video with all his students at Falls Road and has added Flightscope to his arsenal to give students all the information needed for lessons or equipment needs. Mike is also experienced in the Tour Studio at Needwood if you would like to work on some off season swing changes. Mike currently works with golfers of all levels and creates time in his schedule to provide lessons to anyone interested in improving their game. To this day Mike believes that the instructional aspect of his profession is an important way to continue growing the game of golf and staying true to the reason he became a PGA Professional.

Mike is passionate about passing on the information he has acquired to his students. He creates a detailed plan for each student that allows them a clear understanding of what it takes to reach their goals. With this plan, students can track progress and begin to see the improvements. Mike understands that score is not the only aspect of golf that people use to calculate enjoyment, and works individually with each of his students to achieve their own personal goals.  Mike aims to help you accomplish whatever golfing goals you desire. Mike especially enjoys developing a short game strategy with all of his students, a way for them to understand the shot type, technique and execution for each shot around the green, eliminating wasted shots.

The next time you are at Falls Road or the MCG Tour Studio, please stop by and introduce yourself to Mike.  He would love to get to know you and help you improve your game.

Tarah Miller, LPGA
MCG Academy Certified Instructor
Falls Road Golf Course
tmiller@mcggolf.com
(301) 299-5156

Tarah was grew up golfing in Bloomsburg, PA and has lived in the DC Metro since graduating from college in 2005. She has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy at Falls Road since 2012. Tarah has a 4-year-old son, AJ, who is often seen golfing with his Mom at Falls Road. She learned at a similar age because her Dad would bring her and her older siblings to the course with him. She started playing competitively when she was 12 and earned a scholarship to Wake Forest University. After her freshman year she transferred to Saint Francis University (a small D1 school in PA) where she graduated with a BS in Information Systems and Mathematics.

Tarah is a member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals. She serves on the new member committee for the Northeast Section of the LPGA and is a contributor to the LPGA newsletter and the Women in Golf Radio show. Tarah is passionate about continuing her golf educations and regularly attends teaching seminars and conferences that cover all topics of golf.

Tarah teaches men and women of all abilities, but is especially passionate about youth development. She is a US Kids Certified instructor and the Site Director for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Montgomery County. She is a MCG Juniors Golf League Captain, instructs the Advanced Youth Coaching Program, and teaches many of the full day summer camps at Falls Road.

The next time you are at Falls Road, please stop by and introduce yourself to Tarah. She would love to talk to you about how to best improve your golf game.

Mike Olson, PGA Golf Professional
MCG Academy Certified Instructor
Falls Road Golf Course
molson@mcggolf.com
(301) 299-5156

Mike was born and raised in Seattle, WA.  He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2009.  Outside of golf, Mike enjoys bass fishing, guitar, and movies. He learned to golf when he was 12 after finally giving in to his golfing father who took him to play with a buddy; a perfectly struck 3 wood from 200 yards on a par 5 was all it took to get him hooked. Ten years later he completed the PGA Professional Golf Management Program and Methodist University, where he graduated as the valedictorian earning his B.S. in Accounting and his PGA membership in 2010.  Mike is a Level 2 Coach of The First Tee.

Mike believes that golf is a game, and games are supposed to be fun. Golf instruction can sometimes get too complicated, and it is important to understand what the student is looking to accomplish and shape the lesson(s) around working towards the student’s goal. He truly believes a lesson to be successful when the student understands what changes are being made and why so they can properly practice on their own. He enjoys teaching students of all abilities, but introducing people to the game, especially juniors, is something Mike really enjoys. In addition to private lessons, Mike teaches The First Tee program at Sligo Creek throughout the year, and multiple junior camps during the summer.

The next time you are at Falls Road, please stop by and introduce yourself to Mike. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game. 

Paul Mohun
MCG Academy Instructor
Falls Road Golf Course
pmohun@mcggolf.com
(301) 299-5156

Paul was born and raised in Plymouth, England.  He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2014.  Outside of golf, Paul enjoys traveling, spending time with family and watching soccer. He learned to golf at the age of 12 after caddying for his dad decided it would be more fun playing golf rather than carrying the bag. At the age of 15 was ranked in the top 100 in England for juniors. In 2009, he attended the Golf Academy Of America in Myrtle Beach graduating with honors. Paul has certifications in club repair, advanced rules and teaching.

Paul believes that all golfers should have fun playing golf. His teaching philosophy is to work with their personalities so they can understand the concept of the lesson whether it is by feel, visual or analytical. During the lesson Paul likes to breakdown the swing into stages and focus on the stage that is causing the most problems. He sets goals with them and gives drills to improve their game. His major teaching passions are working with juniors and adults trying to get back into the game, it gives Paul great pleasure to see there excitement as they start to grasp the concept of the game and realize how much fun golf is. During the year Paul regularly teaches private lessons, half and full day junior camps and group family lessons which is a great to see a family having fun together   

The next time you are at Falls Road, please stop by and introduce yourself to Paul. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game. 

 

Greg Howard, PGA Golf Professional
MCG Academy Instructor
Falls Road Golf Course
ghoward@mcggolf.com
(301) 299-5156

Greg was born in Washington DC and spent his early years in Northern Virginia. He later moved to Gaithersburg, MD where he spent his high school years. This is Greg’s first year with MCG Golf Academy. Outside of golf, Greg enjoys playing ice hockey, working out, playing bass guitar, and spending time with his family. He learned to golf at the age of 24 and was a very quick study, breaking 80 in the first year he played and breaking par in the second. He has worked in the golf industry for over 20 + years and is very much a student of the game. Greg is a PGA member and is also a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) certified instructor.

Greg’s teaching philosophy revolves around treating each golfer as a unique individual with their own specific physical make up, history, and experiences. He works with his students to develop a plan that is best suited to their individual goals. Whether the golfer is just starting out or is an accomplished player, Greg is able to develop a program that will be designed specifically for them.

The next time you are at Falls Road, please stop by and introduce yourself to Greg. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game. 

  John MacDonald

MCG Academy Instructor
Falls Road Golf Course
jmacdonald@mcggolf.com
(301) 299-5156

John MacDonald was born and raised in Purcellville, Virginia and is a new member of the MCG Golf Academy. Outside of golf, John enjoys going to the beach and anything outdoors. He learned to golf when he was 13 and played with a friend of his. On the 10th hole he hit a great shot and was hooked. John played on his high school golf team and went to the state championship every year. He graduated from the Golf Academy of America in 2013.

John talks with his students and comes up with a plan of attack and a starting point. Once they have equally decided on a plan, John goes to work. He is big on having his student fully comprehend what he is trying to accomplish with their swing. John will use video depending on student’s preferences. He enjoys working with all aspects of the game and with all ability and skill levels. He works hard for students to achieve their goals!

The next time you are at Falls Road Golf Course, please stop by and introduce yourself to John MacDonald. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game.

Bobby Ashton

Bobby Ashton, PGA Golf Professional
MCG Academy Certified Instructor
Hampshire Greens Golf Course
bashton@mcggolf.com
(301) 476-7999

Bobby Ashton was born and raised in Montgomery County, Md. Bobby has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2007. Hobbies outside of the golfing world include Redskin games, visiting Ocean City and cooking on the grill. He prides himself on providing customers with the highest quality of service. He is currently the Head Golf Professional at Hampshire Golf Course. 

Bobby believes there are no hidden secrets when it comes to improving your game. Sound instruction combined with a good practice routine will have you playing better golf. 

The next time you are at Hampshire Greens please stop by and introduce yourself to Bobby. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game.

Dave Cameron

Dave Cameron
MCG Academy Instructor
Hampshire Greens Golf Course
dcameron@mcggolf.com
(301) 476-7999

Dave was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland. Dave has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2013. Dave’s hobbies outside of the golfing world include traveling, grilling out with family, and getting together with close friends. Dave is currently a teaching instructor at Hampshire Greens Golf Course. 

Dave feels that the fundamentals are the key to producing a repeatable golf swing. Proper grip, alignment, stance, swing path, and tempo are critical factors in getting better, which is what we all want to do. His job is to help make you proficient at these and many other aspects of the game we love. He has a patient and positive teaching demeanor and enjoy watching people get better. The golf swing is an athletic move and Dave relate to many other sports that you might have played, making it easier for you to learn. 

If you are at Hampshire Greens, please stop by and introduce yourself to Dave. He would love to get to know you and help improve your game.

Matt Jarvis
MCG Academy Instructor
Laytonsville Golf Course
mjarvis@mcggolf.com
(301) 948-5288

Matt Jarvis grew up in central Wisconsin but has been a resident of Maryland for 15 years now.  Matt has been a member of the MCG Academy since 2008.  His hobbies include working out, attending local sporting events, active participant in the church and striving to be a loving husband to wife, Kelly, and father to his three young kids, Mason (5) and twin daughters Campbell and Ivy (3).

Matt's teaching philosophy is to give my students enough understanding of their golf swing to improve it and enough motivation so they always leave with a positive attitude and high expectations. He focuses on helping each student understand the importance of keeping the mind and body at ease during the golf swing, as well as understanding cause and effect as it relates to the game. Matt analyzes the swing and explains techniques based on their personal learning style, whether it is by pictures, analogies, or other unique means of communication. Most importantly, he is always available to his students with an open door policy. 

The next time you are at Laytonsville, please stop by and introduce yourself to Matt. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game. 


Steve Matheny, PGA Golf Professional
MCG Academy Instructor
Poolesville Golf Course
smatheny@mcggolf.com
(301) 948-5288

Steve Matheny was born and raised in Poolesville, Maryland.  He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2014. Outside of golf, Steve enjoys hunting, fishing, and cooking. He received his first lesson at the age of 13 from Chris Cissel, one of our instructors, and from there on out he learned to play the game through trial and error. Learning the game mostly on his own gave him a greater understanding of the golf swing.

The golf swing is a simple motion, much like throwing a ball. People make the swing complicated and it doesn’t need to be. To truly own a swing, it needs to become as natural as walking.  When giving a lesson, Steve will only give the student a couple of points to work on, nothing more. He does this to keep the lesson simple and easy to perform. In addition to teaching private lessons, Steve teaches a number of clinics and group lessons at Poolesville Golf Course.

The next time you are at Poolesville, please stop by and introduce yourself to Steve Matheny. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game. 

Adam Fishman

Adam Fishman, PGA Golf Professional
MCG Academy Certified Instructor
Northwest & Needwood Golf Courses
afishman@mcggolf.com
(301) 598-6100

Adam started his golf career in 1987 at Falls Road GC and has been actively employed in the MCRA golf system since. He became a PGA Member in 2005 and he currently works at both Needwood GC and Northwest GC. His current job titles include: MCG Golf Ambassador, MCG Training Manager, MCG Juniors Golf Communications Director, Recognized Coach The First Tee of Montgomery County, MD., and Boy Scouts Of America Golf Merit Badge Counselor. Throughout his career Adam has showed an enormous passion in player development helping thousands of kids and adults learn the game of golf. He was awarded the 2015 Middle Atlantic PGA Section Youth Player Development Award. Outside of golf his hobbies include attending Washington Capitals games, fishing, gardening, and spoiling his 2 German shorthair pointers.

Adam’s teaching philosophy is to create a comfortable relationship with each student or group making sure all leave a lesson with one positive and one goal to work towards. While his focus is making sure students adhere to golf's core fundamentals, he remembers to take into account a player's true authentic style. 

The next time you are at Northwest or Needwood, please stop by and introduce yourself to Adam. He would love to get to know you and help improve your golf game.

 

F. Dustin Stearns, PGA Apprentice
MCG Academy Certified Instructor
Needwood Golf Course
dstearns@mcggolf.com
(301) 948-1075

In 2016, Dustin Stearns relocated to Maryland to join the MCG Academy from South Florida. Growing up playing every sport imaginable except golf, Dustin learned (like many of his students) later in life. He played professional volleyball and roller hockey in his 20’s and early 30’s. Realizing golf was a true passion; Dustin attended the Golf Academy of America in Orlando Florida. Dustin fell in love with how people learn sports (specifically golf) and motor movements and went on to get a bachelor’s degree from Keiser College of Golf. He then earned his Master’s degree from the University of Miami in the department of Sport Science and Kinesiology. He will be starting his Doctorate in May from California Southern University in Sport Psychology. When not working or furthering his education, Dustin enjoys playing as much golf as he possibly can and spending time with his wife Tracey. He also enjoys studying Nutrition and Human performance. Dustin is a PGA apprentice in level 2. He is also a certified US Kids instructor and a First Tee instructor. In 2016 Dustin won “Coach of the Year” for the First Tee in Broward County. Dustin enjoys working on his own game and loves playing competitively on the South Florida Mini tours and in PGA section events.

While attending the Golf Academy of America, Dustin went from an 18 handicap to a 0 in 18 months. He understands the frustrations that many of his students feel. He is a no quick fix kind of guy. Golf improvement takes time and repetition.

The next time you are at Needwood, please stop by and introduce yourself to Dustin. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your game.

Hong Kim, KPGA
MCG Academy Certified Instructor
Northwest Golf Course
hkim@mcggolf.com
(301) 598-6100

Hong Kim is a Korean PGA and former PGA of America Professional and played various tour events (Asian, USGA, Golden State...) over the years. Hong came to the US in 1983 and started teaching golf full-time in 1985. Hong believes each student has his/her own unique swing and adapts his teaching to bring out the best in everyone. His goal is for his student's swing to match swing fundamentals, thus making the swing simple and easy to repeat. Hong came to the DC area in 1997 and has taught at several top practice facilities in the area. Mr. Kim teaches in both Korean and English.

The next time you are at Northwest, please stop by and introduce yourself to Hong. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game. 

Martin Zadravec
MCG Academy Certified Instructor
Northwest Golf Course
mzadravec@mcggolf.com
(301) 598-6100

Martin was born and raised in Washington, DC.  He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2009.  Outside of golf, Martin enjoys family life, participating in the lives of his two children, and staying fit. He learned to play golf as an adult, after playing basketball and football in high school and college. Martin is fortunate to have Marty Johnson, PGA and the late Bill Strausbaugh, PGA, as his mentors in golf instruction.

Martin believes we can teach a person all they need to know about the golf swing in 45 minutes. The rest is coaching; and coaching is about finding the quickest path to your success and enjoyment of the game. Martin is passionate about the opportunity to help you develop in golf. Martin oversees the entire Youth Golf Program at Northwest, and maintains a busy private lesson book as well. Each August, he hosts a High School Golf Preparation Camp at NW, the week before the county schools hold try-outs. Martin is a Certified Coach of The First Tee Program.

The next time you are at Northwest, please stop by and introduce yourself to Martin. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game. 

Saif Hussain, PGA Apprentice

MCG Academy Instructor
Northwest Golf Course
shussain@mcggolf.com
(301)598-6100

Saif Hussain is an avid golf lover who became involved with the sport at a young age while living in Cairo, Egypt. Saif moved to the U.S. in 2013 and is presently the Assistant General Manager and MCG Academy Instructor at Northwest Golf Course. Prior to his arrival at Northwest, Saif was an Egyptian Golf Professional and a former European Tour Player, where he played in the EPD, Alps, and Sunshine tours. Saif began his golf career at the age of 14 and was mentored by French PGA professional Cyril Cazales and British PGA professional Simon Snaith. Outside of golf, Saif enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, cooking, and traveling.

Saif believes that every player has his or her own unique golf swing. His instruction philosophy is to adjust the swing that comes natural to a player as opposed to re-inventing the wheel or overhauling an existing swing.  By using and building on what comes natural to the student, the results will provide better golf, more enjoyable rounds and a reaffirmed commitment to improve your game. He is always excited to help anyone desiring to learn to play golf.

The next time you are at Northwest, please stop by and introduce yourself to Saif.  He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game.

Chris Cissel
Chris Cissel, PGA Golf Professional
MCG Academy Certified Instructor
Rattlewood Golf Course
ccissel@mcggolf.com

(301) 607-9000

Chris Cissel was born and raised in Montgomery County, Maryland. Chris has been a member of the MCG golf academy for 20 years. Hobbies outside the golfing world include fishing, working out and hanging out with family and friends. Chris is currently the PGA General Manager at Rattlewood Golf Course. 


Chris's philosophy is all about making golf simple and fun. He works with students by trying to get them to understand what's going on in their unique golf swing and together we come up with a solution. Chris deliver the message that golf is a sport and sports are supposed to be fun, he works to get student to enjoy their time practicing and playing. If Chris can get students to play and practice more it's impossible not to see scores going down. 


The next time you are at Rattlewood, please stop by and introduce yourself to Chris. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game.


Dave Degirolamo
MCG Academy Certified Instructor
Sligo Creek Golf Course
ddegirolamo@mcggolf.com
(301) 585-6006

David was born in New York and raised in Rockville, Maryland.  David became a member of the MCG Golf Academy in 2011.  Hobbies outside of the golfing world include music, singing, cooking, playing baseball and golf with my son, and spending time with family.  He learned to play golf at the age of 10 and loves the game to this day. David has won many local golf tournaments as an amateur as well as a few MAPGA pro-am events.  David was first alternate 5 times in local qualifying and eventually qualified for the national finals in the United States Public Links twice. David made it the final match play round of 32 back in the 1990's. It was one of many highlights in his competitive golfing career.  

David prides himself on “fun through excellence”.  His teaching philosophy starts with a firm emphasis on the fundamentals.  He has a strong belief when students begin to understand the basic motion of a golf swing, many positive changes can be accomplished.  Explaining the golf swing in layman's terms is very important.  Dave always takes into account each individual's physical capabilities when advancing them as a player.  He has been teaching golf to people of all ages since 1993 at various golf courses in the area. Dave has many people who continue to take lessons from him wherever he is teaching at the time.  He always has fun and makes sure each lesson is enjoyable for the student. Dave is willing and able to work with golfers of all skill levels and welcomes the challenge. 

The next time you are at Sligo Creek Golf Course, please stop by and introduce yourself to David. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game.

 

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Bret Shifflett, MCG Studio Manager
Home Course: MCG Golf Studio at Needwood Golf Course

Bret Shifflett was born and raised in Sykesville, MD.  Bret is a recent addition to the MCG Golf Academy.  His hobbies include tennis, skiing, basketball, volleyball and all forms of exercise.  Bret is currently the PGA Teaching Professional at Needwood Golf Course and the MCG Golf Studio. 

As well as being a PGA member for 8 years, Bret is also a certified instructor through the Professional Golf Teachers & Coaches of America.  He believes that the golf swing should be learned from the ground up.  Bret prides himself in being well-organized and prepared for each session with a student.  He believes in utilizing the most up to date tools, equipment and techniques to help his students improve.  Proper golf instruction needs to include video analysis and computerized data capture of swing path, body movements and ball impact.  As an accredited member of the Golf Clubmakers Association, with over 20 years of experience in club building, fitting and repair, Bret believes that a good instructor must understand new equipment and be able to provide properly fitted golf clubs to each student. 

If you are at Needwood Golf Course please stop into the MCG Golf Studio and introduce yourself to Bret.  He would love to get to know you and help you improve your game and your equipment.

Bret Shifflett, MCG Studio Manager
Home Course: MCG Golf Studio at Needwood Golf Course

Bret Shifflett was born and raised in Sykesville, MD.  Bret is a recent addition to the MCG Golf Academy.  His hobbies include tennis, skiing, basketball, volleyball and all forms of exercise.  Bret is currently the PGA Teaching Professional at Needwood Golf Course and the MCG Golf Studio. 

As well as being a PGA member for 8 years, Bret is also a certified instructor through the Professional Golf Teachers & Coaches of America.  He believes that the golf swing should be learned from the ground up.  Bret prides himself in being well-organized and prepared for each session with a student.  He believes in utilizing the most up to date tools, equipment and techniques to help his students improve.  Proper golf instruction needs to include video analysis and computerized data capture of swing path, body movements and ball impact.  As an accredited member of the Golf Clubmakers Association, with over 20 years of experience in club building, fitting and repair, Bret believes that a good instructor must understand new equipment and be able to provide properly fitted golf clubs to each student. 

If you are at Needwood Golf Course please stop into the MCG Golf Studio and introduce yourself to Bret.  He would love to get to know you and help you improve your game and your equipment.