Meet Our Golf Instructors

  • Falls Road Golf Course
  • Hampshire Greens Golf Course
  • Laytonsville Golf Course
  • Little Bennett Golf Course
  • Northwest Golf Courses
  • Needwood Golf Course
  • Poolesville Golf Course
  • Rattlewood Golf Course
  • Sligo Creek Golf Course
  • Falls Road Golf Course

    Mike Kenny
    PGA

    MCG Academy Director of Instructor Falls Road Golf Course

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    Mike Kenny
    PGA Golf Professional

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    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 going to both Nats and Caps games as much as possible. Also, following his home teams like the Cowboys, Lions, Red Wing and of course University of Michigan. Go Blue!!! He learned to play at the age of 10 when he started caddying at a private club, Pine Lakes Country 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.

    Mike has taught more private lesson since 2003 than any other MCG Instructor. Mike teaches many clinics and junior camps. These classes include Get Golf Ready, Keep Golf Going, and Take Golf Furthers the 3 step to learning golf process put in place by MCG in 2011. He also teaches the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program and the Advanced Youth Development Program. He uses JC Video and Flightscope with his students to give students all the information needed for lessons or equipment needs. Mike also teaches in the MCG Tour Studio located at Needwood. 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 sets a detailed plan for success. 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.

    Tarah Schloss
    LPGA

    MCG Academy Assistant Director of Instruction Falls Road Golf Course

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    Tarah Schloss
    LPGA

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    Tarah grew up golfing in Bloomsburg, PA and has lived in the DC Metro since graduating from college in 2006. She has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy at Falls Road since 2012. Tarah has an 8-year-old son, Alex, aka AJ, who is often seen golfing with his Mom at Falls Road. She learned golf at a very young age because her Dad would bring her and her older siblings to the course with him. She started playing competitively when she was 11 and earned a scholarship to Wake Forest University. She transferred to Saint Francis University in PA where she graduated with a BS in Information Systems and Mathematics. While there, she was the Captain of the 2-time NCAA division I championship qualifying women's team. Tarah is a Class A member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals. She is contributor to the LPGA newsletter, Women in Golf Radio show, and educational webinars. Tarah is passionate about continuing her golf educations and regularly attends national 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 instructs the Advanced Youth Coaching Program and teaches the full day summer camps at Falls Road. Tarah is also the Commissioner of the MCG Junior Golf League. Because of her work with juniors, Tarah is a 3-time honorable mention for US Kids Golf Top Coaches and won the 2017 LPGA Northeast Section Junior Golf Leader Award.

    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.

    Paul Mohun

    MCG Academy Instructor Falls Road Golf Course


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    Paul Mohun

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    Paul was born and raised in Plymouth, England. He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2013. 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 2017 season, Paul taught 804 private lessons in addition to teaching many of our junior programs - mini camps, full and half day summer camps and coaching MCG Juniors Golf League teams. Paul also teaches Get Golf Ready, Keep Golf Going and Golf Playtime Classes.

    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.

    Brent Wilkerson
    PGA Associate

    MCG Certified Instructor Falls Road Golf Course

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    Brent Wilkerson
    PGA Associate

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    Brent was born and raised in Mount Airy, Maryland. He has been a member of the MCG Academy since the 2018. He was introduced to the MCG team by completing a six-month internship. During that time, Brent was the lead instructor for several Full Day Summer Camps, as well as the lead instructor of various Junior Mini Camps. Brent also logged many hours in the Falls Road and Needwood pro shops, where he assisted greatly with the day-to-day operations.

    At the age of 10, Brent picked up a golf club for the first time. Brent attended the Professional Golf Management Program at Allegany College of Maryland, where he received the honor of the Most Outstanding Student in the spring of 2018. Brent is continuing his education in golf by pursuing his PGA membership as an associate at Falls Road. From a playing perspective, he has tallied five individual victories, including the NJCAA Division 2 Men’s Regional Championship and a six-shot victory during his 36-hole Playing Ability Test for the PGA. Aside from golf, Brent enjoys traveling and sight-seeing, visiting his friends and family, exercising and cooking. Brent is known for his positive energy, hard work and dancing ability! From his playing experience, Brent understands that there is more to golf than just swing theories. He is determined to show all of his students how to maximize both their playing potential and their enjoyment in the game of golf. Along with teaching individual lessons, Brent will be teaching a variety of classes for Falls Road; including, Full Day Summer Camps, Mini Camps and Take Golf Further classes for adults.

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

    Jamie Vermilye

    MCG Academy Instructor Falls Road Golf Course

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    Jamie Vermilye

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    Jamie was born and raised in Bethesda. He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2018. Outside of golf, Jamie enjoys camping, music and dogs. He was introduced to golf at the age of 5 by his father and has truly loved the game since he was 8. Growing up, each summer he participated in numerous junior tournaments and also played on his country club interclub golf teams. He played on his high school team and also played NCAA golf in college.

    Jamie believes that teaching should be tailored to each individual in order to achieve their best results. He uses strong communication and listening skills to build effective golf relationships with each of his students in order to help them achieve their goals. Jamie teaches students of all ages and abilities. In addition to individual lessons, Jamie also teaches Introductory golf 101 and 102 group classes as well as several junior camp programs.

    The next time you are at Falls Road please stop by and introduce yourself to Jamie. He looks forward to helping you to improve and enjoy the game he loves.

    Kate Schanuel
    LPGA

    MCG Certified Instructor Falls Road Golf Course

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    Kate Schanuel
    LPGA

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    Kate was born and raised in Guilford, Connecticut. She is a new member of the MCG Academy. Outside of golf Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, Jackson and Nicholas. She learned to play golf at a young age and started competing in tournaments at thirteen. Her parents would play in the summers and Kate wanted to join them, so she started by raking the bunkers and tending the flagstick. Kate has been an LPGA member for ten years as well as a member of the Women’s Golf Coaches Association and WeCoach. She played for the University of Maryland and studied kinesiology then went on and qualified for the Duramed Futures Tour (now Symetra) and competed professionally. While playing, Kate taught at local country clubs. Kate then started coaching, first at Towson University from 2011-2017 and has been at Georgetown University since 2017. Kate earned 2018 & 2019 LPGA North East Section Coach of the Year and 2018 BIG EAST Coach of the Year accolades.

    Kate teaches to the natural ability and movements of her students. Focusing on the goals and needs of each student by taking an individualized approach allows for her students to get the most out of each session. Kate especially enjoys working on short game, course management and can help devise a great practice plan both on and off the course incorporating all aspects of the swing and game.

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

  • Hampshire Greens Golf Course

    Bobby Ashton
    PGA

    MCG Certified Instructor Hampshire Greens Golf Course

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    Bobby Ashton
    PGA

    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 Washington Football Team 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

    MCG Certified Instructor Hampshire Greens Golf Course

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    Dave Cameron

    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.

  • Laytonsville Golf Course

    Matt Jarvis

    MCG Academy Instructor Laytonsville Golf Course

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    Matt Jarvis

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    Matt has been a member of the MCG Academy since 2008 and golf instructor for the past 20 years. He played NCAA Division III basketball before finding a true passion in the golf industry and game of golf. He is currently the General Manager at Laytonsville Golf Course and Marketing Manager for MCG.

    Matt grew up in central Wisconsin but has been a resident of Maryland since 2001 (although always a Packer and Badger at heart). He enjoys attending Capitals and Nationals games, tinkering with DIY projects, continuously improving his leadership skills and strives to be a loving husband to wife, Kelly, and father to his three children, Mason (9) and twin daughters Campbell and Ivy (7). Matt and Kelly also own and operate Fit2Shine Studio, a yoga and indoor cycling studio in New Market, Maryland.

    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.

    Brad Cameron

    MCG Academy Instructor Laytonsville Golf Course

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    Brad Cameron

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    Brad Cameron was born and raised in Germantown, Maryland. He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2017. Brad has a passion for playing and watching many sports in addition to golf. He is a fan of all DC sports teams and roots for University of Maryland Athletics. He learned to golf from his father, Dave Cameron. He has been playing the game since he was 13 years old. He played for the 2006 Montgomery College Regional Championship team which also competed in the NJCAA National Championship. His father has taught him to love, respect, and enjoy the game from a very young age.

    Brad's philosophy includes using natural athleticism and understanding basic swing principles in order to grow one's game, lower scores, and enjoy golf rounds more. He believes that having fun and small tweaks can be ground breaking for developing more consistency and more love for the game. Brad teaches with a variety of methods between on course adjustments and playing lessons, range time, and endless short game sessions. Brad is involved in many youth golf programs and really enjoys teaching our youth how to enjoy the game and how to thrive on the course. In addition to teaching private lessons at Laytonsville, Brad teaches Ladies clinics at Laytonsville Golf Course and helps run the 9, Wine, and Dine.

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

  • Little Bennett Golf Course

    Mike Dickson, PGA

    MCG Master Instructor Little Bennett Golf Course

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    Mike Dickson, PGA

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    Mike was born in Marion, Ohio and raised most his life in Cortland, Ohio. He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since the spring of 2021. Outside of golf, Mike enjoys kayaking, watching Buckeye and Browns football and spending time with his family. Mike was holding a plastic club in his hand before he could even walk and was taught mostly by his father until he turned 16 years old. Mike graduated in 2002 from Ferris State University’s Professional Golf Management Program. Before joining the MCG Instruction Team, Mike taught at Congressional Country Club for 17 years. Mike has worked under several top 100 instructors which helped him become recognized as one of Golf Digest’s Best Young Instructors under the age of 40 and awarded the MAPGA Teacher of the Year in 2016.

    Recognitions

    • GRAA Top 100 Growth of the Game 2018 & 2020
    • Golf Digest America’s Best in State Instructors 2015-2020
    • Golf Digest Best Young Instructors in America 2016-2019
    • Middle Atlantic PGA Teacher of the Year 2016
    • US Kids Master Top 50 Kids Teacher 2016
    • Ping National Fitter of the Year 2009
    • Callaway Regional Fitter of the Year 2008
    Certifications
    • Lynn Blake Certified Master Instructor
    • Scoring Method Coach
    • PGA Certified in Instruction
    • BioSwing Dynamics
    • Aimpoint Express Certified Instructor
    • Edel Golf Advisory Staff
    • TPI Level 1
    • TPI Junior Coach 2 & 3
    • US Kids Golf Certified Coach

    Mike’s philosophy is a coaching style that develops all the skills a golfer needs to be successful in playing golf including technique, course management, emotional control, and purposeful practice. The traditional model of one-on-one technique-based lessons focuses on trying to perfect the golf swing and typically lacks attention on improving all the skills to become a great player. Mike is very versed in The Golfing Machine by studying under his mentor Lynn Blake, aka Yoda.

    Mike offers multiple levels of Coaching Programs for all ages and skill levels. More information can be found on the MGC Academy website under Mike’s page.

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

    Brandon Jarvis

    MCG Academy Instructor Little Bennett Golf Course

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    Brandon Jarvis

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    Brandon grew up as a Green Bay Packer fan from central Wisconsin. Sports have always been a part of his life with his parents and two competitive brothers! Some of his favorite past times are playing golf and basketball with friends, snowboarding, and going to movies! Being close to his brother, Matt, his wife, Kelly, and his nieces and nephew has been very fun and action-packed!

    Brandon found patience, effort, and practice are the keys to becoming a skilled golfer. His passions leaned toward golf, but he didn’t decide to turn it into a career until attending the Golf Academy of America in Orlando, graduating with a degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management.

    Brandon joined the MCG team in 2015 at Rattlewood Golf Course. Following graduation, he had an amazing job offer to serve as Little Bennett’s Assistant General Manager during the winter of 2016, which has led to completion of a Level 1 Certified Coach for the First Tee Chapter in the greater Washington D.C. area. Brandon’s philosophy is to surpass the expectations of all my students by providing personalized golf instruction in a fun, healthy, and relaxed atmosphere, while also creating a personal relationship with each student.

    What are you waiting for? Come on out to Little Bennett, and meet with Brandon so he can get to know YOU and help improve your golf game.

  • Northwest Golf Courses

    Martin Zadravec


    MCG Lead Instructor
    Northwest Golf Course

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    Martin Zadravec

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    Martin was born and raised in Washington, DC. He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2007. 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 you what you 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.

    Hong Kim
    KPGA

    MCG Certified Instructor Northwest Golf Course

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    Hong Kim
    KPGA

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    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.

    Billy Cullum
    PGA

    MCG Certified Instructor Northwest Golf Course

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    Billy Cullum
    PGA

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    Billy Cullum was born and raised in Calabasas Park, CA. He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2016 and a PGA Member since 1996. Outside of golf, Billy enjoys time spent with his children, helping others, learning, and playing Golf. He learned to Golf at the age of 5 from his father who worked for Arnold Palmer running Junior Golf Academies.

    Billy enjoys making Golf fun and enjoyable through both an open approach with students of varying developmental abilities and by adhering to the fundamental constituent principles of the game.

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

    Mark Choi
    PGA Associate

    MCG Academy Instructor Northwest Golf Course

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    Mark Choi
    PGA Associate

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    Mark (Byoung) Choi was born Seoul, South Korea. His family immigrated to United States when he was 11 years old. He currently resides in Halethorpe, MD with his wife and three beautiful daughters. He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy and Assistant General Manager since 2017. Outside of golf, Mark not only enjoys spending quality time with his family, but enjoys going on road trips, watching sports and movies. He learned to play golf 20 years ago at the driving range with friends following the “Tiger Slam” and since then, he has never looked back.

    Mark believes having a basic fundamental is the key in achieving your goal. He will diligently work with you to achieve your goals in golf, while emphasizing the importance of practice. He will also review your progression towards your goals. In addition, Mark believes you need to have a certain mindset to play a round of golf and he will assist you on all aspects of the game to get you prepared. Mark teaches in both Korean and English.

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

  • Needwood Golf Course

    Dustin Stearns
    PGA

    MCG Master Instructor Needwood Golf Course

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    Dustin Stearns
    PGA

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    Dustin has been with the MCG Academy since 2016 when he relocated from south Florida. Dustin has a true passion for teaching and improving his athletes of all abilities. He believes that the most educated teacher is the best teacher. He is never done learning and spends countless hours per year refining his craft and furthering his education.

    Growing up playing every sport imaginable except golf, Dustin learned like many of his students later in life. 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 in Education from the University of Miami in the department of Sport Science and Kinesiology.

    A member of the PGA, Dustin is also a certified level 1 Plane Truth Instructor. A Certified TPI instructor- Jr. Level 2, Golf Level 2, Power level 2. Superspeed Certified Level 3, Bioswing Dynamics Level 1, a US Kids Certified Coach and a Certified First Tee Coach, where he won “Teacher of the year” in 2015 in Broward County. Dustin has also won teacher of the year from the MCG Academy in 2017 and 2019. He is one of the most sought-after teachers in the county and logged over 2500 hours of teaching last year alone.

    Dustin has a true passion for developing young people on and off the golf course. His proven program has developed players into collegiate golfers. 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. His philosophy is that golf should be taught on the course - not the range. He does 99% of his lessons on the golf course.

    Marty Johnson
    PGA

    MCG Lead Instructor Needwood/Poolesville Golf Course

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    Marty Johnson
    PGA

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    Marty Johnson is a native Washingtonian born and raised in Riverdale Md. Marty is a seasoned veteran and well established in our area as one of the top instructors in Maryland. Marty's main location will be Needwood G.C. Tuesday-Sunday and Poolesville on Wednesdays. The last 30 years, Martys previous position was the Director of Instruction at Redgate G.C along with 17 years as an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College teaching all aspects of golf.

    Marty is a PGA Member, TPI graduate and a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. Marty is recognized by Golf Digest and fellow PGA Professionals as one of our sections top teachers and players. Marty is a student of the game and works very hard on staying current with new technologies, educational seminars, and conferences taught by Top instructors nationwide. Marty is very active in the Mid-Atlantic Section Professional Tournaments and takes great pride in his ability to be competitive and knows that he is prepared and has the potential to win. This allows Marty to pass along a competitive edge and insight that will help students in all aspects of tournament play.

    Marty works with all ages from beginner to professional. With fundamentals of full swing and short game, students will learn what's necessary to take this new information and skill to the golf course. Sharing his knowledge, identifying cause and effect, and assessing limitations is how Marty pin points swing movements that may not match. Some of Marty's specialties and favorite components to share are short game; pitching, chipping, sand, putting, and course management. He enjoys discussing and helping players improve their decision- making skills on the course. If you are at an MCG facility where Marty teaches, please stop by and introduce yourself. He would enjoy meeting you and helping you improve your game.

    Adam Fishman
    PGA

    MCG Certified Instructor Northwest & Needwood Golf Courses

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    Adam Fishman
    PGA

    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.

    Patrick Conway

    MCG Academy Instructor Needwood Golf Course

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    Patrick Conway

    Patrick was born in Newport, RI and raised in both West Bridgewater, MA and Derwood, MD. He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2019. Outside of golf, Patrick enjoys creating custom golf clubs, skateboarding, and snowboarding. He learned to golf when he was 7 years old from his dad and more in-depth later through many MCG instructors. Patrick is an MCG Academy instructor trained by many of the other pros in the system with certifications in club fitting through Titleist, KBS, and more. In addition to private lessons, Patrick teaches the new golfer adult classes, junior mini camps, and summer camps.

    Patrick’s teaching philosophy is simple: everyone can play golf and have a lot of fun doing it. He teaches our Junior and Adult beginner clinics and really enjoys getting people into the game. Working with Patrick will start you off on the right foot when it comes to learning how to swing and approach the sport. His clinics can be found on our website and are run all season long.

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

  • Poolesville Golf Course

    Marty Johnson
    PGA

    MCG Lead Instructor Needwood/Poolesville Golf Course

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    Marty Johnson

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    Marty Johnson is a native Washingtonian born and raised in Riverdale Md. Marty is a seasoned veteran and well established in our area as one of the top instructors in Maryland. Marty's main location will be Needwood G.C. Tuesday-Sunday and Poolesville on Wednesdays. The last 30 years, Martys previous position was the Director of Instruction at Redgate G.C along with 17 years as an Adjunct Professor at Montgomery College teaching all aspects of golf.

    Marty is a PGA Member, TPI graduate and a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. Marty is recognized by Golf Digest and fellow PGA Professionals as one of our sections top teachers and players. Marty is a student of the game and works very hard on staying current with new technologies, educational seminars, and conferences taught by Top instructors nationwide. Marty is very active in the Mid-Atlantic Section Professional Tournaments and takes great pride in his ability to be competitive and knows that he is prepared and has the potential to win. This allows Marty to pass along a competitive edge and insight that will help students in all aspects of tournament play.

    Marty works with all ages from beginner to professional. With fundamentals of full swing and short game, students will learn what's necessary to take this new information and skill to the golf course. Sharing his knowledge, identifying cause and effect, and assessing limitations is how Marty pin points swing movements that may not match. Some of Marty's specialties and favorite components to share are short game; pitching, chipping, sand, putting, and course management. He enjoys discussing and helping players improve their decision- making skills on the course. If you are at an MCG facility where Marty teaches, please stop by and introduce yourself. He would enjoy meeting you and helping you improve your game.

  • Rattlewood Golf Course

    Mike Olson
    PGA

    MCG Certified Instructor Rattlewood Golf Course

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    Mike Olson
    PGA

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    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 at Methodist University, where he graduated as the valedictorian earning his B.S. in Accounting and his PGA membership in 2010. Mike is a Recognized 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 Rattlewood, please stop by and introduce yourself to Mike. He would love to get to know you and help you improve your golf game.

    Terry Charlton

    MCG Academy Instructor Rattlewood Golf Course

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    Terry Charlton

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    Terry has been a MCG Golf Academy instructor since 2012. Outside of golf, Terry enjoys all sports especially the Washington Footbasll Team, Capitals, and Baltimore Orioles. He learned to golf over 50 years ago and played in many amateur tournaments growing up. Terry currently holds the position of MCG Academy Instructor at Rattlewood Golf Course located in Mt. Airy.

    Terry qualified to become a PGA apprentice in 2006. Terry is passionate about giving all students the information he has acquired to improve their game and create a fun and enjoyable plan to succeed. Terry uses a simple approach to improve student’s game and believes it’s a well-rounded game that produces better scores and nicer shots. Its not always about the score, it could be a great drive or a 40 foot putt that lets students enjoy the game of golf at any level in which they play. After all, GOLF IS FOR FUN!

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

    Bob Coope
    PGA

    MCG Academy Instructor Rattlewood Golf Course

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    Bob Coope

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    Bob was born and raised in Glen Cove, NW. He has been a member of the MCG Golf Academy since 2018. Outside of golf, Bob enjoys time with family and friends. He learned golf at the age of 12, and completed PGA Business School in Hartford, CT as well as PGA School at Westchester C.C. in Rye, NY. He served as the Director of Instruction at U.S. Armed Forces Recreation Center in Berchtesgaden, Germany.

    “I believe in teaching sound fundamentals and keeping the game fun.”

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

  • Sligo Creek Golf Course

    Dave Degirolamo

    MCG Academy Instructor Sligo Creek Golf Course

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    Dave Degirolamo

    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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