Staff

 

Jordan-Head-e1352399488966JORDAN YOUNG
Director of Instruction/PGA Teaching Professional
jordany@foxhills.com
248-561-0802

Jordan began his golf career at the age of 7 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Jordan earned a full athletic scholarship to attend Eastern Michigan University. While at EMU, Jordan won medalist honors at several NCAA D1 events. He was a two year captain and was named Second Team ALL-MAC in 1994.

Jordan turned professional after college, qualifying to play the Canadian Tour. He spent three seasons traveling across Canada competing with professionals from around the globe. In the winter months, Jordan spent time in Florida, learning from the legendary great, Moe Norman.

In 1997, Jordan returned to Michigan, married (Kristin), and began work at some of the premier private clubs in SE Michigan; Walnut Creek CC, 97, Grosse Ile CC, 98-05 and Barton Hills CC, 2006. From these valued experiences, Jordan grew as an instructor, learning more about his teaching skills and his passion to help others. In the past several years, Jordan has spent time learning from the following industry leaders; Sean Foley, Phil Blackmar, Mike Malaska, Brian Manzella, Dr. Jim Suttie and recently passed… Mr. Jim Flick.

Currently, Jordan sits as a Director with Michigan Section PGA. He was also the Chairman of the Teaching Committee, 2007-08. . Jordan was the founder of the inaugural Michigan Teaching and Coaching Summit which was held in the spring of 2009. Currently, he is the President of the Eastern Chapter PGA.

Jordan remains an avid player within the state of Michigan. He participates in many of the Michigan PGA Section events earning many recognitions and titles. In 2008, he was a featured presenter at the 2008 PGA Championships at the PGA Learning Center, Oakland Hills CC. Over the past several seasons, Jordan has won many awards, most recently, the Sections prestigious 2012 Teacher of the Year!

2012 – “Teacher of the Year” WINNER – Michigan PGA
2011 – “Horton Smith Award” WINNER – Michigan PGA
2011 – “Presidents Plaque Award” WINNER – Michigan PGA
2010 – “Top 50 Instructor Award” – US Kids – Honorable Mention
2010 – “Player of the Year” – Eastern Chapter, Michigan PGA
2010 – “Dul Family Player Development Award” WINNER – MGCOA
2009 – “Presidents Plaque Award” WINNER – Michigan PGA
2009 – “Presidents Plaque Award” NATIONAL RUNNER-UP – PGA of America
2009 – “Top 50 Instructor Award” – US Kids – International Award
2009 – “Player of the Year”– Eastern Chapter, Michigan PGA
2009-2012 – “Teacher of Year” – Eastern Chapter, Michigan PGA


Anne-Upper2-e1354131984771ANNE GAJDA
LPGA Teaching Professional/Women's Program Director
anneg@foxhills.com
734-347-3219

Anne has been teaching at Fox Hills since 2003. She joined the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division in 2006 and achieved her Class A status in 2009. Before becoming a teaching professional she was a highly ranked amateur golfer and played in five USGA national championships. Having played golf for over 50 years, her love for the game is unmatched, and her desire to help others enjoy the game is inspiring. Anne is committed to growing the women’s game through lessons, clinics, and instructional programs.

Anne is a University of Michigan graduate with degrees in piano performance and choral music education and is a Professor of Music at Eastern Michigan University where she joined the faculty in 1979. She began playing golf in the late 1950s through the Detroit Free Press Junior Golf Schools while growing up in Detroit and won four city junior golf championships. In high school (Cass Tech) and college she was a pro shop assistant at Forest Lake Country Club in Bloomfield Hills where her uncle, Bob Gajda, was the head PGA golf professional for over 25 years. In addition to her uncle, her primary teachers have been Rick Smith and Mike Robson, and she currently works on her game with Ron Gring in Mobile, Alabama. She played in four consecutive USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championships before joining the LPGA. Anne lives in Superior Township, but also calls Pensacola, Florida home.

Anne’s specialty involves instructional programs for beginner and intermediate women. Her teaching approach is encouraging and motivating. She is quick to identify learning styles and preferences and uses this information to develop an effective improvement plan for each student. With over 30 years of teaching experience, she enjoys teaching partner and small group lessons and larger clinics in addition to private lessons. Since joining the Fox Hills teaching staff in 2003, she has developed new programs that include an intermediate women’s instructional league, a winter drop-in practice program for women and girls (Snow Birdies and Snow Chicks), a women’s summer putting league (Short Stix), a quarterly “Ladies Links” newsletter, an award winning LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Club, and beginning in 2011 Silver Fox Golf Camps for seniors and adults, and weekend short game golf schools for women. Group offerings:

  • Instructional Leagues with range practice and on-course opportunities
  • Fox Hills Girls Golf Club
  • Women’s Golf Academy
  • Ladies Short Game Golf Schools

Brian-Upper2-e1352399787708BRIAN CAIRNS
PGA Teaching Professional/Boys Golf Club Director
brianc@foxhills.com
248-320-8510

Brian was born and raised in Metro Detroit and attended Bishop Foley High School. While is high school, he lettered in wrestling and golf for 4 years. Brian was an accomplished junior player and developed his skills playing at Red Run Golf Club. He earned a scholarship and played 4 years Division II college golf at Barry University in Miami, Florida.

After college, Brian returned to Michigan and worked at clubs such as Orchard Lake CC, Country Club of Detroit and Dearborn CC. In the late 90’s, he played full time achieving conditional status on the currently named Web.Com Tour

Brian believes golf should be addressed from the green back to the teeing ground. The short game and putting are the areas that require the most time, energy and finesse creating better imagery. Having played at a high level for a few years, he has noticed that the best players in the world ALL have a great short game. They always have a way to get the ball in the hole. No matter what level, every player should know his or her limits. Having a good short game will allow individuals to stretch those limitations.

Brian states that through simple techniques, drills and practice time, better short games are developed. Playing golf with students not only allows him to see how students apply skills and handle pressure but also enables him to watch a student’s confidence grow from real golf situations.

Having learned at a very early age to play golf, it became very obvious to Brian that there are many ways to get the ball in the hole. The game is divided into 5 main areas;

  1. Driving
  2. Iron play
  3. Wedge play
  4. Mental play
  5. Putting

Since every topic is so vast, careful attention and detail must be given to the “whole” to become a complete golfer. Once general knowledge of every area is gained, playing the game becomes the focus. When watching the great players on TV, there is one common denominator; they all have their own way to get it done. Students can play better golf through better knowledge of their game. Brian has adopted the overall philosophy that adding to a student’s ability, he can achieve success at playing better golf faster.


Will-Upper-e1354132071477WILL ELLENDER
PGA Teaching Professional
wille@foxhills.com
734-276-6009

After graduating from Rollins College in 1990, where he was a member of the golf team for four years, Will joined world renowned instructor Carl Welty as a teaching professional at the La Costa Golf School. Welty is considered the pioneer of video golf instruction and has influenced many of golf’s top players and instructors. www.carlwelty.com

Under Welty’s guidance Will was able to work with many PGA Tour professionals. Will also worked with Welty in coaching Pat Perez and 1993 NCAA Champion Todd Demsey.

After two years at La Costa Will was named Director of Instruction at Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, NY. Piping Rock is considered one of America’s top clubs and is named as one the top 100 courses in the US. While at Piping Rock, Will continued his coaching and was one of the youngest instructors ever nominated to Golf Magazine’s listing of America’s Top 100 Golf Instructors in 1995. Will’s students at Piping Rock ranged in ability levels from rank beginners to accomplished touring professionals. Will also conducted golf schools for the membership at Piping Rock inviting noted instructors such as Phil Ritson and Dr. Jim Suttie to join him.

In 1997, Will accepted a position with Spalding Sports Worldwide as a territory manager in Central Michigan. At Spalding, Will helped to design club fitting systems used for Top-Flite Irons and the Ben Hogan Company. He also continued to coach on a limited basis, being named by Golf Magazine as one the Mid West’s top Regional Teachers and also by Golf Digest as one of Michigan’s Top Teachers. From 2003 through 2007, Will served a similar role as an account executive for Taylor Made/Adidas Golf.

Currently, Will teaches and coaches at Fox Hills Golf Academy and also serves as an associate to Golf Course Architect Mike Nuzzo www.mnuzzo.com. In the winter months, Will is the Director of Golf at the Miromar Lakes Golf Club in Estero, FL, www.miromarlakes.com

In the summer months, Will lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Sandy and daughter Alexandra.

Specialty

  • TPI Certification, Golf Professional, Level 2
  • K-Vest Certification, Level 1
  • Junior Development Programs
  • Creating a special environment for learning
  • The Golf Machine
  • Coaching students and helping them achieve their goals

Joal2-e1352399908419JOAL HARDING
Teaching Professional/Active Start Director
joalh@foxhills.com
248-921-7990

Joal started her golf experience at the age of 13 at River Hills C.C. in Lake Wylie, S.C. She competed in many AJGA tournaments as a junior as well as the Junior World in San Diego, Ca. She played on the all men’s golf team at Charlotte Catholic High School in Charlotte, N.C. She then went on to receive a full scholarship to Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama where she made All-SEC and was a 2- time All- American. She also represented the United States in the 1990 World Cup Championship in France.

Joal qualified and played the LPGA Tour from 1992-1994. She has a ‘natural swing’ which her teaching professional, Gene Thompson cultivated. She has also received instruction from David Leadbetter, Rick Smith, Dana Rader, Jim McLean, and Mike Bender. Unfortunately, her playing career was cut short due to golf injuries. Since her departure from the LPGA Tour, Joal decided it was time to share her passion and knowledge of the game with others and get involved with golf instruction. Helping others learn the game has been an incredibly rewarding adventure, and she enjoys every single lesson.

“It is delightful to see someone performing to the best of their ability, watching them improve with each and every swing”.

Specialty

Joal has a degree in Kinesiology, which is the study of human movement and physiology. Everyone’s body is built differently and we cannot all swing alike. There are some basic fundamentals, but beyond that, she chooses to work with the student to fine tune their strengths and improve their weaknesses. Joal enjoys teaching the beginner to the professional. She also likes to focus on every part of the game; from the full swing, to the short game and playing lessons.

“There is always something to be learned by all!”


Dan-Head-e1354132149913DAN THOMAS
PGA Teaching Professional
dant@foxhills.com
248-321-9109

Danny Thomas was born and raised in Michigan, graduating from Ferris State University in 1988 with a Bachelor’s in Business and specializing in Professional Golf Management. He has been a PGA Golf Professional in Michigan for nearly 20 years and has provided 1000’s of students with professional golf instruction. Dan was awarded the Michigan PGA Junior Golf Leader Award in 2008 and was asked to speak at the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills to discuss the future of Junior Golf. Dan’s extensive involvement in Junior Golf gives him a profound insight and knowledge. Very few golf professionals understand the development of the golf swing and the mental capabilities of junior golfers as well as Dan.

In addition to Dan’s specialized education and strong golf instruction background, he is also an accomplished player. He has qualified and played in the PGA Tour’s Buick Open at Warwick Hills Country Club, a member of two Fuller Cup Teams, “Player of the Year” at Ferris State University and “Player of the Year” in the Central Chapter of the Michigan PGA.

Dan is the President of the National Golf Scholarship Association and the Director for the Midwest Top50jrTour. He is directly responsible for providing students with over $180,000 in college scholarships. He continues to take an active role assisting students with the desire to play college golf.

Specialty

Dan’s specialties involve providing programs to accelerate the development of talented student athletes. Dan has dedicated the majority of his time providing golf instruction to student golfers though the Junior Elite Team Training Program, JETT.

Danny’s approach for developing younger students includes:

Specialized Swing Drills

  • Drills that inherently develop “feel” and solid golf swing fundamentals, while building strength and a “reactionary” swing.

Course Management Strategies

  • On course instruction to develop and enhance a students on-course “game” management and “mental” management abilities

Mental Development

  • To develop a positive outlook, enhancing focus, creating competitive toughness & positive swing thoughts

 


 

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JEFF GOBLE
PGA Teaching Professional
jeffg@foxhills.com
734-604-9919

Jeff has over 25 years of teaching experience being named in Golf Digest's Best Teachers in Michigan for ten years (2005-2014). Jeff has worked at some of the best facilities in the country including the Rick Smith Golf Academy in Gaylord, MI and Naples, FL. Since 2006, Jeff has worked with the Kendall Academy as the Director of Instruction and most recently opened and operated the Kendal Academy in Auburn Hills. Jeff has worked with a range of players competing in Major Championships, Professional Tours, as well as College and High School Championships. As much as he enjoys working with competitive player's, he also loves developing new players of all ages.

Jeff is certified with the Titleist Performance Institute as a Level 3 Junior Coach and Level 2 Golf Professional, K-vest 3D Biomechanics Level 2, and Sports Psychology through the PGA.

In addition to teaching, Jeff has 20 years of club fitting experience with certifications from The Ben Hogan Precision fitting system, TaylorMade Golf, Titleist, and Mizuno.

Jeff's well-rounded education and extensive teaching experience enables his students to reach their full potential.


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