Assistant Chapter Director
Orie has been a TGA coach since January 2014 and assistant chapter director since September 2015. She is in charge of our after-school programs in the West Wayne area, working with coaches and our partners at individual schools, plus the various Parks and Recreation and Community Education departments.
She also continues to run our Oakland County summer camps and spring and fall leagues at Somerset Park.
Orie graduated from Rochester College in 2015 with a degree in business administration and sports management. She was a four-year member of Rochester’s varsity golf team.
Orie grew up in Lake Odessa, between Lansing and Grand Rapids. She played golf, tennis and volleyball at Lakewood High School. She has been women’s club champion at three courses — Centennial Acres near her childhood home, Captain’s Club in Grand Blanc and most recently at Boulder Pointe in Oxford. In 2017 she scored her first hole-in-one and also shot a five-under-par 30 in her nine-hole league. So she’s obviously a top-flight golfer, but her real passion is sharing her love for the game with TGA kids.
“I really enjoy getting to know all the kids and watching them improve,” Orie said. “Some are just beginners, but they wind up getting some pars at the end of a camp week. That’s a great feeling.”
In addition to her TGA duties, Orie is now the varsity golf coach at Oakland Community College.
— Max Antilla is a student at Michigan State University who started with TGA while playing golf for Northville High School. He is a fixture at our Hilltop and Maples summer camps, and also leads after-school classes in the spring.
— Jimmy Barrett is a full-time robotic programmer at Acme Manufacturing, in addition to attending Oakland Community College and finding time to teach an occasional TGA class. Jimmy played on the Troy High golf team and was an active TGA assistant while in high school.
— Frank Bento is retired after a long business career. He turned 70 in 2016 and has shot his age more than a dozen times. He has been an accomplished tournament player as a junior, young adult and senior.
— Al Bialek is retired after 43 years in business leadership roles. He is a passionate golfer who loves sharing that passion with the kids. Al has taught many TGA after-school classes and summer camps. He also is a proud veteran and conducts seminars about veterans at schools and community centers throughout the metro area.
— John Biermann retired in 2009 after a long career with Ford Motor Company and earned his golf teaching certificate from the United States Golf Teachers Federation. He now teaches a full schedule of TGA after-school classes in addition to his summer job at the Orchards Golf Course. He also runs our fall and spring leagues at Sycamore Hills.
— Nick Bruce is a student at Walsh College and former varsity golfer at Anchor Bay High School. Nick started as an assistant coach while a sophomore at Anchor Bay and has earned more responsibility every year. He now teaches a full schedule of after-school classes and is director of our Sycamore Hills and Glacier summer camps. He was TGA’s national coach of the year for 2018.
— Rick Coatta is the teaching pro at Pontiac Country Club and Evolution Sportsplex. He is a former assistant pro at the Oakland University courses and former men’s golf coach at Oakland Community College.
— Peter Darke is a native of England who moved to Michigan in 2013. He used to be a professional drummer, performing around the world on cruise ships. He also played English football semi-professionally and played a lot of tennis, but his biggest athletic passion is golf. He is a full-time instructor at GolfTec in Troy in addition to teaching TGA classes.
— Jeff Dunstan has spent a lifetime around golf, including several years as a caddie on the PGA Tour, plus stints working in pro shops and other golf retail. He found out about TGA when he saw our summer camps at Somerset Golf Course and now teaches after-school classes, plus summer camps at Somerset and The Myth.
— Jim Ellis is the golf coach at Walled Lake Northern High School. He has been a high school coach for 16 years and played competitively for 25 years in GAM and Michigan Publinx Golf Association. He has a deep passion for golf that began when his father taught him the game at age 5.
— Rob Fidler spent 11 years in retail golf sales and club-fitting and always has been active in youth sports. He is an avid golfer and also works part-time during the summer at Glen Oaks Golf Course.
— Greg Fisher is a former high school golf coach who began teaching TGA classes in 2017. He loves playing golf for fun, competition and exercise, getting in tons of rounds in Michigan and occasionally sneaking away to warm climates in the winter.
— Jack Glover was a student at one of TGA’s first after-school classes at Defer Elementary in Grosse Pointe Park in 2008. He then became a TGA assistant coach while playing varsity golf for U of D Jesuit. Now he is a junior at Wayne State and a TGA lead instructor.
— Jeff Hansen is a PGA professional who works at Brookwood Country Club in Rochester Hills and coaches the St. Clair High School golf team. He still finds time to teach a few TGA classes each year.
— Grant Haefner is a senior and all-conference player on Wayne State University’s golf team. He qualified for the 2020 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst and was medalist in the Michigan Amateur. After he graduates in December 2020 with a degree in management, Grant will turn pro and try to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour.
— Jim Hartnett was captain of the Wayne State University golf team in 1964. He had long business career and is still a part-time marketing consultant. He plays lots of golf, does hot yoga three times a week and shot his age last year for the first time.
— Tricia Hayes starting playing golf as a young adult after being a competitive tennis player. She fell in love with the sport immediately and has been playing for 30 years, including tournaments and casual rounds with family and friends. She still works full-time at the University of Michigan but finds time to teach an occasional TGA after-school class.
— Mike Holdridge is retired after a 30-year sales career. He works part-time as a starter at Tanglewood and takes full advantage of free golf there, plus many more rounds in his league and courses throughout the metro area. He teaches after-school classes in West Wayne and runs our Hilltop summer camps.
— Evelyn Kensicki learned about TGA through a former coach. She enthusiastically jumped in as an assistant coach, then quickly volunteered to lead after-school classes and our Rammler summer camp. She has been playing golf for 30 years and regularly shoots in the high 70s and low 80s. She also teaches piano and works with her husband’s football and wrestling teams doing photos for fundraisers. Evelyn was TGA’s lead instructor of the year for 2019.
— Dennis Kensicki is a long-time school teacher in St. Clair Shores who also coaches middle-school football and wrestling. He is an avid golfer and plays often with his wife Evelyn (winning a few times a year). Dennis teaches after-school classes in the spring after his wrestling season ends, and works every summer at our Rammler camps.
— Daniel Kleczynski is an enthusiastic golfer who works at Salem Hills Golf Course in the summer. He has played in many competitive golf events, and spent more than 15 years working with children at before and after-school programs in Livonia. Daniel teaches after-school classes and our summer camps at Hilltop.
— Shawn Kungel is a long-time teaching pro who has taught for 30 years at several sites in Macomb County, including 20 years at Henriksen’s Driving Range. He played on professional mini-tours for three years and worked at Golf Channel before becoming a full-time teaching pro.
— Lauren Kotzian is a teacher at American Montessori Academy. She discovered TGA because we hold after-school classes at her school. She started playing golf with her grandmother at age 5 and has been passionate about the game ever since. Her high school team finished fourth in states.
— Kelly Kuhlman is a Class A PGA professional who has more than 15 years experience working with women and juniors. She is a graduate of the Methodist University Professional Golf Management program. She also played on the varsity golf team at Methodist and has competed in many high-profile events, including qualifiers for the U.S. Women’s Open.
— Tom Leone recently retired as food and beverage manager at the downtown Mariott Hotel. He has been playing golf for 50 years and enjoys many rounds in metro Detroit and Northern Michigan. Before joining TGA he worked extensively with kids in youth baseball and Boy Scouts.
— Jack Light recently retired after a long business career and is staying busy with grandchildren and golf. In addition to playing as much as he can, he is teaching TGA classes and working in the pro shop at Glen Oaks Golf Course.
— Nick Lico is an avid golfer and student of the game who has worked with kids his entire life, teaching golf, roller hockey and soccer. He has taught TGA after-school classes since 2009 and also works occasionally at our Sycamore Hills summer camp. Nick was TGA’s lead instructor of the year in 2016 and finished second in TGA’s national coach-of-the-year competition.
— David Locke is a Michigan native who returned to the metro area after spending several years in Arizona, where he taught for the First Tee. David is a regular instructor at our Sycamore Hills and Glacier summer camps.
— Liesa McDonald has been working with young gymnasts for 16 years, and now she’s also following her golf passion to add another sport. She runs her own recycling business, but still finds time to play lots of golf and teach many gymnasts and golfers.
— Mike Mercier is a former TGA student who became an assistant coach while playing varsity golf for Berkley High School. He is now a member of the varsity golf team at University of Michigan-Dearborn and is teaching after-school classes and running our league at Maples. Mike is also a fixture at our Somerset and Maples summer camps. Mike was TGA’s assistant coach of the year for 2017.
— Lee Longstreet is the teaching pro at Henriksen’s Driving Range and also teaches in the winter at Indoor Golf Club of Michigan in Fraser. Lee began teaching TGA after-school classes in 2008. He now runs our winter-break camp at Indoor Golf Club. Lee recently turned 70 and has shot his age seven times.
— Madison Mohr is a student at the University of Louisville. She is a former TGA student, and a member of the state champion high school team at Lutheran North. Madison is a fixture at our Glacier and Sycamore Hills summer camps, and also teaches spring after-school classes when she returns from college.
— Gene Myers succeeded Dave Robinson as sports editor of the Detroit Free Press in 1993 and stayed in that role until he retired at the end of 2015. That means the Free Press had two sports editors from 1985 to 2015. During the same period the Lions had 10 head coaches. Gene’s first year of retirement was incredibly active, filled with hiking, running, cycling, yoga and some book projects. He added TGA classes in 2017, bringing his enthusiasm and sense of humor to after-school classes in West Wayne. At the Free Press, Gene was a regular member of the Writers’ Cup team, which beat the Detroit News in a Ryder-Cup style golf event nearly every year.
— Alex Parry is a student at Oakland Community College who has worked in a variety of roles at Fieldstone Golf Course in Auburn Hills, including running the Fieldstone junior program. He is a former varsity golfer at Lake Orion High School.
— Ann Parvin is a long-time LPGA professional who has taught many juniors and adults in private lessons, camps and clinics. Ann joined TGA in 2014 and teaches many after-school classes and summer sessions.
— Chris Peponis currently manages Union Lake Golf Course. He is a former member of the PGA of America and played competitively on mini-tours. He has coached high school basketball, golf, football, lacrosse, field hockey and track.
— Bess Quick is an LPGA apprentice who teaches at Heathers Club in Bloomfield Hills. She is a former player and was later high school coach at Academy of the Sacred Heart. She graduated from Michigan State in 2015.
— Jordyn Rioux is a member of the varsity golf team at Hope College. She works at TGA camps throughout the summer, including as director at Eagle Crest, and runs after-school classes in the spring. Jordyn started with TGA as an assistant coach while playing for Ladywood High School in Livonia.
— James Robinson is a retired science teacher in Detroit and Southfield Public Schools. He discovered TGA while working as a golf course ranger during one of our summer camps. James plays lots of golf in leagues and is always working on his game.
— Barb Rupas has tons of experience working with children as a recreation supervisor, camp counselor, golf instructor and coach of baseball, softball and soccer teams. She is currently involved in Michigan Women’s Golf Association and LPGA Amateur Golf Association and plays in several golf leagues.
— Karen Sharp is retired after working as a journalist for Automotive News and the Oakland Press. She is an avid golfer and also enjoys biking, hiking and kayaking. Karen started working with children as a volunteer for the First Tee. She recently joined TGA for the last two sessions of summer camp and is now a lead instructor for after-school classes.
— Mariella Simoncini is a freshman and varsity golfer at Oakland University. She worked as an assistant coach throughout her years at Northville High School.
— Lynne Thompson recently retired after 38 years as a teacher in Northville Public Schools, teaching all subjects Grade 6-8, including special education. She is a lifelong golfer, swimmer, skier and basketball player. She found out about TGA from friends in her golf league.
— Adam Wagenknecht first learned about TGA in the fall of 2016 when he signed up his kindergarten son for the after-school class at Great Oaks Elementary. Adam sells advertising for C&G Newspapers and has a flexible schedule some afternoons, so he immediately inquired about coaching opportunities. He started as an assistant coach for two classes, then subbed as a lead instructor when we had an emergency, then became a full-fledged lead instructor. Adam has a long background in golf, as a caddy at Country Club of Detroit and varsity player at Roseville High.
— Brad Walters is a licensed physical therapist who also has been certified by the Titleist Performance Institute. He is played on the club team at the University of Michigan.
— Laura Winch is retired after 40-plus years in medical sales. She is former president of the metro Detroit Chapter of LPGA Amateur Golf Association. She was previously active in Campfire Girls.
ADULT ASSISTANT COACHES
COLLEGE ASSISTANT COACHES
Alma — Jennifer Kowalczyk (assistant coach of the year for 2016)
Central Michigan — Danielle Stastowski (former student and three-time state champion at Notre Dame Marist)
Detroit Mercy — Noah Szymanski
Findlay — Katherine Prina
Hope — Samantha Karwowicz
Illinois — Yoon Moon
Kalamazoo — Jackson Jones
Miami (Ohio) — Mia Sooch
Michigan — Kanon Furuyama, Mikaela Schulz, Ayush Trivedi
Michigan State — Laine Bailey, Mathieu Deschamps, Natalie Falotico, Devyn Goodman, Emily Lin (assistant coach of the year for 2018), Taylor Rathwell, Kristen Scalpone, Sahiba Singh, Megan Stein, Sophie Vanderweele, Ashley Yearwood
Oakland Community College — Nolan Ehman, Trevor Szafran
Ohio University — Domitille Chambon
Penn State — Sonia Petrucci
HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT COACHES
Armada — Makayla Busacca, Ella Kujawa
Birmingham Groves — Ethan Biederman, Chloe Collon, Riley Sauter, Ross Sauter
Bloomfield Hills — Lauren Kupelian, Paige Pierce, Max White
Dakota — Marco Amicucci, Jaden Denyes, Bryn Duncan, Brett Pawlowski (assistant coach of the year for 2019)
DeLaSalle — Paul Didio, Parker McClure, Andrew Morrison, Collin Urbas
Frankel Jewish Academy — Jonah Gilan
Grosse Pointe South — Alex Blyth, Lauren Cooper, Kaitlin Ifkovits, Sabel Imesch, Gray Rahm, Elli Richter, Charlie Schuetze
Lake Orion — Adam Sekutowski, Blake Tartoni
Lakeland — Bryn Dubin, Will Kleckner, Mackenzie Kotsonas, Connor Rappuhn
L’Anse Creuse North — Jenna Goss, Kristian Grogan, Jarrett Jones
Lutheran North — Sarah Doletzky, Sarah Hohensee, Emily Hohensee, Connor Karcher, Adam Mohr, Alyssa Oberly, Lauren Timpf
Mercy — Leah Glover, Reagan Williams
Northville — Sedona Shipka
Rochester Adams — Emily Abramczyk, Nalin Gupta, Emily Hassinger, Carly Ortwine
Rochester High — Milind Macedo, Vaughn Rogers
Rochester Stoney Creek — Sophia Ubaydi, Addie Delcamp, Rebekah Drake
Romeo — Matthew Himmelsbaugh, Sarah Himmelsbaugh
Sacred Heart — Julia Nafso
Troy — Nikhil Bajwa, Uday Jalf, Jennifer Liu, Benjamin Rush, Noah Sabaj, Will Smalley, Ella Szczublewski, Theresa Wei, Gary Xu
Troy Athens — Vincent Tran
University Liggett — Colin Degnore, Michael Sherman
Utica High — Grant Freestone
Utica Eisenhower — Ariel Chang, Joey Jecks
Walled Lake Northern — Luke Babington, Mitchell Lawley, Max O’Rourke, Ryan O’Rourke, Dylan Sokol
West Bloomfield — Ryan Wold