About TGA Premier Golf of Southeast Michigan - After School Enrichment Programs - Golf Camps

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Golf promotes fitness

All programs include physical activity and muscle development

Golf is educational

Many lessons use math and science including scoring, distance and shot making

Golf builds life skills

Our programs promote respect, honesty, perseverance and sportsmanship

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Testimonials

Meet the Team

Dave Robinson
Owner/Chapter Director

After 32 years as a newspaper editor, including 22 at the Detroit Free Press, Dave Robinson decided to begin a new adventure with TGA Premier Junior Golf in 2008.

TGA was a natural fit for Dave’s lifelong passions for golf and working with kids. He has played the game since age 10, was the No. 1 player on his high school team and played on the freshman team at Stanford University.

Dave coached his son and daughter’s Little League baseball teams for 10 years. At the Free Press, he was one of the founders of the Yak’s Corner program for children and worked closely with high school journalists from Detroit Public Schools whose newspapers were published by the Free Press.

Dave was sports editor of the Free Press from 1985 to 1993 and deputy managing editor from 1993 until he decided to take a buyout at the end of 2007. He coordinated coverage of many major sports events for the Free Press and parent company Knight Ridder, including all the Olympics from 1996 through 2004, the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills, the 2006 Super Bowl and many championships by Detroit pro teams, Michigan and Michigan State.

Dave is thoroughly enjoying his second career. He began with TGA of Macomb in Grosse Pointes in July 2008, expanded with TGA of East Oakland County in December 2008, then TGA of West Wayne in January 2012. In March 2013 he consolidated operations under a new name — TGA of Southeast Michigan.

Orie Murray
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. In July 2015 she married Eddie Murray, also an avid golfer. They squeezed in a golfing honeymoon between summer camps and the start of after-school classes. Then Orie began her expanded TGA role.

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.”

 

LEAD INSTRUCTORS
Ken Bays received his certification from the United States Golf Teachers Federation. He has been teaching golf for more than 10 years and has run TGA after-school classes and camps since 2014.  He loves working with kids and playing as much golf as possible.

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 golf coach at Oakland Community College and teaching pro at Evolution Sportsplex Dome in Auburn Hills. Rick, who formerly owned the TGA East Oakland franchise, still runs our winter-break camp at Evolution Sportsplex.

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 and he hopes TGA will help him launch a career in the golf industry.

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.

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 sophomore at Wayne State and a TGA lead instructor.

Donna Greenbury recently retired after a long career in the automotive industry, including 18 years as global finance director for Delphi.  She is a former member of the University of Michigan golf team and still has a low single-digit handicap and plays lots of competitive golf.  She is active on several community boards.

Mike Holdridge is retired after a 30-year sales career. He works part-time as a starter at Salem Hills 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 Northville summer camps.

Evelyn Kensicki learned about TGA through a former coach, and she enthusiastically jumped as an assistant coach, then quickly volunteered to lead after-school classes.  She has been playing golf for 30 years and has a solid 15 handicap.  She also teaches piano and works with her husband’s football and wrestling teams doing photos for fundraisers.

Daniel Kim is a doctor who currently works in clinical research.  His flexible schedule allows him to teach after-school classes.  He is a single-digit handicapper and has lots of experience working with children, including volunteering while in college at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  He has two young children of his own, and the oldest just completed TGA’s yellow level at Kerby Elementary.

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.

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.  She was recently named the first men’s and women’s golf coach for the new team at University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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 summer camp.

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 student 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.

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.

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.

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 after-school classes and several camp sessions each summer, plus our winter-break camp at On the Dunes in Commerce Township.

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 Executive Women’s Golf Association and plays in several golf leagus.

Bryan Sanborn started as an assistant coach when he was a sophomore at Lutheran North in 2010.  He became a lead instructor when he started college and directed our Sycamore Hills camps for two summers.  Bryan now has a full-time job, but his schedule allows him to squeeze in TGA after-school classes most afternoons.

Derrek Teeple learned about TGA when he signed up his son for an after-school program at Atwood Elementary.  Derrek watched several classes and asked how he could help.  Derrek was an outstanding high school golfer and multi-sport athlete at Chippewa Valley .

Mark Teggart may be “retired,” but he has found time to work at the Royal Oak Golf Course, teach TGA classes during the school year and play as much golf as possible.  He previously ran the junior golf program at Normandy Oaks in Royal Oak.

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.

Laura Winch is retired after 40-plus years in medical sales.  She is an avid golfer and president of the metro Detroit Chapter of LPGA Women Who Play (formerly the Executive Women’s Golf Association).  She was previously active in Campfire Girls.

Connor Zydeck is studying aviation at Eastern Michigan University.  His Plymouth High School team went to states all four years of his high school career.  Connor worked many summer-camp sessions in 2018 and is a lead instructor for West Wayne after-school classes.

ADULT ASSISTANT COACHES

Ann Batory

Kyle Bivins

Liz Cantu

Gordon Carlstrom

Myra Cartwright

Peggy Feltner

Mike Holcomb

Lou Infante

Dennis Kensicki

Leon Nitz

Cheryl Parisi

Mary Peltz

Joanna Vaghy

Bruce Williams

COLLEGE ASSISTANT COACHES
Alma — Jennifer Kowalczyk

Amherst — Shikha Jha

Coastal Carolina — Jakob Reichert

Detroit Mercy — Kelly Murdock, Shana Murphy

Findlay — Katherine Prina

Hope — Samantha Karwowicz, Jordyn Rioux

Illinois — Yoon Moon

Kalamazoo — Jackson Jones

Lawrence Tech — Kevin Campion

Loyola — Mark Thibault

Louisville — Madison Mohr

Madonna — Kristen Szabelski

Michigan State — Max Antilla, Mathieu Deschamps, Emily Lin, Ishan Mehta, Ryan Parker, Kristen Scalpone, Sahiba Singh, Megan Stein

Oakland Community College — Jimmy Barrett

Penn State — Sonia Petrucci

Saginaw Valley — Gabriella Locke

Southern California — Jennifer Cui

Wayne State — Nicole Saez

HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT COACHES
Armada — Taylor Essenmacher, Madelynne Sutton

Birmingham Groves — Ethan Biederman, Riley Sauter, Ross Sauter

Bloomfield Hills — Lizzie Pierce, Paige Pierce, Mikaela Schulz (second in State Division I Tournament), Max White

Dakota — Jaden Denyes, Bryn Duncan, Brett Pawlowski

DeLaSalle — Matthew Cyr, Paul Didio, Parker McClure, Andrew Morrison, Noah Szymanski

Frankel Jewish Academy — Jonah Gilan

Grosse Pointe South — Alex Blyth, Lauren Cooper, Kaitlin Ifkovits, Elli Richter, Charlie Schuetze

Lakeland — Morgan Jantz

Lake Orion — Devyn Goodman, Blake Tartoni, Ashley Yearwood

L’Anse Creuse North — Jenna Goss

Lutheran North — Sarah Hohensee, Emily Hohensee, Joey Jecks, Adam Mohr

Northville — Natalie Falotico, Sufna Gill,  Mariella Simoncini, Ayush Trivedi

Notre Dame Prep — Danielle Staskowski (three-time state champion)

Oxford — Ryan Cobb, Ryan Hall

Rochester Adams — Emily Hassinger, Carly Ortwine

Rochester Stoney Creek — Sophia Ubaydi

Sacred Heart — Julia Nafso

Troy — Nikhil Bajwa,  Jennifer Liu, Benjamin Rush, Will Smalley, Ella Szczublewski, Theresa Wei, Jayson Youn

University Liggett — Colin Degnore, Spencer Lukas, Michael Sherman

Utica Eisenhower — Ariel Chang (third in State Division I tournament)

Walled Lake Northern — Max O’Rourke, Dylan Sokol

Company History

2003

TGA launched its first Golf Enrichment Programs at six Los Angeles schools. TGA’s focus was to provide PK – 8th grade students with an opportunity to learn golf through an innovate 5 level after-school program. This program made golf affordable and accessible for children, and received an overwhelmingly positive response from schools, parents and students. TGA expanded its programs within Los Angeles area schools to accommodate the demands from students and parents who wanted a golf program within the safe, convenient environment of their schools. The curriculum also provided transition for students to go from their schools to programs at the golf course.

2004

TGA’s first camps and clinics were offered at golf courses. TGA also incorporated the expansion of physical fitness and education components as well as adding a character development initiative within its school programs.

2006

Golf professionals along with entrepreneurs began expressing their interest in the unique sustainable and scalable model of TGA. By the end of 2006, after three years of honing and improving the TGA business model and curriculums, TGA began offering geographically exclusive franchisees which became the TGA Premier Junior Golf Program now running throughout the United States.

2008

The USGA approved TGA’s curriculum under the rules of amateur status and TGA became National Partners with the After School Alliance and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.

2009

TGA achieved its first ranking in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, and won two industry awards for Business Achievement and Player Development.

2010

Golf Magazine named TGA’s CEO, Joshua Jacobs to Golf’s 40 Under 40 list. TGA was named as one of 10 Best Franchise Deals around the world by Entrepreneur, along with jumping 131 spots in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 ranking from #450 to #319. TGA was also termed the 4th best youth fitness franchise. TGA also formed the 501c3 TGA Sports Foundation, to be able to apply for grants and funding to serve under-resourced areas as well as mentally and physically disabled youth.

2011

TGA gained its 50th franchise along with having seven multiple franchise owners across the country. TGA also branched out into the sport of tennis, signing a National Partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). TGA’s model is now being offered in both the golf and tennis industries and is known as a leading initiative to grow both sports while providing small business ownership and job opportunities. The TGA / USTA proprietary Enrichment Curriculum is solely used by TGA Franchises within schools. TGA works with USTA National along with USTA Sections, Districts and CTA’s to complete the Player Pathway and help feed the USTA’s adult and junior initiatives to grow the sport.

2012

TGA signs its first tennis franchise. TGA’s Youth Sports Franchise model is now one of the fastest at growing junior golf and youth tennis participation amongst 3-13 year olds. TGA’s motto is to Keep Swinging!® and we strive to provide all American youth with the opportunity to learn golf and tennis in a fun and educational environment.

2017

TGA launches a third franchise opportunity that includes 6 team-based sports: cheerleading, flag football, floor hockey, lacrosse, ultimate, and volleyball.

2018

TGA celebrates its 15th anniversary and impacting over 775,000 children through sports programs across the U.S. and Canada.