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Golf and tennis promote fitness

All programs include physical activity and muscle development

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

Golf and tennis build life skills

Our programs promote respect, honesty, perseverance and sportsmanship

Golf and tennis are life-long sports

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Meet the Team

Sean Rivera
Territory Director

Sean Rivera bought the TGA Premier Junior Golf and Tennis franchise of Southern Westchester county in November 2013 after spending nearly 18 years in the finance industry at various firms including Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and FGC Securities. He grew up in upstate New York in a town called West Hurley which is adjacent to the bucolic and well known town of Woodstock.

Sean was introduced to the game of tennis in middle school and golf in college at the State University of Albany where he majored in Finance & Marketing. Since then, he always maintained playing both life long sports recreationally and on business, only more recently introducing the games to his three young children while taking some time away from finance. “The children took one of TGA’s summer camps at Saxon Woods and they just loved it!” Having already been in the negotiating process with the then current owners, his children’s profound experience with the program confirmed the idea to proceed forward with his investment in the franchise. The USTA’s 10 and under tennis initiative making the game more feasible and enjoyable for young children also played an important role in his decision making as his children have been more avid tennis players, than golfers. “Getting involved in teaching these two great games to the children of Southern Westchester through the after school enrichment programs has been an awesome experience”

Joe Guise
Assistant Director / Lead Golf Coach

Joe has been involved in youth coaching for nearly 20 years in a variety of sports, though he is most passionate about golf and basketball. For 27 years, he was the editor-in-chief of Pindar Press, an award-winning sports publishing company in Manhattan and is still a freelance writer/editor, but he has always made time to serve as a coach in youth recreational leagues, for youth travel teams and with an elite AAU basketball program.

These days, however, he spends the majority of his time on golf. In addition to his coaching role with the TGA, Joe runs junior golf tournaments throughout the Northeast for the U.S. Challenge Cup Junior Golf Foundation and serves as a consultant for golfers pursuing college scholarships. He also helped coach Team New England to two victories over Team Florida in the annual Dave Adamonis Sr. U.S. Challenge Cup matches on the Doral Blue Monster at what is now Trump National Doral.

Joe came to golf later in life. “I grew up on Long Island playing mostly basketball and baseball. Then after going to college at Syracuse, I lived in Manhattan for many years, and it wasn’t exactly easy to play golf. I didn’t catch the bug until I moved from Manhattan to Greenwich in my late 20’s, and then it quickly became something my son, Danny, and I developed a passion for at the same time, and it’s something we will always share together. He saw me playing and wanted to try it, so he started before he entered kindergarten.” Danny rose up through the junior golf ranks and became a star at Greenwich High School, leading the team to two undefeated seasons, two FCIAC conference championships and a state title. The team lost only two matches during his four years on the team. Danny was named the Connecticut State High School Player of the Year as well as the U.S. Challenge Cup Player of the Year. He was highly recruited coming out of high school and earned a scholarship to play golf at tradition-rich Wake Forest. Danny is now pursuing a pro golf career with the hope of eventually making it to the PGA Tour.

“I had an incredible time learning about all aspects of junior, amateur and college golf through my son, and I want to share that with other children so that they and their parents can become inspired about golf and all of its benefits, such as responsibility, dedication, sportsmanship and focus, just to name a few. I love teaching children the fundamentals of the game in an energetic and enthusiastic way, but it’s also important to give them a foundation about the rules, etiquette, history and traditions. Golf is a sport for life, and the TGA reaches out to children at a young age and helps them progress at the proper pace while developing their love of the game. We all know that today’s kids have so many options, and as a result their attention spans often are very short. The TGA introduces golf in a way that gives them an opportunity to become passionate about something, and I love being a part of that mission.”

Ron Ramsey
Lead and Assistant Golf Coach

I was born in Oklahoma, and grew up mostly in the Midwest, Florida and Georgia. After setting several high school records in the mile, I went on to run track and cross country for the University of Florida, where I graduated with a business degree. Always interested in art, I started illustrating and found myself working at the Saturday Evening Post in Indianapolis. With a passion for both golf and art I got a break and illustrated a golf instructional book with the editor of Golf Magazine. I was soon hired to be their Art Director where I held that position for 18 years. I then moved on to Golf & Travel and several other golf publications, all the while illustrating for various publications and doing commissioned portraits. My art hangs at Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial Tournament, the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida and Sleepy Hollow Country Club.  I was also a member of the Tournament Field Team for the Met Golf Association for 4 years. Besides illustrating, I currently teach art classes to pre-k students at the Reformed Church Nursery School in Bronxville, and will be teaching evening art classes to adults at the Bronxville High School this fall. I’m also a member of the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association and the Society of Illustrators in New York City. I’ve put together so many instructional articles over the years, that I find it very rewarding to convey some of that knowledge to the kids along with the rules and etiquette of the game. And hopefully some of them will become hooked on the greatest lifetime sport of all.

Thomas Blumenthal
Lead Golf Coach

I was lucky to have a father who introduced me to the great game of golf at an early age. He never pushed me but gently guided me and I developed a lifelong love affair with golf ever since. I currently work for a major manufacturer of golf balls and equipment. I also currently teach several adult golf classes in New York City. I have been working for TGA for three years and it has been a real pleasure to be involved in youth instruction…..Kind of like coming full circle for me.

Thomas Kiss
Lead Golf Coach

During my work career, I ran mentoring programs as well as coaching and team building plans.
I started playing golf well over thirty years ago and I still have the same passion that got me to start in the first place.
I taught my son, daughters, nieces and nephews (fifteen and counting) the game of golf and am now starting with my grandchildren. I’m excited to have this opportunity to work with the TGA community and to help kids become great ambassadors of the lifelong game of golf.

Mike Moreno
Lead Tennis Coach

Coach Mike Moreno has been actively playing tennis for over fifteen years. He started playing the game of tennis in seventh grade at the Riverdale Country School, where he was a student from K-12th grade. Mike played Varsity Tennis and USTA sanctioned Junior Tournaments as a Ranked Player from 8-12th Grade at RCS. He was recruited as an NCAA four-year Letter Winner to play Division III tennis at Hamilton College. After signing a letter of intent, Mike played all four years on the Varsity Tennis Team at Hamilton and traveled extensively during the school year spending his Spring Breaks tournament training with the team in Florida. As a Senior, Mike was a NESCAC Four-Year Letter Winner and broke the Hamilton College record for most Singles victories in a season. He was given the honor of being listed in the Top 3 Singles/Career Wins category at the College.

During his time at Hamilton, Mike was a Classical Studies concentrator and enjoyed taking electives in Mathematics and Economics. He completed two successful Investment banking internships in NYC; one in Private Wealth Management at UBS and the other as a Global Markets Scholar in the Derivatives Trading & Capital Markets departments at the Bank of New York Mellon.

Shortly after graduation, Coach Mike combined his entrepreneurial spirit with his love of Tennis & Squash and started MGM Racquet Sports.   For the last five years, he has been teaching both Tennis and Squash to kids and adults in a variety of programs in the Bronx; including the recently completed Spring 2016 Community Tennis Program (CTP) sponsored by the NYJTL and the CitySquash program at Fordham University Rose Hill campus.

Coach Mike also plays on the Men’s 4.0 Squash League at the Princeton Club of New York. He is a life-long Bronx resident. In his leisure time, Mike enjoys playing recreational Golf, working actively on the Hamilton College Alumni Committee and volunteering for the past three years in his role as Alumni Co-Chair for Riverdale Community Action Day (RCAD).

Lukas Chin
Assistant Golf Coach

Hi! My name is Lukas Chin, I’m from Rockland County and I am a junior at SUNY Purchase in the BFA Film Program. I played Division Three Baseball for Purchase for the past two years. I love working with children, and have been a middle school basketball and baseball coach for a few years. Also, I have worked at many children’s camps and sports camps during the summers. I’m looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm for sports to children of all ages.

Dennis Lantier
Lead and Assistant Golf Coach

Dennis Lantier

I am Dennis Lantier. I grew-up in West Harrison and graduated from White Plains HS. I attended Syracuse University receiving a degree from the SI Newhouse School of Public Communication/advertising.

My experience in coaching kids began with baseball and basketball for the teams of my four sons (now grown). I also introduced them to golf and we still play today. I have been a golfer my entire life and caddied at private clubs from the age of 12 to 20.

In addition, I was the director of the White Plains Youth Lacrosse Association for 5 years and coached the 3/4-grade team during that time. So being a coach at TGA is very much in my “wheelhouse” and I very much enjoy bringing the game of golf into the young lives of the students.

Paul Ruvo
Lead Golf Coach

Hello! My name is Paul Ruvo, I was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, NY and attended Mt. Pleasant School system. I graduated from Sacred Heart University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Elementary education and currently teach.

I have been an avid golfer since I was 7 years old, and played on the Varsity team since 7th grade. I have worked at Knollwood Country Club as a Caddie for the past 14 years, and have also caddied in a few Pro-am Tournaments. ” I totally love the idea behind TGA, bringing golf to the masses at an affordable price and thus why I joined the Team in September 2014!” “Their teaching style is a perfect complement to mine.”

Zubayr Fentas
Lead and Assistant Golf Coach

“I am Zubayr Fentas. I grew up in New Rochelle and then Mamaroneck. I attended The George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs and a concentration in International Environmental Studies.
I worked as a camp counselor for FASNY for 3 years. I’ve been golfing since 7th grade and have loved it since. So it’s with pleasure to help teach kids how to improve their golf game.”

Madison Carlo
Assistant Golf Coach

Coach Madison is from Yonkers, Ny and is currently a Junior at Iona College. She was a three sport athlete in high school playing volleyball, basketball and softball. Through out the past 5 years or so she has volunteered as a softball, basketball and volleyball coach for different schools and organizations in Yonkers. “I look forward to working for TGA because I know how much sports helped me growing up and I’m excited to be able to share the joy of sports with kids.”

Gabriela Baez
Assistant Tennis Coach

Joined TGA this year as an assistant coach to Head Coach Olivia. Have been playing tennis since I am six years old through out New York, Florida, and Massachusetts. Played on the Varsity team in high school and played all four years in division 3 for my college. She was also captain of the team for two years in my college.  Graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Forensic Psychology and minor in Human services.

Ryan Friedel
Lead and Assistant Golf Coach

Hi my name is Ryan Friedel. I am from Scarsdale, New York and graduated from Scarsdale High School.  I participated on the golf team in high school and I have loved playing golf since the age of 5. I am currently taking classes at Westchester Community College and will be graduating soon. I have also worked as a camp counselor for 3 years at the Scarsdale Rec Camp and loved working with kids.  I am an avid golfer and look forward to coaching and teaching all aspects of the game to your children. 

Larry Fox
Lead Golf and Tennis Coach

Larry Fox’s golf career spans more than 50 years. He has been a single digit handicap player for most of his career and has currently focused his knowledge of the game to instructing and helping others . From 2004 to 2007 he ran the Queens division of the NYC Parks Foundation golf program at Clearview Golf Course for junior golfers. The past 10 years he has been the swing coach and short game instructor for the Harbor Golf Club in Port Washington and holds weekly clinics for groups of eager learners. He also currently serves as the lone teaching member of the SUNY Westbury College Golf Team. He teaches either a simplified method of improving your golf swing or a more in depth look at angles of attack and swing plane training.

Daniel Scopp
Lead Tennis Coach

Daniel grew up in Larchmont, NY and started playing tennis at a very young age.  He quickly grew a passion for the sport that has lasted his entire life.  In high school, Daniel played doubles and singles for his varsity team and was captain for his senior year.  He attended Quinnipiac University and studied Political Science, which is also when his coaching career began during summer breaks.  After college Daniel became a USPTA certified coach and has been coaching tennis full-time for several years now privately and for different town rec. programs in Southern Westchester.  This is Daniel’s first year working for TGA and he is very excited to be working with a great team of experienced coaches!

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.