About TGA Premier Sports of Southwest Pittsburg - After School Enrichment Programs - Golf Camps

We believe sports change lives

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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

Golf is a life-long sport

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TGA of Southwest Pittsburgh

Testimonials

Meet the Team

Michele Psilos
Owner/Chapter Director

Hello All! I feel honored having been a part of the TGA team for the last three years as the Territory Director/Head Coach.  As of July 1st 2017, I became the owner of TGA of Southwest Pittsburgh! I am beyond excited to now be able to make decisions that will develop positive practices in all facets of our programs. Through my experiences as a college athlete and teacher with a Masters Degree in Education, I have been able to transfer those skill sets into the wonderful game of golf. I was an assistant coach for the Mt. Lebanon Girls’ High School Golf Team and have taught various golf clinics to children in both after-school and camp settings. I am truly passionate about golf and believe it is the absolute best sport on Earth! Having the ability to play the life-long sport of golf and instill the values and characteristics that the youth of today will carry into adulthood, is a job I cherish. I want to use golf as a catalyst to positively affect as many children as we can reach through TGA.

Matt Kluck
Head Coach

Matt Kluck is a PGA Master Professional with PGA Specialty Certification in Teaching. He has been named Teacher of the year three times in the Tri-State Section PGA  (1997, 2000 and 2002) and was the Tri-State PGA Professional of the Year in 2002. He has been featured in numerous television appearances and instructional programs including the PGA video on Sand Saves and the Golf Channel’s ‘1-Minute Lessons’. Matt has been recognized as a top teacher by both Golf Magazine and Golf Digest as a top teacher in Pennsylvania. He served on the Tri-State Section PGA Board of Directors and has chaired the Education and Special Awards Committee. Matt has been a guest instructor and speaker at numerous national, regional and sectional PGA seminars and golf schools. In 2012, Matt teamed with Dr. Dennis Sweeney to publish the book “Golf’s Missing Links: 101 Stealthy Ways to Improve your Golf Game”. Matt is currently the head golf coach for both the Men’s and Women’s golf teams at Washington and Jefferson College located in Washington, Pennsylvania.

MaryAnne Klinchock
Assistant Coach

Hi, my name is MaryAnne Klinchock and I was a four year starter at the University of Central Florida. I am currently a teaching professional at Chartiers Country Club since 1996. Before that I was a teaching professional at Green Oaks Country club from 1994-1996. Qualified to participate in the 1989 USGA Women’s Open Championship and a member of the Futures Tour. Fully exempt member of the 1991 LPGA Tour.

Bob Salera
Head Coach

Bob Salera is in his 2nd year with TGA and has been a PGA Professional since 1991, teaching hundreds of students and given thousands of lessons during those years.  He was the Head Professional and Director of Instruction at Cool Springs Golf Center for 17 years and was a lead instructor for the ESPN Golf Schools for six years traveling the country giving golf lessons for the network.  Bob was fortunate to teach with and learn alongside such world class instructors as Jim Flick and Hank Haney at the ESPN schools.  From 2004-2010 Bob was honored as a Top 50 golf instructor by “Golf Range Magazine” and in 2006 won the Tri-State PGA section Teacher of the Year award. Bob has recently accepted the position as the assistant golf coach for Point Park University for both the men’s and women’s teams.

Carmen Costa
Head Coach

Hello, my name is Carmen Costa and I am excited to join our TGA team as a Head Coach. I was the Head Golf Professional at Butlers Golf Course for 17 years and Lead Instructor at Cool Springs Golf Center for 8 years. My current position is Director of Instruction at Frosty Valley Golf Links in Upper St Clair. I was a graduate and two-time All-American at Gannon University and selected as the Tri-State PGA Teacher of the Year in 2010.

Steve Sinning
Head Coach

Steve Sinning joined the TGA coaching staff in 2015. He runs the after-school golf programs for the Baldwin-Whitehall School District. He also coached many of the Mt. Lebanon School District clinics and summer camps throughout the 2015 season. In 2014 Steve was hired at the Baldwin Varsity Head Coach. His Highlander team won an outright section championship in 2014. Steve will also help run the Tri-State PGA Jr Golf Tournaments throughout the 2016 summer. Coach Sinning teaches high school English at Baldwin High School and also serves as an assistant basketball coach to the boys’ varsity team. Steve and his wife Corrie, have two children, Finn and Eliza.

Jay Wold
Assistant Coach

Coach Jay is a lifelong golfer. Starting at age 11 he has played the game for 55 years, lettering all four years in high school. Jay is a retired hotel executive who was privileged to operate several great golf resorts in Florida, Arizona and Bermuda during his career. Jay is married to his wife Laurie and his son Zack attends Penn State at University Park.

Tyler Rathke
Head Coach

Tyler Rathke is a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University with a BS in Exercise Science. He is currently a personal trainer at Iron City Elite in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. Tyler is an avid golfer who is extremely passionate about the game.  He has worked at multiple public courses as staff in the pro shop and was a member of the club golf team at Slippery Rock. Tyler is excited to teach the game of golf to young kids so they can develop a similar passion for this lifelong game.

Alyssa Kallenbaugh
Assistant Coach

Alyssa is a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a BS in Exercise Science, and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is new to the game of golf but enjoys spending her free time playing and learning more about the game. Alyssa has experience working with children of all ages and ablilities and is eager to teach the game to young students who have yet to discover the great game of golf!

Frederick S. Talak
Assistant Coach

I never imagined my daughter, Michele, would own a golf business one day! I started golfing at age 42 when she gave me a set of clubs as a gift. I have always enjoyed the challenges that various sports present whether as an individual or within a team setting. To me, golf represents all of those characterics that I tried to foster within my own children, and now try to instill in my grandchildren. My bow and muzzleloader are now often replaced by a lob wedge and a driver I love to draw. When Michele said, “Hey, I think you would have a great time coaching now that you are retired”, I was unsure of what to expect. Lets just say, I currently own the family record of scoring a 69 and I truly love coaching the kids. I always find teachable moments through the game of golf are unmatched because of the joy and confidendce I see again and again develop in a child that is enrolled in the numerous programs offered by TGA of Southwest Pittsburgh. I hope to continue to improve as golfer, coach and take my 12 year-old granddaughter, Alexandra, up on her challenge that some day she will, “beat me”!

Brian Zido
Head Coach

Hi, my name is Brian Zido. I am excited to be joining the TGA team as a Head Coach.  I am a native Pittsburgher who started playing golf at the age of 15 at a local club where I caddied during the morning and played golf during the afternoon. It was here that I learned to play and love the game of golf.  I played competitive golf as a member of a junior golf team, a member of the Churchill Area High School varsity golf team and a member of the Grove City College golf team.  I have been an avid golfer my entire adult life and now that I am recently retired from my career in healthcare, I am eager to be starting this new chapter in my life.  I look forward to sharing my golf knowledge and skills with your children so that they may learn to enjoy the great game of golf as much as I do.

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.