About TGA Premier Sports of Wake County - After School Golf & Tennis Enrichment Programs - Golf & Tennis Camps

We believe sports change lives!

Teach, Grow and Achieve with TGA

Golf and tennis promote fitness

All programs include physical activity and muscle development

Golf and tennis are educational

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

Play with family, friends, colleagues and clients

Swing, volley, and serve!

Discover how fun and exciting tennis can be with TGA

Drive, chip, and putt!

Discover how fun and exciting golf can be with TGA

TGA of Wake County

Testimonials

Meet the Team

Maryann Von Seggern
Chapter Director (Golf & Tennis)

Maryann recently retired from the technology sector and is pursuing her dream to bring golf and tennis to children of all ages.  She brings 30 years of sales, finance and operations to TGA.  Maryann is originally from the Northeast and moved to the Raleigh area almost 5 years ago.  She is a wife and mom to 2 grown sons.  Sports have been a large part of her life and she looks forward to growing the TGA program here in Wake County.

The LPGA has recently nominated Maryann for the Sandy LaBauvre Spirit award, in recognition of her contributions, efforts, passion and dedication to growing Girls Golf.

Rob Schwarz
Director of Golf

Rob, originally from the Buckeye State, brings almost 40 years of golf experience and teaching to TGA.  He became a Class A PGA professional in 1991.  For the past 10 years, he has been the general sales manager for Golf Galaxy.  Rob joined us in the Spring of 2017 and immediately became a head coach, teaching golf at 4 of our elementary school enrichment programs. He has a passion for teaching “kids of all ages”, and is excited about the opportunity to work with the next generation of golfers. As our Director of Golf, Rob is responsible for all of our programs that we run at Knights Play Golf Center, which includes our camps, clinics, classes, leagues and Girls Golf.

George Greason
Territory Director (Golf & Tennis)

George brings over 40 years of golf experience to TGA, including six years as a PGA professional. After working for six years as a PGA professional, he ventured out to the world of entrepreneurship to run his own industrial supply company. Joining TGA in 2012, George immediately brought his and energy and excitement to all of his classes. When TGA launched TGA Premier Youth Tennis shortly after, George was eager to get into the tennis classes to continue his passion in working with kids. George is now Territory Director in charge of the Raleigh and Wake Forest area.

Paul Allen
Head Coach (Golf)

Paul joined TGA in the fall of 2017 and is now a golf head coach.  He is also a golf coach with the United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF) and is an avid golfer that plays or works on his golf game every week.  Paul has been involved in sports activities his entire life and has won championships in several sports.  Before becoming a golf coach, Paul spent many years as an executive in the technology and auto industries.  Paul is a supporter of the LPGA and attends at least one LPGA event each year.  Paul loves to teach golf and believes golf to be the greatest of all sports.  No other sport teaches integrity, discipline and mental toughness like the game of golf.  Like all golfers, Paul is still searching for “his place in the field.”

Jimmy Blaylock
Head Coach (Golf)

Jimmy joined TGA 2 years ago and is one of our senior golf coaches.  Jimmy is a lifetime Cary native, and Air Force veteran, NC State Alumni and a PGA golf instructor for over 25 years.  Jim teaches some of our most popular programs, namely Mom’s Golf, Girls Golf and our Junior Clinics, all at Knights Play Golf Center.

John Ivey
Head Coach (Golf)

John Ivey joined TGA in the summer of 2016. He is a retired high school counselor and golf coach. John enjoys the opportunity to help our youth develop an interest, leading to a love, of this wonderful game of golf.

Diane Tait
Head Coach (Golf)

Diane joined the team in the fall of 2016 as a golf assistant coach.  She is a retired social worker, mother, and grandmother with over 40 years experience working with children. An avid sports fan and lifelong recreational athlete in a variety of sports, she resumed golf following retirement a few years ago. She now has a passion for golf and working with kids on both the game and life skills associated with it.

Jerry Walters
Head Coach (Golf)
Jerry joined TGA in the summer of 2017.  He is a certified golf teaching
professional and has been a member of the United States Golf Teaching
Federation since 2012.  He is very passionate about teaching children the
wonderful game of golf.  Jerry is a head coach for us and teaches 4 days a
week.  He also helps out at Knights Play golf center.
Wendy Brooker
Program Director/ Head Coach (Tennis)
Wendy loves tennis!  Her joy is working with kids and teaching them the
fundamentals of tennis.  This is her third year with TGA and Wendy is now responsible for our Northern territory, all the schools and coaches, as well as our coach’s training.  She is currently
at 4.0 ranked tennis player and plays on several teams in the Raleigh area.
Wendy is the proud mom to daughter Lauren Brooker Edgerton, who played
college tennis for UNC Asheville.
Jesse Nee
Head Coach (Golf)

My dad basically raised me and my sister on the golf course, especially knights play I remember doing my homework on the golf course when the lights would come on. I’ve been playing golf for 11years and competitively for 8 years.  I absolutely fell in love with golf when I started playing golf not only independently but for a team my freshman year. I was on the green hope golf team for 4 seasons.  I led my team as a captain and we took win after win.  My father always knew that to make me successful and well rounded that golf was the sport, as it is a connection sport.  With practice devotion and dedication I’ve built my cornerstone on preparation, mindset, and etiquette. Golf has brought me so far,  and it will for many years to come.

 

Joy Cooper
Tennis Head Coach

Joy has a passion for children and tennis!  She is a NC native and joined TGA in 2018. With a Masters degree in Education, she has volunteered countless hours over the past 20 years to enrich the lives of children at her church and her children’s schools.  Additionally, Joy is on several USTA tennis teams in Raleigh. She is married to a wonderful husband and has three kids!

Leigh Magee
Head Tennis Coach

Tennis coach Leigh Magee has loved tennis since a very young age, falling for the cool skirts and a snazzy orange racket! She played on North Buncombe High School’s Boy’s tennis team, as they did not yet have a girls team, and has played for fun all of her adult life. With her children Alexander & Katherine grown and out of the home, Leigh has turned her enthusiasm toward the elementary-aged tennis players at TGA. Having taught kid’s fitness and being a certified Wake County public school substitute teacher, your young ones are in good hands in Coach Leigh’s classes. She begins warm-ups with a little yoga, and always stresses the weekly character traits in addition to the lessons. She loves introducing a life-long sport to young players. Leigh has been playing USTA team tennis in Raleigh for over 15 years, and has been with TGA since August of 2018.

Amy Sikorski
Tennis Head Coach

Born and raised in New Jersey and relocated to North Carolina in 1998.  An avid tennis player in the Cary area and mom of two teenagers.  Passionate about working with kids and spreading the love of the game.  Have previously worked with children ages Kindergarten through middle school in USTA Junior tennis programs.  It’s such a great feeling to see a child hit their shot for the first time and watching their eyes light up!

Darrel Johnson
Golf Head Coach

. Darrel Johnson is a retired Army Officer that has lived in Raleigh for more than 20 years. He is married with three children, (All former college athletes) and two grandchildren. His most memorable job was as the Senior JROTC instructor at Millbrook High School, where he helped hundreds of kids find their path in life. He has played golf since he was 5 years old and now in his retirement he enjoys bringing his love of the game to the youth in our communities. We are so happy to have Darrel coach the game of golf.

Patrick Daly
Golf Head Coach

“Patrick, originally from Fishkill, New York, has been living in Wake County since 1994. He attended UNCW and earned his teaching certificate in K-6 and Mathematics 6-9 grades. He has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as coached both girl’s Varsity basketball and boy’s golf. He and his wife have a teenage daughter and two dogs. His favorite hobbies are traveling, surfing, and playing as much golf as possible. He is very passionate about teaching the game of golf to people of all ages and skill levels.”

Derek Klemish
Tennis Head Coach

I’m a fitness professional with 15 years in the industry. My journey started in sports and eventually narrowed down to develop a career in tennis. I grew up in Florida playing USTA tournaments becoming a top 5 player in the nation before moving up to the ATP tour where I played for 5 years earning a world ranking and playing in over 10 countries. Ever since my tennis career I’ve been focused on health and fitness for all ages. I’m a certified trainer that has works in areas including; personal training, group fitness classes, boot camps, children’s fitness and strength and conditioning for athletes. My mission is to impact as many lives as possible through health and fitness!

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.