Meet the Staff
Director of the Vermont Golf Academy and Head SCC Professional
What made you choose to live and work in Stowe?
After spending the better part of the 90s through 2004 in Minnesota, family has brought us back to Vermont. Finding a community that encompassed what living in Vermont is all about lead us to Stowe. We are looking forward to enjoying all the different seasons here, and know our kids are going to love it. I know our family in Vermont is glad we've made it our home.
What do you find special about the Stowe Country Club course?
It's a great course for all levels of ability. It doesn't need to overwhelm you with length. Instead it makes up for it with the variety of shots it forces you to hit. The views are great and it's just tough to have a bad day golfing in the mountains.
What is your favorite hole and why?
The par four 5th hole is one of my favorites. From the tee, the design and look of the hole really defines what shape shot it wants you to hit. The trees and slope on the right encourage you to draw the ball up the right side to avoid the bunker on the left. The green is well-guarded for a short to medium approach. It's a great hole to be aggressive, but don't miss long or left.
How would you describe your personal approach to teaching?
My teaching methods center first on helping students understand their ball flight (why the ball is flying the way it does), and ultimately learning to diagnose and correct their own swing. By understanding their own unique swing, they are better able to grasp changes during a lesson and then apply them in the future. I also believe that although we want to make improvements to your swing that will be of benefit for the long term, it is equally as important to be successful and see better ball flight in the short term.
What is the primary thing you would like your students to get out of a lesson with you?
I want them to have three things: 1) They should be better at the part of the game we are working on (i.e., full swing, putting, bunker play, etc.). 2) They should have a better understanding of how to self-diagnose and maintain their improvement. 3) They should feel comfortable applying what they have practiced when out on the golf course. Ultimately, playing the game is why we practice. So, hopefully by playing better they can enjoy the game even more.