CGC Advisory Board
Dr. David Cook
Dr. Cook is a speaker, consultant, coach, author and film-maker in the field of Sport and Performance Psychology. He serves College Golf Camps as our sports psychologist and strategic relationships. In 2013, Golf Digest named him one of the “Top 10 Mental Game Experts” in the world of golf. He has coached dozens of Tour players.
Stan is considered one of the foremost experts in the short game. He is a PGA Tour winner and currently ranks 14th according to Golf Digest’s “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers”. Mr. Utley attended the University of Missouri where he was a two-time All-American.
College Golf Camps of America is continues to surround itself with tremendous people in junior golf. Please welcome Mrs. Kay Dalke to the CGC Board of Advisors. She recently retired from teaching and coaching high school golf in Texas, coaching both boys and girls. Growing up in Oklahoma, she began playing junior golf from a very young age and continued to play for her beloved Oklahoma Sooners.
She established the Southwest Junior Golf Tour, which is now Junior Golf Championships. She has a passion for the rules of golf. Former USGA Committee member, she still serves as a USGA rules official and officiates a variety of events including USGA, US Kids and Collegiate events. Coach Kay Dalke is married to Bill Dalke and currently reside in Hobart, Oklahoma. She quickly points out the blessings of her seven children and seven grandchildren. Her passion for junior golf is easily recognized. She will be assisting CGC in many ways, including Know the Rules seminars at CGC events.
“College Golf Camps is offering a win-win opportunity for junior golfers to find the exposure to college coaches and answers to questions that may seem overwhelming at times.” – Kay Dalke
Tripp played college golf at Georgia Tech where he was an All-American. He played on the PGA and Nationwide Tour for 12 years. He currently is a golf analyst on the Golf Channel. He won 4 times on the Nationwide Tour.
Harry spent 39 years as an educator and school superintendent. He spent 20 years in coaching at all levels with many different organizations. He has developed training courses for implementation of leadership, commitment and accountability.
Whit recently retired from a successful college coaching career. He was recently elevated to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Initiatives and Resource Enhancement. Whit has worked several of our College Golf Camps and has been significant in our development. He is our liaison to athletic administrative support.
Joe, with Winning Identity,trained and developed at the IMG Academy for junior golf, Winning Identity is a private customizable network for sports teams and organizations.
The Co-Founder of Informed Athlete, was one of the first NCAA compliance directors solely dedicated to interpreting the rules and educating the staff at the university level. Because of his many years of hands-on experience working with and interpreting the NCAA rules, he has a thorough understanding of how they work, how they are implemented, and how they overlap. He explains the rules in a way that helps parents and athletes thoroughly understand what the rules mean and how they apply to their unique situation.
Pat O’Brien is the teaching professional at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas. He’s the short game instructor to 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson, as well as PGA Tour players Vaughn Taylor, Colt Knost, Ted Purdy and numerous other professionals and accomplished amateurs. He also enjoys teaching golfers of all levels. Originally from San Francisco, Pat developed his passion for learning and teaching through his friendship with the late Payne Stewart.
James Leitz has been a featured speaker at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on three occasions. He also leads workshops and seminars across North America for golf professionals, produces ground-breaking videos, writes articles, and provides teaching content for Trackman launch monitors. A multiple winner of professional awards including a lifetime achievement award from the Louisiana PGA, Leitz is Director of Golf at Pinewood Country Club in Louisiana. His junior students have won 22 state championships.
Joe is an expert in NCAA compliance. He worked in-compliance at Loyola Marymount and Colorado State University. His goal is to help prospective athletes navigate the man NCAA rules that apply to recruits and student-athletes. Joe will be providing periodical informational posts to our websites about NCAA and how it applies to golf. In addition, he is our compliance expert and he currently works for www.athleticscholarships.net.
Dr. Mark Guadagnoli
Dr. Mark Guadagnoli has worked in industry and academia for over two decades and has taught at several universities including Harvard University, UCLA, UNLV, and USC. He has been featured in the New York Times and other international publications. Dr. Guadagnoli specializes in optimizing performance, communication, leadership, and learning and has received numerous awards for this work in (multiple time Student of the Year, Teacher of the Year, and Researcher of the Year) and out of the university. Dr. Guadagnoli has also worked in performance optimization with athletes in several sports including the USA Olympic Elite Track and Field Coaches and PGA, LPGA, and Nationwide tour winners. Dr. Guadagnoli is currently a faculty member at UNLV and Senior Scientist at Triad Consulting, Inc.
Dawn is the President of Judgment Matters. She is a three time USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Medalist, two time USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Quarterfinalist, three time USGA Women’s State Team Participant, two time Carolina’s Women’s Match Play Champion, recipient of the 2012,2013, and 2014 Tuft’s Award for Player of the Year in the Carolinas, five time South Carolina Women’s Match Play Champion, and five time South Carolina Women’s Stroke Play Champion. Her clients include several men’s and women’s collegiate teams, tour players on the Symetra Tour and the LPGA, and many other competitive amateur golfers, including several past USGA Champions. She also works with instructors and sports psychologists and has done presentations and seminars as part of the continuing education program within the PGA sections.
Steven Yellin began his athletic career playing tennis at the age of 12. He competed locally and nationally and won the Florida state high school singles championship in 1971 and was a member of the winning championship team. Recruited heavily, he chose the University of Pennsylvania where he was the number one player on the team. He was a member of the All-Ivy League tennis team in 1973 and had a win over John McEnroe in a dual match during his college career.
For the next 35 years, he worked on developing a systematic program that allow athletes in every sport to set up the very subtle experience in their mind that allows for Zone experiences. Though he teaches something from a mental level, his program is not based on sports psychology, but rather on a crucial neurophysiological experience that has to occur in an athletes mind in order to play on an exceptionally high level. The inner feeling when athletes have this experience is that time slows down, the intellect becomes quiet and the motion becomes effortless.
When Yellin was teaching at the PGA Center for Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie Florida, the former director of the Center, Joseph Hallett, thought that The Fluid Motion Factor was so fundamental in teaching a golf swing that it should be included in the teaching and certification of all PGA professionals. That avenue is still being explored.
VJ never had any aspirations of becoming a great golf instructor as a child. For him, golf has always been a game that is played. However, it became quite apparent later in his life that different levels of golf required different fundamentals. How true this is even today!
“My clients span the spectrum from beginner to tour player. Over the years I have seen 17 handicaps become 8 handicaps, 8 handicaps go to 3 handicaps, and tour players finally break through to become champions. As I recall, all were very well pleased and happy to accomplish their goals. That is what is so great about the game of golf. It is an individual sport in which a player only measures themselves against ‘old man par’ and their goals.”
CGC Regional Representatives
Shelley O’Keefe – Northern California – shelley at collegegolfcamps.com – Norcal Elite Performance
Brandi’s style of junior golf development originated from her desire to use her 20+ years of competitive golf experience to help another aspiring player reach their goals. Brandi was fortunate to have acquired good fundamentals as a young player and did not need much instruction on the technical side of the game. She instead learned how to maximize her practice time, stay engaged through goal-oriented drills and, most importantly, she learned how to get on the golf course and get the ball in the hole the best way possible.
Brandi has also studied and researched the correlation between talent, hard work, personal development and mental toughness. This became the foundation of her junior golf development programs.