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Director of Golf, Rob Labritz

Rob had a solid 2018 season. He finished fourth overall on the 2018 Metropolitan PGA point list. Rob had a win at Wheatley Hills Golf Club taking the title of the Treiber Memorial Tournament of Champions for a third time. In June, at the PGA Professional National Championship, Rob missed the PGA Championship by just 2 shots, but did re-qualify for the PGA Professional National Championship in April of 2019 at the Belfair Country Club in Bluffton, South Carolina. A top 25 in this event and Rob would earn his spot to the 101st PGA Championship to be held right down the road at Bethpage Black State Park where he holds three New York State Open titles. Rob is also honored to be named to Golf Tips Magazine’s United States top 25 instructor list for 2019. Rob also shot 62 at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa California. This was a blue tee course record and the lowest score ever shot at Mayacama. 
Rob’s students continue to impress. A few of the highlights include: Ned Zachar had a great season! Rob traveled with him as he competed in his first USGA Senior Open Championship as well as his second USGA Senior Amateur where he advanced to the quarterfinals. Ned also won his 12th GlenArbor men’s club championship and set a personal low score with a blue tee 62 at GlenArbor. Another student, Jeff Evanier, a professional golfer is still competing on the Latin America PGA Tour. TJ Trimboli won the Connecticut Pro-Scratch with Rob as his partner in October. Ross Kronberg passed his PGA Playing ability test and continues to peruse the PGA Tour. 

Director of Instruction, Debbie Doniger

Debbie was named in Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America once again for the 2019 year, already making the list in 2017 and 2018. She is one of only nine women on the list. She was featured five times this year within the magazine. Golf Digest named Debbie the #5 teacher in New York for 2017, 2018 and has been in the top ten since 2016, voted by her peers. Debbie is featured on SiriusXM PGA Tour radio during the US Open and PGA Championship doing live updates from the range and then leading the post round interviews with the leaders of the majors.  Debbie will also begin a new podcast with Golf Magazine featuring Top 100 teachers, leaders and experts in the industry and bring the important information to the masses.  Debbie spends much time honing her skills and learning from the best in the industry such as Mike Adams, Butch Harmon, Bill Harmon, Randy Smith, bio mechanist experts like Dr. Scott Lynn and Dr. Neal, sports psychologists like Dr. Bob Rotella as well as leaders in the fitness industry.  

Head Golf Professional, David Gagnon

While balancing his duties as our Head Golf Professional, David had one of his busiest seasons yet with instruction.  In the spring, he traveled to the PGA Show to research current instruction technologies and best practices to incorporate into our own Academy which led to a major technology overhaul for our Teaching Center.  He also directed our most successful member tournament program to date, as well as organize numerous informal member events throughout the season including the new “Bulls & Bears” series. David has also taken an active part in our New Member Programs.