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Director of Golf, Rob Labritz

Rob Labritz has been awarded the Westchester Golf Association’s player of the year in 2002, 2003, and 2008, as well as the Metropolitan PGA Section Player of the Year in 2008 & 2013, which included a victory at the New York State Open played on the famed Bethpage Black Course. No stranger to competing in golf’s major championships, for the fourth time, Rob clinched a spot in the 2013 PGA Championship at Oakhill this August.  At his last appearance in 2010, Rob attained Low Club Professional honors after making the cut in the 2010 PGA Championship. Recent tournament wins include the 2012, 2013 Metropolitan Professional and Metropolitan PGA Head Professional Championships, 2008 and 2011 New York State Open. He has played on many professional tours around the globe including the PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, Canadian PGA Tour, the Australian PGA Tour and 6 National Club Professional Champioships. Rob is a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Instructor and has twenty three years of teaching and coaching experience. He makes routine instructional television appearances featured on the Golf Channel's " Morning Drive" and "Golf Fix", Sirius XM Radio, CBS Sports " On the Range", CNBC, local news channels, has been a regular guest on the Metro Golf Show and co-host of " The Clubhouse" as well as contributes instructional video clips and articles to some of golf’s major publications.

Director of Instruction, Debbie Doniger

Debbie grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and was a student of Jim McLean for 20 years. As a junior and an amateur, Debbie won every New York Metropolitan tournament in the Met area. Named the top Smith Corona Academic All America for the AJGA, Debbie graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was captain of the golf team her junior and senior years. She led the Tar Heels to an ACC Championship in 1992, won the ACC Championship, and was elected All-Conference. She also led her team to an 8th place finish in the NCAA Championship.
 
Debbie was one of five college seniors selected to represent the United States in The World University Golf Matches, where she won the individual Bronze medal - the only American to medal in the competition. After graduating, Debbie competed on The Futures Tour and The Gold Coast Tour. She also qualified in 1993 as the low American on The European Tour. In 2004, Debbie was inducted into the ACC Hall of Fame as one of the best women golfers in the ACC for the last 50 years
 
In addition to her responsibilities as Director of Instruction at GlenArbor, Debbie is also a Lead Master Instructor at The Jim McLean Golf School, where she has worked for over 20 years. In May of 2013, Debbie was prominently featured on the cover of Westchester Magazine for their summer golf preview. In 2012, Debbie was ranked the 7th best teacher in New York and was named to Golf Digest's Top 50 women teachers in America list voted by her peers. In 2009, Golf Digest magazine named Debbie the 6th Best Golf Teacher in New York, the highest ranked female instructor in New York, and one of Golf Digest'sTop 20 American Golf Teachers Under 40, having already named her the 10th Best Golf Teacher in New York and one of the Top 20 American Golf Teachers Under 40 in 2008. Debbie was also nominated for the elite category of Top 100 Golf Instructors by Golf magazine in 2005 and 2007 and was recognized as one of the Top 50 Teachers by Golf for Women magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Debbie’s instructional articles have been featured in numerous publications, such as her regular contributions to Golf for Women magazine, her “Breaking 100-90-80” article in Golf Digest, and her “Indoor practice” piece in Green Magazine.  She has also made repeated guest appearances on Peter Kessler’s radio program, Making the Turn,  (Sirius 209 and XM 146) and has appeared on The Golf Channel’s Academy Live four times.

Among Debbie's students, her stand out amateurs are Cameron Wilson, 3rd Team ALL American at Stanford, who qualified for 2012 US Open, and Erica Herr, who qualified for 2013 US Women's Open, an incoming freshman at Wake Forest.  In addition, there are many other junior golfers heading to college that are highly ranked within the Polo Junior stats and the AJGA.

Head Golf Professional, David Gagnon

David has been teaching the game professionally since 1994 and is a PGA Member.  He is well known for his ability to communicate the appropriate thoughts and ideas to his students which leads to success.   He believes the most important aspect of teaching the game is “its not what to do but how to do it”.  His extraordinary ability to come up with new and different ways to get his students to move effectively is renowned.  Believing that you should never stop educating yourself has resulted in him spending time with and learning from some of the games visionaries such as Mark Sweeney of Golf Channel’s AIM POINT green reading school.  Being a solid player as well also allows him to compete regularly in such tournaments as the Metropolitan Open and the New York and Connecticut State Open’s.  David’s instructional articles have been published in magazines such as the Suburban Golfer.