Professional golf coaches and Club fitting

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Being the best you can be at golf requires learning the game from experienced professional instructors...  and I have the great pleasure to work closely with some of the most outstanding, nationally acclaimed PGA and LPGA golf instructors in the world today.   I encourage you to learn more about my top 'team' of expert teachers listed on this page so you can benefit from of a coach that will properly integrate your custom golf fitness training program with highly effective, professional golf instruction. 

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Connie DeMattia

Connie DeMattia has earned the recognition as one of Chicago’s elite golf instructors, competitive players and PGA golf professionals.
For over 20 years, DeMattia has been helping golfers from high handicappers to Tour Professionals build lasting value from his knowledge and experience on the fundamentals of swinging and scoring. His immersion in competition (PGA Tour, Nike Tour and 2005 Illinois PGA Player of the Year) has shaped his thinking about what is important in helping his students play the game better and appreciate the game more.
He enjoys helping students of all ages and skill levels, and is available for private lessons, group lessons and playing lessons.  

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Jason Hyatt

Jason Hyatt has a passion for teaching the game of golf, whether it is with beginners or those who are more experienced and are looking for better fundamentals. Jason tailors his lessons around the needs of each individual and likes to provide the proper instruction where they can succeed on their own, whether playing or practicing. Each individual is unique and learns in a different manner and the key to improvement is based on properly fit equipment, the correct setup (grip, stance, aim, posture, etc.) and course management.

Taking a lesson from Jason can give you an opportunity to make it easier and more fun to play the game of golf, whether it is in the corporate setting, in competitions or just for fun. Jason is available for private lessons, group lessons, and playing lessons.

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Terry Russell

 trussell@cantigny.org

Raised in rural Pennsylvania, Terry graduated from the first Professional Golf Management Program at Ferris State University (Big Rapids, Mich.). He has spent the past 40-plus years managing golf operations in the Chicago area, most recently as head professional at River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst (1991–2005) and Bryn Mawr Country Club in Lincolnwood (2006–2017).

Teaching golf, however, is Terry’s true passion, which accounts for his joining Cantigny Golf Academy in 2017. He also looks forward to applying his club fitting expertise at Cantigny.

Strong fundamentals, a sound knowledge of “ball flight laws” and a logical thought process are among Terry’s keys to the game. His primary goal is to make golf more enjoyable for his students, which range from low-handicap tournament players to those just starting out. Terry’s ability to simplify the game is effective for all ability levels.

In addition to instructing, Terry enjoys competing in senior golf competitions and giving back to the game he loves through his involvement with Revelation Golf and his board service to Illinois Section PGA and PGA of America. He joined the national PGA of America board in 2018 as District 6 Director, representing the Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin PGA Sections.

Terry is available for private and group lessons as well as on-course playing lessons.
  • Awards and Credentials
  • Illinois Section PGA Golf Professional of the Year 2002
  • Secretary of Illinois Section PGA 2003–2004
  • Vice President of Illinois Section PGA 2005–2006
  • President of Illinois Section PGA 2007–2008
  • District 6 Director and Board of Directors PGA of America 2018–2021
  • Qualified for and played in two Western Opens (PGA Tour) 1989, 2005
  • Member of two Illinois Section PGA Radix Cup Teams 1989, 1991
  • Qualified for and played in two PGA Professional National Championships 1989, 1991
  • Qualified for and played in five PGA Senior Professional National Championships 2006, 08, 09, 12,14   
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Tina Favia

Tina is involved in the Women’s Golf Schools and available for group, private adult and junior lessons. She serves her thirteenth year as the LPGA, USGA Girls’ Golf Site Director. Prior to a career in teaching and coaching, Tina played on the Future’s Tour. Her teaching includes experience at the collegiate level including the University of Wisconsin and University of Colorado. She was an Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at both the University of Wisconsin and Northwestern. Tina began her teaching career in 1991 at Wynstone Golf Club and then Conway Farms. Tina received her master’s degree in kinesiology and sport psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado.  

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Greg baresel

Greg is recognized as one of the country's top coaches. His ability to connect with his students is a key strength in his coaching, along with his ability to instruct every part of the game. Each athlete has a personalized training program to accelerate your development to achieve optimal performance on the course. Greg specializes in junior athletic development, high school and college athletes, and adult programs.

Greg is one of Golf Digest Best Young Teachers and Best in State. 

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Gay Crain

Gay believes her greatest asset to the student is her ability to help each player identify their goals, support the player to achieve these goals, and provide the necessary knowledge for the player to become their own best coach. Gay’s style of instruction works for all skill levels: establishing sound fundamentals, a focus on adding mental coaching and strategy to technical instruction, and the ability to take that next step in game improvement.  

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Pat Hickey

Pat joined the Cantigny Golf Academy in 2010 as a club fitting specialist and Apprentice Candidate in the PGA of America Professional Golf Management Program. During his tenure at Cantigny he has held multiple positions, allowing him the unique opportunity to incorporate many of his PGA/PGM learnings into his club fitting, player development program and junior/adult golf clinic assignments.

In 2015, Pat achieved a life-long dream of becoming a PGA Teaching Professional as well as a PGA Certified Professional in Teaching & Coaching in 2016.

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emily burns

Emily Burns specializes in transferring her knowledge and love of the game to others. She has a talent for making students feel relaxed and comfortable while learning the structure of setup and the important basic motions of swinging.

Enjoyment and fun are integral part of learning from Emily.

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Matt Tullar

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Everett Lockenvitz

Clubfitting Professional
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mike nass

clubfitting professional
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