"We are following the CDC Guidelines and all Back2Golf Operations guidelines during Covid-19 to keep our students and instructors safety our first priority.  This includes practicing social distancing, small group limited instruction, disinfecting all teaching aids and equipment before and after play and use of hand sanitizers and masks for all instructors.  Students are encouraged, but not required to wear masks. All small groups are limited to 8 students per instructor and gatherings of 10+ are not permitted.  Students are kept at a 6-foot distance from both each other and instructors.  Parents are required to drop off and pick up only due to crowd control during all programs.  Golfers will not be allowed to share equipment with other golfers, handle rakes or flagsticks on course. All rules of the NY State Parks apply to all programming at Bethpage.”

GCA with Kelley Brooke provides elite coaching for all skill levels and ages. 

No matter which location, or which instructor, we strive to give the same quality lesson with the same structure. Our team of coaches, doctors, physical therapists, TPI Specialists and fitness trainers are certified in multiple areas of expertise including Trackman, K-Vest Biofeedback Technology, TPI, Boditrak, OptiBrain, Blast Motion and more.

We perform detailed evaluations on launch angles, spin rates, angles of attack and more. We perform  biofeedback evaluations to determine swing faults and fixes. We perform Power and Physical Assessments to assure that there are no issues with flexibility, mobility or stability impeding improvement. We use ground force plates to analyze weight shift and ground force efficiency. We perform brain scans to analyze synergy and serenity when under pressure. We use video analysis to explain how to improve your data and swing. We use putting technology to teach rhythm and to eliminate inefficiencies. Additionally, we have a wide array of teaching aids and drills to help you feel positions and get your swing technically sound. 

A Golf Range Magazine Top 50 Golf Instructor, Kelley has hosted several golf television shows on cable, most recently “Golfing NYC Style” and “The 19th Hole.” She’s also made guest appearances as a golf expert on The Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible,” and written for many golf periodicals, including Golf Digest and Junior Golf.

An accomplished player before joining the teaching ranks, Kelley won an individual state championship in high school (Iowa) and earned All-Big 10 honors at the University of Iowa. Kelley also represented the United States as a member of the University World Cup Team. As a high-schooler, she qualified twice for the LPGA Rail Charity Classic. She also competed professionally on the former Futures Tour and Players West Tour.

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Megan Younkman
Director of Instruction

Megan Younkman has been dedicated to the golf industry with over 29 years of intensive teaching and competitive playing experiences and has given over 28,000 lessons in her professional teaching career. After a successful junior golf competitive career, she played collegiate Women’s Varsity Golf for The Ohio State University and The University of Toledo.  


An LPGA Class A Professional, Megan is the Director of Instruction for the Bethpage State Park Golf Courses in Farmingdale, NY at The Golf Channel Academy with Kelley Brooke, 2018 LPGA Professional of the Year. (The infamous Bethpage Black Course is home to the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup). Additionally, Megan serves on the LPGA’s Global Education Team for their Teacher Education Program. Megan has been most recently appointed to serve on the LPGA’s Executive Education Committee (2019-2021) and served as Chair for the National Continuing Education Committee (2014-2018) for the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Membership.


Megan is known as a student-centered teacher, excellent communicator, motivator and has taught internationally in both Austria and Germany.  Megan is the published author of “Managing Your Business Game”.  In September of 2011, Younkman was appointed the Head Coach for the State of Florida in the PGA Junior League Golf World Series held at the TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia and received the US KIDS GOLF Top 50 Teacher’s Award (hm).


Megan is a member of Proponent Group and The Positive Coaching Alliance. She is a U.S. KIDS GOLF Certified Coach, an LPGA-USGA Girl’s Golf Site Director, Blast Swing Motion Technology Certified and V1 Video Swing Analysis Certified. Megan also proudly works with the University of Tampa Golf Teams on Mental Game Strategies and is an Adjunct Professor for the University of South Florida Department of Education.

jimmy lee

Jimmy is a Teaching Professional at the Golf Channel Academy with Kelley Brooke’s Bethpage Golf Course location in Farmingdale, NY. A former assistant pro at Bethpage State Park, Lee has worked with a number of Korean-born junior players, including former USC star and 2013 NCAA individual champion Annie Park.

Justin Koff
Head Golf Professional

Justin Koff studied PGA Golf Management and graduated from Clemson University in 2011. Upon graduation, he became the Program Director for The First Tee of Nassau County, a life-skills education program taught through the game of golf located at Eisenhower Park. Justin is a Class A PGA Professional and recognized The First Tee coach. He coaches players of all ages and abilities with a strong focus on connecting fitness and golf.

John Jordan
Head Coach

John Jordan has over 8 years of coaching at the D1 level for both Men / Women’s  golf teams producing Academic All – Americans and players of the year. At our academy, John instructs both juniors,adults and elite local amateurs. A graduate from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he received a degree from the Isenberg School of Business. John was also a member of the men’s lacrosse program. John resides in Garden City, New York with his wife and 4 daughters. 

Notable Awards:
  • Trackman Golf Coach of the Month 2/19
  • Juco College Golf Coach of the Year 2016
  • 2  Lacrosse Club National Championship 
  • 1 North American / Brogden Cup Lacrosse Champions
  • 2 JUCO Lacrosse National Championships
  • All New England Lacrosse Honors
Certification for Golf:
  • Trackman Level 1 & 2
  • TPI
  • K-VEST
  • Boditrak 
  • Aimpoint
  • CPR
  • Bodiblast
  • Titleist Certified Fitter
  • D1 Coach Certified

Dr. Jeff Poplarski
director of golf performance

Dr. Jeff Poplarski will be leading GCAKB’s Golf Fitness Programs at Bethpage Golf Course. Jeff is a Doctor of Chiropractic and is certified in TPI Fitness. He holds the position as Adjunct Full Professor at SUNY Farmingdale State University in the Sports Management and Biology Departments and LIU Post in the Health, Physical Education and Movement Science Departments. 

Kara Cook
Lead Girls Coach

Kara Cook is a member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals. Kara came to the Golf Channel Academy with Kelley Brooke after working as a site director of the Nassau County LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program for six years. She is a former physical education instructor and personal trainer who has taken her passion for teaching and staying fit and used it to grow one of the largest Girls Golf programs in the country. Her goal is to assist each student to develop into the best golfer and person they can become. Having worked with The First Tee for six years she reached the level of a recognized  First Tee Coach having completing all three levels of their coach training and recently completed her US Kids certification. Kara has begun her LPGA certification journey and looks forward to completing both her LPGA Level II training and TPI training in 2020. She is motivated to teach both girls and adult women to learn how much fun the game of golf can be. Kara uses individually based goals, acknowledges different learning preferences and adds fun games, to help those hesitant beginners become confident golfers!

Bethpage Golf Course

Farmingdale, New York

Bethpage State Park is one of the most popular and cherished public parks in the nation.  Located in suburban Long Island in close proximity to New York City, Bethpage is a mecca for public golf featuring five 18-hole regulation golf courses, including the world-renowned Black Course.  In addition to Bethpage Black hosting the United States Open Championships in 2002 and 2009, it was also the site of The Barclays PGA Tour events in 2012 and 2016. Future events include the PGA Championship in 2019 and the Ryder Cup in 2024.

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Golfers enrolled at Golf Channel Academy locations will not only have the opportunity to learn from the very best coaches in the game today, but will be able to track their progress using advanced swing analysis tools and a proprietary player-coach communication platform that will accelerate their progress.  

The underlying philosophy of Golf Channel Academy—which all of our coaches reinforce—is that good coaching takes place over a period of time, not just one lesson. The relationship between coach and student is more than just “one and done.” This is how “teaching” becomes “coaching,” which we describe as an on-going relationship devoted to long-lasting improvement. Everything about Golf Channel Academy is devoted to enhancing the “coaching” experience for both teacher and student.

Golf Channel Academy is the hands-on coaching extension of the cable network’s instruction programming, which includes such shows as The Golf Fix, Lesson Tee Live, and School of Golf. Golf Channel Academy allows you to receive personalized instruction from the very best coaches in the game, including many of the teachers who you see on TV. And you should see many more Golf Channel Academy coaches making appearances on Golf Channel instructional programs in the future.