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
INSTRUCTOR

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.

Charles Bolling
Head Golf Professional

Charlie Bolling is a Duke University graduate and had a successful competitive career featuring four years on the PGA TOUR. Bolling is has been a PGA Professional for 17 years including live television as a national golf broadcaster.

 

  • PGA TOUR member 1985 -1988, five top 10 finishes
  • Competed in four U.S. Open Golf Championships, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988
  • Competed in three British Open Championships, 1983, 1984, 1989
  • Certified in Trackman, FlightScope and ForeSight
  • Member European Senior PGA Tour 2012, 2013
  • Competed in British Senior Open Championship 2012, 2013
  • Competed in U.S. Senior PGA Championship 2013
  • Competed in U.S. Senior Open Championship 2014

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

Jack Johnson
Assistant Professional

  • A native of Brooklyn NY, Jack is an Assistant Golf Professional at Bethpage State Park
  • Expertise in teaching and club fitting all ages and skill levels; Jack has been playing golf competitively for over 15 years; since 2013 Jack has been the Head Golf Coach for his High School Alma Mater Xavier in NYC 
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in using Trackman, Sam Putt Lab, and Blast Motion for swing analysis and overall game improvement 
  • Certifications include; Titleist Performance Institute, BodiTrak and KMotion sports technology to evaluate and elevate your performance 
  • U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach, Member  Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Jack is also brand ambassador for Cobra/Puma and is a certified club fitter for Cobra. 

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. 
 

Hoyoung “Hugh” Heo
Golf Professional

I am a currently Korea PGA (5231) member and PGA apprentice. I have been in golf industry since when I was 14, and have been playing in many junior tournaments, as well as continuing to compete in pro tournaments.

  • Finished as 2nd place in Korean National Tournament for international golf players as a
    Malaysian National player (2008)
  • 1st place in Korean Society tournament in New Jersey (2015)
  • Competed in New York State Open (2016)
  • Finished top10 in National Car Rental Assistant Championship New York (2017)
  • Played all assistant events in Met Section (2016, 2017 & 2018)

My passion for teaching and growing the game will inspire golfers of all levels to achieve their goals. 

 

Peter Stern
GOLF CHANNEL ACADEMY LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Peter Stern is a native Long Islander, who upon graduation from Sachem High School, attended Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. It was in his senior year at Lynn University that Peter began his love for teaching golf, assisting at the DAVE PELZ SCORING GAME SCHOOL. After two years with Dave Pelz, Peter went on to teach NICKLAUS/FLICK instruction at the Golden Bear Golf Center in Cypress Creek, Florida. Peter returned to Long Island in 2002 and the PETER STERN GOLF ACADEMY was born.

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.