Guru’s Teaching and Coaching Workshop 2017 #guruworkshop17



Year 6 Is Going To Be Big!

For those of you that know me well and have followed my career understand that I have 3 goals: 1) Provide Education for other instructors 2)Mentor others “pass it on” and 3) Build relationships. My workshops have been my small way of moving myself and others in that direction by bringing together the best instructors in the game to share their knowledge and expertise. I have selfishly grown as a coach through presenting and being around all of these great people who I am most grateful. This year I have put together another great lineup of expert coaches that will make for a fantastic day of learning and networking. Over the last 5 years we have had over 350 attendees (teachers, college coaches, PGM students, golf professionals) from 8 different states. This year I want to make it even bigger!! I am very fortunate to work at one of the finest golf facilities in the country in Carmel Country Club, so I hope you can join us at the 6th annual “Guru’s Teaching and Coaching Workshop.” Here are the details and our line up of speakers for this year.

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Location: Carmel CC – 4735 Carmel Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226

Date: Monday, March 13th

Time: 8:30 – 6:30 (presentations plus q & a with live lessons)

Cost: 275.00 (includes lunch)*** PGM students 225.00

Let’s meet this years coaches:


Jon Tattersall

Jon originally from England, began his career as an assistant in the United States at CCNC in 1988.  During his tenure at CCNC he worked for the legendary PGA member Buck Adams and played numerous rounds of golf and took lessons from E. Harvie Ward. Jon’s first Head Golf Professional position was at Landfall Country Club followed by Porters Neck Plantation, both in Wilmington, NC.  In 1998 Jon moved to Atlanta, GA to open a learning center with GOLF Magazine Top 100 instructor and ABC commentator Gary Smith.  Through a mutual friend Jon met Todd Townes, a performance-conditioning specialist who worked with several PGA Tour professionals, NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB athletes.  Together they began working to improve their client’s performance. In 2007 Jon and Todd founded Terminus Club (now Fusion ATL) in Atlanta, GA.  This facility became their base to measure athletic golf performance and develop training protocols. The facility has four physical therapists, performance strength coaches, stretch therapists, massage therapists, 3D motion analysis systems for swing and putting. Fusion ATL recently signed a partnership agreement with Peachtree Orthopedic Group and a marketing agreement with Northside Hospital to promote wellness programs and performance training to kids in the Atlanta Metro area. Jon has worked with PGA Tour,, LPGA, European Tour winners, members of Ryder Cup Teams and a winner of The Open Championship. In recent years Jon has coached winners of the following PGA Tour Awards: The PGA Tour Vardon Trophy Winner and Player of the Year.

Jons accolades:

Titleist Performance Institute Advisory Board Member

Georgia PGA Teacher of the year 2014

Georigia PGA Chapter Teacher of the Year 2012

GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher 2007 -2014

Golf Digest’s Teacher by State list 2004 -2014



John Dunigan

John Dunigan has been coaching for 26 years. He was named the Philadelphia PGA Section Teacher of the year in 2008 and 2016. He has been on Golf Digest’s Top Teachers in Pennsylvania list for eight consecutive years. John is a certified Laser Optics Putting Instructor, a program designed by world-renowned putting specialist, Mike Shannon, from Sea Island GA. He is a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Fitness Instructor. John is also a Certified Golf Coach, through Dr. Rick Jensen, one of the top golf psychologists / motor learning experts in the country.

John specializes in talent development, particularly with junior golfers. He understands that “talent is not inherited. It is earned.” His approach is based upon helping his students acquire the golf skills required to move through the four stages of learning and play the game at the expert level. Many golfers get lost in a never-ending search for the perfect swing (which does not exist), rather than acquiring the essential skills of ball-control, decision-making, and self-control that are required to play the game at a high level.

James Ridyard

James Ridyard is a leading golf instructor, researcher and co-owner of the Short Game Secrets brand which brings some of the highest selling independently produced instructional videos to the industry. As an instructor he spends the majority of his time working with elite players and has spent time coaching on all the major professional tours but also ensures that he spends time working with players of all levels at his home base in the UK.

James received the great honour of being invited to speak at the PGA of America’s Teaching & Coaching Summit in January 2015. Grabbing the opportunity with both hands James delivered one of the most talked about presentations of the summit, receiving great reviews from a large number of attendees. This success led to James being named as one of Golf Magazines Innovators in the 2015 list and an invitation to speak at his home PGA’s Teaching & Coaching Conference later in the year.

2015 saw James present to more than 2000 coaches and players across more than 10 countries working with various PGA’s and National Federations while continuing to research and develop his ideas on high performance wedge play. In a refreshing contrast to much of the teaching industry James isn’t one to shy away from sharing his information and sees every opportunity to present to a group as a chance to positively influence a larger number of golfers than he ever could on the lesson tee.

While continuing to research and develop himself and his ideas James takes great pride in providing the highest level of full swing and short game coaching available, something you can be sure of is that no stone will be left unturned in helping you achieve your potential.



Tom Stickney

Director of Operations, The Vidanta Golf Academies

23 Years of Full-Time Instructional Experience

Golf Magazine “Top 100 Teacher”

Golf Digest “Top Teacher”

Golf Tips “Top 25 Instructor”

Trackman University “Master/Partner”

The Golfing Machine G.S.E.D. Authorized Instructor

Golf Digest “Top 20 Teachers Under 40” Alumnus

Golf Digest “Best Young Teachers” Alumnus


Tim Cooke

Tim Cooke comes to The Sea Pines Resort from Hilton Head Island’s Long Cove Club where he was director of instruction. Formerly he was the head professional / instructor at Wade Hampton Golf Club (Cashiers, N.C.). Tim is also cofounder of GOLFPREP – an elite junior training academy. He holds a master’s degree in pedagogy from the University of Virginia. In 2009, Tim was awarded “Master Professional in Instruction” status by the PGA of America. In 2014, Tim was named the “Teacher of the Year” for the Carolinas PGA Section. Due to his work with junior golfers, he was recognized as a “U.S. Kids Top 50 Instructor” (2009). Tim has been named to Golf Digest’s “Best Young Teachers” (2010 – 2015). Golf Digest also recognized him as one of “Best Teachers in South Carolina” for 2015 / 2016. In 2015, Tim was selected as a Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional. In the past three years alone 15 juniors who have been coached by Tim have made the jump from junior to collegiate golf. Tim has also worked with, or is currently instructing, players on the, LPGA and PGA TOUR.
Tim’s instructional articles have been featured in Golf Illustrated and Golf Digest. He has additionally made several guest appearances on Golf Channel’s “The Turn” as well as an instructional segment which ran this year on Golf’s “Weekly Fix.”
Jason Sutton

Jason Sutton, originally from St. Albans, West Virginia, is a P.G.A. Class A Teaching professional and the Director Of Instruction at the prestigious Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC. A former Head Golf Professional, Jason has been teaching and coaching golf for 24  years.
Nicknamed “The Guru” by one of his colleagues and referred by his students, Jason was ranked #4 in North Carolina in 2013  and  #9 in 2007 by Golf Digest. He was voted one of the top teachers in the South East Region by Golf Magazine in 2006. Jason has is one of the newest members of the Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America list. Jason Coaches golfers of all abilities but specializes in teaching Mini Tour players, low handicappers and elite juniors. He has coached numerous players on the Web.Com, PGA Latin America, Swing Thought tour, LPGA and Symetra tour and Division 1 college players. He is Aimpoint certified and uses technology such as Trackman, SAM Putt Lab and Boditrak pressure mat in his training. Jason has published many articles in magazines such as: Golf Illustrated, Publinks Magazine, The Turn Golf magazine, Metrolina golf, Triad Golf Today, and He maintains a very active golf  blog called He has been a regular guest of popular radio shows such as: Global Golf Radio with Virgil Herring and Ned Michaels, The Dewsweepers golf show on Sirius/XM PGA Tour radio with Tony Ruggerio and Maginnes on Tap with John Maginnes.

  • Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers In America List 2017
  • Ranked #4 in the State of North Carolina by Golf Digest in 2016
  • Ranked #7 in the State of North Carolina by Golf Digest in 2013
  • Ranked #9 in the State of North Carolina by Golf Digest in 2007
  • Carolinas PGA Section Horton Smith Award Winner 2015
  • Carolinas PGA Section Teacher of the Year 2013
  • AimPoint Green Reading Certified since 2011
  • Trackman, SAM Putt Lab, Bodi-Trak,  D-Plane and K-Vest certified
  • Teaches all levels of golfers but specializes in Mini-tour players and elite juniors
  • Specializes in teaching putting and using technology to help his players
 Big thank you to all of those who have supported this event in the past. Please don’t be afraid to share by using the share buttons at the bottom. Let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you in March!!
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