Orlando Faculty and Staff
The faculty and staff at Golf Academy of America in Orlando are PGA Professionals, PGA Master Professionals plus other golf and general educators. Each student benefits from the expertise and professional networks of these professionals.
Brad Turner, PGA, MBA
With over 25 years of experience in the golf industry, Brad Turner became a PGA of America member in 1989. He has a strong competitive golf background, winning the 1997 North Florida Match Play Championship in 1997. In 1983, he graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, and since then has gained experience at various golf facilities including municipal courses, semi-private, and private country clubs. A short game expert, Mr. Turner has developed innovative teaching techniques in all phases of short game development and wrote the Golf Academy of America Golf Improvement Program. These teaching techniques have been shared in international clinics for the Chinese Golf Team and Malaysian Golf Association, as well as members of the North Florida PGA. In 2005, Mr. Turner earned his Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. With over 20 years of experience with Golf Academy of America, Mr. Turner provides students with valuable knowledge and experience in golf skill improvement and business development.
Ron Jones, PGA
Ron Jones has over 16 years of experience in the golf industry. Ron graduated from Elon College with a BA in Business Administration in 1982. He became a member of the PGA of America in 1996. He was a General Manager and Head Professional at 2 different facilities. The latest was Forest Oaks CC, home of the PGA Tour’s Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic where he also assisted as Rules Official for the event. His last 6 years were spent teaching at the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy. During those years Ron was able to work with Gary Gilcrist (former Director of Instruction for David Leadbetter) and most recently, Hank Haney. These gentleman have been instrumental in his development as an accomplished teaching professional. Ron is proficient in video analysis including V-1 software along with model golf and JC Video. Ron has taught thousands of lessons and worked with several LPGA players including, most recently, In-Kyung Kim.
Director of Enrollment
Ms. Pimentel came to Golf Academy of America in October of 2006 as an Admissions Associate with extensive experience in sports marketing. Her previous experience includes positions at two highly rated Myrtle Beach area golf courses and as Marketing Associate with the American Le Mans auto racing series. She also has experience in the financial services and cellular telephone industries. Ms. Pimentel earned two Master of Business Administration degrees from Virginia College and, after nearly four years as a very successful Admissions Associate, she was appointed Director of Enrollment for Golf Academy of America.
Director of Career Services
Alan Flashner, PGA Master Professional
Mr. Flashner brings a career in the golf industry exceeding 30 years to the Academy. He attained PGA membership in 1972, and in 1995 earned the level of Master Professional. Mr. Flashner has been Head Golf Professional at Northampton Valley Country Club, Sports Golf Range, and White Manor Country Club. He was Host Professional for six LPGA Championships. In 2000 and 2001, Mr. Flashner was a recipient of the local PGA Chapter Bill Strausbaugh Award and also received the 2000 North Florida PGA Section Bill Strausbaugh Award. He serves as a guest speaker for the North Florida PGA and Florida State High School Golf Association. Mr. Flashner received a B.S. in education from Westchester University in 1967.
Brendon Elliot, PGA
Mr. Elliott, who has been working in the golf business for more than 20 years, is considered an industry leader in the growth of the game and junior golf.
He founded the Little Linksters Golf Academy at Metrowest Golf Club and The Little Linksters Association for Junior Golf Development, a non-profit organization. Both provide children ages three to ten with a foundation of solid skills for a lifetime of excellence in golf.
Mr. Elliot formerly worked at Winter Park Country Club, where he held both the head professional and general manager positions, earning Class-A PGA professional status. He was honored in 2010 and 2011 as a U.S. Kids Golf Foundation "Top 50 Kids Teachers," and has received numerous awards for his work teaching children; most recently winning the 2013 NFPGA Junior Golf Leader Award.
Matthew Frith, PGA
Mr. Frith is a Class A PGA Professional and a Level 2 Certified TPI Golf Fitness Instructor. He was a scholarship athlete at Florida State University, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Business Management, concentrating in Professional Golf Management.
In addition to his work as an instructor at Golf Academy of America, Frith also serves as Director of Instruction at Black Diamond Ranch Golf Club in Lecanto, Fla., and Mystic Dunes Golf Club in Kissimmee, Fla. He is originally from Ponte Vedra Beach.
Ray Herzog, PGA
Mr. Herzog became a member of the PGA of America in 2001. Prior to joining the Academy, he served as the Head Golf Professional at Southern Dunes Golf and Country Club in Haines City, Florida. He also held the assistant professional position at Boone Valley in St. Louis, Missouri. Boone Valley was the site of a Senior PGA Tour event when Mr. Herzog was there. He has extensive training in tournament operations, tournament planning, rules, merchandising, cart fleet management, and teaching. He completed the USGA/PGA rules seminar in 2003. Mr. Herzog is a 1998 graduate from The Golf Academy of the South where he was the class valedictorian. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1996.
John Koestner, PGA
John became a member of the PGA in 2004, graduating as an Acushnet scholarship winner, awarded to the top graduates of the PGA program. Prior to becoming a PGA member, John himself went to the Golf Academy of America, graduating as valedictorian in 2001. John also earned a bachelors degree in sociology at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Since attending the Golf Academy, John has been a head professional at Palo Duro Creek G.C. in Arizona and the director of instruction for GolfTEC where he gave over 10,000 lessons. He has worked extensively with video and motion analysis. John is also a certified TPI golf fitness instructor.
Bruce Martin, PGA Master Professional
Mr. Martin was elected to membership into the PGA of America in 1996. Prior to joining Golf Academy of America, he was a director of instruction and teaching professional at the Ben Sutton Golf School and the Roland Stafford Golf Schools. His 13-year teaching background includes instructional projects and positions in six different countries, giving thousands of lessons to beginners, advanced players, juniors, and handicapped golfers. Mr. Martin has extensive experience in utilizing a variety of computerized swing analysis software systems and is certified on the V1 / Interactive Frontiers coaching system. In 1983, Mr. Martin graduated from Valdosta State University with a B.B.A. in Business Management.