Golf Academy

Mar
08

Clint Miller Bio Page

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

Clint Miller, PGA
Assistant Golf Professional

Education:
Tri-State University, 2008
Major in Golf Management with a Bachelor of Science in Management

Previous Employment:

  • Salt Creek Golf Retreat - Nashville, IN
  • Canongate at The Woodlands: Oaks and Panther Trail – The Woodlands, Texas
  • Pebble Brook Golf Club – Noblesville, IN

Date Elected to PGA Membership: 
December 2012

What's In The Bag:

  • Driver:  Titleist 913 D3
  • Hybrids:  Titleist 913 H 17 and 19 Degree
  • Irons:  Titleist AP2 4 - PW
  • Wedges:  Titleist Vokey Oil Can Finish - 52, 56 and 60 degree
  • Putter:  Scotty Cameron Newport 2.0 303 Stainless
  • Ball:  Titleist Pro V1 X

Shot Shape:
Hi Draw

Favorite Team:
Indiana Pacers

Favorite Golfers:
Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and Fred Funk

Hobbies:
Guitar, Fishing, Fantasy Football and Pool

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Mar
08

Matt Hovermale Bio Page

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

Matt Hovermale, PGA
Assistant General Manager

Education:
Trine University, 2001
Major in Business Administration and Management

Previous Employment:

  • The Course at Aberdeen - Valparaiso, IN
  • Lake James Golf Club - Angola, IN
  • Zollner Golf Course at Trine University - Angola, IN
  • Bridgewater Golf Club - Auburn, IN

Family:
Wife Kristen

Date Elected to PGA Membership:
April 2009

What's In The Bag:

  • Driver:  Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815
  • Fairway Wood:  Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 3 Wood
  • Hybrids:  Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 2H, 3H and 4H
  • Irons:  Callaway Apex 6 - PW
  • Wedges:  Callaway Mack Daddy 2 - 50, 54 and 58 degree
  • Putter:  Odyssey Versa 330 Mallet White
  • Ball:  Callaway Chrome Soft

Shot Shape:
Wherever it is going that day.

Favorite Team:
Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Cubs

Favorite Golfers:
Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson

Hobbies:
Auto Racing of any kind

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Mar
08

Chad Hutsell Bio Page

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

Chad Hutsell, PGA
Head Golf Professional

Education:
Butler University, 1994
Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing

Previous Employment:

  • The Course at Aberdeen - Valparaiso, IN
  • Plymouth Country Club - Plymouth, IN
  • Highland Golf and Country Club - Indianapolis, IN

Family:
Wife Emily and Son Nate

Date Elected to PGA Membership:
February 1998

What's In The Bag:

  • Driver:  Nike VR_S Covert 2.0
  • Fairway Woods:  Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 3 Wood and 5 Wood
  • Hybrid:  Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 3 Hybrid
  • Irons:  Nike VR Forged Pro Combo 4 - PW
  • Wedges:  Nike VR X3X 56 and 60 Degree
  • Putter:  Nike Method MOD 30
  • Ball:  Nike RZN Platinum

Shot Shape:
Prefer a lower ball flight moving right to left.

Favorite Team:
Indianapolis Colts

Favorite Golfers:
Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson and Nick Faldo

Hobbies:
Ford Mustang enthusiast, watching Motorsports with my son and woodworking.

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Mar
08

John Ericsson Bio Page

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

John Ericsson, PGA
Teaching Professional

John's career in golf has covered over 3 decades including the last 4 seasons here at Swan Lake Resort. A graduate of Gannon University in Erie, PA with a degree in Business administration, John traveled south to Texas and began his career at the Four Seasons Resort Dallas, Home of the Byron Nelson Golf Classic. After three seasons there as an assistant professional, he was promoted to Head Golf Professional at age twenty-eight. 

During his time in Dallas, John had the privilege to make the acquaintance of one of the all-time great of golf, Byron Nelson. "Mr. Nelson was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever encountered in my life. He was humble and personable, free with his advice and a had never met a stranger. One of a kind." Mr. Nelson held court occasionally with the golf staff regarding the golf swing, the changes in equipment, courses and instruction that helped build the foundation of John's knowledge.  For the next twenty years John held the position of head professional or general manager at several of the finest clubs in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area including Iron Horse G.C., Oakmont C.C. and Riverchase G.C.  Prior to moving north to Indiana, he was the head professional at Riverplace C.C. in Austin, Texas. 

Over his career in teaching golf, John has hosted or assisted with clinics of  some notable teachers including Dr. Gary Wiren, Mike Adams, Ken Venturi and Byron Nelson. In addition to players Jerry Pate, Miller Barber, Don January and long drive immortals Art Sellinger and Mike Dunaway. "All quality instructors want to prepare their students for the challenges that they will face on the golf course during a round; the Swan Lake Resort facilities offer some of the finest that I've seen in a long time". "Our short game (100 yards and in) area is fantastic, a student can simulate just about any type of shot that they would be presented with on the golf course. That type of learning is the most valuable and is retained the longest." 

John's approach to teaching is student-centric, favoring a flexible method that helps the student become aware their strengths and utilize them to the advantage. In addition, John believes that everyone is good at learning because it is what human's do best. "Learning golf is a process that is built on what the individual already knows, with that as a reference, learning becomes natural again".

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Mar
08

Brian Natzel Bio Page

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

Brian Natzel, PGA
Director of Instruction

Education:
Ferris State University, 2001
Marketing Major with a Minor in Accounting and Science of Business

Previous Employment:

  • Ubly Heights Golf and Country Club - Ubly, MI
  • Treetops Resort - Gaylord, MI
  • Garland Resort - Lewiston MI

Family:
Wife Lindsey, Sons Christopher and Jackson

Date Elected to PGA Membership:
June 2002

Certifications:

  • TPI - Titleist Performance Institute Certified
  • SPi – SeeMore Putter Institute Certified
  • Nomination – Indiana PGA Teacher of the Year 2013
  • 2015 Indiana Section PGA Player Development Award Winner
  • Certified Club Fitter – Mizuno, Titleist, Callaway, Ping and KBS Shafts
  • Facility Recipient – Nation’s Top 100 Clubfitter – Golf Digest 2013
  • PGA Certified Professional Program – PGA Player Development
  • 2006 PGA President’s Council – Growing the Game
  • Host 2013 Indiana PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit
  • NJCAA Men’s Division II National Championship – Rules Official 2012, 2014

What's In The Bag:

  • Driver:  Mizuno JPX EZ
  • Fairway Wood:  Mizuno JPX EZ 3 Wood
  • Hybrid:  Mizuno JPX EZ 2 Hybrid
  • Irons:  Mizuno (MP64 4-6 iron) and (MP69 7-PW)
  • Wedges:  Mizuno MP-T4's 52, 56 and 60 Degree
  • Putter:  Bettinardi BB Counterbalance
  • Ball:  Srixon Z Star XV 

Shot Shape:
Hi Fade

Favorite Team:
Detroit Tigers

Favorite Golfers:
Fred Couples and Phil Mickelson

Hobbies:
Semi-Professional Musician, Guitar and Fishing and Hunting with my sons

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Mar
08

Meet The Staff

Posted on March 8, 2014 by SLRadmin

John Ericsson, PGA
Director of Instruction

John's Bio

 

Chad Hutsell, PGA
Head Golf Professional

Chad's Bio

 

Matt Hovermale, PGA
Assistant General Manager

Matt's Bio

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Jan
23

University - The Ultimate Learning Experience

Posted on January 23, 2014 by SLRadmin

University - The Ultimate Learning Experience

Who is it for:

Anyone willing to take a serious in depth look at their game and find their roadmap to success.  This is a school formatted program, with additional private appointments included for each student.  The University Semester is a program designed to create an individual plan of attack for players of all abilities looking to improve their game.  This program incorporates classroom work, fundamentals of set up, increasing golfers IQ, physical fitness, biomechanics, kinetic sequencing, swing characteristics/mechanics, ball flight, short game, mental approaches, on course instruction, and equipment evaluation.  The end goal for each student is a great understanding of ball flight, each student's strengths and weaknesses, and a personalized prescription or plan of attack including drills and exercises to improve each students game.  Classes will be spread out over a semester, allowing students to digest the information gathered over an extended period of time.  Thus promoting an increase in the speed of an individual's learning curve.  This is the ultimate learning experience.  

 

University Tuition:  $899 For Entire Semester (Members 15% Discount and Junior 20% Discount are available)

 

Semester Schedule:

Summer Semester - Wednesdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

  • June 11th and 25th
  • July 9th and 23rd
  • August 6th and 20th
  • September 3rd

 

Includes:

  • Unlimited Practice Time and Range Balls During Semester
  • Access to Academy Facility:  Training Aids, Fitness and Technology When Available During the Semester
  • 2 Additional Private 45 Minute Lessons Booked at Your Convenience
  • 1 Fitting Session (1 1/2 Hours) of Your Choice:  Driver, Irons or Wedges and Putter
  • 2 Free 18 Hole Rounds of Golf with Cart
  • Additional Yearly Golf Membership Available at a 10% Discount, Cart Not Included
  • Total of 24 Hours of Professional Instruction with Total Package Valued at over $2200 in a Private Setting

 

Tools Utilized:

  • PGA Professional Expertise
  • Student Profile Created - Track characteristics, data, fitness and charts progress
  • FlightScope Launch Monitor
  • V1 Sports Motion - Digital High Speed Video and Coaching Software
  • TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Physical Screenings
  • Prescriptions including drills and exercises targeting each individuals circumstances
  • Web Acces to V1 Online Lessons and the TPI (Titleist Performance Institute)
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Jan
23

Get Golf Ready

Posted on January 23, 2014 by SLRadmin

2016 Get Golf Ready Clinics

Series of 5 Lessons and 1 Playing Lesson / Competition specifically designed for new golfers, beginners, intermediate or lapsed golfers wanting to learn or get back into the game.  

Location:  The Golf Academy at Swan Lake Resort

Dates:  

Series One

  • May 1st - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • May 15th - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • May 29th - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • June 12th - 1:00pm to 2:30 pm
  • June 26th - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • July 10th (Playing Lesson/Competition) - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Or

Make up your own group!  Great for families, office groups or neighborhood friends.  Select a time that works for everyone in your party, 4-5 days in sucession or once a week for 5 weeks.  Whatever works best with your busy schedule.  

Enjoy the fun together with friends, co-workers or family!

Cost:  $99 for All Five Lessons and Playing Lesson/Competition with the 9 holes of Golf and Cart included

For those looking to get back into the game, take up the game for the first time, or could just plain use some affordable instruction, this is an excellent program to get your feet wet.  Simple instruction focused on the fundamentals of the game, rules of the game and enjoying the game.

 

To sign up, please call 574-935-5680

John Ericsson, PGA Director of Instruction:  Ext. 722

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Jan
22

Golf Instruction

Posted on January 22, 2014 by SLRadmin

Academy Stay, Play and Learn Packages - Lodging Included

Students of all abilities are welcome.  These half and full day programs are designed to be bookable around your schedule.  Come learn, relax and play when you are available.  Packages include lodging, unlimited golf with cart, breakfast, instruction and an academy gift.

More Info

 

Private and Semi Private Instruction

Since 1971 The Golf Academy at Swan Lake Resort has been known for quality golf instruction. John Ericsson, Director of Instruction, leads our PGA staff in the effort to take your game to the next level by offering a wide variety of instruction and performance packages. We can custom fit instruction packages for any experience level.

More Info

 

Junior Development Program

Click below for all of the information regarding our newly launched Junior Development Program.

More Info

 

Northern Indiana Girls Prep Camp

A comprehensive series of lesons for high school golfers in preparation for their upcoming season.

More Info

 

Get Golf Ready Clinics for Beginners or Lapsed Players

For those looking to get back in the game, take up the game for the first time, or could just plain use some affordable instruction, this is an excellent opportunity to get your feet wet.  Simple instruction focused on the fundamentals of the game, rules of the game and enjoying the game.  At $99 per person, this includes five lessons and a competition day.  

More Info

 

Fall Golf Fixes

The Golf Academy is offering 2 hour golf clinics several times this fall to address specific skill areas that will make everyone a more confident golfer. Follow the link below for all of the details. 

More Info

 

Golf Fitness and Performance Class 

The main reason for swing flaws is that some golfers can’t move their bodies the way they need to in order to produce a fluid, unrestricted, and powerful swing.  If a player lacks mobility or stability in certain body parts, the player’s body will inevitably go around their limitations; creating common deviations and swing flaws.  This program will specifically target the body/swing connection and help all players find and reach their peak fitness and performance.  We are excited to be able to offer our new Golf Fitness and Performance Class at The Golf Academy at Swan Lake Resort.

 

 

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Nov
26

Academy Events

Posted on November 26, 2013 by f5admin

Coming Soon!

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