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MEET THE TEAM

We are a growing team of experienced golfers with passion for the game.

We are dedicated to helping all golfers grow.

JIHOON KIM, Ph.D.

Head Golf Professional

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Golf Teaching Professional

Jihoon Kim is a highly accomplished professional in the fields of sports science and golf education. He holds both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Sports Science from Seoul National University in South Korea and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. With an impressive 17-year teaching career, he has shared his expertise in golf and diverse coursework at esteemed institutions such as UT Austin, Seoul National University, and the Korea Military Academy.

Notably, Jihoon is recognized as an associate of the PGA of America, underscoring his unwavering dedication to the sport of golf.  He also holds the esteemed title of USGTF Master Golf Professional and serves as a course examiner.  Beyond his educational and golf-related achievements, he has held significant positions in the realms of sports science and golf education.  These roles encompass serving as a Professor in the Department of Fitness Management at the Korea Military Academy, instructing in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin, teaching in the Department of Physical Education at Seoul National University, and contributing as a full-time researcher at the National Defense and Fitness Research Institute in South Korea.

Jihoon's multifaceted career exemplifies his unswerving commitment to advancing the fields of sports science and golf education.  Furthermore, his impact extends beyond academia, as he has successfully guided numerous students to prestigious high school golf teams, including Round Rock High School, McNeil High School, Westwood High School, and Vista Ridge High School. His mentorship has also been instrumental in helping aspiring golfers secure scholarships at renowned universities like UT Austin and Sam Houston University.  Jihoon's dedication to nurturing talent within the world of golf is truly commendable, and he continues to shape the future of this sport through the remarkable achievements of his students.

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Jay SHIM

Golf Teaching Professional

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Since Jay began his golf journey at the age of 5, the sport has held a significant place in my life. Growing up under the guidance of my father, a seasoned golf professional, he gained invaluable exposure to the game from an early age. His mentorship not only fueled my passion for golf but also deepened his understanding of its intricacies. This early immersion allowed him to develop keen insights into junior players' perspectives, enabling him to tailor my teaching methods to suit their unique needs and learning styles.

 

After graduating from Plehanova University in Russia, he was driven to enhance my expertise in golf education.  He pursued and obtained USGTF (Level 3) certification, equipping him with comprehensive knowledge and advanced teaching skills in golf instruction.  Additionally, he embarked on educational journeys to Korea and the United States, immersing himself in diverse golf instruction environments.  These experiences provided him with invaluable insights into each country's distinct golf cultures, trends, and instructional methodologies.

 

Recognizing the strengths of both Korean and American golf instruction, he has integrated the best practices from each into his teaching philosophy.  Central to his approach is the guiding principle of "swing comfortably, without complexity."  By emphasizing simplicity and efficiency in swing mechanics, he aims to empower his students to develop a natural and effective golf swing aligned with their individual abilities and preferences. His ultimate goal is to cultivate a love for the game among his students while helping them unlock their full potential on and off the golf course.

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SUKJOON "SJ" YOON, Ph.D.

General Manager

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Golf Teaching Professional

SJ is a highly skilled and experienced PGA Associate with over 15 years of experience in golf instruction.  He has taught over 500 members and has worked with golfers of all skill levels.  As a golf analyst, SJ provides exclusive insights into emerging trends and topics in the industry.

SJ’s approach to coaching the golf swing is systematic, with a strong emphasis on the fundamentals.  He utilizes data-driven technology to improve golf swings and provides personalized coaching to his members.

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, SJ holds a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Golf Management and Business from Kyung Hee University.  He also earned a Master’s degree in Sport Tourism and Sport Management from Clemson University and a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, respectively.

With his extensive knowledge and expertise, SJ is dedicated to helping his members improve their golf skills and achieve their goals.

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