Bruce is the Director of Instruction and PGA Master Teaching Professional at Ballantyne Golf Academy. Before joining Ballantyne, Bruce was a coach and instructor in Arizona, California and, most recently, Oregon, where he was the Director of Instruction for the Arnold Palmer Signature Course at Running Y Ranch Resort in Klamath Falls.

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Ballantyne Golf Academy

Ballantyne Golf Academy

Charlotte
, NC

Staff Members

bruce wilkins

Bruce is the Director of Instruction and PGA Master Teaching Professional at Ballantyne Golf Academy. Before joining Ballantyne, Bruce was a coach and instructor in Arizona, California and, most recently, Oregon, where he was the Director of Instruction for the Arnold Palmer Signature Course at Running Y Ranch Resort in Klamath Falls.

A graduate of Arizona State University, Bruce is a Certified Movement Specialist for Tathata Golf and is also certified with TrackMan, Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) and BodiTrak Sports. Bruce uses video analysis in all his lessons and offers an online training space through CoachNow. He also utilizes a TrackMan 4 launch monitor, BodiTrak pressure mapping system and K-Vest 3D human motion learning system as additional ways to support and educate his students and athletes.

A true student of the game with more than 15 years of instruction experience, Bruce’s coaching and teaching are influenced by golf knowledge from the past and present. He incorporates time-honored fundamentals and athletic movement with modern methods of motion analysis and training of body and mind. Bruce enjoys working with golfers of all ages and abilities. He has coached beginners, junior champions, aspiring professionals, high school and collegiate teams, amateurs, and casual and senior players. He strives to individualize each lesson and facilitate growth through a wholistic understanding of the game.

Ballantyne Golf Academy

Ballantyne Golf Academy

Charlotte, NC

www.golfballantyne.com

Full-length and well-targeted, the driving range at Ballantyne Golf Academy uses a combination of natural grass and synthetic-turf tees. The practice center also includes a short-game area with multiple putting greens and a large greenside practice bunker. In the Ballantyne Golf Academy headquarters building is a comfortable player lounge area.

Steve Bogdanoff

Steve is the Director of Junior Golf and a Teaching Professional at the Ballantyne Golf Academy. A graduate of Coastal Carolina University, where he has a combined degree in Business Administration and Professional Golf Management, Steve is a U.S. Kids Golf and Operation 36 Certified Coach. A native of Fairfax, Va., he is a former PGA Assistant Professional with the Berkeley Hall Club in Hilton Head, S.C.

Julie Cole

Julie is a Master Teaching Professional with Ballantyne Golf Academy. Before entering the teaching profession, Julie played professionally on the Futures, European, Asian and LPGA Tours, winning 12 tournaments worldwide. In addition to her outstanding playing credentials, Julie has excelled in her teaching, having previously been named to Golf For Women magazine’s “America’s Top 50 Teachers” list and twice been voted by her peers as the LPGA Southeast Section Teacher of the Year. In 2010 she was elected into the Ohio University Sports Hall of Fame for a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nancy Harvey

Nancy is a Senior Teaching Professional with Ballantyne Golf Academy. Known as a sharp-eyed diagnostician of the swing, Nancy previously taught with the Golf Digest Schools at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. She has also been a certified instructor for the Nick Faldo Golf Institute. During her tenure at Ballantyne, Nancy has logged over 12,000 hours on the lesson tee with students of all ages and abilities. An LPGA Class A Professional, she was recognized as the LPGA T&CP Southeast Section Teacher of the Year in 2016.

Doug Breuer

Doug is a Senior Teaching Professional with Ballantyne Golf Academy. A dedicated coach with special skills in short-game teaching, Doug joined Ballantyne in 2006 after teaching 13 years at Michael Hebron’s Golf School in Smithtown, N.Y. He was also a former teaching professional and Director of Instruction at Island Green Golf School in Selden, N.Y., and former Head Pro at Smithtown Landing CC on Long Island. Many of Doug’s students have gone on to play NCAA college golf and advanced to the ranks of PGA Professionals.

Brian Lombard

A PGA Teaching Professional with more than 10 years coaching experience, Brian spent seven years working at the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf in Orlando, four as a Head Instructor, before joining Ballantyne. The Aspen, Colorado, native has received multiple certifications, including Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level I Fitness Coach and TPI Level II Junior Coach. A one-time competitive lacrosse player, Brian enjoys working with golfers of all ages and abilities.

Chris McLaughlin

An accomplished player and coach, Chris played collegiately at Binghamton University in New York and later competed professionally on a variety of mini-tours. He taught as both an Assistant and PGA Teaching Professional at various clubs in New York, Michigan and Florida before moving to North Carolina. Chris is both Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) and TrackMan Certified and is passionate about helping golfers achieve the most efficient swing possible.

John Galyean

With20 years of instructional experience, John is passionate about teaching golf to players of all levels. Before joining Ballantyne Golf Academy, he served as the Director of Junior Golf at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte, and was the Professional Golf Management Instructor and Division II men’s head golf coach at Queens University. John is certified by both Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) and Operation 36.

Stewart O'Malley

Stewart is a PGA Teaching Professional with the Ballantyne Golf Academy. Having achieved Certified PGA status in Teaching and Coaching, he ranks among the top 6% of PGA instructors in the world. Stewart’s own individualized, proven teaching methods and overall philosophy of “making golf fun” help support his overall objective, which is to help each student progressively realize his or her individual goals. Several of Stewart’s junior students have qualified for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst.