The 2016 L.A. Golf Show will feature the following exciting speakers (plus more to come!). Check back in February for a detailed daily schedule on the stage.
Jay Lim is a professional golf instructor at Fullerton Golf Course. A North Orange County native, Jay went to Sonora High School, where he won the CIF high jump title in 1993. In 2003, Jay qualified for the 2004 Olympic Trials in Archery. In 2005, he took up golf and within a year, had a +2 handicap and was scoring par and sub-par regularly. Jay began teaching full time in 2007 and developed the system he uses today, which is the foundation of a book, Single Digit Handicap in 13 Weeks. In 2008, he passed the Playing Ability Test (PAT) for PGA Certification and has since helped more than 1,000 golfers from children to elite athletes (including Bruce Jenner, Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist, and Doug Nordquist, 1984 Olympic High Jumper) to touring pros, like Stephanie Ellingwood and Lalita Patipaksiri of the LPGA Symetra Tour, and Michael Sugar, former Nike Tour member. A dynamic speaker and compelling figure, Jay will be one you won’t want to miss!
Ryan Winther is the 2012 World Long Drive Champion, with a career long drive of 475 yards. In addition, Ryan holds two Guinness World Records, including the longest carry of a golf ball below 1,000 meters of altitude (430 yards) and the fastest ball speed (217.1 miles per hour). If you want to hit your drives farther, stop by the Main Stage on Saturday to meet Ryan (representing Yonex Golf) and find out how!
Life has been a whirlwind for Isaac Sanchez since reaching the semifinals on Big Break Greenbrier. He has focused on improving all facets of his golf game, and also lost 60 pounds to get himself into shape. In addition to competing full time on the mini-tour circuit and the Pepsi Tour, Isaac is hosting charity fundraising events for causes that are near and dear to him, including the recent “Swinging with Sasquatch” fundraising tournament benefiting men and women of the military and their families.
Pat Pohlen is a Class A PGA Professional and the head golf pro at River View Golf Course. A former college football national champion at Notre Dame, Pat has spent the last 21 years in Orange County, working as a business professional and professional golf instructor. Pat is an expert at video analysis of golf swings, giving over 1,000 lessons last year alone. In addition to his work at River View, he is the varsity golf coach for the boys and girls teams at Canyon High School, awarded the “Old Tom Morris” Award for professionalism at PGCC.
Tony Schumacher is the City Manager and Director of Instruction at GolfTEC in Santa Monica. An 11-year PGA Member, Tony played on professional tours around the world before embarking in his teaching career. He has taught over 10,000 lessons, and past students include both Tom Kite and Curtis Strange. See Tony on the stage both days at the L.A. Golf Show and pick up tips to improve your game!
Thomas Howell is the Regional Manager for GolfTEC Orange County and Center Manager at GolfTEC Irvine. He has taught over 8,600 lessons with GolfTEC and over 22,000 in his 22-year golf career. Tom has also played in over 100 professional events. Thomas was GolfTEC’s 2012 Manager of the Year, and also won the Most Improved Center and Center of the Year awards.
Stu Black is an associate golf professional and golf operations manager at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. Stu was an avid golfer before deciding to make his passion for the game into a career in the golf industry as a Level 2 PGA Apprentice at The Links. He began his PGA Apprenticeship in 2013 and is one of the leaders of the junior golf program. Stu also offers private golf instruction with a growing clientele and manages the Membership Program at Terranea.
1st Assistant Golf Professional Junior Golf and Events Coordinator Robert Krasemann is the first assistant golf professional at Terranea Resort, and is the resort’s Junior Golf and Events Coordinator. At the age of 12, his family moved to a house that backed up to a local 18 hole course in their hometown of Sycamore, Illinois. After a summer of junior golf camps and playing with friends, he decided to join his high school golf team where he earned numerous awards for low scores before he made his way to the University of South Carolina for college. Robert has five years of course experience at Sycamore Golf Course in Illinois and taught locally as a lead instructor with Total Golf Adventures (TGA) in Southern California in 2009 and 2010. He is PGA Level 2 certified and has been a member of the Terranea Golf staff since 2011. Robert currently works as the lead for the Terranea Junior Golf Academy as well as the Ladies Beginning Group Golf Instruction.
Jill Panaro is an industry leader for Innovative SPORT Therapy®. Jill is LA Sports Massage’s Lead Therapist and Massage Manager. She is also a Sports Massage Therapist for the USC Football team. She received a Bachelor’s of Science from Merrimack College in 2001. In 2002, she graduated from the Massage Institute of New England and has worked on Olympic and professional athletes, and weekend warriors. Her many years of experience as a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, as well as her educational experience, professionalism, teaching/instructing and continued education, have uniquely qualified her to provide Innovative SPORT Therapy® to both professional and avid golfers alike. No matter your ability, if you want move your game to the next level, then stop by to visit the LASM booth or presentations to learn the importance of Innovative SPORT Therapy® and to inform you about all the stretching and self care contoured to fit your personal golf game.
A native Angeleno, Eddie is currently the manager of the SCPGA Junior Tour, which serves over 2,500 members and is one of the largest junior golf programs in the country. Eddie started his career in the golf industry in the late 1980s at Mission Viejo Country Club, where he worked from part-time starter to First Assistant Professional, earning his PGA Membership in 1995. After a stop at San Juan Hills Country Club, Eddie moved to Green River Golf Club, where he co-created the club’s first Player Development Program, including multiple lesson programs for men, women and juniors. He also worked three years as the PGA Professional for Dick’s Sporting Goods in Yorba Linda before accepting a new position as the North Orange County Coordinator for the SCPGA Golf in Schools Program, a platform that offers kids an opportunity to learn about golf as an after-school enrichment program.