Director of Instruction / Lead Instruction Specialist
Kris Brown is the creator of the Academy at Trump National, his vision and creativity enhanced an instruction layout (called the Teaching Carousel) a seventy session program and teaching philosophy that is considered to be the bench mark for the elite instructor. He believes there is a sequential order to the learning process mentally and physically. If done correctly the player will not only exceed their expectations but improve at a quicker rate. He graduated from the Golf Academy of America with an emphasis in Golf Complex Operations and Management with an Advanced Players Credential. Kris is one of a hand full of people in the world who are certified in as many TPI certification levels of the Titleist Performance Institute. This includes Advanced Instructional Techniques, Fitness, Nutrition, Biomechanics and Advanced Junior Techniques. Studying and learning human Motor Skill Development and Neuroscience have increasingly helped Kris to understand where you can succeed in the process and progress of your golf game. Kris and his team don't only help you improve your golf game, they ensure that you lead a better life. His vast knowledge and communication skills help students understand and appreciate how to play the game correctly. Kris helps his students elevate their golf IQ, practice correctly, and develop a golfing motion without manipulation. Kris' experience allows him to teach a multitude of personalities and skill levels including: (Men, Women, and Juniors) beginners, intermediate, high school, college and professionals. Kris continues to personally train all Instruction Specialist on staff and he plans to open the first of many Instructor Training Schools. He believes that to truly help the modern golfer, an instructor can't simply pass on instructional techniques out of a book, they must have knowledge in many different areas and understand what the word teaching emphasizes.
Nick Christenson, a University of Nebraska - Lincoln Professional Golf Management Program Graduate, is a PGA accredited Golf Professional. With several years of tournament experience he advanced to National Amateur Tournaments such as the United States Public Links Championship, and was ranked in the top 100 in the U.S. Amateur rankings. He continues to strive for excellence by performing in professional events. His passion for helping golfers of all ages and skill levels show through his energy and enthusiasm he brings to each lesson. His students appreciate his simplistic approach which brings out the fine points of their game, this builds each students confidence and improves their overall enjoyment of the game. Nick prides himself on being able to communicate to his tournament players on how to perform at a high level. Nick continues to train under the tutelage of Director of Instruction Kris Brown. Nick’s vast knowledge in nutrition, fitness, bio-mechanics, and advanced instructional techniques has helped him achieve a high level of success.
Joey Lewis, PGA
Joey Lewis, a Florida Gulf Coast University - Professional Golf Management Program Graduate, is a PGA accredited Golf Professional. His passion for golf and dedication to the game is exemplified through his teaching. Joey is also a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Instructor, which is a culmination of 11 years of research on all skill levels of golfers in the world. This knowledge can be directly applied to you and your ability to generate a successful, repeatable golf swing. Joey has worked alongside Master Professional and Golf Digest's Top 100 Instructor, Grant Rogers.
Junko Suzuki, PGA
Junko Suzuki, a Methodist University - Professional Golf Management Program Graduate, is a PGA accredited Golf Professional. Junko was a part of the NCAA Division III National Championship team each year she attended Methodist. She has over 6 years of experience working at facilities such as: Westchester Country Club, Sleepy Hollow Country Club, The Riviera Country Club, Ridgewood Country Club, and most recently Brentwood Country Club. Junko has taken seminars learning from Top 100 Instructors such as: Chuck Cook, Mac O’Grady, Mike Hebron, and Nancy Quarcelino. Junko is able to take her knowledge and skills of teaching and tournament golf to help students of all ages and skill levels.