Dave founded the Kendall Academy of Golf in 1997 after 17 years as a Head Professional at Cadillac Country Club. Over the past 18 years, under Dave’s guidance, Kendall Academy of Golf has grown from one instructor with a dream to 10 outstanding Instructors and hundreds of success stories.
Dave is currently the only Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach in Michigan. The Kendall Academy instructor team help develop the golf games of all levels of players, from beginner to elite amateur and professionals. Dave has been honored by the Michigan PGA as Golf Professional of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Horton Smith Award, and Senior Player of the Year. He is a 2-time Michigan Senior Open Champion, Senior PGA Champion, and Senior PGA Match Play Champion.
In 2011, Dave was inducted into the Jackson Golf Hall of Fame, in 2013, the Michigan PGA Hall of Fame. In 2014, Golf Digest ranked Dave #2 on its list of Top Instructors in Michigan. In 2015, Dave was elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame. The insight he has gained through his many years of teaching players of all levels, along with his competitive background, has given Dave a very practical approach to player improvement.
Paul has been a Class A PGA member since 1975. He has been with the Kendall Academy since 1998. Golf Digest Magazine ranked Paul the 3rd best instructor in Michigan during 2013-2014 and the 5th best in 2011 – 2012. In 2008, Paulwas named the Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year.
He has had a great number of success stories over his many years of teaching and coaching. Over 150 of Paul’s students have gone on to play collegiately at Michigan, Michigan State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Brown, Bucknell, Toledo, Richmond, Eastern Michigan, and Western Michigan amongst others.
In addition to collegiate students, Paul’s students also include a 3x Golfweek United States Senior Amateur Player of the Year. Paul’s extensive professional experience includes: qualifying for the PGA Senior Tour’s First of America Classic in 1998 as well as winning the Michigan PGA Senior Pro/Senior Am with student Bill Zylstra in 2005, 2008, and 2010.
Paul’s knowledge of the golf swing and short game techniques, experience in communication, and friendly manner make him an outstanding instructor for any level of player.
Patrick played professionally for 8 years before joining the Kendall Academy in 2015. He competed primarily on the NGA Tour (Hooters Tour), played in events on the Web.com Tour and other mini-tours throughout the country, and played in the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont.
Patrick was born and raised in Ann Arbor and played golf locally at Huron High School. He went on to play golf at Ball State University in Indiana. Patrick has learned from top teachers from around the country and brings unique knowledge from his professional playing experience.
He has extensive knowledge in all facets of the game from course management to short game to the swing.
Jim joined the Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf in December of 2009 and was named Director of Instruction in February 2012.
Prior to the Kendall Academy, Jim served as an Assistant Golf Professional at West Shore Golf & CC from 2003 through 2006; Assistant Professional at Grosse Ile Golf & CC from 2007 through 2008, and Head Golf Professional in 2009. During his time at West Shore and Grosse Ile he coordinated the junior golf programs and beginner clinics, as well as providing private and group instruction to players of all ability levels.
His extensive equipment knowledge comes from over 20 years with custom club fitting and club repair. Jim takes great pride in the success of his students which include State High School Champions, a former Collegiate All-American, and the 2015 Michigan Open Champion. In addition to private and group lessons, Jim’s expertise will enhance your corporate outings. Whether you are brand new to golf or an elite player, Jim’s professionalism will make your golf experience enjoyable.
Scott graduated from the University of Michigan in 2001 after competing collegiately on the varsity golf team for 4 straight years. He was the captain of the team in 2000-2001, was ranked as high as 47th in the nation as an amateur golfer.
Scott traveled the U.S. and Canada playing professional mini tours. He finished in the top-5 in the Michigan Open 4 years in a row (2004-2007). He was named to Golf Digest’s “Top Teachers in Your State” list in 2006 after his first 5-years teaching at the Kendall Academy where he taught private lessons/golf schools/junior camps.
His extensive equipment knowledge and club-fitting experience comes from his work in the CLUBoratory beginning in 1999 and he continues to stay educated in the technical aspects of modern equipment. Scott prides himself on scientific knowledge. Everything he does has its roots in geometry and physics. Scott is a Certified Trackman Professional and uses the Trackman Launch Monitor to teach his students the “Ball Flight Laws.” In 2009, Scott earned his first Golf Stroke Engineering Degree and was the first and only Authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine in the State of Michigan.
His continued education allows him to understand golf from a very mechanical foundation. He teaches mechanics first and how a golfer can eventually transition from mechanics to feel. He is also very capable of translating his technical knowledge into easily usable information. If you are looking for a modern golf scientist then Scott would be a good fit. Keep in mind that the ball only reacts to the application of the instrument you hold in your hands. So be prepared to talk about how to control the club by controlling your hands.
John grew up in Novi, Michigan and started taking lessons at the Kendall Academy at age 15. This is where John developed a passion for learning about golf. John played 4 years of varsity golf at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and was a 2016 All State selection.
John played 3 years of varsity golf at Spring Hill College (Mobile, Al) and was on the SIAC All Conference team 2017-18, 2018-19.
Ryan has had a passion for golf ever since he was a child. In high school, he was a two-time all-state selection, while ranked in the top 100 in the country his senior year. He was then a four year starter on the golf team at the University of Nebraska, where he helped his team into two post-season berths.
Since then, Ryan has been playing professionally for the past 12 years. During his professional tenure, he won over 25 professional events, was first alternate for the 2013 U.S. Open, played in the 2014 John Deere Classic, and learned from some of the best instructors throughout the U.S.
He has worked with top 50 instructors including Butch Harmon, Dr. Jim Suttie, Todd Anderson, James Sieckmann, John Tillery, and Mike Shannon. He has made it one of his missions to learn as much as possible about the golf swing, and will be honored to pass on his knowledge to students of any level of ability.
Justin grew up in Livonia, Michigan learning to play golf at 6 years old. After playing golf in high school and local tournaments, Justin achieved All-Conference honors, joining the golf team at Saginaw Valley State University. After graduating college with an Exercise Science Degree, Justin became a member of the PGA and quickly became the lead golf instructor for the city of Livonia Golf Courses for 6 years. His passion for the game allowed him to grow his knowledge by obtaining certifications with the Titleist Performance Institute and through PGA Education. For the last 3 years, Justin has been the Director of Instruction at Oak Pointe Country Club teaching all levels of golfers.
Justin brings an easy-going teaching atmosphere and knowledge of the human body to help his students achieve their golfing goals. He believes not all golf swings are the same and uses the mobility and flexibility of his students to help build a high-functioning golf swing that is unique for that golfer. Justin specializes in junior development; swing analysis and club speed training but can teach and work with students of all skill levels.