Golf Channel Academy with Kelley Brooke

Providing elite coaching for all skill levels and ages.

 

No matter which location, or which instructor, we strive to give the same quality lesson with the same structure. All of our instructors use the latest technology to ensure that your swing is in line with your objectives technical and data points. To achieve this, we use Trackman data to analyze your launch angles, spin rates, angles of attack and more. We use V1 video analysis to explain how to improve your data and swing. We use K-Vest biofeedback to overcome physical issues and to explain proper positions. We use Sam Putt Lab and Eye Line aids to teach a proper roll when putting and eliminate side spin. Additionally, we have a wide array of teaching aids and drills to help you feel positions and get your swing technically sound.

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Kelley Brooke
Owner & Director of Instruction

The 2018 LPGA Golf Professional of the Year, Kelley Brooke, is the Owner and Director of Instruction of the Golf Channel Academy with Kelley Brooke, with two locations in the New York metropolitan area (Long Island/Bethpage Black GC and Brooklyn). She is also the President/Founder of the Bethpage Golf Group. A protégé of Butch Harmon, as well as Craig Bunker at the John Jacobs’ Golf Schools, Kelley has spent the last 35+ years in the golf industry as a player, teaching professional and golf facility owner.

Over the past 25 years, she’s done much to change the face of golf in the New York City metropolitan area. In addition to giving more than 40,000 golf lessons, Kelley formed the not-for-profit NYC Junior Golf Club, Inc., the Police Athletic League Golf Program and conducting hundreds of Golf Clinics and Golf Schools. She also developed a “Fit for Life” program for children with disabilities, providing thousands of children with disabilities throughout the five boroughs an opportunity to play the game. In 2010, the NYC Mayor’s Office and Commission on Women’s Issues selected Kelley as a woman who has a made a difference during “Women in History Month.”

 

Dr. Jeff Poplarski
director of golf performance

Dr. Jeff Poplarski will be leading GCAKB’s Golf Fitness Programs at Bethpage Golf Course. Jeff is a Doctor of Chiropractic and is certified in TPI Fitness. He holds the position as Adjunct Full Professor at SUNY Farmingdale State University in the Sports Management and Biology Departments and LIU Post in the Health, Physical Education and Movement Science Departments. 
 

jimmy lee
INSTRUCTOR

Jimmy is a Teaching Professional at the Golf Channel Academy with Kelley Brooke’s Bethpage Golf Course location in Farmingdale, NY. A former assistant pro at Bethpage State Park, Lee has worked with a number of Korean-born junior players, including former USC star and 2013 NCAA individual champion Annie Park.

Megan Younkman
Director of Instruction

Megan Younkman has been dedicated to the golf industry with over 29 years of intensive teaching and competitive playing experiences and has given over 28,000 lessons in her professional teaching career. After a successful junior golf competitive career, she played collegiate Women’s Varsity Golf for The Ohio State University and The University of Toledo.  

 

An LPGA Class A Professional, Megan is the Director of Instruction for the Bethpage State Park Golf Courses in Farmingdale, NY at The Golf Channel Academy with Kelley Brooke, 2018 LPGA Professional of the Year. (The infamous Bethpage Black Course is home to the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup). Additionally, Megan serves on the LPGA’s Global Education Team for their Teacher Education Program. Megan has been most recently appointed to serve on the LPGA’s Executive Education Committee (2019-2021) and served as Chair for the National Continuing Education Committee (2014-2018) for the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Membership.

 

Megan is known as a student-centered teacher, excellent communicator, motivator and has taught internationally in both Austria and Germany.  Megan is the published author of “Managing Your Business Game”.  In September of 2011, Younkman was appointed the Head Coach for the State of Florida in the PGA Junior League Golf World Series held at the TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia and received the US KIDS GOLF Top 50 Teacher’s Award (hm).

 

Megan is a member of Proponent Group and The Positive Coaching Alliance. She is a U.S. KIDS GOLF Certified Coach, an LPGA-USGA Girl’s Golf Site Director, Blast Swing Motion Technology Certified and V1 Video Swing Analysis Certified. Megan also proudly works with the University of Tampa Golf Teams on Mental Game Strategies and is an Adjunct Professor for the University of South Florida Department of Education.

Kara Cook
Lead Girls Coach

Kara Cook is a member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals. Kara came to the Golf Channel Academy with Kelley Brooke after working as a site director of the Nassau County LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program for six years. She is a former physical education instructor and personal trainer who has taken her passion for teaching and staying fit and used it to grow one of the largest Girls Golf programs in the country. Her goal is to assist each student to develop into the best golfer and person they can become. Having worked with The First Tee for six years she reached the level of a recognized  First Tee Coach having completing all three levels of their coach training and recently completed her US Kids certification. Kara has begun her LPGA certification journey and looks forward to completing both her LPGA Level II training and TPI training in 2020. She is motivated to teach both girls and adult women to learn how much fun the game of golf can be. Kara uses individually based goals, acknowledges different learning preferences and adds fun games, to help those hesitant beginners become confident golfers!

Justin Koff
Head Golf Professional

Justin Koff studied PGA Golf Management and graduated from Clemson University in 2011. Upon graduation, he became the Program Director for The First Tee of Nassau County, a life-skills education program taught through the game of golf located at Eisenhower Park. Justin is a Class A PGA Professional and recognized The First Tee coach. He coaches players of all ages and abilities with a strong focus on connecting fitness and golf.

John Jordan
Head Coach

John Jordan has over 8 years of coaching at the D1 level for both Men / Women’s  golf teams producing Academic All – Americans and players of the year. At our academy, John instructs both juniors,adults and elite local amateurs. A graduate from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he received a degree from the Isenberg School of Business. John was also a member of the men’s lacrosse program. John resides in Garden City, New York with his wife and 4 daughters. 

 
Notable Awards:
  • Trackman Golf Coach of the Month 2/19
  • Juco College Golf Coach of the Year 2016
  • 2  Lacrosse Club National Championship 
  • 1 North American / Brogden Cup Lacrosse Champions
  • 2 JUCO Lacrosse National Championships
  • All New England Lacrosse Honors
 
Certification for Golf:
  • Trackman Level 1 & 2
  • TPI
  • K-VEST
  • Boditrak 
  • Aimpoint
  • CPR
  • Bodiblast
  • Titleist Certified Fitter
  • D1 Coach Certified

Learn about Golf Channel Academy

Golfers enrolled at Golf Channel Academy locations will not only have the opportunity to learn from the very best coaches in the game today, but will be able to track their progress using advanced swing analysis tools and a proprietary player-coach communication platform that will accelerate their progress.  

The underlying philosophy of Golf Channel Academy—which all of our coaches reinforce—is that good coaching takes place over a period of time, not just one lesson. The relationship between coach and student is more than just “one and done.” This is how “teaching” becomes “coaching,” which we describe as an on-going relationship devoted to long-lasting improvement. Everything about Golf Channel Academy is devoted to enhancing the “coaching” experience for both teacher and student.

Golf Channel Academy is the hands-on coaching extension of the cable network’s instruction programming, which includes such shows as The Golf Fix, Lesson Tee Live, and School of Golf. Golf Channel Academy allows you to receive personalized instruction from the very best coaches in the game, including many of the teachers who you see on TV. And you should see many more Golf Channel Academy coaches making appearances on Golf Channel instructional programs in the future.