John Rawdon, PGA - JOHNRAWDONGOLF.COM
GreatLife KC is excited to partner up with PGA Professional, John Rawdon. John is at the top of his Industry, a lifetime member of the PGA and a “Certified Professional”, which is one step away from the ultimate achievement ……MASTER PROFESSIONAL, PGA.
Born in 1964 in Wichita, Kansas, he played golf every day possible from the early age of 5 years old. He attended Plattsburg High School in Missouri and then on to William Jewel College. He also studied abroad at Harlaxton in Grantham, England before graduating at Northwest Missouri State University in 1987. He received a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Coaching. In 1986 he started his career at Paradise Pointe Golf Course in Smithville, Missouri and was elected to membership of the PGA in 1991.
John later leased a facility in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and further honed his skills as a golf professional. He became the Head Golf Coach for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blue Gold Women’s Golf Program, and twice received Coach of the Year Honors in his collegiate division. While in Wisconsin, he also became the Lead Instructor at the Nike Camp in Stephens Point.
Helping others enjoy the game has always been his ultimate goal. And throughout his life, John has always been especially proficient with the younger generation of golfers. Juniors are his true passion, they are a key part of his motivation and drive for the game. He has coached, taught, and mentored countless students in District, Sectional, and State Competition. He has taken pride in seeing those students succeed in golf, and also succeed in life.
Paul Hooser, PGA
Since beginning as an assistant professional at Hickory Hills Country Club in Springfield, Missouri in 1975, Paul Hooser has been coaching golf. Though the roles have ranged from general manager to director of instruction, the common theme is that coaching golfers is Paul’s favorite professional activity.
The bedrock of Paul’s coaching is communication. Each golfer is unique in talent, experience, physical ability and learning style. A successful coach must bring to each individual a solution for better golf delivered in terms and concepts that the golfer can own as their own. Golf is learned, not taught. The coach is responsible for creating a learning environment.
Paul has worked with youth, adult beginners, college competitors and tour players. Golf is the same game for all level of players. It is the individual and their style that is the variable. For his performance as a coach Paul has been honored on numerous occasions. Twice he has been recognized as the Teacher of the Year by the Midwest Section of the PGA. Both Golf and Golf Digest magazines have listed Paul as one of the best instructors in the state and region. In addition to teaching Paul has been recognized by the Midwest Section of the PGA as Club Fitter of the Year on three occasions. Golf; golfers, golf clubs and playing golf are Paul’s passions and focus.
Brenndan Cooper, PGA - BRENNDANCOOPERGOLF.COM
Brenndan has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the Best Young Teachers in America as well as one of the Top Teachers in Missouri. A recipient of the Midwest Section PGA Teacher of the Year award, Brenndan has had the opportunity to coach players on the professional tours, club champions as well as junior and high school champions on the local, state and national level.
Brenndan grew up in southern Missouri and played college golf at Missouri State University. After his college golf days he played various professional tours around the country. His passion for teaching grew when he started helping his fellow tour professional friends with their games, and they started having more success.
He has been recognized as one of the top junior golf coaches in the area having received the Midwest Section PGA Youth Development Award. Brenndan's success with his young players is evident by the fact that he has had the great pleasure of helping numerous high school players receive college golf scholarships. His players have also won AJGA events along with local player of the year honors.
Brenndan has a desire to continually grow and improve as an instructor by exploring new ways and techniques to teach golfers of different abilities and learning styles. He is always keeping up to date with the latest teaching technology and research and incorporating that with his students when it is appropriate.
Courtney developed a love for the game of golf at an early age. Her father is a Class A PGA Professional, and his passion for the game encouraged her to become an elite competitor and coach.
She had a successful amateur and professional career, competing for the University of Arkansas as well as on various professional golf tours including the LPGA Symetra Tour. Throughout her competitive experience she found her passion for the game included introducing people of all ages to the game of golf. Additionally, she has played a role in inspiring women and juniors to embrace the sport.
Courtney contributes her successes as an instructor to her past experiences as a collegiate and professional golfer, as well as her time as a division one collegiate coach. She has studied under multiple accomplished top ranked instructors including Martin Chuck, Aaron Olson, Stan Thirsk and her lifelong coach, her father, Charlie Mahon.
She is currently the Director of Instructor for Tour Striker Midwest located at Falcon Ridge Golf Club in Kansas City, Kansas. Over the past five years, she served as the Lead Instructor under Martin Chuck for the Tour Striker Golf Academy at the Raven Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona. In the summer months Mahon served as the Head Instructor for the Nike Junior Golf Camps in Pebble Beach, California, in conjunction with traveling to coach various Tour Striker Golf Academies across the West coast and internationally with Martin Chuck. Mahon is heavily involved in the LPGA, serving as the Central Section Treasurer and the National Director of the New Member Committee. She earned her LPGA Class A card in 2012.
Parker Janssen, PGA
Parker Janssen is a PGA Teaching Professional and graduate of PGCC-Temecula, California. He has been working in the Golf Industry for 15 years and has a passion for helping people improve all aspects of their golf game. He works with all levels of golfers and specializes in the use of video analysis.