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California Golf Summit Speaker Bios
Sean Foley is an instructor for Revolution Golf and a coach to PGA Tour Players. He is widely considered one of the most popular coaches on Tour. He is a former Director of Instruction at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge. A native of Ontario, Canada, Sean is known for his athletic and biomechanical approach to golf instruction. His methods are both progressive and scientific. As a teenager, Sean was inspired to become a golf instructor to high-level players after watching David Leadbetter work with Nick Faldo on the driving range at the RBC Canadian Open in the 1990s.
Coaching clients have included: the Modern Era’s most successful player, Tiger Woods; 2017 Players Champion Si Woo-Kim; 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2013 U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose; Sean O’Hair, Greg Owen, Seung-Yul Noh, Stephen Ames, Chris Baryla, Hunter Mahan, and Lee Westwood, among others.
James Sieckmann is the Director of Instruction at The Golf Academy at Shadow Ridge Country Club in Omaha, Nebraska. He is known as the “Master of the Modern Short Game,” and has instructed more than 80 PGA and LPGA Tour Players. He has authored two books: “Your Short Game Solution: Mastering the Finesse Game from 120 Yards and In” and “Your Putting Solution: A Tour Proven Approach to Mastering the Greens.”
Awards and honors include being a nine-time Nebraska Section Teacher of the Year, Golf Digest Top 50 Teachers in America, Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America.
Current short game coach to: Tom Pernice, Emiliano Grillo, Ben Crane, Smylie Kaufman, Skip Kendall, Julietta Granada, Charley Hoffman, IK Kim, Hudson Swafford, Cameron Tringale, and Duffy Waldorf.
Mark Blackburn, PGA
Mark Blackburn is the Founder of Blackburn Golf, an academy located at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Greystone is the home of the Champions Tour Regions Tradition. A native of London, England, Mark’s philosophy revolves around coaching golfers based on their biomechanical abilities. “There is no one method of swinging the golf club for all golfers,” Mark is quoted as stating. “Rather the objective is to develop a repeatable motion based on the student’s functional movement. Utilizing their physiology students will learn the necessary stroke pattern whether driving or putting the ball.”
Awards and honors include Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America, Dixie Section PGA Teacher of the Year, Golf Digest Top 20 Teacher in America Under 40, Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers.
Coaching clients have included: Heath Slocum, Robert Karlsson, Kevin Chappell, Chad Campbell, YE Yang, Bill Lunde, Chez Reavie, Harris English, Andrew Putnam, Arjun Atwal, Bobby Gates, Boo Weekley, Nathan Green, Brian Gay, and Spike McRoy.
Dr. Tim Brown
Known as “The Beach Doctor,” Dr. Tim Brown is a Chiropractic Sports Medicine Specialist and the Founder/Creator of IntelliSkin, apparel designed to improve posture and performance. He is also Co-Medical Director on the ASP Surf Tour, and the former Medical Director on the AVP Volleyball Tour. An early innovator in functional taping, Tim developed a hybrid kinesiology technique known as SPRT (Specific Proprioceptive Response Taping).
Clients have included Kelly Slater, Tom Curren, Karch Kiraly, and Kobe Bryant, to name a few. Tim has worked with Olympic Champions and athletes in almost every sport, too many of which there are to name. He has been one of the great healers and innovators to high level professional and amateur athletes, with his emphasis on the mind, body, and spirit. Tim was also a Co-Founder of Newport Spine and Sport, a chiropractic practice located in Newport Beach, California.
Amy Alcott is an American professional golfer and golf course designer. She is a Member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame; two of the most prestigious honors in the sport. She owns 33 professional victories worldwide, including 5 major championships. Amy was the original “California Girl” to come out and take the LPGA Tour by storm. She won her first professional event in 1975 at the age of 18, in only her third professional start. That year, she was named LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year. In 1988, Amy celebrated her victory at the Nabisco Dinah Shore by jumping into the greenside Poppie’s Pond. This was the beginning of one of the most colorful traditions in women’s golf. Amy had at least one professional tournament win for 12 consecutive years, including four tournaments in one year on three occasions (1979, 1980, 1984).
Amy was recognized during her career as the LPGA’s finest and most creative shot-maker and for her “go-for-the-pin” style. She began playing golf at the age of 7 in her front yard, putting into soup cans and sprinkler heads. Having lived in California her whole life, Amy is a quintessential representation of golf in the state. In her role as a golf course designer, Amy acted as a consultant on Olympic Golf Course, the site of the 2016 Summer Olympics for golf in Rio de Janeiro.
John Cook is a successful Champions Tour Player. He is also a television commentator/analyst for the golf channel and NBC. John owns 27 professional victories worldwide, including 11 PGA Tour victories, 10 Champions Tour victories, and one World Cup victory. He is one of a few golfers with double-digit victories on both the PGA and Champions Tours. He is a former Ryder Cup Team member. As part of a distinguished amateur career, John competed collegiately at Ohio State University and won the 1978 US Amateur Championship, as well as many other titles. He was also a member of the 1979 NCAA Championship Team at Ohio State. In California, John holds the rare distinction of winning the State Junior Championship, State Amateur Championship, the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am, and the Champions Tour event at Pebble Beach – four of the most important tournaments at one of our most iconic golf courses. He is a member of the prestigious SCGA Hall of Fame.
Known as “The Lil’ Pro,” Eddie Merrins is the legendary Pro Emeritus at Bel-Air Country Club. He is Southern California’s greatest golf ambassador and among the most respected and admired individuals in the game. He has been inducted into 11 halls of fame. He was the Head Golf Professional at Bel-Air from 1962 – 2003 and coached the UCLA Men’s Golf Team from 1975 – 1989. His 1988 team won the NCAA Championship. During his tenure at UCLA, he coached 16 All-Americans, including Corey Pavin, Steve Pate, Tom Pernice Jr., Duffy Waldorf, Scott McCarron, and Brandt Jobe. His students have included everyone from United States Presidents to actors to tour players. He authored a book in 1973, “Swing the Handle, Not the Clubhead.” Eddie is known for his desire to simplify the golf swing. He once said, “It’s a pretty simple game and a pretty simple swing that we go to great lengths to complicate.” As a professional golfer, Eddie competed in over 200 PGA Tour events and 8 US Opens. He is in his 55th year of tenure at Bel-Air.
Jamie Mulligan, PGA
Jamie Mulligan is the Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, California. Additionally, he coaches eleven PGA, LPGA, and Champions tour players. He is a leader amongst his peers and in the community and uses a unique approach with each of his students.
Awards and honors include Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America, Golf Digest Top Teachers in America, Southern California PGA Section Hall of Fame. Southern California PGA Section Professional of the Year and Teacher of the Year. Jamie has been a columnist for many golf publications throughout the state and the country over the last 25 years. He is a consultant to the Long Beach State golf program and the founder of the Smooth Swing Golf School and the Jamie Mulligan Golf Camp. Jamie also invented a putting device called “The Ingrainer.”
Jamie has found a niche with his stable of players by developing a coaching relationship from junior golf to tour life. He has coached three #1 World Amateurs. His longtime stable of players includes PGA and Champions Tour Winner John Cook, Paul Goydos, John Mallinger, Peter Tomasulo, John Merrick, 2014 Women’s British Open Champion Mo Martin, Luke List, Veronica Felibert, Max Homa, Brett Lederer, and Patrick Cantlay. He has also acted as a consultant and coach to Amy Alcott, Craig Barlow, Na Yeon Choi, Bill Haas, Gary Hallberg, and Bill Lunde.