We believe that proper communication, correct equipment, physical fitness, and structured practice are as important as sound swing fundamentals when taking any game to the next level.
Our award-winning PGA Instructors avoid applying blanket methods of teaching to their students. They recognize the unique nature of each person’s swing and adjust their curriculum to fit accordingly. This approach has made the Academy a leader amongst golf coaching throughout the world.
Meet our PGA professional teaching staff:
The First Tee Level 1 Coach
Ryan grew up in Mill Creek, WA beginning his golf career at age ten. He had a successful collegiate career playing golf for Whitworth University. There he won multiple events, including his conference championship in 2010 which earned him the NWC Player of the Year title and a berth to the NCAA National Championship. He turned pro in 2012 and is now one of the top players in the PNW Section.
Since turning professional, Ryan quickly became a prominent instructor in Western Washington. Voted by his peers, he won the 2014 WWC Player Development Award and the 2015 WWC Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. In 2016, he received his PGA Certification in Teaching & Coaching and was the recipient of the PNW Section Player Development Award.
While not playing or teaching golf, Ryan enjoys playing the guitar, snowboarding, wake surfing, and spending time in Seattle with his friends.
Brent grew up in Puyallup, WA and started working in the golf industry at age fourteen. He attended The San Diego Golf Academy in 1996 and started his apprenticeship soon after that. Brent secured his PGA membership in 2004 working for several top facilities in the Puget Sound including The Golf Club at Newcastle.
His deep passion for creating the best possible golf experience brought him to Chambers Bay in April 2007 where he played a key role in a successful opening of this much anticipated course. Having this passion for a great golf experience has taken Brent far and wide to play many of the world’s greatest courses. One of Brent’s greatest experiences came in 2015 as the host PGA professional of the U.S. Open Championship. In 2015 Brent was recognized by his peers as the Western Washington Chapter PGA Professional of the Year.
Brent is married to Brittny and has two sons Adam and Andrew. As you can tell he loves golf but also loves everything Northwest. If there is a hike or NW experience to be discovered Brent and his family will find it!
Jorge brings his southwest style and hospitality to the Pacific Northwest from the West Texas town of El Paso. He is a graduate of the Professional Golf Management Program at New Mexico State University. Jorge was elected as a Class A Golf Professional in November 2014, and began his career as the Assistant Golf Professional at Butterfield Trail Golf Club, in El Paso, Texas, another KemperSports Management facility.
Jorge shows his passion for growing the game at the beginning. His two biggest focuses are Get Golf Ready adult beginner golf clinics and junior golf classes.
Sports and good food… and an occasional glass of Riesling.
A native of Tacoma, Washington, Mogg began his golf career at the age of twelve. He moved to Florida in 1985 after finding success in his college years as a Buckeye at Ohio State University. He graduated with All-American Honors and won the Ohio Amateur Championship before making his way to the professional tour. He spent 10 years playing professional golf and three years on the PGA Tour with a top finish of 2nd at the 1988 Sanderson Farms Classic, took 3rd in the 2001 Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational and participated in the 1995 US Open. He also had 6 top 25 finishes on the Web.Com Tour as well as top 10 finishes in 11 countries while competing internationally.
Since the 1990’s Brian Mogg has been a dominant force in the world of golf instruction. His students have won over 20 professional tour events along with a USGA Championship, Lion Kim, winner of the 2010 U.S. Public Links. In 2009, Mogg coached Y.E. Yang to victory in the PGA Championship as well as the Honda Classic.
He currently resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife and 4 children.