Chambers Bay Academy – Who We Are
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.
The award-winning PGA Instructors at Chambers Bay Golf Academy 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 below.
Ryan Young, PGA
PGA Certified Professional
Director of Instruction
The First Tee Level 3 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 PGA Section.
Since turning professional, Ryan quickly became a prominent instructor in the Pacific Northwest. Voted by his peers, Ryan was recognized as Golf Digest Best Teachers in Washington State in 2017-18. He also received the PNW PGA Section Player Development Award in 2016 and Youth Player Development Award in 2018; he has also won the Western WA PGA Chapter Awards for Player Development (2014, 2016, 2017), Youth Player Development (2018) and Assistant Golf Professional of the Year (2015). Ryan is also a PGA Certified Professional in Teaching & Coaching and a Level 3 Coach for The First Tee.
While not playing or teaching golf, Ryan enjoys playing the guitar, snowboarding, wake surfing, and listening to BiggerPockets Podcast. You can follow Ryan on Twitter, @ryoung0123, or Instagram, @ryboy_pga.
Benjamin Talbot, PGA
PGA Golf Professional
Ben grew up in Lacey, WA where he attended Timberline High School as a multi-sport athlete. He was a four year varsity member of the golf team competing at the state level his junior and senior year. He went on to attend Concordia University on a baseball scholarship. While at Concordia he achieved many conference accolades and was a team captain his junior and senior year. Ben received his bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Sports Management.
In 2015, Ben turned professional while working at Tumwater Valley Golf Club. Over three years, he taught over 2,000 private and group lessons. His desire to grow the game of golf grew in to being an active coach in The First Tee, leading a PGA Junior League team to two undefeated seasons and helping to create their golf academy. Over the last year, he has been coaching at a GOLFTEC in Houston, TX. While there, he used technology and individually tailored improvement plans to help students of all ages and abilities improve.
When Ben is not playing or teaching golf, he enjoys watching baseball, listening to music, spending time with friends and shooting his bow. You can follow Ben on Instagram @talbotgolf31
Brent Zepp, PGA
PGA Director of Golf
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! You can follow Brent on Twitter, @TheRealZepper, or Instagram, @therealzepper.
Jacob Lippold, PGA
PGA Golf Professional
Born: Port Angeles, WA
Turned Professional: 2009
- Class A PGA member
- Graduate of Western Washington University
- Previous employment has included-
- Salish Cliffs Golf Club- Shelton, WA
- The Cedars at Dungeness- Sequim, WA
- Peninsula Golf Club- Port Angeles, WA
- First Tee Trained Instructor and Program Manager
- PGA Jr. League Instructor and Program Manager
- Short Game Specialist
- 2018 PGA Chapter Assistant of the Year Award
As individuals, we all have our own unique capabilities, goals, methods of learning and understanding. My goal is that all of my students understand cause and effect in the golf swing. It is important to guide a student to self-discovery and awareness of their own swing so that they may continue to improve on their own.
Favorite golfer: Jason Dufner
Favorite golf course played: Royal Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Best golf tip: The mental side of the game can be as important as the physical side- learn to relax, remember to have fun. Focus on solid impact with the center of the club face while accelerating through the golf ball.
Favorite things to do when not at the golf course: Spending time with family, friends, soccer, international travel, hiking, camping, attending concerts and sporting events, making enchiladas and pizza.
You can follow Jacob on Instagram, @Lip.city.
Brian Mogg, PGA
PGA Academy Instructor
The game’s top instructors picked Brian Mogg to be one of Golf Digest 50 Best Teachers in America in 2011 – 2015.
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.
On-Course Instructional Videos
Meet CBGA PGA Instructors Ryan Young, Brent Zepp, Jacob Lippold, and Brian Bussinger. Check back often as they share their best tips and pointers for lowering your score and getting the most out of every round.
Check out all of our videos on our YouTube channel.