PROGRESSING GOLFERS TOWARDS PAR OR BETTER
Operation 36 Golf Academy believes that skilled golfers are happy golfers. We aim to build a community of golfers through coaching programs that are working together to improve their game.
Meet Our Coaches
Sam is a Level 3 PGA Associate since retiring from the Navy in 2014. He teaches using the best technology available in which to measure students to develop with them an improvement plan that best suits the student’s improvement based on those measurements. Why guess when you can measure!
3 things which make him an effective teacher are:
1) His past medical expertise while serving as an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman in the Navy allows him an enhanced understanding of the concepts of body movement and their relationship in the golf swing. This enables him to more effectively communicate ways the student can understand in order to better execute them correctly. He constantly seeks to improve and continues to learn from others.
2) Having many mentors along the way has helped guide his thoughts and ideas based on their many years of experience.
3) He is able to take what he has learned from his many hours learning, practicing, and giving lessons to students and apply this to improve, not just his own skill set, but uses that experience to improve the skills of his students.
For without the dedication of committed students, progress would not be possible.
Operation 36™ Level 1 and Level 2 Certified Coach
Stack and Tilt Certified Coach
RYAN DAILEY, PGA
Ryan finds joy in helping others. He has dedicated his career to positively influencing the lives of others through the game of golf. What started out as a personal dream of playing at the highest level has turned into a life spent helping players and families instill the values of humility, gratitude, delayed gratification and improving at the game.
When he is not coaching students in the Academy at Keith Hills he is working alongside Matt Reagan, PGA in sharing Operation 36 with other dedicated coaches who want to have a positive influence on their students, facility and grow the game of golf. Operation 36 grew out of a garage in Buies Creek, NC and is now being used at over 400 courses around the world. Matt and Ryan desire for this to be the standard learning environment at courses everywhere. They have seen first hand the measurable improvement that players make using Operation 36, the way in which it brings families together at the course through learning the game and they feel every family should have that wonderful opportunity.
Players in the Keith Hills Academy have had great success on the course over the years. The local middle school and high school teams are comprised of mostly juniors who have gone through the Operation 36 program. One of our very first students, Patrick Stephenson won over 65 junior tournaments, was ranked as high as #2 in the state and attended East Carolina University on a golf scholarship. Eston Lee is following in his footsteps to East Carolina University with a golf scholarship. Eston is currently the #6 player in the state.
Numerous students have improved by 10, 20, 30 and some over 40 strokes in their time in the Academy. Please know that if you enroll in the Academy we not only help ourplayers develop into a better golfer but we will also build their character through reinforcing humility, gratitude and delayed gratification. We believe if we can help develop a better person they will become a better golfer!
Co-Founder Operation 36
2013 Carolinas PGA Junior Golf Leader
PGA Member since 2005
TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Certified Level 3 Junior Coach
US Kids Certified Junior Coach
Certified Double-Goal Coach with the Positive Coaching Alliance
Level 2 Certified Trackman Coach
Stack and Tilt Certified Coach
The Golfing Machine (GSEB)
TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
TPI Certified Level 2 Golf Professional
BBA, Campbell University 2004
MBA, Campbell University 2009
From the beginning, Operation 36 Golf Academies are unique and innovative. Operation 36 is an example of the thought process that make Sam and Ryan leaders of junior golf instruction. It is their commitment to the long-term development of the players that has made Operation 36 Golf Academies a fun way to prepare junior golfers for tournament play.
The Operation 36 Golf Academy has been amazing for my son. It has provided the competition and instruction he needs for improvement on a weekly basis. His coach is phenomenal and he has so much fun that he forgets that he is working hard on his golf game!
The Operation 36 Golf Academy has taught sportsmanship and integrity to our child that will last a lifetime even away from the golf course. Karson has rapidly grown a love for the game because of the fun teaching styles. Operation 36 Golf Academy is so much more than just hitting golf balls!
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