Tom Rezendes, PGA – Owner & Lead Coach

After becoming a PGA Class A Professional in 2011 I have followed my passion to learn everything I can about the golf swing and teaching golf.  As a result, I have been able to assist fellow golf professionals seeking advice on golf instruction.  Since opening NorCal Golf Academy, I  have also advised in the design and layout of world class instructional facilities around the world including the Meadow Club in Fairfax, CA, Bobby Clampett’s Impact Zone World Headquarters, local universities and K-Vest.

The Academy

A Process to Golf Instruction

Ranked by Golf Digest as the number 14 instructor in California and one of the highest certified and trained instructors in the state, I take pride in helping golfers on the road to improvement quickly. Utilizing TrackMan radar technology, Swing Catalyst Balance Plate and  GEARS Motion Capture I can measure every facet of my student’s motion and give quantifiable data on what needs improvement and what is working properly.

I am the only Certified Golf Biomechanist in Northern California and am certified and own one the few GEARS systems in Northern California.

I truly believe that in this day and age golfers seeking to improve their game should not have to settle for a lesson where the instructor is guessing and without 3D technology that is exactly what they are doing! My motto is “If you are not assessing than you are guessing” .

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Certification & History

  • Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor in California 2017-2020
  • Golf Magazine Top 50 Club Fitter in North America
  • 2019 NorCal PGA Club Fitter of the Year
  • PGA Professional
  • Have taught over 20,000 lessons
  • Jacobs3D Advisory Member
  • Foresight Sports Advisory Staff Member
  • Manzella Certified Instructor
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Instructor (Levels 2&3)
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Biomechanist (Level 2)
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Junior Golf Coach (Levels 2&3)
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Mechanics (Levels 2&3)
  • Swing Catalyst Brand Ambassador
  • Swing Catalyst Level 2 Certified Instructor
  • K-Vest Certified Golf Instructor (Level 3)
  • Authorized Instructor of The Golfing Machine (GSEB)
  • Impact Zone Golf Advanced Level Certified Instructor
  • Kwon 3D Certified(Level 1)
  • Advanced Motion Measurement Certified Instructor
  • Edel Golf Certified Fitter
  • Have taught golf at local courses (Orinda Country Club, Poppy Ridge and Discovery Bay Country Club)

Elliot Busichio, Instructor & Manager

I started playing golf when I was 4 years old and I fell in love with the game and improved rapidly. When I was 12 years old, I started playing competitively across Northern California, where I won a few Junior and Amateur Championships. Following my dream of playing collegiate golf, I signed to play at California State University, East Bay where I played all four years. Growing up, I had many mentors from college players I looked up to but none more than my dad who pushed me to follow my dreams. One of my favorite quotes my dad would tell me was one from Tiger Woods, “no matter how goof you are, you can always get better.” That is something that I have not only incorporated into my teaching and playing, but into life itself, that no matter how good you are doing at something, always strive to be better. From Collegiate golf, I wanted to pursue a career in teaching golf because I wanted to help players get better and enjoy the game of golf that I love.

I am currently working towards becoming a Class A PGA member and I strive to learn from some of the best instructors in the game, which has brought me to working for Tom Rezendes, a top-25 instructor in California at NorCal Golf Academy, since 2013.

MISSION

I strive to help students not just become better players but help them understand the game of golf by utilizing GC Quad and Swing Catalyst software to help them better understand and improve their golf swings.

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Certification & Highlights

  • Won the West County Amateur Championship 2013
  • 5 JGANC Tournament Wins
  • Low round of 65 in Concord City Junior Championship
  • T-1 at Chico State Tournament in 2014
  • Helped run junior golf programs at Contra Costa Country Club
  • Swing Catalyst Level 1 & 2
  • Stack and Tilt
  • K-Vest Level 1
  • Callaway Certified Fitter
  • TPI Level 1
  • True Temper Certified Fitter
  • KBS Certified Fitter
  • Fujikura Certified Dealer
  • Mizuno Certified Fitter
  • Srixon/XXIO/Cleveland Certified Fitter

Curtis Rhoads, PGA – Instructor

Curtis is Lead Instructor at our Dublin location. A native Moragan and Class A PGA Professional with over 10 years of experience teaching Curtis has taught thousands of golf lessons. Curtis played for the USC men’s golf team and recently spent three years as an Assistant Coach for the distinguished Harvard men’s golf squad. Prior to that he was a Golf Professional at the Olympic Club for 14 years. Curtis has been a Class A PGA Professional for more than 10 years and is also certified in Stack and Tilt, Swing Catalyst and K-Vest to list a few.

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Certification & History

  • PGA Professional
  • Stack and Tilt Authorized Instructor
  • Swing Catalyst Level 2 Certified Golf Instructor
  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Instructor
  • K-Vest Level 2 Certified Instructor
  • Certiified Golf Coaches Association Instructor

Jenny Park-Choi, Instructor

I started in Golf when I was 14. Late start for playing at a high level, but fell in love with the game immediately and improved quickly. Broke 70 for my first time in a tournament after 2 years of playing Golf by shooting a back nine score of 30 (-6). I played JGANC, AJGA and USGA tournaments, winning over 50 tournaments including 2 AJGA events and being selected to the Inaugural Canon Cup Team (now Wyndham Cup), and went on to earn a full scholarship to play at UCLA. Despite some setbacks with injuries, I earned All-Conference and All-American team honors. Ranked #2 in the NCAA my Senior year. After graduating from UCLA I then played 3 years on the LPGA Tour and played in 3 US Women’s Opens. I began teaching in 2002 while recovering from injuries at home and found teaching much more rewarding than playing. I’ve been teaching for the past 17 years, appreciating the progress and watching my students improve and truly enjoy the game of Golf more. I truly believe in “Focusing on the process of improvement, and not dwelling on perfection.”

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Certification & History

  • LPGA Tour 2000-2004
  • Over 30,000 lessons taught
  • UCLA, Mathematics Degree
  • NCAA First-Team All-American
  • AJGA All American
  • Acalanes High School Graduate

Jack Henneberry, Instructor

Jack’s teaching career was built upon 20 years of competitive golf playing in junior, collegiate and amateur tournaments across the country. His teaching approach encompasses four facets: build the golfer’s skills, teach the golfer how to use the skills, test golfer skills in varying scenarios and build the confidence of the golfer.

The approach is built on his prior career at Ernst & Young assessing the operational risks of financial services firms. To properly assess a golfer, it is important to understand the objectives of the golfer, the biomechanics of the golfer, the physics of the golf club and the forces the golfer exerts on the golf club. Once assessed, he enhances the inputs of the golfer’s swing by utilizing the applications of the Foresight GCQuad Launch Monitor, face on and down the line cameras and Swing Catalyst balance plate technology. He also specializes in full bag club fittings through his extensive understanding of the performance of club heads, shafts and grips. He is a fantastic coach that brings a welcoming, fun and educational culture to all his students.

 

More About Jack

  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)
  • TPI Level 1 Golf Fitness Instructor
  • TPI Level 2 Golf Coach
  • TPI Level 2 Power
  • Swing Catalyst Level 1 & 2 Certified Instructor
  • TPT Certified Shaft Fitter
  • True Temper & KBS Shaft Fitter
  • 2019 California Amateur Qualifier
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Business Degree
  • 2011 CIF Section Team Champion

Hannah Jun Medlock, Instructor

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, I started playing golf at the age of 9. By the time I was 12 I was competing locally, within the state and on a national level. Some of my highlights as a junior golfer include SDJGA Player of the Year, SCPGA Player of the Year, AJGA All American, former West team Canon cup member and 2003 Junior World Champion.

I went on to play at a collegiate level at UCLA, where I was an All American, Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year as well as part of a National Championship team. I went on post graduating to play on the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) as well as the LET (Ladies European Tour) from 2007-2015. No matter the success at any level, the game of golf is a never-ending work in progress. Making it one of the most challenging sports. Achieving perfection is impossible but having a plan with a goal is the best part of the journey!

“Having a goal without a plan, is merely a wish.”

 

MISSION

Mission Helping my students make a personalized plan and guiding them through the entire process. Making some extra birdies along the way and having fun!

 

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Playing History

  • SDJGA Player of the Year
  • SCPGA Player of the Year
  • AJGA All American
  • NCAA All American
  • Pac-10 Freshman Newcomer of the year
  • NCAA Championship Team
  • LPGA 2007-2015
  • LET 2009-2014