Kellie Stenzel of Palm Beach, Fla., recognized as one of the premier women instructors in golf, has been named one of the inaugural instructors of the newly formed Golf Channel Academy.
Stenzel is among the first 25 of the game’s most influential and recognizable teachers coming together to establish a dedicated network of instruction facilities with the active support of Golf Channel, the game’s leading global multimedia and golf entertainment source.
“I’m very excited to be among the first teachers associated with the new, dynamic Golf Channel Academy,” said Stenzel, Director of Instruction for the Kellie Stenzel Golf Academy at the Palm Beach Par 3. “This is a chance for golf instructors to work together, learning from one another and adopting best practices in both teaching and the business of teaching. I think it’s going to propel the coaches and coaching forward in a big way.”
Golf Channel Academy is the first network of its kind devoted to efficiently growing the business of golf instruction. With 25 charter locations already committed, Golf Channel Academy will be inviting additional coaches to become part of the network as it launches in April 2015.
These coaches will benefit from a wide-spectrum of business consulting services and products addressing marketing, sales, technology and back-office solutions needs, as well as shared best practices across the network. Coaches also will have the opportunity to appear on instructional programming across Golf Channel’s television and digital platforms. Students at Golf Channel Academy locations will be able to track their progress using advanced software to measure specific goals under the direction of their personal coach.
“Golf Channel Academy will align the top coaches from across the country to run their business within a robust, collaborative operation,” said Todd Wilson, CEO of Golf Channel Academy. “Our members will have a unique opportunity to tap into best practices and proprietary data that will assist each member instructor and academy operation to grow their business while operating under one unified brand.”
One of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest’s 50 Best Women Teachers in America, Stenzel is both a PGA Master Professional and LPGA Certified Teaching Professional.
The author of three books, including The Women’s Guide to Consistent Golf and The Women’s Guide to Lower Scores, Stenzel has been teaching professionally for 22 years. She is the granddaughter of a PGA Professional, and her father played briefly on the PGA Tour.
Stenzel was an accomplished player as well, having played professionally on five worldwide tours, including the Ladies European Tour, Asian Tour, and the Futures Tour here in the States. While playing collegiately at Furman University in South Carolina, she helped lead the Lady Paladins to a second-place finish in the NCAA Championships her senior year.
In addition to authoring three books, Stenzel has written articles for GOLF Magazine, Golf.com, Golf Digest Woman, and Golf for Women, and has appeared on Golf Channel. She was also recently recognized by Golf.com as one of the 18 “Most Beautiful Women in Golf.”