Academy Instructors

Ted Brasile, Director of Instruction
Ted  Brasile, a PGA Member since 1983, was mentored by Dr. Jim Suttie, PGA, a regular on both GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest’s 50 Greatest Teachers lists. Brasile’s accomplishments in the teaching industry are quite impressive as well: In 1993 he was Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year, in 2001 he was selected as the No. 1 instructor in Virginia by Golf Digest and in 2003 he was named the Georgia PGA-East Chapter Teacher of the Year. He was also the 1998 Georgia PGA-North Chapter Teacher of the Year. A Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 Golf Fitness Instructor, Brasile is also recognized as a LAWS of the Golf Swing Level 1 and 2 Certified Instructor, as well as a SAM Putt Lab level 1 and 2 Certified Instructor.
 
Kathy Padgett, Academy Instructor
Kathy is from Port Washington, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona where she also played college golf for the Lady Wildcats finishing 4th in the nation in 1980. Kathy has qualified for four U.S. Opens and was a nominee for Golf Magazine’s "Top 100 Golf Instructors" in 1998. Kathy is very active in teaching all levels of golf from novice players to low handicappers. She is a LPGA Teaching Professional with over 20 years of golf experience, receiving several awards such as the LPGA Southeast Section "Junior Teacher of the Year" award (2004) and the "Paul Harris Fellow Award" from The Rotary Club for her dedication to junior golf.
 
Tom O’Brien, Academy Instructor
Tom has been an Instructor for the Academy since 2002. Tom was hand-picked personally to be a part of the team. He started at Myopia Hunt Club before moving on to Fishers Island, located off the coast of Long Island, where for 17 summers he was the Head Golf Professional. During the winters Tom taught in Florida, and for years was the Director of Instruction at John's Island Club in Vero Beach. He was a four year starter, playing his college golf at Bentley University. He has received much recognition during his career including being nominated by his peers as Teacher of the Year in the Connecticut Section PGA as well as Southwest Chapter of the South Florida Section PGA in years 2008 & 2009. Tom received Honorable Mention for US Kids Top 50 Instructors list for 2008, 2009 & 2010. Most recently Tom won the Junior Leader award for the Southwest Florida Chapter of the PGA for 2010. He has completed the Certified Golf Coaching training program and over the past five years, five of his High School students have gone on to earn College Golf Scholarships