PGA Professional Staff

Peter Donahue, PGA

Founder | Senior Coach

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My office is out in the fresh air under some big oak trees. The people with whom I work are all curious, eager, and motivated. I advocate for the game of golf, and also for studentship and evolution. I’m living a dream that I first dreamed fifty years ago. A kid’s dream for sure. Then again, aren’t all the good dreams?

I wake up early out of long habit, and usually arrive at the golf course to enjoy the quiet around sunrise. I wake up my game by pitching and running shots onto the green from out in the fairway. Exchanging morning hellos with familiar smiling faces riding their machines out to make the greens ready for the day, pretty soon the birds and the squirrels will be joining us. It’s our morning meditation.

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Chris Oehlerking, PGA

Managing Partner | Senior Coach 

Chris, a proud native of Canada, has a passion for helping people who have a desire to learn. Chris believes anything can be learned when commitment, consistency and patience are present.

Teaching Philosophy
Chris educates his student on why certain shot patterns occur.  He instructs them on what specific changes will make an immediate impact and then coaches the player through the process of learning that particular skill both physically and mentally.  Chris’s hands on approach provides a unique kinesthetic experience that enables the player’s body to interpret the correct feel.

 

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Alex Prior, PGA

Director of Business Operations

Alex started with The Golf Practice in January 2018. As Director of Business Operations, Alex oversees all facets of the business including strategic planning, facility development, human resources, and financial analysis.

Alex joined The Golf Practice after a successful nine-year career in golf facility management with KemperSports. During that time, Alex was the Head Golf Professional at The Glen Club and served as General Manager at Highland Park Country Club, overseeing all aspects of the facility including banquets, golf course maintenance, driving range, and golf shop operations.

 

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Jantzen Miserak, PGA

Junior Program Coordinator | Lead Coach

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Jantzen attended Sam Houston State University where he earned a degree in Business and Professional Golf Management. At The Golf Practice, Jantzen teaches private lessons for both juniors and adults, and he is a Lead Coach for our competitive junior players.

Jantzen is passionate about sharing his love of golf and sharing his expertise in golf instruction. In particular, Jantzen has a love for the short game and is the resident "Short-Game Guru" at The Golf Practice.

His style of teaching relies on attention to detail and an in-depth knowledge of  body mechanics. By understanding how individual body types affect golf swing tendencies, he helps each student discover the most efficient swing for their game.

In his spare time, you can find Jantzen working out at the gym or coaching part-time as a fitness instructor. He is a believer that physical fitness and purposeful practice are essential in the pursuit of better golf!

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Andy Hayes

Academy Development Manager | Coach

Andy is extremely passionate about helping people of all ages get better at golf. He loves introducing people to the game and helping them see that this is something at which they can excel. Andy plays an integral role in planning and running our classes and summer programs, as well as hosting our podcast. He grew up in Minnesota and came to Chicago to play golf at North Park University, where he currently is Assistant Coach for the men’s golf team.

Andy has found that there is no feeling like a well-struck golf shot. It gives the sense, just for a moment, that all is right in the world. He enjoys finding all of the different ways that golf and life overlap, and he loves helping people see that golf is more than just a game.

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Tye Libby

Manager of Administration

Tye began working with The Golf Practice in the fall of 2017. As Manager of Administration, he helps oversee TGP's programs, client accounts, marketing efforts, and daily operations.

Originally from South Carolina, Tye has played golf since he was a child and has fond memories of walking Augusta National in 1998 when Mark O'Meara birdied the 18th hole to beat Fred Couples and David Duval. After meeting Chris and Peter, and touring TGP's state-of-the-art indoor facility, Tye jumped at the opportunity to be around golf full-time.

In his free time, Tye is an avid golfer, reader, and fan of the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

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Dr. Arthur Hoffman

Mindfulness-based Mental Conditioning Coach

Dr-Arthur-HoffmanDr. Hoffman first came to The Golf Practice for lessons. As time passed, Peter and Chris realized what an asset Arthur's knowledge of the mental side of golf could be to golf students. Arthur joined the team shortly thereafter and began teaching mindfulness to the Mastery 360 program participants.

Mindfulness is a training, or one might say re-training, of the mind. This training awakens and strengthens neural pathways in the brain that are inherent to everyone but are often overlooked in our day-to-day lives, not to mention during the preparation for, and execution of, a golf swing. Mindfulness practice helps us to become more present to our experience and on autopilot less often.

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