METAGOLF INSTRUCTORS

 


Jason Preeo

With over 15 years of teaching and coaching experience, Jason has an immense understanding of what it takes to be successful at the highest levels of competitive golf. Jason has helped lead MetaGolf from its inception, and, coupled with his background as a former college coach and an accomplished player, he has the unique the ability to offer insight into the necessary mental faculties, technical skills, and the equipment needs necessary to take you to the next level. Both Jason and his students have won tournaments at every level: high school, collegiate, and professional, and, in 2010, Jason himself made the cut at the US Open at Pebble Beach.

Prior to MetaGolf, Jason spent five years as the head coach at the University of the Pacific where he coached multiple NCAA All-Americans. His teams twice finished in the top 25 at the NCAA Division I National Championships. In their professional careers, Jason's former players have twice won on the Canadian Tour and one is a former PGA Tour member. Previously, Jason coached the boy's golf team at Valor Christian, where in 9 years the team won five state titles. In addition, Jason teaches a number of other high school, collegiate, and professional golfers, both male and female. Having taught for over 10 years here in Colorado, Jason is widely recognized as one of Colorado's elite instructors. Whether your goal is to play collegiate or professional golf, or simply to lower your handicap, Jason has the unique perspective necessary to guide you towards reaching your goals and a proven track record to back it up.

 


Peter Norwood

With one of the strongest teaching backgrounds in the country and 17 years of experience, Peter has worked for three Jim McLean Golf Schools, The McGetrick Golf Academy, The Kostis-McCord Learning Center, a nationally ranked full-time junior academy, and for short game expert Stan Utley. Peter has helped golfers ranging from beginners to tour professionals, including helping numerous top juniors, collegiate players, club and mini-tour professionals, and multiple Web.com and PGA Tour members throughout the last decade.

Peter’s teaching approach stems from his vast knowledge base. He has read hundreds of books pertaining to golfer development, studied thousands of swings, and learned under many of the top teaching professionals in the country. Feel free to learn more about Peter and how he approaches instruction at www.peternorwood.com

Peter is a current owner in the MetaGolf Learning Center, a Class A member of the PGA of America with specialty certification in instruction, and is a current member of the Colorado Section. Peter is a TPI Certified Instructor, a Jim McLean Certified Instructor, and was a member of the AMF Golf Instructor Division. Peter has authored a comprehensive book based upon instruction and coaching, is in the final stages of development of an accompanying online learning and stat tracking website, and is in the final process of publishing and website completion. Peter is also an accomplished player, with his low tournament round being 65. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Arizona State University, graduating with honors.

 


Scotty Hofer

Scotty is a Class A PGA Member with 30 years teaching experience and works with all skill levels from true beginners to elite level players. His fourteen years of experience working with youth as a soccer, baseball, and basketball coach and a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader serve him well when working with junior golfers. Scotty was the Head Girls Golf coach from 2011-2018 and the Assistant Boys Golf coach from 2009-2018 for Valor Christian High School. The girls team consistenly placed in the top five at the Colorado State Championship. The boys team won the Colorado State Championship team title five times. Scotty is also an accomplished club fitter certified by Henry-Griffitts and has the ability to fit other major manufacturer's clubs as well. He is a TPI Certified Fitness Instructor, AimPoint (Green Reading) Certified Instructor, and an authorized Edel Putter and Wedge fitter. Scotty has authored works in The Golfer magazine and other local and regional publications and provided TV golf tips for Altitude Sport's "Golf at Altitude". His undergraduate studies were at NCAA Division I Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas where he competed on the golf team for four years and received the Lou Hassel student-athlete award. He also received Masters and Juris Doctorate degrees from The University of South Dakota. Scotty is an accomplished player as well, having competed for a time on the Dakotas mini-tour and twice attempting to qualify for the PGA Tour.

 


Kirk Trowbridge

Kirk is a highly-regarded golf and fitness coach with over 11 years of teaching experience. Through thousands of coaching hours, Kirk has developed a unique ability to connect with his students on a level that motivates them to be better golfers, better athletes and better people. He makes the journey to better golf and better fitness both simple and fun. As Kirk shows golfers how to apply their athletic ability and training to the golf swing, it will produce a powerful and repeatable swing that will hold up day in and day out. By targeting the short-game, golfers will use drills and testing to gauge their improvement and find a training program tailored to THEIR specific needs.

Certifications and Education
PGA Class A Member
Certified Club Fitter
CrossFit L1/L2 Trainer
Graduate – Golf Academy of America – Golf Complex Operations and Business Management

 


Lana Ortega

Lana spent twelve years working with Mike McGetrick at the McGetrick Golf Academy at Green Valley Ranch in Denver, Colorado, voted #6 of Golf magazine’s Top 25 Golf Schools. After those 12 years, Lana owned and operated Lana Ortega Golf, where she focused on providing a comprehensive golf learning experience for all types of golfers, with a special emphasis on female golfers.

Lana is Class A member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division and is an accomplished teacher and author of instruction articles for several national and regional publications. She is an instruction editor for GolfTips Magazine and her work regularly appears in GolfTips, Golf For Women magazine, The Denver Post and Colorado Avid Golfer.

Lana is a member of the Golf For Women magazine instruction panel, and she has been selected as one of Golf For Women’s “Top 50 Teachers” each year since 2004. She was also selected by Golf Magazine as one of the Southwest Region’s Top Teachers for 2005-2006 and was voted 2005 LPGA Central Section Teacher of the Year by her peers. Lana has also been awarded Colorado Avid Golfer's "Best Instructor for Women" on multiple occassions.

Lana teaches a wide range of golfers including players on the LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour, LPGA and PGA club professionals, collegiate golfers and amateur men and women of all abilities.

 


Scott Lane

Scott is a class A PGA professional. He brings with him more than 25 years of teaching experience. During this time Scott has given thousands of lessons, working with every level of player, and has had great success seeing his students improve. The key to his instruction has been communicating his knowledge of the game in a very understandable way, and for some, clearing the cobwebs of “too much” swing information. The common testimony of his students is, “ I’ve gotten better because Scott makes it simple to understand my swing, or short game, and the fundamentals of what I need to do to improve.” Also, Scott is a certified club fitter, and knows how the right club in a players hand can be the key to swing improvement and lower scoring.

Scott is married to Lauri and they have eight children living in Elizabeth, CO.

He loves working with all levels of players, from children, to advanced, to tour wannabes.

Stop by, take a lesson, or get custom fit from Scott!

 


John Gill

John Gill has been a golf instructor for many years, beginning as a golf professional at South Suburban Golf Course, followed by teaching at Family Sports, and for the last 10 years as a private instructor running his own teaching business.

John works with students of all ages and abilities including privately coaching numerous competitive high school varsity players. Over the years John has developed a relaxed and casual style of teaching which allows him to communicate easily and effectively with his students.

Through his teaching experience and the ease in how John communicates, he has become a highly respected and sought after instructor teaching over 1,500 lessons every year.

So, whether you're trying to break 100, or you're trying to break 70, John would have one thing to say... "Let's keep it simple and let's get you better".

 


Eli Haskell

Eli is from Glenwood Springs Colorado, and has over 20 years experience working with golfers of all abilities. He has an undergraduate degree from The Colorado College, and a Masters degree In Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University. This extensive background in the study of human movement has enabled him to become a specialist in golf biomechanics and makes him an expert at correctly identifying his student’s physical makeup pertaining to golf.

At the core of Eli’s teaching philosophy is a sincere coaching and mentoring attitude toward the development of golfers. This development is not simply tied up in mechanics and technique, but also involves guidance and experience and a comprehensive knowledge of each golfer’s individual goals, specific learning styles, and a steadfast commitment to open communication. This sharing of ideas and thoughts ensures that all his students, regardless of age, gender, and ability, receive a unique and completely customized experience. In the end, this becomes an ever evolving and growing relationship between student and instructor. Though this philopsophy proves successful for golfers of all abilities, Eli's true passion and expertise is in developing the competitive junior golfer. In addition he has had many individual top finishers in the Colorado Highschool State Championships.

Eli has authored several articles in local publications such as Colorado Avid Golfer, and Golf Views, as well as television tips on Golf at Altitude. When not playing golf, he spends time with his three boys, Kodah, Talyn, and Noble.

 


Brad Neher

Brad was the director of the Nike Junior Golf Camps in Colorado from 1999-2021. He is the former assistant coach of the University of Colorado men's golf team and served as the head coach during the 2005-2006 season.

An honorable mention U.S. Kids “Top 50” Junior Instructor of America, he was the CEO/Founder of ACE (Access, Competition & Etiquette) Golf Foundation which he formed in 1998, running the organization until it merged with the Gold Crown Junior Golf Association in 2003.

From 1999-2006, he created concepts and fulfilled fundraising efforts to build the Gold Crown Junior Learning Center. In that role, he developed all GCJGA instruction programs that served the youth of Metro Denver, including clinics for the Boy’s & Girl’s Clubs of Metro Denver. He worked as a GCJGA Director of Instruction for the eight years (2003-11).

He was a varsity letter winner for the nationally ranked CU golf team in 1992-93 and 1993-94. Neher qualified for the 1992 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, was a Colorado Cup Team member, and captured six amateur titles in all.

Brad places an emphasis on the “FUNdamentals” of the game and believes that fun golf depends on personal successes and improvement.

 


Jim See

Jim grew up around the game from a very young age. His father was a Golf Professional in Iowa and his early exposure to the great game is where Jim’s true passion began. His family moved from Iowa to Colorado in 1975, when Jim was 12 years old. He has remained a proud Coloradoan ever since.

He began his golf career in 1999 as an Assistant Professional at Springhill Golf Course in Aurora. From there he moved on to The Ranch Country Club in Westminster as an Assistant Professional and Director of Junior Golf. From 2003 through 2005, Jim was the Director of the Colorado PGA Junior Golf Foundation. During this time he earned his PGA Class A Membership and has been a Colorado Section Member since 2005.

For the past 11 years, Jim worked for a nationally known golf instruction company as a certified coach where he taught over 14,000 lessons to all skill levels of golfers. Jim was one of the company’s leading coach’s when it came to returning students. Jim has 18 years of teaching experience and serves students well with his ability to teach and relate to golfers looking to improve their games.

Andrea Niemier

Andrea is passionate about sharing her love of the game of golf with others to grow the sport. She started playing competitively when she was 11 and played all four years in high school where she and the team went to the State Championship twice, placing 1st and 8th. She played collegiately at Colorado Christian University.
 
Andrea is a Class B Member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals and will be a Class A Member by the end of 2021. She has been instructing private and group lessons for 7 years of all ages and abilities. She worked for the Colorado Golf Association (CGA) from 2015 - 2017 instructing their outreach programs including Get Golf Ready, Junior & Adult Clinics, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Clinics, Golf-In-Schools, Special Olympics, Semper-Fi Fund, PALS, Boy Scouts, Aurora Veterans as well as helping run American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) & Colorado Junior Golf Association (CJGA) tournaments. She has also taught Nike junior golf camps and PGA Jr. League. She was the Head Girls Golf Coach at Horizon High School in 2016 and is currently the Head Girls Golf Coach at Bishop Machebeuf High School.