Guest Speakers

2017 GUEST SPEAKER LIST

Every show features continuous stage presentations throughout each day that are designed to both educate and entertain show attendees. Presentations typically include celebrity appearances, instructional seminars by local PGA professionals, trick-shot artists, long drive exhibitions, and many more.

Friday

 
1:45Dave Proffitt, PGA
Golf Conditioning
2:30Brian Pavlet
Professional Golf Entertainer
3:15Peter Johncke
The Trickshot Master
4:00Jim Rue, PGA
Junior Golf
4:45Brian Pavlet
Professional Golf Entertainer
5:30Peter Johncke
The Trickshot Master

Saturday

11:00Steve Groves, PGA
Full Swing Tips
11:45Peter Johncke
The Trickshot Master
12:30Brian Pavlet
Professional Golf Entertainer
1:15Dave Proffitt, PGA
Golf Conditioning
2:00Alecia Larsen, LPGA
Author of "The Missing Link"
2:45Peter Johncke
The Trickshot Master
3:30Brian Pavlet
Professional Golf Entertainer
4:15Jim Rue, PGA
Junior Golf

Sunday

10:45Dave Proffitt, PGA
Golf Conditioning
11:30Peter Johncke
The Trickshot Master
12:15Brian Pavlet
Professional Golf Entertainer
1:00Jim Awsumb, PGA
Club Fitting
1:45Peter Johncke
The Trickshot Master
2:30Brian Pavlet
Professional Golf Entertainer

Brian Pavlet

Professional Golf Entertainer

In 1993, the golf world familiarized itself with a new prodigy in Brian Pavlet. After launching a 435 yard blast in Salt Lake City, Utah in a regional competition, Brian went to the National Long Drive Championship and won it all. He has made a record eight “Final 8” appearances in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship. He held the #1 ranked position for more than 20 months and was featured in Golf Digest for having one of the best power swings in golf. Brian has performed more than 1,200 shows worldwide and even entertained the troops in Iraq with the USO.

Peter Jöhncke
The Trickshot Master

Peter “The Trick Shot Master”Jöhncke was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1964. His father was one of Europe’s top players, and he helped Peter develop his unique golfing talents. Jöhncke has performed worldwide. He has also been the subject of regular features on The Golf Channel, and has had numerous stories written about him in global magazines such as Golf Digest, USA Today, and several international publications.

Dave Proffitt
PGA

Dave Proffitt is a PGA member in the Southern Ohio PGA Section. He has over 30 years teaching and being a swing coach.  During his career he has had  22 students move on to play collegiate golf at the Division 1 and 2 levels. Dave is a European Senior Tour Qualifier and averages close to 1500 lessons a year. He has spent time working at many of the best facilities in Southern Ohio including: The Golf Club of Dublin, Tartan Fields Golf Club and SportsOhio.

Alecia Larsen
LPGA

Alecia Larsen is the founder of Gratitude Golf and a Class A LPGA member with the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional membership. In 30 years of teaching golf, she was credited as a top 50 instructor in Golf Digest’s “Golf For Women” magazine, awarded 2014 Midwest Section Teacher of the Year, and received the Goldie Bateson Service award. She is a Certified Emotional Toughness Trainer through the LPGA and Dr. Greg Steinberg and also a Certified Positive Self-Talk Trainer and Speaker through Dr. Shad Helmstetter, Ph.D and the Self-Talk Institute.

Jim Rue
PGA

Jim Rue has over 30 years of experience as a teacher and player, having created, organized, implemented and managed golf programs in the United States and abroad.  Jim owned the highly successful “Jim Rue Golf Academy” in Caracas, Venezuela where he lived from 1980 to 2002. He was Director of Instruction at Junko Golf Club’s Banco Mercantil Golf Camp for Champions, a highly competitive camp for children 8-17 years of age. Through these camps, Jim has sent eight kids to American Universities on golf scholarships, among them PGA Tour winner Jhonny Vegas.

Steve Groves
PGA

Steve Groves is the current Head Golf Professional at Airport Golf Course in Columbus, OH. Steve is a past president of the Southern Ohio PGA Section and has served on the board since 2006. Steve played collegiate golf for The Ohio State University where he was a 3-time All-American and Big Ten individual champion.  He has also competed in 5 majors over his playing career. Steve Groves is a member of the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame and Southern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame.

Jim Awsumb
PGA

Jim Awsumb has been a PGA Member since May, 1989. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-President, and President of the Miami Valley Chapter (now the Southwest Chapter) of the Southern Ohio PGA. As a Golf Professional, Jim has given thousands of lessons, and performed hundreds of Club Fitting and Demo Day presentations, to all skill levels, ages, and genders. Searching for the fundamental and fitting a client for the proper ball flight, spin rate, and set make up, ultimately delivers value, success, and game improvement to them. These are the hallmarks of a PGA Golf Professional who uses the right tools, education, and savvy to provide what each client is searching for – a better golf game.