Guest Speakers

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 instructional seminars by local PGA professionals, trick-shot artists, long drive exhibitions, and many more.

Brian Pavlet

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. Since winning he has not looked back. He has made a record eight “Final 8” appearances in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship and has been the LDA’s most consistent performer the past decade. 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. His engaging personality and performance make him one of golf’s premier showmen.

Appearing through the weekend.

Bryce Twente
Ever since I could walk, I have had a golf club in my hand. I grew up in Columbus, Ohio area proceeding to expand my knowledge and love for the game every year. I attended Bishop Hartley High School where my passion for health and fitness started.

After graduating college my passion for bringing golf and fitness together began. I graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in Exercise Science and became a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise in 2019. Certified by TPI-Titleist Performance Institute, I specialize in proper body movement, including injury prevention, evaluation, and training techniques specific to your golf game.

I’m a PGA Associate and an Assistant Golf Professional at The Golf Depot in Gahanna, OH. As a Certified SuperSpeed coach, I teach techniques to increase club speed resulting in added distance for every club.

Golf and fitness have changed my life and taught me many valuable lessons. They both require commitment, patience, and resilience. I will help you reach your highest potential within golf and fitness!

Appearing through the weekend.

Gerry Hammond
Gerry Hammond is Founder and CEO of the Be Counted Foundation and In The Number organization.

A nationally recognized visionary, PGA professional, business owner, management executive, motivational mentor and community thought leader, Gerry is committed to designing a global ecosystem comprised of youth, policy influencers, educators and health care providers and others whose strength in numbers will establish a united front of citizens fighting for the equitable distribution of and access to life changing resources.

A native Ohioan and graduate of St. Augustine University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Gerry pursued his dreams and competed as a professional golfer on the national circuit. He joined the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) in 1997 and ascended to its elite “Class A” status.

Gerry’s consistent servant-leadership inspired him to pivot from player to instructor. In 1994, he launched the “Adopt a Junior Golfer Program,” which focused on providing opportunities to underserved youth living in high-risk communities throughout Ohio. For the next 25 years, he uses the golf course as a classroom, concurrently teaching them the sport and about life’s key principles, including: positive character traits, academic excellence, value of personal integrity, self-discipline and the importance of teamwork.

In 2001, Gerry established “First Tee of Columbus,” which attracted both diversity in student participants and caught the attention of corporate sponsors. His club was awarded the Coca-Cola Tiger Woods Golf Clinic, which generated $250,000.

Appearing through the weekend.

Topics covered in our talks will be – 

  • How to score
  • Adding longevity to your game by keeping your body healthy & eliminating back pain
  • Body and Swing mechanics for adding distance to all your shots
  • Learning how to play the course
  • Techniques for adding golf fitness into your busy lifestyle
  • Understanding how to practice for your game

Cy Chambers
Cy Chambers has been in the golf industry for over 15 years. Cy himself did not pick up golf until he was 20 years old. He took lessons from a variety of professionals, but it was when he found Gerry Hammond where his love and passion to teach the game truly connected.

Cy started his career with golf in The First Tee. He utilized this opportunity to bring together young players of the game to share his knowledge and experience with The First Tee’s participants. Eventually, Cy turned his focus to private lessons while continuing to expand his knowledge of the golf swing by networking with other golf professionals.

Currently, Cy is a golf professional at The Golf Depot in Gahanna, Ohio where he continues to share his wealth of knowledge with golfers of all ages.

Appearing through the weekend.