About UsCORPRAgolf is a unique series of marketing programs designed to support a wide range of business goals. We use golf as the platform for you to secure quality and concentrated time with clients and prospects that will transform business relationships into friendships that will create clients for life!
We have devised a method that incorporates a true understanding of relationship building, making a lasting impression and ensuring that existing accounts are not only retained but enhanced. Our program helps to create new business and uncover additional revenue streams. We align your business goals and objectives with an actionable and enjoyable golf experience that can be measured both on the course, and on the balance sheet. Relationship Marketing..... It's who you know!
ROSS KROEKER, Western Regional Director/Instructor
Ross is currently the director of golf at Quail Lodge Country Club in Carmel, California. Quail Lodge is the home of teaching legend Ben Doyle and Senior P.G.A. tour player/CBS golf analyst Bobby Clampett. Ross has been fortunate to have spent time with both of them, discussing and teaching the golf swing. Previously, Ross was the Director of Instruction at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco, CA and was a lead instructor with the ESPN Golf Schools (formerly Nicklaus / Flick Golf Schools) beginning in 1994. Working with the Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools, Ross taught with many of the nation's "Top 100" instructors including Hall of Fame instructor Jim Flick for 8 years, as well as Martin Hall, Laird Small and Mike Malaska. With over 25 years of competitive golf experience, he is an excellent instructor with a vast knowledge of the game. A graduate of East Central Oklahoma University, Ross was a tournament winner and was awarded Academic All-American in both 1985 and 1986. A P.G.A. Member in 1992, Ross was the former Head Golf Professional at The Lakes at El Segundo, A Golden Bear Learning Center, and at Palos Verdes Golf Club in the Los Angeles area. Ross's keen knowledge of the golf swing, his ability to help students visually see their mistakes with the aid of our video system, and more importantly, understand what they need to do to improve, make him an invaluable part of the CORPRAgolf instructional team.
BILL RISLOVE, Central Regional Director/Instructor
Bill has been with CORPRAgolf for several years. A golf professional and teacher for over 30 years, Bill is currently a Life Member and a Quarter Century Club Member of the PGA of America.
During his years in the golf industry, Bill served as Head Professional at Southview Country Club, in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also held the Head Professional position at Fair Oaks Golf Park, a nationally rated golf complex in Fairfax, Virginia. Another aspect of his experience entailed a number of years with a golf club manufacturer in Tampa, Florida.
Bill relates that while being a lifetime student of the game himself, his deep involvement with teaching has been the most rewarding. Throughout his professional career, Bill has formed his teaching philosophies with numerous top instructors. He also feels that teaching the game is the most valuable skill a golf professional can develop.
In college, Bill was a member of the Valencia College and East Tennessee State University golf teams, and won 4 individual titles, including the Tennessee Intercollegiate and Ohio Valley Conference Championship. After turning professional, Bill won the Chattanooga Open in 1975 and again in 1977, the Minnesota State Assistant's Tournament in 1979 and the Minnesota State PGA Match Play in 1983. He also competed in the final stage of PGA Tour School. More recently he has 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the Maryland Open and has competed in a number of PGA Champions Tour Qualifiers.
MARK MANESS, Southern Regional Director/Instructor
Mark has been conducting corporate programs with CORPRAgolf for the past 7 years and has been an integral part of our staff. He has been teaching golf over 25 years and brings a wealth of teaching knowledge and experience that allows him to be successful with corporate guests/students of all ages and abilities. Mark was also a lead instructor for the acclaimed Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools from 1997-2002 where he worked closely with Jim Flick, and many other top 100 instructors. Since 1999, he has also trained golf instructors worldwide for the Jack Nicklaus Golf Academies. Mark has earned many teaching awards including; 2004 Northern Texas PGA Teacher of the Year and Golf Range Magazine Top 50 Instructor since 2004.
Mark was a four-year letterman in golf and graduate of the University of Nebraska. Mark went on to compete on the PGA Tour in 1988 competing in 28 events plus the U. S. Open. He has continued his fine play winning numerous PGA Section and Chapter events. For the past 15 years, when not working with CORPRAgolf, Mark is the director of instruction at The Golden Bear Golf Centers in Dallas, Texas.
DICK DRAGER, JR.
Dick has joined CORPRAgolf in the past few years and comes with a wealth of teaching experience and working with corporate groups. Dick is the Director of Instruction at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dick has 36 years of experience as a teaching professional, and in 1966 began his career under the tutelage of Mr. Bob Toski, a member of the Golf Magazine World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.
In twelve years as a director and instructor with the Golf Digest Instruction Schools and ten years as an instructor with the Nicklaus / Flick Game Improvement Schools, Dick worked alongside Hall of Fame members Jim Flick, Davis Love Jr., and Paul Runyan. He has also taught with PGA Teachers of the Year, Chuck Cook, Hank Johnson, Jack Lumpkin, and Todd Anderson.
Twice voted the Nebraska PGA Teacher of the Year and a Quarter Century member of the PGA of America, Dick has been nominated regularly for Golf Magazine's list of Top 100 teachers.
Dick is also an experienced player at several levels. After competing in college for the University of Miami Hurricanes, he played professionally in events on the PGA Tour, the Nike / Buy.com Tour, the Australian / New Zealand Tour, and in Nebraska PGA Section events. He has represented the Nebraska PGA Section at two National Club Professional Championships and two Senior National Club Professional Championships. Dick has a genuine love of teaching as well as a sincere respect for the game and the learning process.
Dave brings to CORPRAgolf an extensive playing and teaching background at the highest levels. He has been involved in golf professionally for over 20 years and is currently the director of golf at Troy Burne Golf Club.
Dave's Playing career includes being a member of the University of Houston golf team from 1980 - 1984 with P.G.A. tour players Steve Elkington and Billy Ray Brown. In 1984, Dave competed in both the Masters and US Open golf tournaments. He has competed and won numerous tournaments on the Canadian tour, Australasian tour and played on the P.G.A. tour for 2 years. Dave also played in 4 consecutive PGA Championships from 2002 - 2005.
He has developed his teaching skills and philosophies from legendary teachers/players Claude Harmon, Butch Harmon, Dick Harmon and Jackie Burke. Dave helps CORPRAgolf students not only with learning the game but also strategies on how to play the game.
Brent has been immersed in the golf industry since he graduated from the University of Denver in 2002. He received a degree in business management, as well as communications, which seemingly has created his ability to work so comfortably with many different types of students and personalities. When not conducting programs with CORPRAgolf, Brent is the Director of instruction at Troy Burne Golf Club, which is just outside St. Paul, Minnesota.
During the winter months, Brent is a part of the professional staff at Sea Island Golf Club in Georgia. Brent has studied the golf swing under renowned instructors Jack Lumpkin, Todd Anderson, and Gale Peterson, who are all recognized has "top 100" instructors in the country. Brent's playing career includes multiple wins through the Minnesota section, as well as years of competition on the Florida mini tours. Brent won the Minnesota Assistants Championship in 2004, and competed in the National Championship. Brent's teaching methods are known to create swings that are simplified, and focus more on the emphasis of impact and what the face of the club is doing at impact.
Ed is a PGA Certified Master Professional in Golf Instruction and was the 1999 Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year. Ed is annually listed as one of the Top Teachers in the Southwest Region by Golf Magazine and one of the Top Teachers in Colorado by Golf Digest. Ed has been a PGA Member since 1986 and has been the Head Golf Professional at The Ranch Country Club in Westminster, Colorado since 1991.
Ed is very passionate about teaching the game of golf and has a goal of helping every student every time. He has spent time observing the instruction of many of the top teachers and would site Hank Haney and Dr. Jim Suttie as the two instructors with the most influence on his teaching style. Ed believes that the road to better golf includes swinging the club on the proper plane and improved scoring through efficient technique and practice strategies in the short game. Ed enjoys working with players of all abilities, from beginners to professionals.
Mike has been teaching golf for over twenty years and through his career has taught players of all skill levels, from beginners to P.G.A. Tour players. Mike was selected in 1993 by Jack Nicklaus and Jim Flick as one of the 30 national instructors to be a part of the Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools were he worked as a lead instructor from 1993-2003.
Having a very extensive teaching background, Mike worked with numerous top 100 teachers, including Jim Flick, Bob Toski, Martin Hall and Mike Malaska. He has been the director of golf at clubs such as the Loxahatchee club in Florida and DC Ranch in Scottsdale. Mike is also the proud owner of his own golf course in Indiana. It is these experiences and dedication that have made Mike one of the country's top golf instructors.