Academy Team

Chris Knobloch

Role: Director of Instruction
Serving Since: 2014
Phone Number: 770.402.8749
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One of America’s Junior Golf Leaders is coaching in Peachtree City, GA  @ Braelinn Golf Club.

One of America’s Junior Golf Leaders is coaching in Peachtree City, GA  @ Braelinn Golf Club. Chris brings his energy, enthusiasm and colorful style to every lesson/program with a continual desire to see his students improve. A mix of GAME-based Learning Experience, creating a PLAYful Atmosphere, using TECHnology to Entertain and Educate. His hands-on coaching has impacted thousands of golfers of all ages. Chris has been playing golf for over 40 years and teaching kids & adults since 1987.

Awards & Certifications

  • 2020 Elite Coach Certification Level 1
  • 2019 & 2020 Top PGA Junior League Program in Georgia & TOP 25 in the United States
  • 2019 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game  Teaching Professional
  • 2017 Georgia PGA Youth Development Leader
  • 2008 Georgia PGA Growth of the Game Professional
  • 29 Year PGA Member
  • Discover Golf Coach & Ambassador
  • 2011 USKIDS Golf TOP 50 Master Kids Teacher
  • 2008, 2009, 2010 USKIDS Golf TOP 50 Kids Teacher
  • USKIDS Golf Certified Coach – 1st Class of Certified Coaches
  • TATHATA GOLF Movement Specialist
  • TPI Golf – Junior Coach Certified Level 3
  • SNAG Certified Coach
  • Flightscope, BodiTrak, Blast Motion, SAMPutt Lab Certified
  • Plane Truth – Level 1 Instructor
  • ClubCorp Rising Star Award – 2016, 2017 - Super Star Award 2018
  • Video Interview of Chris 

Program Information at or Text Chris @ 770.402.8749

Sherry Dircks

Role: LPGA Golf Instructor
Serving Since: 20121
Phone Number: 321.345.9328
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Sherry Dircks is an Inspired Coach who empowers her students to achieve their dreams and goals on and off the golf course. She is an LPGA Class A Professional with over 25 years of experience coaching diverse individuals from ages 2 - 92. Through a student-centered approach and using player development programs she helps her students achieve their desired results.

Sherry held positions as Director of Instruction and Head Golf Professional at various private and semi-private golf clubs. She joined The First Tee in 2000 working for 5 different Chapters serving as Program Director, Head Golf Professional and Executive Director and has been the Site Director for multiple LPGA-USGA Girls Golf programs. She is a certified DreamBuilder and Life Mastery Coach through the Brave Thinking Institute. Sherry has an extensive background in both the mental and physical side of the game through her work at the John Jacobs Golf School.

As a student of the game, she has studied with Vision 54, RGX Results‐Based Golf Group Coaching, and The Scoring Method which is a comprehensive golf improvement system that uses a student’s own scores to determine how they can play better and have more fun. Whether it’s lower scores or more enjoyment playing the game Sherry will help you create a plan to get the results you are looking for.

Text Sherry @ 321.345.9328

Ted Meier

Role: PGA Teaching Professional
Serving Since: 2015
Phone Number: 678.378.2463

Ted playing, coaching and teaching success from past locations: Cherokee Town and Country Club, the Standard Club and Newnan Country Club. His philosophy is "The purpose of golf is for fun--the higher the quality of the golfer's skill, the more fun he or she has; therefore, let's keep elevating the golfer's skill level so we can get to even higher levels of fun in golf." 

Teaching Location: Flat Creek

Jamie Arion

Role: Director of Golf Fitness
Serving Since: 2019

I have been sharing the health and wellness message for over 28 years. I am passionate about living a HealthyLife and helping my clients define what that means for them. By assisting and empowering my clients with a step-by-step lifestyle format, I encourage my clients to take ownership of their health so they can become the best version of themselves.

My mission is to inspire, empower and impact the world to a higher level of health thru fitness, nutrition, leadership and education.

Are you ready for a HealthyLife???

Brandon Lovelady

Role: Golf Instructor & Club Fitter | Canongate 1
Serving Since: 2007
Phone Number: 678.764.1076
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Brandon is originally from Mobile, AL. Brandon has been playing golf since the age of six, and has built an impressive resume as both an amateur and professional golfer. As a junior golfer, he was a full time student at the IMG/David Ledbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Florida. While there he was exposed to some of the best instructors in the game. He played his collegiate golf at the University of North Alabama. As a professional, he has twice represented Georgia as a member of the Georgia PGA Assistants Cup team and was the 2012 Georgia PGA Assistants Champion.

A talented club-fitter with ten years of experience to his credit, Brandon has a wealth of knowledge about the scientific aspects of ball flight and how to make a club perform its best for each player. He is a Certified Flightscope professional, trained in the use of the radar based launch monitors. He is also certified by Eyeline Golf as a 4PE putting instructor, US Kids Golf, the Positive Coaching Alliance and is a member of the 4D Motion Sports advisory panel.

Brandon loves spending time in the outdoors and when he’s not at the golf course he can most likely be found hiking in throughout the southeast.