- 2018 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional
- 2018 Northern Ohio Section Teacher of the Year Nominee
- 2018 Northern Ohio Section Youth Player Development Award Nominee
- 2018 Northern Ohio Section Horton Smith Award Nominee
- 2017 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional
- 2017 Golf Digest Best Teachers in State (Ohio)
- 2017 Northern Ohio Section Teacher of the Year Nominee
- 2016 Northern Ohio Section Teacher of the Year
- 2016 PGA National Youth Player Development Award Nominee
- 2015 Northern Ohio Section Youth Player Development Award Winner
- 2015 Golf Digest Best Teachers in State (Ohio)
- 2015 PGA National Teacher of the Year Nominee
- 2014 Northern Ohio Section PGA Teacher of the Year
- 2012 Oregon Chapter Teacher of the Year Nominee
- 2012 Top 50 US Kids Junior Instructor Honorable Mention
- 2010 Oregon Chapter PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
- Class A PGA Member
- PGA Magazine Ambassador
- Callaway Golf Ambassador
- Nike Swoosh Staff
- Proponent Group Member (Top Instructors in the country are invited to join)
Between Noah Horstman, PGA and Ed Fisher, PGA there is a combined 50 years teaching and coaching experience. Their background includes students of all ages and ability levels reaching across the country and into Canada.
Noah Horstman, PGA – Owner, Director of Instruction
My interest in golf became a natural progression into my current career. I started volunteering at Bear Creek Golf Course in Medford, Oregon picking up range balls in exchange for access to the course. By the time I was 12 years old I was on the course practicing and playing daily. Through high school and college, golf turned into my passion. Now I am thankful to be in an industry around the sport I love, coaching and sharing the game of golf.
I attended Pacific University from 2002-2006 where I led the team with a sub par scoring average my freshman year, earning the title of captain both my junior and senior seasons and received Northwest Conference Honors my senior year. I started working as an assistant golf professional at Centennial Golf Club in Medford, Oregon three days after graduating with a B.A. in Business. Soon after starting at Centennial I took the Head Boys Golf Coach position at South Medford High School.
I was offered a position as an Assistant Golf Professional at Illahe Hills Country Club in the fall of 2007. Within a year and a half I earned my membership into the PGA. After becoming a member I knew that instruction and coaching was the direction I wanted to take my career. In 2009 I became the Head Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at Willamette University where I coached four seasons and took both teams from last place in our conference to top 25 rankings in the country.
As a Head Professional/ Director of Instruction at Illahe Hills Country Club; I was nominated as the 2012 Oregon Chapter PGA Teaching Professional of the year, I became a US Kids Certified Instructor, and became certified as a NG360 (Nike Golf 360) golf specific fitness instructor.
In February of 2013 I became solely the Director of Instruction where I created new and improved player development programs. In May of 2013 I accepted the position as Director of Instruction at Beechmont Country Club where I recently finished my sixth season.
I have introduced over 150 new player development programs including the Noah Horstman Junior Golf Academy, (NH Golf Academy). In addition to my work at Beechmont I also try to volunteer in the community whenever possible. In 2013 I took over as the Head Golf coach at Gilmour Academy building a program with over 30 kids and took them to state my second season. While at Beechmont I started a Golf in the Parks program focusing on the use of SNAG, (Starting New At Golf) to grow the game to juniors at a local park.
Currently, I am in my second year on the Northern Ohio Section PGA board of directors where I head both the education committee and junior golf committee.
I have been married to the love of my life, Kimberly since 2011. She too loves to be outside and is starting to take up the game of golf. She is a Certified Pilates instructor and has helped with the fitness of the Willamette University Golf Team and taught many of my current students. We are blessed to have two beautiful daughters Emma who will be five in October and Jocelyn who will be two in July.
More About Noah
Certification & History
Speaking Engagements and Education:
Toledo Chapter Education- I presented on Player Development programming to my fellow PGA members and associates.
Created and Implemented a Teaching and Coaching Conference called “Building Your Player Development Program”, for NOPGA members and apprentices. Speakers included Neal Hausch, Jim Hackenberg and myself. We had 47 professionals in attendance who earned required MSR’s.
Created, Implemented and Hosted the 1st NOPGA Teaching and Coaching Conference, held at Beechmont Country Club bringing in Bridgestone Golf National representation, BGT Stability Shaft (putter fitting), three hall of famers to speak on life balance and a group to talk about retirement. We had 35 professionals in attendance who earned required MSR’s.
Wisconsin Section PGA Teaching and Coaching Conference Speaker- Presented on Building Your Player Development Program to over 60 Wisconsin PGA Section members and associates.
Created and Implemented a Teaching and Coaching Winter Series Round Table once a month from October-March for PGA professionals and apprentices in the NOPGA section to discuss all aspects of player development. We have never had this in our section and it is a way to create more camaraderie among instructors and “GROW THE GAME”!
Edward Fisher, PGA – Owner, Director of Instruction
For Ed Fisher, golf has been a lifelong endeavor. I was extremely fortunate in my youth that my parents both loved golf, enough so that they were able to join Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland. It was about that time that they purchased my first set of clubs for me. That was in the late 1950’s.
As I grew, it became clear that I had a certain aptitude for the game followed soon by the drive to be great and play Professional Golf. I caddied, worked in the bag room and generally “grew up on the golf course”. While I never quite realized the “play for pay” career, the doors opened to become entrenched in an industry that I have been passionate about for almost 60 years.
I began my college career at Oregon State University on a golf scholarship. While never making much of an impact as a collegiate player, the fire was still there. It was a short time later that I began applying myself to the business of golf. While working for a little over a year at UPS as a box loader, then driver, the call of the game kept at me. I took a position as a shop assistant at Riverside Golf and Country Club and a significant cut in pay. I still consider that one of the great moves of my life.
At this point, I was offered a position in retail sales at an off-course facility called “The Golf Shop” in Raleigh Hills near Portland. I soon managed the operation and stayed for three years. At that time, the competitive juices amped up and I decided to attempt to qualify for the Australia/New Zealand Professional Tour. 1982 and 1983 were spent playing, prepping for and financing two stints on the tour. This experience gave me the confidence and tremendous education into high level competitive golf that has served me well the next 35 years.
In 1984, my next step was to take the Assistant Professional Position at Grants Pass Golf Club working for long time Southern Oregon Professional, Jim Sheldon. I was given the opportunity to play, teach, and run the operation. I was also given the best example possible on how to treat people.
In 1990, GPGC offered me the position of Head Golf Professional, a position I held until 2002. I had many duties; retail sales, range, tournament operations, staffing, golf course set-up and a hugely successful Junior Program amongst others. I was nominated by the OPGA for Junior Golf Leader in the early 90’s. But it became clear my passion and expertise shone in the area of teaching.
I was afforded a tremendous opportunity when Head Professional Peggy Atwood invited me to teach independently at Quail Point GC. At this point my student list blossomed and was dominated by young golfers. I was fortunate in that many of the areas top juniors sought out my expertise and the relationships flourished. Students from, Medford, Grants Pass, Ashland, Roseburg, Klamath Falls, Northern California as well as Golf Professionals from around the state have graced my Lesson Tee.
Currently, I am the Director of Instruction at Rogue Valley Country Club and owner of the Ed Fisher Academy of Golf, a position I’ve held for 13 years. I have, as mentioned, had the opportunity to instruct the finest golfers in our area and beyond. My students include Baylee Hammericksen who competed at the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt at Augusta National, sixteen High School State Champions including three in one year and a very gratifying list of juniors who have gone on to play collegiate golf.
I am tremendously fortunate to have a wonderful family. My wife of 21 years, Renee, works as a Hair Stylist and in Real Estate. Two sons, Rylee (28) and Reese (19) who is in his Sophomore year at Weber State University and was named Freshman of the Year in the Big Sky Conference.
More About Ed
Certification & History
- 2017-2018 Golf Digest Best Teachers in State (Oregon)
- 2017 Oregon PGA Chapter Teacher of the Year Nominee
- 2015-2016 Golf Digest Best Teachers in State (Oregon)
- 2014 Oregon PGA Teacher of the Year Nominee
- 2012 Oregon PGA Teacher of the Year Nominee
- 2011-2012 Golf Digest Best Teachers in State (Oregon)
- 2004 Oregon PGA Teacher of the Year
- 2004 Pacific Northwest PGA Teacher of the Year Nominee
- 2003 Oregon PGA Teacher of the Year Nominee
- 1994 Oregon PGA Junior Golf Leader Nominee
- 1982 Turned Professional
- 1982, 1983, 1989 Played Australia/New Zealand PGA Tour
- 1988 PGA Business School, Top 5% of Class
- 1989 Elected to PGA Membership
- 1991-1997 Instructor, PNWPGA Annual Playing Workshops, Bend OR
- 2001 & 2003 Main Speaker, OPGA Education Seminar, Klamath Falls OR
- 2002 PNWPGA Instructor, PNWPGA Playing Workshop, Palm Springs CA
- 2002, 2003, 2004 KDRV “Tip of the Week” 8 Week Golf Feature
- 2003 PNWPGA Senior Champion, Everett G&CC
- 2003, 2005, 2006…
- PGA Senior Club Professional Championship, Port St. Lucie, FL
- 2005 Oregon PGA Senior Champion (Noah Horstman, Caddie)
- 2012 Oregon PGA Education Seminar, Teaching With Technology
- 2014 PGA 25 Years as a Member Award
- 2015 PNWPGA Playing Workshop, Bandon Dunes OR
- 2017 Oregon PGA Education Seminar, “Teaching Golf To Women”
- 2018 Oregon PGA Southern Regional Cup Qualifier
- 2016-2017 3-day total 222 at Grand Canyon Invite to have the 4th lowest individual performance in program history – Top 10 finish
- 2013-2017 Received Bachelor’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies
- Four-time AD Honor Roll recipient
- 2017-2018 All-WAC Academic Team
- 2017-2018 Received Master’s Degree in Special Education
- 2013 Southern Oregon Golf Championship – First Flight Winner
- 2014-Present Cedar Bend Golf Course Ladies’ Club Champion
- 2018 109th Oregon Amateur Runner-Up
- 2018 Rogue Valley Stroke Play Champion
- 2018 Southern Oregon Golf Championship – Championship flight Runner-Up
RYAN KUKULA, LEAD COACH
- Competed in 44 tournaments from 2011-2015 for Willamette University
- Dlll All-American Honorable Mention 2014-15
- First team All-Northwest Conference Honors 3 times (2012-2015)
- Northwest Conference Player of the Year 2012-13
- Seven individual tournament wins
- Career low 64 shot at Quail Valley Sept. 2014
- Economics major with a minor in Art history
- Played 10 events on the Dakotas Tour 2017
- From Ocean Park, WA
- Parents are Jon Kukula, PGA and Britt Parriott
Golf has been my biggest passion for the last 16 years. I hit my first golf ball at age 12. After just a few hours I was hooked. I quickly became fascinated with the mechanics of the golf swing. I started playing competitive golf as a freshman in high school. I went from being last to make my team freshman year to leading our high school my junior and senior year.
After high school I went on and played for two years at Fresno City College and studied business. After college I knew I wanted to find a way back into the golf industry because that is where my heart is. My approach to golf is very analytical, however I had always thought about my swing and never about what I was hitting off of. I became interested in every aspect of the game of golf and the multifaceted factors that come along with playing a round. I was intrigued with the golf course architecture and how golf courses were designed to be played.
Like most golfers, I wanted to learn as much as I could about golf so that I could use this knowledge to improve both my own game and to help others improve theirs. I knew that the smallest things in golf can make all the difference. How was the course set-up that day? What kind of grass were on the greens? How will this type of grass react compared to other types of grass? These are the questions I had never considered before, but the answers absolutely impact the game.
I started taking agronomy classes at Walla Walla college and I took a job as an agronomist for Pronghorn Resort in Bend, Oregon. I worked at Pronghorn for two years where I gathered valuable information and learned everything I could working under the director of agronomy. After Pronghorn, I ended up connecting with the PGA tour agronomist team and was asked to work two PGA tour events. During these events I shadowed the Golf Course Superintendent for a week and learned every aspect of professional golf set-up and how the course is prepared for play at the highest level. These were invaluable experiences that helped shape my knowledge about the game of golf as a whole.
After gaining the experience and education about how big of a role the playing surface plays in golf, I am ready to share this information to help people learn more about their golf game and to be more successful on the golf course. I have a passion for growing the game and will continue to encourage anyone and everyone to get out there and start swinging a golf club. I look forward to seeing you out there!
AARON GOLDMAN, MENTAL PERFORMANCE COACH
Hello, SOGA athletes and families. My name is Aaron Goldman. I’m a Mental Performance Coach with a Master’s degree in Positive Youth Development and Sport Psychology. I’m so thrilled and grateful about this opportunity to work with you! I want to tell you a little about myself.
I’ve been an athlete my whole life. I played every sport I could find, from t-ball and flag football to baseball, swimming, water polo, and skiing. My first love, though, was basketball. When I was a young kid growing up in Boston, my dad and a few of his friends split season tickets to the Celtics. I have vivid memories of the sounds and smells of the old Boston Garden, and the way the place literally vibrated with energy and excitement. I remember walking around courtside during pre-game shootaround and marveling at the sheer size and presence of the players. Needless to say, I was hooked, and basketball has been a constant presence in my life ever since. And yet, it was never my only activity.
When I was 8, my family moved to Ashland, Oregon, and one of the things that helped me through that tough transition was playing sports. They provided structure, an outlet, and a place where being tall was an advantage rather than a discomfort. Looking back on my life as a multi-sport athlete – and later as a coach – I recognize a lot of positives in my experience. I also see that there were a lot of things that could have been better, both in the sport environments and inside me. Eventually, my questions about how to improve the sport experience for kids like I had been, and how to improve athlete mental health and performance, led me back to Boston for a Master’s degree in Positive Youth Development and Sport Psychology.
Today, I use my experiences as an athlete, mentor, coach, and student, my education in counseling, human development, and sport science, and my firm belief in the positive potential of self-aware human existence, to teach athletes, teams, coaches, and parents how to maximize their strengths, access their potential for peak performance, and be active participants in creating positive, competitive, healthy, joyful, and growth-oriented sport environments. I work as a Mental Performance Coach from a foundation of self-determination, mindful self-awareness, compassion, and growth mindsets in an athlete-centered, collaborative, strengths-based approach to performance. I believe that sport has the potential to uplift, unify, teach, and transform. I believe that we can – and should – work to create the internal conditions that allow us to thrive through our sport experiences, and I hope that you’ll join me as we explore that potential together.
Kimberly Horstman, BS, Certified Pilates Instructor
Kimberly combines her love of fitness, healthy lifestyle, and movement to create attainable golf specific programs that will enhance her clients overall health and game. She is certified in Pilates and Bootybarre, and enjoys exploring other fitness. She completed the Advanced Pilates teacher training program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado. The 12 month certification consisted of over 950 hours. Kimberly has been a fitness coach all over the United States and has worked with top golfers such as Terri Frohnmayer, 2011 Senior Women’s Amateur Champion, Willamette University Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams, then rated top 25 in the country, along with many other successful professional athletes and highly rated amateur players. She hopes to create fun but challenging sessions where people can move, breath, and strengthen their mind and body.
Neal Hausch, Fitness Consultant
Neal fell in love with golf at the age of 12. He passionately pursued the game hoping to play professionally. However, in college he realized there was a growing problem: Golfers don’t understand how their health is limiting their golf game. Something had to be done. In 2009, with a Masters degree in clinical exercise science, expertise in physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and 3D golf swing analysis, Golf Fitness Plus was born. Now ten years later, Neal is recognized as a top 50 Golf Digest golf fitness professional and continues to help players at every level move and play their best.
Neal Hausch, MS, CEP, CGFP-2, MP-2
Owner, Golf Fitness Plus, LLC
Amanda Olson, DPT, PRPC
Dr. Olson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific University in 2005, and a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2008, graduating as a member of the Jesuit National Honor Society. In addition to her advanced training in manual therapy and orthopedics, she holds a Certification of Achievement in pelvic floor physical therapy (CAPP-PF) through the APTA, and the Pelvic Floor Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute. She is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and running coach, which she finds useful in curating treatment approaches. Dr. Olson has written several physical therapy continuing education courses, newspaper and magazine articles, and is a published author of a book. She is a core research member on the Clinical Practice Guideline committee to create guidelines for physical therapy management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
Dr. Olson utilizes a holistic mechanical approach to analyzing movement issues and rehabilitating injuries. Her work in a motion analysis laboratory in Portland, OR provides additional knowledge in analyzing gait and other movement patterns.
Matt Preston, MS, LAT, ATC
Matt grew up in Southern Oregon graduating from Crater High School in 2012. He received his BS in Athletic Training from George Fox University – 2016. He then went directly into his masters program where he earned a degree in Kinesiology from Lamar University in 2018. Matt is a Board of Certification Athletic Trainer with a well rounded background and emphasis in golf performance. He competed on the George Fox University golf team during undergrad. Matt splits time between Southern Oregon Golf Academy and Athletic Trainer at Southern Oregon University.
- Unlock each golfers true athleticism
- Golf pain free
- Connect brain and body for a more efficient golf swing