Short Game Artists Golf Academy Team

Our team has a passion for the short game. Our mission is to develop the capabilities, passion and
enjoyment of the game in our students.

ALEXANDRA BRAGA, PGA

Director of Instruction

One of Northern California’s top-rated golf instructors, Alexandra leads all instruction for Short Game Artists Golf Academy teaching the short game as well as the full swing. Her accomplishments include:

  • Nationally recognized by Golf Digest as one of America’s Best Young Teaches
  • 6 Years on LPGA Symetra Tour
  • TOP 50 US Kids Instructor nationwide
  • Golf Range Magazine Top 50 US Teaching Professional
  • PGA Class A Professional and PGA Coach

Alexandra has a passion for playing and especially teaching golf. She started playing when she was 12 and immediately fell in love with the game. By 14 she was already a nationally ranked junior golfer. A near-death accident at 16 left in her a wheelchair with a prognosis that she would never walk again. Finally ignoring those who said she couldn’t, during her senior year of college she decided to give golf one more try and through hard training and sheer effort not only starting playing again, but became competitive enough to make it onto the LGPA Symetra Tour where she competed successfully for six years.

Since the conclusion of her Tour career Alexandra has focused her energies on teaching others. For the past 10 years she has been coaching juniors and adults on the full swing, short game, as well as golf strategy. Most recently she was Director of Player Development at Denver Country Club where she developed their Player Development Program for competitive and elite players. Today she still loves the game as much as when she first started and is constantly learning and increasingly her depth and breadth of knowledge for her students. Despite competing at an elite level, her personal history of overcoming challenges has given her unique insight and empathy into the challenges that many newer golfers face. Feeling incredibly blessed to be able to help students learn about and share the enjoyment of the game every day she looks forward to meeting and helping new people at Short Game Artists Golf Academy!

Certifications:

  • TPI Golf Level 1, 2 and 3
  • Swing Catalyst Level 1
  • Trackman
  • Boditrak Ground Force Mechanics
  • Foresight
  • SAM Putt Lab
  • PGA Certified Golf Professional in Player Development
  • Scott Cowx 5.0
  • Bioswing Dynamics
  • Game Like Training
  • Discover Golf
Trevor Beatty, PGA Apprentice

Junior Golf Instruction – All Levels

Trevor combines modern techniques with a structured and disciplined approach to develop both adult and especially junior golfers and their love of the game.

  • PGA Apprentice
  • Former Division 1 Player
  • Sports Biomechanics Degree
  • TPI Level 1, Level 2, Junior, and Fitness
  • High School and Middle School Golf Coach
  • Taught 1000s of Juniors

Growing up as an accomplished athlete in a number of sports, Trevor was most passionate about golf. In college he played on Texas Christian University’s Division 1 golf team while majoring in Kinesiology, Sport Psychology with an emphasis in Biomechanics. He particularly enjoys teaching junior golfers and serves as a coach for girls’ and boys’ high school teams plus middle schoolers. His approach is to teach students about proper golfing techniques and biomechanics, while improving their physical fitness and wellness through exercises that supplement the swing. Taking a structured and disciplined approach he helps players not only develop their skills but also grow their love of the game.

MARK DIAMOND

Director of Curriculum

Mark leads curriculum development at Short Game Artist Golf Academy as well as serving as an instructor. He has developed a passion for the techniques, skills, mental training and creativity for all shots within 100 yards and focuses his coaching on the short game. He has and continues to study extensively under James Seickmann, Golf Digest’s #1 ranked short game instructor in the world.

James currently teaches more than 100 tour players. Mark has taught golf with PGA Tour players, coached junior golfers, and works as a volunteer golf coach for First Tee of Silicon Valley. As a golf rules expert he wrote the local rules for Shoreline Golf Links.

A California native growing up and attending high school in the Bay Area after college he returned to the Bay Area, to raise his family. An avid player, he enjoys golfing with his now adult sons. When he can Mark plays a variety of courses through the US, Scotland, Ireland and the world.

SEAN DIAMOND

Director of Operations

Sean runs all operations for Short Game Golf Academy. He has more than six years in golf operations, including course management, retail, food and beverage as well as instructional support. At Short Game Artists Golf Academy Sean is responsible for all operations, including scheduling, enrollment, facilities and equipment.

Believing that customer satisfaction is the key driver in any enterprise, he strives to provide the best learning experience for all the students. A recent University of Arizona graduate, Sean is currently studying to be a commercial pilot. Growing up in the Bay Area Sean has been golfing since he was very young.

His favorite part of golf is the short game, bringing an intuitive touch and feel to his shots. He particularly enjoys competing against his family.

AMELIA WAMPLER

Director of Marketing

Amelia leads marketing and social media at Short Game Artists Golf Academy. Her experience working on the PGA Champions Tour, creating social media and media relations campaigns, has shaped her view of the industry and game. She loves the excitement and passion around golf and wants to share that with others.

A retired college athlete, Amelia understands the importance of developing your skills for your sport, while having fun. She hopes to share Mark’s Tour-proven approach with all golfers who want to improve their game.

Short Game Artists Instructors

  • Experienced golf teaching professionals extremely well versed in all parts of the short game including finesse wedge, putting, bunker and distance wedge technique as well as full swing and scoring strategies
  • Follow Positive Coaching Alliance principles for creating a positive youth sports environment
  • Follow the most modern short game techniques, approaches, coaching strategies and mental development used by many of today’s best tour players
  • Create an nurturing environment ensuring students of all skill levels not only develop a better short game, but have fun in the process
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