Golf Instruction

Olympia Country & Golf Club currently has two PGA Class A Professionals on staff. We provide individual and group lessons by appointment. Our current curriculum for the 2021 golf season includes men’s, seniors’, ladies’ and junior golf clinics. Current pricing for individual lessons are sixty dollars for a forty-five minute lesson.

 

Golf Professionals

Mark Jensen

Mark Jensen

PGA Head Golf Professional

markjensen32@comcast.net

Teaching Methodology
I believe that as a teacher, we should teach the game, not just the swing. We get so caught up in the swing on the driving range but not the scoring shots, short game, putting and course management that can be learned out on the golf course. Establish a specific goal with each student and then put together a plan that will achieve that goal.

Background

Mark has been a PGA member since 1990. He started his career as a teaching assistant pro at Cave Creek GC in Phoenix, AZ. After two years there, he went to Crow River CC in Hutchinson, MN, as a First Assistant Professional. His first Head Professional position came at Perham Lakeside CC in Perham, MN, followed by the same position at Blueberry Pines CC in Menaga, MN. After sales positions with Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Spalding and Ping. He has a passion for teaching and junior golf.

Mitch Girard

Mitch Girard

PGA 1st Assistant Golf Professional

mitch@olygolfclub.com

Teaching Methodology

I strive to ignite enthusiasm and excitement in all my students while helping them have more fun, improve their game, and maximize their potential. I place an emphasis on long-term results not just quick fixes. Building a plan with each student so we reach their ultimate goals of making each student play better golf. 

Background

Mitch is a PGA graduate from the University of Idaho. He has been a PGA Professional since May of 2016. After completing internships at Glendale Country Club and Everett Golf & Country Club he began his career at Olympia Country & Golf Club learning all aspects of the golf business. 

During the 2019 golf season Mitch worked for GOLFTEC Bellevue as a Certified Golf Coach and Club Fitter. In which he used fact-based instruction using video analysis, motion measurement, and Tour Player data. Coaching all types of golfing abilities from Juniors, Beginners, Plateaued golfers, and collegiate players. Also, making sure each player does not have equipment that is holding them back from reaching their goals.

Zach

Golf Professional

zach@olygolfclub.com

Teaching Methodology

My goal as a golf instructor is to take a player’s current swing and make it better. From what I have seen, a lot of golfers’ swing too much with their arms and don’t have enough body rotation to generate optimal power for their swing speed. This results in a clubface that requires a lot of timing with the hands to get square by impact and a sacrifice on distance. A more passive face through impact will help with ball contact and consistency which can be achieved with a few adjustments and practice.

Background

I played golf for Saint Martin’s University while earning my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. I graduated in 2012 and started my career in the golf industry at Alderbrook Golf and Yacht Club while also caddying at Chambers Bay seasonally for 10 years. I worked the 2015 US Open with media credentials, which was certainly the highlight of my time there. In the golf off season, I was a Substitute teacher in the North Thurston School district. In 2014-15, I worked at Desert Mountain, an exclusive Jack Nicklaus designed enterprise with 6 golf courses in North Scottsdale. My wife and I built our house in 2018 and are happy to be settled down in the beautiful PNW.