"Charley Vandenberg is absolutely one of the best instructors in the country. I have taught side by side with him and witnessed the results that he gets, along with the rapport he has with his students. I give him my highest endorsement"
- Mike Bender, 2009 PGA Teacher of the Year
Welcome to Vandenberg Instruction located at the Thousand Oaks Golf Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Established in 2007, the Thousand Oaks Golf Academy is a state of the art facility that prides itself in being on the cutting edge of golf technology, allowing students to better their games in the quickest time possible. With training aids such as the MEGSA perfect practice equipment, correcting your swing has never been easier.
In order to play the golf of your dreams, one must learn from the best. Charley Vandenberg, Director of Instruction of the Academy, is one of the elite golf instructors in the country. According to his peers, his passion for the game and enthusiasm for helping others improve every aspect of their games make him an excellent instructor. Their belief in his skills have resulted in nominations for the Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year on 14 different occasions, capturing the title in 1998, 2003, 2007 and 2010. Being honored with this prestigious title four times is unprecedented in the state of Michigan. Charley was also a top 6 finalist for the 2010 PGA National Teacher of the Year honor, and is a top 4 finalist for 2012.
Charley's knowledge allows him to teach in a simple, yet effective manner that is accessible to all ages and abilities. Please contact Charley to set up a time to see the facility and start on the path to a better game .
Here is how some of Vandenberg's students have finished in recent competitive play
Max Rispler -2013 Michigan PGA Junior Boy's Champion
Joan Garety - 2013 Grand Rapids Women's City Champion
Barb Schmid - 2013 Grand Rapids Women's Senior City Champion
2013 Boys High School All State Selection:
Nick Carlson - Hamilton - Super Team (Top 8 Players in State)
Reed Hrynewich - Muskegon Mona Shores - Super Team (Top 8 Players in State)
Ryan Bayer - Comstock Park - Division 2
Logan Haight - Otsego - Division 2
Spencer Schab - Forest Hills Northern - Division 2
Ben VanScoyk - Grand Rapids Christian - Division 2
2013 Division II state champion Ryan Bayer (Junior, Comstock Park) who shot a 149
2013 Division II runner-up Nick Carlson (Junior, Hamilton high school) who shot a 151
2013 Division II third-place Spencer Schab (freshman, Forest Hills Northern) who shot a 152
2013 Division II fourth-place Ben VanScoyk (Junior, Grand Rapids Christian) who shot a 153
Nick Carlson from Hamilton high school shot a 62 in Hamilton invitational. His round consisted of nine birdies and an eagle and the second best score out of the 90 players was a 75.
Barrett Kelpin who won the National Golf Association Hooters Tour tournament at Magnolia Golf Club and took home the $10,700 first place prize. Kelpin entered the third and final day of the tournament tied for third place, three strokes behind the leaders. He shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to finish 14-under, one stroke ahead of Ryan Brehm of East Lansing.
2012 Girls High School Division 3 State Champions
Forest Hills Eastern: Henna Singh (5th individually), Kate Glazer, Kelsey Sands, Anne Parlmer
2012 Girls High School Division 4 State Runner-Up
Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central: Erin Clark, Madison McMullen, Abby Radomsky, Carrie Radomsky, Becca Radomsky, Erinn Scott
2012 Girls High School All State Selection:
Britta Bernth - Greenville High School - Division 2
Anne Parlmer - Forest Hills Eastern - Division 3
Abbby Radomsky - Kalamazoo Hackett CC - Division 4
Henna Singh - Forest Hills Eastern - Division 3
Madison McMullen - Kalamazoo Hackett CC - Division 4 Hon. Men.
Nick Carlson - Freshman at Hamilton High School - 2012 Division 2 Michigan High School State Champion with rounds of 71 and 68 (3 under par total) and a birdie on second hole of playoff. Finished regular season as medalist of all his events except one. 2012 Super Team selection (top 8 players in Michigan)
Erin DeVries, 2012 Grand Rapids Women's City Champion
Deb Rogers, 2011 and 2012 Grand Rapids Senior Women's City Champion
Andrew Yeager - Senior at Forest Hills Central (2012 All-State 1st Team) who will attend and play golf for the University of Michigan in 2012
Max Rispler - Sophomore at Forest Hills Central, All-State 1st Team
Adam Decker - Senior at Forest Hills Central (2012 All-State honorable mention) will attend and play golf for Loyola of Chicago in 2012
Barrett Kelpin for winning the 2012 Michigan Open in his first professional event by 8 shots in record tying fashion - (23 under, tied record set by Chick Harbert in 1948)
Andy Matthews for shooting 7 under at the 2011 Stage 2 PGA Tour Qualifying allowing him to compete at the final stage in California.
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