Testimonials & Results

“Charley Vandenberg made Barrett’s dream of Division I college golf a reality. Finding a swing coach like Charley raised his golf game to a new level. Charley is able to polish the mechanics of a golf swing with sound fundamentals while empowering the mindset of the athlete. This is why my son’s game never suffers even as they have made changes in his swing. He has a gift for sharing his vast knowledge of the game in a concise delivery. I believe anything is possible with an excellent teacher like Charley for my son! He is a master of the golf swing….purveyor of positive thinking!”

– Laura Gagie Kelpin (Parent of Barrett Kelpin)

“We were very lucky to find Charley Vandenberg to teach golf to our son, Max Rispler. In his first year, Max has begun to fulfill some of his golf potential. As a 15 year old high school freshman, he placed 4th individually at the Division I Michigan State High School Championship leading his team to the team championship. Within the last two weeks, he has shot career lows of 69 in a very competitive men’s tournament and 67 to win one of the Adams Junior Tour Events by 9 shots. More importantly, Max has matured and grown so much as a person under Charley’s tuttelage. Taking lessons from Charley is much more than getting better at golf, he cares about the kid’s sportsmanship and future. He has been a great resource and contact as Max tries to play in more competitive events. As a physician, patients often ask the classic question when I refer them to another specialist. Would you have that person take care of your family member? We would recommend Charley to any other parent no matter what the interest or skill level of their child. In fact, Caleb, our 12 year old, has begun to take lessons from him, and we hope that Kacie, our 10 year old daughter, will catch the golf bug and start taking lessons from Charley soon.”

– Dr. David Rispler

“Charley is an incredible instructor. He has a great eye for the fundamentals of the golf swing. Taking lessons from Charley will greatly increase your chances of playing college golf. Hannah touched a golf club for the first time on June 20th, 2008. Thanks to Charley, she will be attending college in the fall of 2012 on a full ride scholarship playing at a Division 1 program.”

– Bart Lewis (Parent of top ranked high school golfer verbally committed to D1 program)

“I am a mid/high handicap golfer and since I began working with Charley, I can see a marked improvement in my overall game. More importantly, I now am able to practice with a purpose and no longer just beat golf balls on the driving range. Charley reinforces his lessons by providing a personalized DVD with the highlights of that day’s lesson. The DVD provides a reminder of what I am working at changing and how to go about it when I practice. The DVD is also great to refer to when I am trying to work out of one of those periods when I am in a slump. Charley brings into his Golf Academy some of the best golf instructors in the world to conduct golf school opportunities together with him. This year Charley brought in 2009 PGA Teacher of the Year, Mike Bender, who works with PGA tour players Zach Johnson, Jonathan Byrd and Lee Jansen, and Mike Shannon, perhaps the most innovative putting instructor in the world.”

– Joseph R. Ekstrom, CLU, CEBS

Vandenberg Instruction gets results

Gabrielle Shipley

2016 NCAA Division II National Champion

Jeff Bronkema

2016 Michigan Open Champion (12 under – winner by three)

Congratulations to:

2021

  • Joan Garety – 2021 GAM Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Senior Gross Champion
  • Colin Sikkenga – 2021 Michigan Amateur Championship Final Four
  • Gabrielle Shipley – 2021 Michigan PGA Women’s Open Final Round of 65 (-7)
  • Tommy Keyte – 2021 MHSAA Super Team Selection (Top 8 Players in State)
  • Ryan Chafty – 2021 MHSAA D3 All-State Selection
  • Sam Nelson – 2021 MHSAA D3 All-State Honorable Mention
  • Bryce Wheeler – 2021 MHSAA D2 All-State Selection

2020

  • Joan Garety – 2020 GAM Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Senior Net Champion, 2020 GAM Women’s Four-ball Championship Senior Gross Champion

2019

  • Joan Garety – 2019 GAM Women’s Senior Championship Champion
  • Sarah Shipley – 2019 Women’s Western Amateur Champion, 2019 GAM Women’s Championship Champion
  • Sawyer O’Grady – U.S. Kids Fall Series Tour (age 12 division) Champion, U.S. Kids World Championship (to be held August 2020) Qualifier
  • Ryan Chafty – 2019 MHSSA D4 All-State Selection, State Championship 12th, Regional Medalist
  • Jared Faber – 2019 MHSSA D3 All-State Honorable Mention, Regional 3rd
  • Oliver Haberle – 2019 MHSSA D1 All-State Honorable Mention
  • Tommy Keyte – 2019 MHSSA D4 All-State Selection, State Championship 7th, Regional 2nd
  • Sam Nelson – 2019 MHSSA D3 All-State Selection, State Championship 11th

2018

  • Colin Sikkenga – 2018 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship Top 32 Finalist, National Top 50 Qualifier and Regional Medalist, 2018 U.S. Open Local Qualifier, 2018 MHSAA Super Team Selection (Top 8 Players in State), D4 State Championship 3rd, Regional Medalist
  • Sarah Shipley – 2018 MI Women’s Amateur Championship Stroke Play Champion and Match Play Final Four, 2018 SEC Championship 13th Place
  • Jordan Evans – 2018 Callaway/Meijer Junior Tour (age 15-19 division) Player of the Year
  • Ryan Chafty – 2018 MHSAA D4 All-State Selection, Regional 3rd
  • Heidi Hines – 2018 MHSAA D3 All-State Selection, Regional 5th

2017

  • Gabrielle Shipley – 2018 Symetra Tour Exempt, Passed Stage 1 LPGA Tour Qualifying
  • Sarah Shipley –  2017 U.S. Amateur Four Ball Championship Sweet 16
  • Jeff Bronkema – 2017 Nebraska Open led field with 19 birdies over 3 rounds
  • Andy Matthews – 2017 Michigan Amateur Championship Final 8
  • Colin Sikkenga – 2017 MHSAA Super Team Selection (Top 8 Players in State), D4 State Championship 3rd
  • Molly Clark – 2017 MHSAA D4 All-State Selection

2016

  • Nick Carlson – 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship Final Four
  • Jeff Bronkema – 2016 Michigan Open Champion
  • Gabrielle Shipley – 2016 NCAA Division II National Champion (GVSU), 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship Final 32
  • Sarah Shipley – 2016 MI Junior PGA Championship Champion
  • Reed Hrynewich – Course Record (62) Roderick Farms GC
  • Luke Overbeek – 2016 Western Conference Championship Champion (GRCC)
  • Colin Sikkenga – 2016 MHSAA D4 All-State Selection, State Championship 3rd, Regional Medalist
  • Naomi Keyte – 2016 MHSAA D4 All-State Selection, State Championship 3rd, Regional Medalist
  • Madison Tran – 2016 MHSAA D3 All-State Selection, State Championship 4th, Regional Medalist

2015

  • Gabrielle Shipley – 2015 NCAA Division II First Team All American, GLIAC Conference Champion, GLIAC Player of the Year
  • Sarah Shipley – 2015 Golf Assoc. of MI Girl’s Player of the Year, Ranked 135th in Rolex Junior World rankings, 2015 Michigan PGA Junior Champion, 2015 AJGA Coca-Cola Junior Champion, 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier, 2015 Michigan Jr. Amateur Stroke Play Medalist, University of Kentucky Golf Scholarship
  • Jeff Bronkema – 2015 Michigan Open Championship Runner-up (Tie)
  • Reed Hrynewich – 2015 U.S. Amateur Qualifier, 2015 Michigan Amateur Championship Medalist, 2015 Michigan Open Championship 6th Place with Low Amateur Honors, 2015 Golf Assoc. of MI Player of the Year Runner-up
  • Nick Carlson – 2015 MHSAA Super Team Selection (Top 8 Players in State), MHSAA Division II State Champion (MI high school state record of 10under for 36 holes), University of Michigan Golf Scholarship
  • Ben VanScoyk – 2015 MIAA fall season MVP, 2015 NCAA Division III All Freshmen Team (1 of 6 nationally), Ping Great Lakes All Region Team
  • Naomi Keyte – 2015 MHSAA Division IV Third Place and All State Selection
  • Becca Radomsky – 2015 MHSAA Division IV 6th Place and All State Selection Honorable Mention
  • Haley Sikkenga – 2015 MHSAA Division IV 8th Place and All State Selection
  • Darian Smith – 2015 MHSAA Division II All State Selection
  • Maddie Tran – 2015 MHSAA Division III 9th Place and All State Selection
  • Colin Sikkenga – 2015 MHSAA Division IV 7th Place and All-State Selection

2014

  • Jennifer Elsholz – 2014 Michigan Women’s Player of the Year by the Golf Association of Michigan, 2014 MI Women’s Amateur Championship Champion, 2014 GAM Women’s Championship Champion
  • Reed Hrynewich – 2014 U.S. Amateur Qualifier
  • Gabrielle Shipley – 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier, Ranked 7th in NCAA Division II (GVSU), Two championships and two runners-up out of five collegiate tournaments
  • Anne Parlmer – 2014 Grand Rapids Women’s City Champion
  • Erin DeVries – 2014 Grand Rapids Women’s City Runner-up
  • Chris Zeigler – 2014 Kalamazoo Women’s City Champion
  • Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central – 2014 MHSAA Division IV State Champion Team including students Molly Clark, Becca Radomsky, Carrie Radomsky, and Erinn Scott
  • Nick Carlson – 2014 MHSAA Super Team Selection (Top 8 Players in State), Division II State Runner-up, Regional and District Champion, 2014 Kent County Amateur Champion, 2014 AJGA Junior at Forest Lake Champion
  • Campbell Crosby – 2014 MHSAA Division II All State Selection, Regional and District Runner-up
  • Spencer Schab – 2014 MHSAA Division II All State Selection, District Champion
  • Ben VanScoyk – 2014 MHSAA Division II All State Selection

2013

  • Max Rispler -2013 Michigan PGA Junior Boy’s Champion
  • Barrett Kelpin – 2013 NGA Magnolia Classic Champion, 2013 Michigan Tournament of Champions Runner-up, 2013 Michigan Open Runner-up
  • Sarah Shipley – WWGA National Junior Championship Quarterfinalist
  • Joan Garety – 2013 Grand Rapids Women’s City Champion
  • Erin DeVries – 2013 Grand Rapids Women’s City Runner-up
  • Barb Schmid – 2013 Grand Rapids Women’s City Senior Champion
  • Deb Rogers – 2013 Grand Rapids Women’s City Senior Runner-up
  • Reed Hrynewich – 2013 MHSAA Super Team Selection (Top 8 Players in State), 2013 Northern Amateur 4th Place
  • Logan Haight – 2013 MHSAA Division II All State Selection
  • Ryan Bayer – 2013 MHSAA Division II State Champion and All State Selection
  • Nick Carlson – 2013 MHSAA Division II State Runner-up and Super Team Selection (Top 8 Players in State)
  • Spencer Schab – 2013 MHSAA Division II Third-place and All State Selection
  • Ben VanScoyk – 2013 MHSAA Division II Fourth-place and All State Selection
  • Henna Singh – 2013 MHSAA Division III Regional Medalist (3 consecutive years)

2012

  • Barrett Kelpin – 2012 National Golf Association Hooters Tour tournament at Magnolia Golf Club Champion, 2012 Michigan Open Champion
  • Henna Singh – 2012 MHSAA Division III Team State Champion (5th individually) and All State Selection
  • Anne Parlmer – 2012 MHSAA Division III Team State Champion and All State Selection
  • Kate Glazer – 2012 MHSAA Division III Team State Champion
  • Kelsey Sands – 2012 MHSAA Division III Team State Champion
  • Abby Radomsky – 2012 MHSAA Division IV Team State Runner-Up and All State Selection
  • Madison McMullen – 2012 MHSAA Division IV Team State Runner-Up and All State Selection Honorable Mention
  • Erin Clark – 2012 MHSAA Division IV Team State Runner-Up
  • Carrie Radomsky – 2012 MHSAA Division IV Team State Runner-Up
  • Becca Radomsky – 2012 MHSAA Division IV Team State Runner-Up
  • Erinn Scott – 2012 MHSAA Division IV Team State Runner-Up
  • Britta Bernth – 2012 MHSAA Division II All State Selection
  • Nick Carlson – 2012 MHSAA Division II State Champion, 2012 Super Team Selection (Top 8 Players in State)
  • Erin DeVries – 2012 Grand Rapids Women’s City Champion
  • Deb Rogers -2012 Grand Rapids Women’s City Senior Champion
  • Andrew Yeager – 2012 MHSAA All State Selection, University of Michigan Golf Scholarship
  • Max Rispler – 2012 MHSAA All State Selection
  • Adam Decker – 2012 MHSAA All State Honorable Mention, Loyola of Chicago Golf Scholarship

2011

  • Joan Garety – 2011 Golf Association of MI Senior Women’s Player of the Year (5 consecutive years), 2011 Michigan Women’s Senior Amateur Runner-up, 2011 Grand Rapids Women’s City Champion
  • Erin DeVries – 2011 Grand Rapids Women’s City Runner-up
  • Deb Rogers – 2011 Grand Rapids Women’s City Senior Champion
  • Barrett Kelpin – 2011 Northern Amateur Champion
  • Kim Kester – 2011 Michigan Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion
  • Barb Schmid – 2011 Michigan Women’s Senior Amateur Champion, 2011 Grand Rapids Women’s City Senior Runner-up
  • Jackson Koert – 2011 NAIA Third Team All American (2 consecutive years)
  • Andrew Yeager – 2011 MHSAA Super Team Selection (Top 8 Players in State)
  • Abby Radomsky, Carrie Radomsky, Madison McMullen – Kalamazoo Hackett – 2011 MHSAA Division IV State Tournament 3rd Place
  • Anne Parlmer (All State Honorable Mention), Henna Singh (All State Honorable Mention), Megan Daniels, Jordan DuVall (3rd individually) – Forest Hills Eastern – 2011 MHSAA Division III State Tournament 4th Place
  • Jessica Meloche (10th individually, All State Selection), Britta Bernth (All State Honorable Mention), Lauryn Day – Greenville – 2011 MHSAA Division II State Tournament 3rd Place
  • Hannah Lewis – 2011 MHSAA Division III State Tournament Runner-up, 2011 Super Team Selection (Top 8 Players in State), Bowling Green University Golf Scholarship
  • Adam Decker – 2011 Stonehenge AJGA Tournament Top 10 Finish
  • Nick Carlson – 2011 Michigan Junior Amateur Tournament Semi-finalist.
  • A.J. Varekois – 2011 Adams Tour Player of the Year (Boys 15-19)
  • Spencer Schab – 2011 Adams Tour Player of the Year Runner-Up (Boys 12-14)

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