Coach TJ – LPGA Head Coach

Taronne Atley (TJ) is the founder and Head Coach of Zone Golf Academy in Vancouver, BC.,  Canada. She joined the LPGA in 1986 and is a LPGA Life Member with over 35 years of professional golfer experience.

Taronne attended to the University of Washington from 1980-1984, captained the golf team and graduated with a degree in Speech Communication. As an accomplished player, Taronne played on 4 BC Provincial teams, placing 3rd place in the inaugural America’s Cup.  She played for Team Canada together with Dawn Coe-Jones, placing 6th in the World Team Cup Championship in 1983. She has played in 4 majors, including the 1986 U.S. Open and 3 Du Maurier Classics.

TJ has placed over 150+ players on golf scholarships to the USA and Canada and 20 + players have turned professional. There are 6 players in the Ivy League in 2016-2017.  Zone Golf opened an indoor studio in Richmond specializing in putting and gym.

E-mail: coachtj@zonegolfacademy.ca Phone: 778.999.3026

Coach Kas – LPGA Golf Coach

Kasandra Eccles attended Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Florida on a golf scholarship. Upon returning to Canada, Kasandra studied Marketing and Business at BCIT; then went on to receive her Nursing Unit Coordinator certificate to work in the hospital. She is a certified SNAG instructor and also taught golf in elementary schools for the BCGA. Kasandra designs resumes and athletic profiles for student athletes to be sent to university coaches in Canada and the United States.

E-mail: coachkas@zonegolfacademy.ca

Coach Christa – LPGA Golf Coach

Christa Wong, who’s originally from Hong Kong, developed a strong passion for golf, through the influence of her father at a young age. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree specializing in Marketing and has been working in the golf industry since 2012. Christa is now a LPGA Teaching Division Member. Christa is also well versed in club fitting and can speak fluent Cantonese.

E-mail: coachchrista@zonegolfacademy.ca

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Coach Michael - Golf Coach

Michael has 25 years playing experience, and 17 years  teaching experience in the world of golf. He is passionate about making golf a lifelong fun experience for all players. He is a specialist in junior golf development and college preparation. In addition, he is a huge believer in golf fitness, exercise, and individuality and creativity. He treats all junior players with respect.

Michael is currently a CPGA/PGA apprentice, and previously was a David Leadbetter / IMG Golf Instructor. He has  travelled extensively in the USA to help players compete in AJGA and other national golf tournaments.

Michael holds a degree in Economics as well as being a  certified ESL teacher. When he’s not teaching golf, he loves snowboarding, hockey, and martial arts.

E-mail: info@zonegolfacademy.ca

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Coach Austin - Golf Coach

Coach Austin Hughes grew up in Vancouver British Columbia. Coach Austin has made it his goal as a coach to develop individuals using there personal traits, strengths, body type and visual perception to become a unique individual. Austin has caddied/ worked with Canada’s phenom Adam Svensson. Austin helped Svensson record back to back 2nd places finishes as his first 2 starts as a pro on the Canadian tour in 2015. Since then he traveled North America with Svensson on the Web.com tour and PGA tour gathering an understanding on how tour players perform on a day to day basis. Austin also worked with Team Canada’s, and University of Houston’s Blair Hamilton. Austin won the FSG bank outstanding athlete/academic award of 2016. Austin recorded 2 Southern states conference championships with Dalton state. Austin also had one Top 5 NCAA finish shooting 70 69, 5 top 10 finishes, and 7 top 20 finishes. Austin also won the Trenton Georgia Amateur shooting 72 67 65. Austin has won 4x on the Vancouver Golf Tour and multiple Jr tour victories.

Coach Austin is dedicated to developing players into well rounded individuals on and off the golf course!

E-mail: info@zonegolfacademy.ca

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Master Shishir - Body, Mind, Spirit Coach

Master Shishir is a pioneer and mentor of holistic training and healthy lifestyle. He developed his internal strength and self-realization thru self-discipline and by over-coming personal, professional, family, financial and political crisis. He started Arnis martial arts training at age 8.

Since 2003, Shishir has been training amateur and professional golfers as a “Body, Mind, Spirit Coach”. Shishir has worked at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and Performance Center in orlando, FLorida.

Master Shishir created “Quiet mind, Smiling Heart Meditation”, “Chi Golf”, “Sinawali Kickbox”, “Tai Chi Kung”. He has produced several DVD’s and books. He is a father of 4 children and was inducted in the Martial Arts all of Fame and name International Grandmaster of the year in 2005. Master Shishir is also a certified Natural Healer and massage Therapist.

E-mail: info@zonegolfacademy.ca

Alexa Loo – Mental Game Coach

Alexa Loo is an expert mental coach and founder of Alexa Loo Coaching. A two-time Olympian in the sport of Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS) Snowboarding (2006 Turin and 2010 Vancouver), Alexa knows what it’s like to perform under pressure. She is now sharing and teaching the mental training skills Olympians use to deliver top performances. Through group workshops and one-on-one tutoring, Alexa motivates and teaches students by using stories of her Olympic experiences along with her sense of humor and a genuine desire to see her students achieve success. Alexa creates customized, practical methods to help develop the necessary mental skills to tackle university applications and standardized tests. She helps students craft their Personal Performance Plan (PPP). Her fun and easy to practice drills reduce stress, induce motivation, energy, and focus, as well as increase confidence to support high level performance in all facets of life.

E-mail: info@zonegolfacademy.ca

Barb Linkletter – Head Trainer

Barb Linkletter is a fitness expert with many years of health and fitness expertise.  Barb Linkletter works with student athletes to match their unique talents with appropriate colleges and universities.  Barb’s flare for teaching began as a teenager in New Brunswick where, as a swimmer and competitive skater for over a decade, she successfully inspired and coached youth. After earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Mary’s University, she moved to the West Coast to discover a passion for exercise and wellness. In 2002, she became a fitness trainer and started her own business. The objective was simple: to educate and inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle and succeed in their sport.

Barb has over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Having trained former Olympians, golf professionals and high performance athletes, she has the knowledge, experience and passion for conditioning young athletes and the know-how for matching them with an appropriate university.

E-mail: info@zonegolfacademy.ca