Ben Cook, PGA, Director of Instruction.
Ben is a member of the PGA of America and a graduate of the Ferris State University’s Professional Golf Management Program, where he was a two time All American and led the men’s golf team to the NCAA DII National Championships. Ben has since competed at the professional level on the PGA Tour Latino America, where he played in 9 events spanning over 8 different countries. He won the 2018 Michigan PGA Professional Championship and has qualified for the 2018 and 2019 PGA Professional National Championships. Ben was also the player of the year for the Northern Ohio PGA Section in 2017. Ben has honed his instructional skills over the past few years at Cascade Hills Country Club in Grand Rapids, MI, Johns Island Club in Vero Beach, FL, and at Marriott Shadow Ridge in Palm Desert, CA where he was certified by the Marriott Golf Academy. He has worked with players of all skill levels and enjoys the challenge each new player brings.
Ben will be our dedicated PGA Teaching Professional beginning May 2019. Ben will offer a variety of instruction packages, clinics and seminars at Yankee Springs Golf Course. Ben brings a wealth of teaching and playing knowledge to our facility. Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing Ben’s instruction packages and all of the services he will offer as part of Yankee Springs Community. For lesson information and appointments, please call Ben at 616-272-9316 or the course at 269-795-0030.
Ben's teaching philosophy is simple: he wants the player to find a repeatable, consistent swing that can be transferred on to the golf course. He will implement a strengths-based approach, where we focus on the player’s current skill set and competencies, with the use of technology such as video, ball flight monitor, and swing analysis software. This will provide each player with the resources to see significant improvement in the game. Most importantly, Ben's philosophy seeks to make the game more enjoyable and provide opportunities for players to challenge themselves and see golf as a lifelong journey.
We are very excited to have Ben on our team at Yankee Springs Golf Course!