New Instructors in 2017
Kelly Hall, Director of Player Development
After over 20 years in the private club world, Kelly is excited to be returning to his roots in public golf. Starting as a bag room attendant at 16, he has never worked outside of golf. Kelly attained his Class “A” status with the PGA of America in 1996 and has spent time in Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia and Florida during his career. He has worked at public, resort and private facilities, giving him a wealth of experience and knowledge due to the differences of each type of property and location. He hopes to bring the best of those experiences to Independence along with fresh ideas for where the game is going in the future.
Kelly will be heavily involved in the instruction programs this season, getting him back to the aspect of being a golf professional that drew him into this career. With over 20 years of teaching experience, he has worked with juniors as young as 5 through retirees with over 60 years playing in the game. Seeing such a variety of students with different learning styles has taught him how to best interact with each individual. Kelly believes there are many different ways to swing the club and will work with your natural motion and abilities to help you be your best. He enjoys working with both men and women, and has the ability to keep things simple for beginners and to focus on something very specific for a scratch golfer. When asked about the student/teacher relationship, he responded:
“Find an instructor who is truly interested in helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be, and not one who is only interested in showing you how much they know about the swing. The art of teaching revolves around knowing what information your student really needs to hear to improve and reach their goals. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the excitement students get when they see the result they have been working towards knowing that I have helped them reach that goal.”
Kelly will also be one of only three Titleist Performance Institute Certified professionals in the Richmond area who is also a PGA Professional. TPI certifies golf, fitness and medical professionals to evaluate your body’s ability to move during the swing. By being able to identify limitations or deficiencies in your motion, Kelly can adjust his teaching to accommodate those limitations or put you in touch with one of his fitness or medical partners to help you change your body.
So whether you have an idea for an event, need a quick fix or a complete overhaul, stop by and let him know what you need. He will do whatever he can to help make your experience here at Independence the best it can be.
Rates and Packages:
Lessons are 45 minutes unless otherwise noted
The "Foursome":$600 (4 students together for a 3 hour session)
Nina Pryor, LPGA Class A Teaching Professional
Nina is a Class A member of the LPGA who knows firsthand that golf doesn’t have to be complex or difficult. She has taught hundreds of people to play the best golf of their lives and have fun doing it! Respected by her peers and students, her professionalism, passion and integrity have inspired players of all ages and skill levels.
She have also served as a national evaluator for the LPGA and been a writer for the Virginia Golf Report, a publication for all golf facilities in Virginia.
Originally from Midlothian, Virginia, Nina began playing golf as a member of Stonehenge Country Club. An avid competitor in Richmond Women’s Golf Association, I was consistently among the top players every year in the City Amateur.
Her love of the game was the catalyst for become a teaching professional. For the past 3 years Nina taught golf at Oasis Sports Park in Chesterfield, Virginia. Prior to joining Oasis, she worked at GolfTEC of Richmond where she significantly increased her knowledge of the technical aspects of the golf swing and performance. Her resume highlights working for several area golf and country clubs including Royal Virginia and Salisbury.
Nina has served as co-head coach for St. Catherine’s high school girls’ golf team and has contributed to the Executive Women’s Golf Association as golf education advisor.