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 Only the Best at Grand Cypress Academy of Golf in Orlando, Florida

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 Fred Griffin, Director of Grand Cypress Academy of Golf

Recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of the Top 100 Teachers in America, Fred Griffin is responsible for the development of all golf instructional programs at the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf. A PGA Class A professional with over 20 years of teaching experience, Griffin has served as the Director of the Academy since it opened in 1986. A superb teacher, Fred was honored as one of a select few as a Lead Coach for the Golf Channel Academy and was recognized as Teacher of the Year for the North Florida section of the PGA. He is also an instruction advisor for several golf publications and a frequent speaker at the PGA educational programs, Griffin currently coaches several PGA and LPGA Tour players.

 Todd Meena, Head Instructor, PGA Class A

Todd was named one of the "Best Teachers" in the state of Florida by Golf Digest for the last ten years consecutively and has been a member of the Academy's instructional staff for 22 years. As a former European PGA tour member, Todd has an extensive playing background. He has been the featured instructor on The Golf Academy Live Show, and has led numerous instructional workshops for the PGA of America. Fundamental to Todd’s teaching is the understanding of the proper release of the club and the importance of getting to the finish of the swing with a consistent rhythm. Todd is originally from California and has lived in Orlando since 1987.  Todd has been named Villas of Grand Cypress Employee of the Year (2011) and was named ‘Best of the Best’ by Benchmark Hospitality in 2012.”

 Harry Zimmerman, Head Instructor, PGA Class A

Harry was recently named one of the Top 50 Instructors in the state of Florida for 2015-2016 by Golf Digest. Harry has been a member of the Academy’s instructional staff for 28 years. He was named  “ Teacher of the Year “ for the East Central Chapter of the North Florida PGA in 2000. Harry has worked with several PGA and LPGA players.   

 Gus Holbrook, Head Instructor, PGA Class A

Gus was named one of the "Best Teachers" in the state of Florida for 2003-2015 by Golf Digest, and has been a member of the Academy’s instructional staff for 27 years.  An All-American Collegiate golfer at the University of Georgia, Gus placed 5th in the 1977 NCAA Golf Championship.  He was also named to the United States All-Star Collegiate golf team that included John Cook, Scott Hoch, and Chip Beck.  Gus continues to play competitively in PGA sectional, statewide, and national tournaments.  Gus has worked with players of all ability levels from beginners to tour players and many juniors aspiring to be collegiate players.  

 Brian Lombard, Head Instructor, PGA Class A

Born in Aspen Colorado, Brian spent his summers playing junior golf and winters on the mountain skiing and snowboarding. After relocating to Orlando, he continued to play golf and also developed an interest in lacrosse. He progressed very fast in lacrosse and was awarded a scholarship to play in college for Florida State University.  Brian returned to Orlando and completed his degree in psychology at the University of Central Florida. Brian is certified in clubfitting and club repair and completes all this work for the academy. Brian works with players competing on tours such as the Florida Moonlight, European Challenge, Latino America, and the Sun Coast. He is a member of the Proponent Group where he attends seminars to further study the game and improve his own teaching. Brian is well educated in the use of the technology as he has studied under the inventor of the flightscope system and has completed research projects with Dr. Mann for the Swingmodel system. Brian continues his competitive spirit by playing in North Florida PGA Section events and plans to continue his education in Psychology so he can merge the mental aspect of golf with the physical swing.


Doug is originally from Hays, KS where he excelled in golf and played collegiately at Ft. Hays St. University, where his father was the Head Coach. His parents ran the Ft. Hays Municipal Golf Course in Hays while he was in elementary school. Doug moved to Florida in 1987 to play golf professionally. He started working at The Grand Cypress Academy of Golf in 1988 and became an instructor in 2004. Doug still plays competitively in local PGA section tournaments. He enjoys working with golfers of all levels to get to the root of their golf swing faults.

 Travis Kent, Club Fitter

While playing golf professionally in California, Travis worked at Stadium Golf Center, San Diego's premier practice facility. While there, Travis gained knowledge and experience in club fitting and became a certified club fitter with TaylorMade, Titleist, Callaway, and Ping. Travis was voted one of the top club fitters in the country by Golf Digest from 1999 - 2006.Travis moved to Orlando in 2007 and was promoted to the manager of the TaylorMade Performance Lab at the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf.  In October of 2015, Travis became manager of the Grand Cypress Performance Fitting Studio which is ranked by Golf Digest as one of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters. Travis is responsible for fitting all brands of clubs including: Taylormade, Titleist, Callaway, Ping, Mizuno, Nike, Cleveland and Wilson Staff.

 Dr. Ryan J. Caserta, Resident Golf Psychologist

A nationally and internationally recognized sport psychologist, Dr. Ryan Caserta is an expert in how the eyes and visual perception affects golf performance, mental expertise, and success on the golf course. Dr. Caserta’s scientifically based Individualized Multidimensional Perceptual and Cognitive Training (IMPACT) program has produced winners on every major tour in the world, including multiple wins on the PGA Tour, European PGA Tour, LPGA Tour (client Na Yeon Choi finishing 2010 #1 on the LPGA Money List), Nationwide Tour, amateur level (client Byeong Hun-An won the United States Amateur Championship-youngest champion in history), collegiate level, and junior tours. His research has been published in the most prestigious journals in the field of sport psychology, and he has been invited to present his research and training to some of the largest sports organizations throughout the world.

 Barb Mucha, LPGA Touring Professional and Instructor

Originally from Parma Heights, Ohio, Barb competed on the LPGA Tour for over 20 years with 5 tournament wins to her credit. Along with teaching at The Grand Cypress Golf Academy, she currently competes on the Legends Tour. Barb was named the 1996 Golf Digest Most Improved Player and inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.Throughout her career, Barb has been associated with Grand Cypress for over 25 years. She enjoys teaching all levels of players, focusing on both the physical and mental game. She is currently working with several aspiring mini-tour, collegiate, and junior golfers to assist them in reaching their goal of becoming a LPGA or PGA touring professional.