Meet Our Team

 

Larry Ward

Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach

Meet Larry Ward

Larry is the owner of High Performance Golf Academy. A four-time winner of the Kentucky Section PGA Teacher of the Year Award (2011, 2012, 2015 & 2016) and 2017 Horton Smith Award winner, Larry has been teaching golf for more than 20 years. Ward was also twice honored as a Top 25 Elite Junior Golf Coach in America by Future Champions Golf (FCG). He has conducted more than 24,000 golf lessons and 1,800 club fittings, and has coached students at every level from beginner to the PGA and LPGA Tours.

Ward believes in a fundamentally heavy approach to coaching utilizing the following TPPM Basic Formula—Technical Training, Physical Training, Proper Equipment, and Mental Training/Goal Setting. He was formerly the lead instruction writer for Pub Links Magazine and is the author of the book, “The Practice Guide.”

  • 2011, 2012, 2015, & 2016 Kentucky Section PGA Teacher of the Year

  • 2017 Horton Smith Award winner

  • Currently teaches 28 college players

  • Currently teaches 5 mini-tour players

  • Has taught over 24,000 lessons for over 20 years

  • Two-time Top 25 Elite Junior Coach in America

  • Has conducted over 1,500 club fittings

  • PGA Class A member

RATES

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Taught on the hour (45-min lesson)

$175
($122.50 – Keene Trace Member)

FULL DAY

$1200
(Plus Travel Expenses)

Larry’s Lesson Packages
All lesson packages are invitation only and based on an evaluation.
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Meet Tyrus York

The 2014 and 2017 Kentucky Section PGA Teacher of the Year, Tyrus was named head coach of the women’s golf team at NCAA Division III Transylvania University in March 2016. A collegiate player himself at the University of the Cumberlands (formerly Cumberland College), Tyrus entered the PGA Professional Golf Management Program and became a Class A PGA Professional Member in 2010. Since joining the High Performance Golf Academy in 2011, he has helped many juniors achieve their goal of playing NCAA golf. His many professional certifications include SeeMore Putter Certified Instructor, Sam Putt Lab (Level 3), and K-Vest (Level 2).

  • 2017 and 2018 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
  • 2014 & 2017 Kentucky Section PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Nominated for 2011, 2012, and 2013 Junior Golf Leader of the Year in the Kentucky Section
  • K-Vest Level 2 Certified
  • Sam Putt Lab Level 3 Certified
  • SeeMore Putter Certified Instructor
  • Putting Zone Certified
  • EyeLine Golf Certified Instructor
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Myra Blackwelder

Meet Myra Blackwelder

Over a distinguished golf career that includes Rookie of the Year honors on the LPGA Tour in 1980, Myra has developed great expertise in golf skills development and tournament play. In 25-plus years as a teacher/coach, she has coached four KHSAA Individual Girls Champions, eight players on the Symetra and LPGA Tours, a Women’s Western Amateur Champion, a Symetra Tour Champion and two Junior Ryder Cup team members. She has also helped her students earn college scholarships at institutions such as her alma mater, the University of Kentucky, and other in-state schools such as Louisville, Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky, as well as out-of-state schools such as Cincinnati, Florida, North Carolina, Purdue, Wake Forest, Army and Virginia. She also led the Kentucky Lady Wildcats team from 2007-2010, returning them to postseason play for the first time in a decade. When her daughter Mallory qualified for the LPGA Tour in 2009, they became the first-ever mother-daughter LPGA Tour members in history.

  • LPGA Tour Member since 1980 and LPGA Legends Tour Member since 2000
  • Won LPGA Tour-Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award sponsored by Golf Digest and Rolex in 1980
  • Served as University of Kentucky Head Women’s Golf Coach from 2007-2010, and was a Lady Wildcats player from 1974-78
  • Member of the KHSAA Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

RATES

ADULT PRIVATE LESSONS

45 minute private lessons are a great choice to improve your technique and performance. Through a strategic mix of evaluation, personalized instruction, drills, and practice strategies, I will help you develop a plan to elevate your game.  Instruction sessions are designed to give you the tools you need to develop your confidence. Let’s begin the process!

$150 or package of 4 – $450
Keene Trace Members: $105

JUNIOR PRIVATE LESSONS

There is no shortcut to skills mastery, but along the way there are numerous rewards and milestones achieved that lead to personal satisfaction and championships. Success requires the development of critical and conceptual thinking skills, decision making, organization, self-reliance, personal responsibility and work ethic. Let’s get started!

$120 or package of 10-$800
Keene Trace Members: $85

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Meet Jon Hardesty

Jon is a Golf Performance Coach who specializes in research based coaching strategies.  He utilizes the fields of biomechanics, strength and conditioning, motor learning, and golf statistics to form strategies that maximize his student’s performance. He also uses Trackman and other technologies as he has seen how invaluable they are to further his student’s progress.  Jon has spent the past several years compiling a diverse knowledge base in all facets of golf performance and golf coaching.  Jon has worked with players on the PGA Tour, Korn Ferry Tour, Mackenzie Tour, and PGA Tour Latino America.  He has also sent several of his high school players on to play at the collegiate level.  Before moving back to Kentucky in 2016, Jon was teaching with Chris Como in Dallas, Texas. 

  • Voted One of Golf Digest’s Best in State Teachers
  • PGA Class A Member
  • TPI Fitness Level 2 Certification
  • TPI Golf Professional Level 2 Certification
  • TPI Junior Coach Level 2 Certification
  • TPI Golf Mechanics Level 2 Certification
  • Functional Movement Systems Level 2 Certification
  • Certified Golf Coaches Association Certification

RATES

Private Instruction

  • 120.00 (Taught on the hour – 45 min. session)

  • 85.00 (Keene Trace Members)

On-Course Strategy and Scoring Program

Who this program is for:   Players that want to maximize their scoring potential.  If you feel like your scores on the golf course don’t reflect your skill set, this program is for you! 

499.00 (5 x 1-hour sessions)

Wedge Program

Includes Trackman evaluation and on-course training.

575.00(5 x 45-min sessions)

Speed Training Program

Who this program is for: Anyone that wants more clubhead speed.  You will be enrolled in a cutting edge program, designed by one of golf’s leading scientific experts on clubhead speed generation. 

360.00 (3 x per week – 6 week cycle)

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Nick Wilkins

Junior Golf Director

Meet Nick Willkins

Nick Wilkins is from Frankfort, KY and he began playing golf at the age of 12. Nick graduated from Western Hills High School in 2015 where he played on the golf team for 5 years, won a high school tournament, and was a state championship qualifier. He has won the Frankfort City Championship on 3 occasions (2014, 2017,2019) along with the Governors Open (2014) and Daniel Boone invitational (2015) on separate occasions. He has also been a student at High Performance Golf Academy since 2013.

Nick graduated from Morehead State University and was a member of the Men’s golf team from 2015-2019. He is serving as the Assistant Golf Coach for the Eagles during the 2019-20 season. As a player, he competed in 122 rounds and 42 events, placing in the top 10 on 4 occasions and notching 2 collegiate individual victories along with a team victory. He was the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference individual champion and competed in the NCAA Columbus Regional. He was a 3-time member of the Ohio Valley Conference commissioners honor roll and was named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar in 2018.