Meet the GPI Team
Golf Performance Institute
Founded by Physical Therapists and Certified Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Golf Fitness Instructors with over 15 years of industry experience, Golf Performance Institute (GPI) is South Jersey’s premier indoor golf instructional and fitness facility. GPI combines state-of-the-art technology with South Jersey’s top PGA Professional Golf Instructors and top TPI Golf Fitness Instructors to provide golfers of all levels the ability to train like the pros train.
About Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)
TPI is the world’s leading educational organization and research facility dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. Since its inception in 2003, TPI has studied thousands of golfers ranging from the top professional tour players to weekend enthusiasts. An incredible amount of data on players of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels has been gathered during this time. Using this data, TPI discovered how a properly functioning body allows a player to swing a golf club in the most efficient way possible. Additionally, TPI has analyzed how physical limitations in a player’s body can adversely affect the golf swing and potentially lead to injury.
Brett Michener, PT, CSCS, TPI CGFI
Brett Michener is the CEO of the Golf Performance Institute and M&M Physical Therapy. He is a licensed Physical Therapist in New Jersey for over 14 years and holds a Strength and Conditioning Certification. Brett is Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor and K-Vest Certified and certificatied for TPI Junior Coach Level 2.
Since 2000, Brett has been working with athletes across all sports to help them regain function following an injury and to improve their performance. Along with a successful physical therapy practice, Brett is also an Advanced Credentialed Advanced Clinical Instructor, working with students and sharing the latest research and most up-to-date clinical techniques. Brett holds a Master’s in Physical Therapy and a BS in Health Sciences from the University of the Sciences.
Steven J. Platt, PT, ATC
Steve is the COO of the Golf Performance Institute and M&M Physical Therapy. Steve is a licensed Physical Therapist, graduating from MCP Hahnemann University in 2001, and a Certified Athletic Trainer. As a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer, Steve has been training and rehabilitating athletes in the Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia Area for over 14 years.
Steve is a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, K-Vest Certified, and a Level 3 Junior Certified Coach. Steve has taken his love for the game and biomechanical knowledge to develop the programs currently offered at GPI.
Steve also coaches youth soccer in Mount Laurel. Hs background allows him to train juniors of all ages safely and effectively based on the growth and development of the athlete.
Beth Bartholomew, RYT, TPI
Beth received a BA in Psychology from State University of NY, Stony Brook in 1994.
Her expertise in fitness training clients helps golfers improve their game immensely.
Beth holds the following certifications: Certified Personal Fitness Trainer through the American Council of Exercise (A.C.E), TPI Certified Golf Fitness Professional, YogaFit® Certified Yoga Instructor, Certified Older Adult Personal Fitness trainer through the American Institute of Fitness Educators (AIFE) and Advanced C.O.R.E. Instructor (Resist-A-Ball Certification).
Ross graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science & Kinesiology. He is TPI Certified, Certified Orthopedic Exercise Specialist from the American Council on Exercise.
Ross specializes in movement analysis and biomechanics with his background in personal training and physical therapy.
He loves working with athletes of all ages to give them the tools and motivation to reach their personal fitness goals.
Susan Miller, TPI CGFI
Susie has over 20 years in the fitness industry with a strong background in biomechanics. She has worked with a number of beginner and advanced level golfers to enhance their game.
Susie graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in Physical Education with concentration in movement and sports studies, and psychology. She also holds the following certifications: Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise Continuing Education Provider, National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer.
Christopher Vanacore, PGA Apprentice, was a long time Mercedes Benz Technician. With a late start in the golf industry but a strong love for the game, he decided to attend the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach. Learning in all aspects of the game and instruction, he graduated Valedictorian with a Business Degree in Golf Course Operations & Management.
5 years later he is still loving the decisions and growing his own instruction base. With more than a few hundred lessons he is still learning and instructing in new ways. Working towards his full PGA Membership and other Certifications is one way he will stay ahead.
Filindo Colace, PGA, TPI
Director of Golf Instruction
Filindo Colace, PGA, is the Director of Instruction at Golf Performance Institute. In 2009, Filindo attended the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach. There he developed a strong passion for the golf swing.
Filindo has studied the biomechanics of the golf swing and has certifications in TPI, K-Vest and SAM PuttLab. With weekly lessons and periodic playing lessons, Filindo ensures that all players are improving on a day-to-day basis.
TPI and PGA Golf Professionals
PGA Apprentice Golf Professional
Eric Grossman is a PGA member of the Philadelphia Section of the PGA of America.
Eric teaches at Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
- Owner of SNAG golf coaching kit
- Taught in an Els for Autism clinic
- Golf Performance Institute Instructor
- Foresight Sports
- SAM PuttLab
- 3D Analysis
- V1 Video
- Video Analysis
Areas of Focus:
- Short Game
- Full Swing
- Club Fitting
- Bunker Play
- Junior Golf
- Women’s Golf
- Mental Game
- Competitive Golf
- College Prep
PGA Golf Professional
Currently the Golf Director of The Links GC in Marlton, New Jersey and the Golf Director of Centerton GC in Elmer, New Jersey.
Dave has worked with some of the world’s most well-known teachers such as: David Leadbetter, Butch Harmon, Claude Harmon, Bob Toski, Jim Flick, Mike Bender, Mac O’Grady, Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer.
His playing accomplishments include:
- Four-time Philadelphia Player of the Year
- Four-time Low Score Average Champion in the Philadelphia section
- Winner of 2006 and 2013 Philadelphia Section Championship
- Winner of 2006 Philadelphia Open
- Two-time winner of the Haverford Classic with the winner’s check being $30,000
- Have won over 100 professional events over the United States
- Qualified and competed in eight National PGA Club Pro events around the country
- Competed in four PGA Tour Events and a dozen Web.com events
- Nine course records with career low round being a 60
- Eight holes-in-one
PGA Assistant ProfessionalGlen is a 1991 graduate of the University of Delaware and a PGA member since 1997. In 2011 Glen was nominated for Philadelphia PGA section Assistant Professional of the Year. He has taught and played in the South Florida and Philadelphia PGA sections with comprehensive experience in golf instruction at all levels. Whether it’s beginners, top ranked junior golfers or corporate clinics, Glen emphasizes an uncomplicated approach to the golf swing while connecting with his students and providing a positive outlook for success. He also helped form the very successful Laurel Creek Junior Academy which he is still active in today.
Head PGA Golf Professional at Laurel Creek Country Club
Born in New Jersey and attended the University of Central Florida. Majored in Business Administration, John has been a Golf Pro for more than 25 years. He is the current head PGA Golf Professional at Laurel Creek Country Club (since 2005). He qualified for 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, North Carolina and won the 2000 New Jersey Open. John qualified for the USGA Senior Open in 2014.
His teaching philosophy is to improve a golfer’s swing and increase their enjoyment of the game. There is no such thing as one perfect golf swing that we can all adapt to. A basic and simple approach that I feel leads to a more consistent swing is mastering the pre-swing fundamentals. These fundamentals include grip, posture, stance, ball position and alignment. Mastering these key elements of the golf swing will ultimately lead to some good solid results on the golf course. Helping golfers improve is the greatest reward of all.
PGA Golf Professional
Bob Hennefer is the PGA Director of Golf at Indian Spring in Marlton, New Jersey. A South Jersey native, Bob has been a PGA Professional since 2008 and is active in the Philadelphia PGA Section serving as their District 1 Director. Bob is also active in the community with his Golf For Life Foundation, which helps individuals with Down Syndrome enter the golf industry and play competitively. Bob is an active instructor and loves to see his students improve their games immediately. Learn more about Indian Spring.