Academy Coaches

Ben Curtis started the Academy to help serious golfers unlock their greatest potential on the course. Our philosophy of simple instruction is focused on strengthening your game, your mindset and achieving your golf goals.

Ben Curtis

Founder and Lead Instructor

Ben leverages his experience as a professional golfer and 4-time winner on the PGA Tour to help students improve their skills, one swing at a time. As a self-taught golfer, Ben is now taking the opportunity to teach other players how he himself wanted to be taught. The part Ben enjoys most about coaching is seeing the growth on both the golf course and personally, that results from personalized instruction and his student’s hard work. Ben takes the time to understand what drives his students’ motivation to improve their game and patiently works with them to refine their strengths and make their weaknesses work better for them. Outside of golf, Ben enjoys spending quality time with his #1 fans – his wife, Candace, and their two children – and giving back to his community through the Ben Curtis Family Foundation.

“I became a coach because I love working with young men and women who have the passion to become great and I want to use knowledge I’ve gained playing this game to help future generations. ”

Jacinta Pikunas

Seasonal Coach

Jacinta was a member of the University of Akron Women’s Golf Program for six years and has recently become alumni of the program. She got an early start in competitive golf at the age of six, going on to participate in local and national junior golf tournaments in order to set the stage for collegiate competition. Now she is passionate about using golf instruction to share and grow the game which has helped shape her into the person she is today. Jacinta recognizes and respects that each player is different – from variations of the swing to how one mentally approaches the game – and her strength is meeting players where they are at to improve upon their abilities and reach their goals. When she’s not on the course, Jacinta enjoys staying active outdoors playing tennis, running, and hiking!

“Aspiring students of the game know what they want to accomplish. Having open discussions about how to reach those goals is fundamental to their progress.“

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