Director Of Instruction
PGA TOUR Canada Coach
Forme Tour Coach
Mizuno Golf Master Staff Professional and TOP 100 Club Fitter
BODITRAK Certified Instructor
Rob Bannon is Founder and President of the TPG Golf Performance Center and Golf Academy located in Saint Johns, Florida. He is a Master Staff Teaching Professional, Mizuno Staff Brand Ambassador and Top 100 Club Fitter for 2020 and 2021. Rob started TPG Golf in 2016 to bring the new age of golf instruction and performance coaching to players of all skill levels. Rob currently coaches players playing compettively at all levels including PGA Tour Canada, NCAA Dvisions 1, 2 and 3, AJGA, High School and numerous junior tours. His experience and accomplishments include:
PGA Tour Canada Coach 2021/2022
Forme Tour Coach 2021
Mizuno Golf Master Staff Professional, Brand Ambassador and Top 100 Club Fitter.
FlightScope Brand Ambassador
BODITRAK Certifed Instructor
Scott Cowx Certified Professional
Coached multiple high-level junior golfers, 2014 MAPGA player of the year, touring professionals, All-District and All-Region high school players and NCAA All-Americans and NCAA National Champions over the past 12 years.
Former All-State High School State Champion and NCAA Division II Collegiate Golfer
Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Saint Leo, College. Master's Degree in National Security from US Naval War College
Graduated from Keiser University College of Golf
US Kids Golf Certified Coach, Scott Cowx Certified Professional, Bobby Clampett Impact Zone certified and a fully accredited NFHS golf coach.
PGA Associate and part of North Florida Section of PGA
Completed coaching golf’s mental game educational training at Keiser University and Game Like Training (GLT) Golf to incorporate the most recent performance training techniques for players who want to take their game to the elite level.
Trained and proficient on the FlightScope X3 Fusion Radar and Multi Cam Video Application, and multiple training platforms including FlightScope Tour Xi 3D radar, Blast Motion, Gravity Fit Golf and laser putting training aids to improve performance.
MASTER STAFF TEACHING PROFESSIONAL
KORN FERRY TOUR COACH
Jim Ragland joined TPG as a full time teaching professional in September 2020. Jim turned professional in 1981 after playing collegiately at Georgia Southern University. He played competitively on the Hogan Tour for multiple seasons highlighted by qualifying for and playing in the 1983 PGA Tour Southern Open. In 1989, Jim won the Florida Open culminating many years of working on his game as a playing professional. In 2009, Jim started Jim Ragland Golf to bring his playing experience to players as a teaching professional. Over the last 10 years, Jim has been one of the top teachers in North Florida developing talent from the junior and college ranks all the way to the PGA Tour. We are thrilled to have Jim's talents at the Performance Center every day to help our players reach their goals.
STAFF TEACHING PROFESSIONAL
We are excited to add Paul Power's talent and experience to our staff of coaches at the TPG Golf Performance Center. Paul comes to TPG Golf after spending the past 17 years as senior lecturer and golf teaching professional assigned to the Department of Health and Exercise Studies at North Carolina State University.
Paul is an experienced teaching professional and will add depth to our coaching staff handling both adult and junior players in addition to running adult and beginner level junior clinics
Paul's education and certifications include:
East Carolina University
Master of Arts in Exercise Science
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management
US Golf Teachers Federation, Level III Certified Golf Teaching Professional
Master Teaching Professional, United States Golf Teachers Federation
Titleist Performance Institute Golf Level 2 Certified
Titleist Performance Institute Power Level 2 Certified
Staff Teaching Professional/ Junior Golf Coach
We are excited to add Sara McKevitt to our staff of coaches at the TPG Golf Performance Center. Sara grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach, where she graduated from Ponte Vedra High School. She then attended the University of South Florida on a golf scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering. After her freshman year, Sara determined it would be best to transfer to the University of North Florida to continue her collegiate golf career and study Finance.
Sara’s career highlights:
Holds UNF’s 18-hole scoring record, shooting 65 and earning her the ASUN Conference Player of the week.
All Conference ASUN player
Finished sixth place in her final ASUN Conference Championship shooting even par 72-72-72
Competed in the NCAA regionals in 2021 and 2022
In 2021, she graduated with her Bachelor’s in Finance and is currently pursuing UNF’s Master of Business Administration.
Sara’s goal from high school golf was to play collegiate golf and prepare for a career on the LPGA Tour. She will attend LPGA Q-School this August.
Sara’s collegiate career and progress gives her a unique perspective in coaching players in goal setting, practice plans, tournament preparation and course management. She is a TPG Golf level 1 certified coach and traiined and proficient in utilizing technology such as Flight Scope, Trackman, and Full Swing launch monitors. She understands that everyone learns differently and is eager to adapt to what works best for her individual students.
LPGA Professional and 2020 US Kids Top 50 Coach
We re excited to have a partnership with Laura Tyler Golf and the opportunity bring an incredibly talented teacher and coach to the TPG Golf Performance Center during the winter period. Laura runs a very successful US Kids Golf Academy at Frosty Valley CC in Pennsylvania from April to October. We are proud to have her as part of the team from Nov to March each season.
Laura started playing golf at age 11. Falling in love with the game immediately, she played just about every day. She played on the boy’s high school golf team where she played # 1 position both her junior and senior year.
Laura received a golf scholarship at James Madison University, where she earned a BS degree in Health and Physical Education. After college, she wanted to play professionally so she worked on her game for two years and then joined the Futures Golf Tour. During the 4 years she played on the tour, she also played in two US Women’s Open.
After leaving the professional circuit, she soon realized that her new passion was to help others learn how to play this great game. She is constantly learning about the swing and finding ways to make it easier to learn.
Laura mentored with Ted Sheftic when first starting to teach. He taught her a lot about the golf swing. In 2007, she learned about Jim Hardy from a friend and wanted to learn more about the differences from one-plane and two-plane golf swings. Meeting Jim Hardy and the Plane Truth staff has taken her teaching skills to the next level! She is a member of The Plane Truth Institute and a certified instructor. The Plane Truth has helped Laura to help fix all types of swings much quicker than before her affiliation with Jim Hardy.
Laura is not a method teacher. She realizes that every student comes to the lesson tee with his or her own unique swing. She knows what to fix and what to leave alone. Ultimately, she will help each student learn how to make a repeatable correct impact.
Laura brings 30 + years of experience to the lesson tee. Your experience on the lesson tee will be enjoyable. Her goal is for you to #hit the next ball better, and enjoy the game more. She will give you drills and skills that will be easy to practice and transfer them to the golf course.