Guest Speakers

Below is a list of 2017 speakers, which will be updated as more speakers sign on. Check back soon for a complete daily schedule!

David Brinker

David is the President of Mid America Golfing Events, the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion and an 11-time RE/MAX World Long Drive Finalist. His long drive journey began in 2004 at the Long Drivers of America tour Qualifying School in Dallas, Tex. He captured the interest of seasoned long drivers by earning his LDA tour card on his first attempt. David has a flair for bringing excitement and entertainment to both corporate and charitable events. Through his efforts, he has helped raise in excess of $1,500,000 for charitable events in the last eight years.

Ed LeBeau

Continually receiving top marks as a golf educator and coach, Ed chose this field because of his persistent enthusiasm for the game and the joy it brings to people. Whether it is putting life into someone’s golf or golf into someone’s life, Ed always finds a way to help players play better faster and to discover golf as a wonderful metaphor for life. He explains, “Golf is unsurpassed as an opportunity to know yourself, build self confidence, and appreciate your abilities.” Ed has been featured in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal, Maximum Golf, Fairways and Greens, and the In-Flight magazine.  He is the host of the best-selling golf DVD “Understanding the Golf Swing,” which features the teachings of Hall of Fame teacher Manuel de la Torre, and is the founder of Heartland Golf Schools, based in the U.S. with schools in Thailand, Singapore and India.

Pete Buchanan

Pete is the founder and owner of Plane Simple Golf, which houses Plane Simple Golf Circuit and the Simple Swing Repeater Training Brace, and focuses on taking the junk, noise and confusion out of golf instruction to make your swing the best that it can be. Over the past 30 years, Pete has been simplifying his golf swing philosophy in an effort to make it simple for players to play the game. After a career with the John Jacobs Golf Schools, Pete has spent the last 11 years putting together a new, revolutionary golf swing program that will help all golfers find immediate results through a simple approach to improving their golf games. This swing program challenges the current status quo of teaching golf, giving you the tools and knowledge to identify your faults and correct them yourself. Having taught thousands of golfers across the United States, Pete has become one of the top instructors in the Midwest, and is excited to bring his Plane Simple Golf program to the St. Louis Golf Expo.

Justin Hoagland

Justin Hoagland is a Class “A” PGA Member and is City Manager for GolfTEC St. Louis, based at the Clayton location. He has taught over 15,000 lessons since 1998 in the St. Louis region and has been with GolfTEC since opening in the St. Louis market in October 2007. A former graduate and American Midwest Conference golf champion at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Justin began his career as an instructor with the Hank Haney Instruction Program, as well as being Director of Instruction at Innsbrook Resort. He is also the current head men’s & women’s golf coach at Missouri Baptist University.

Bob Tays

Bob is the director of instruction at Gateway National Golf Links. Bob has been actively teaching for 37 years. He has been ranked as one of the top teachers for over the past two decades by both major golf publications. Prior to coming to Gateway National, Bob was the director of instruction at Des Moines Golf & Country Club and was a lead instructor for the John Jacobs Golf School. Bob has been involved in the corporate golf world with clients such as Ford Motor Co., Monsanto, State Farm and Helena Chemical. Bob attempts to remove the noise and focus on impact and ball flight. He puts focus on simple fundamentals to produce immediate results. He has put over 120 junior golfers into collegiate golf over the past 20 years. Bob is the 1997 Iowa PGA Teacher of the Year and the 2016 Gateway PGA Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Matthew Matava

Dr. Matthew Matava is a professor of orthopaedic surgery and physical therapy, and the chief of sports medicine, at Washington University Orthopedics. Fellowship trained in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, the recipient of several research awards from Emory University, a member of Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society and the head team physician for the Washington University Athletic Department as well as a team physician for the St. Louis Blues, Dr. Matava is one of the most knowledgeable sports medicine professionals in the St. Louis area. Stop by the main stage on Saturday and let Dr. Matava help diagnose and fix the physical ailments holding back your game this spring!

Caitlin Kothe, PT, DPT, MS

Caitlin Kothe is a physical therapist at Washington University Physical Therapy Clinical Practice. She practices comprehensive management of musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries with special interest in performing artists (figure skaters, gymnasts, dancers), female athletes, and adolescent and pediatric hip/low back pain. As a former singles and synchronized figure skater through college at Miami University of Ohio, she has unique insight into the rehabilitation of international-level competitors. In addition to her doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, she holds a masters in health and exercise science from Colorado State University. She has a passion for educating and empowering young women with health and fitness knowledge. These days, she and her husband Brett, an avid golfer, primarily keep busy chasing after their two-year-old, Lucas!

Gregory Holtzman

Gregory Holtzman, PT, DPT, SCS is an associate professor of physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Holtzman maintains a clinical practice with an emphasis on the evaluation and treatment of lower back and lower extremity pain and injury, specializing in the treatment of both recreational and competitive runners. Dr. Holtzman is also heavily involved in instructing entry-level physical therapy students in courses related to outpatient musculoskeletal care. Dr. Holtzman enjoys running, golfing and spending time with his family.

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change.

Friday
12:00Caitlin Kothe & Gregory Holtzman, Washington University Physical Therapy -- Physical Therapy Concepts for Golf Fitness
1:00Ed LeBeau, Heartland Golf Schools
2:15Pete Buchanan, Plane Simple Golf
3:30David Brinker, Re/MAX World Long Drive Champion
Saturday
11:00Bob Tays, Gateway National Golf Course
12:15First Tee of St. Louis -- Junior Golf
1:30Dr. Matthew Matava, Washington University Physicians -- Common Orthopedic Injuries in Golf: Don’t Let Injuries Handicap You
2:45Justin Hoagland, GolfTEC
Sunday
10:45Bobby Pavelonis, Whitmoor C.C. -- Golf Digest's No. 1 Teaching Pro in the State, 2016
12:00David Brinker, Re/MAX World Long Drive Champion
1:15Ed LeBeau, Heartland Golf Schools

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