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Instructors

Meet the Instructors

The Wood Wind Golf Club Teaching Academy offers you a first class set of instructors to help you in all aspects of your game. 

Chad Crane, Director of Instruction. Class A PGA Member, Golf Instructor, Club Fitter

chadChad comes to the Wood Wind Golf Academy in 2014 with 15 years of experience in all aspects of the golf industry.  Most recently he served as the Head Golf Professional and Lead Instructor at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, IL.  His teaching has been influenced by recognized golf instructors Mike Adams and Scott Munroe.  From playing competitive golf at the High School , Collegiate, and Professional Levels, he understands what it takes to compete and win and he brings that edge to his students.

Whether you are a first time golfer or a scratch golfer looking to hone your skills, Chad can assist you in reaching your goals.  His teaching philosophy is quite simple - THE BALL NEVER LIES! His goal is to help you not only with your golf swing, but to give you a cause/effect allowing you to reach your full potential.  Each student is unique in abilty, physique, aspirations, and resources.  His promise is to meet each student where he/she is and to put a plan in place to help you reach your goals. 

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Mark Mathews, Master Golf Club Fitter, Club Repair Technician, Instructor  

Mark Mathews compressedMark Mathews brings over 30 years of golf industry experience to the team. He has a passion for golf club fitting as a Master club fitter and a highly skilled custom clubmaker and repair technician. Mark has worked with countless student's of all ages and ability levels helping them match their golf equipment to their golf swing needs. It is his belief that in combination with a students lesson program that the fitting of their golf clubs is one of the most important things that they can do if they want to improve their golf game by eliminating the need to compensate for poorly fit equipment as they learn the proper swing mechanics, resulting in accelerated  success and enjoyment of the game.

Mark’s golf accomplishments include a youth golf career that lasted through college, earning him All American awards and successful qualification as a participant in the USGA amateur events staged for juniors, boys and mens amateur golf. After college, Mark participated on the Australian PGA Tour for several years before taking a job with Ping Golf Equipment. His role with Ping was the birth of his passion for golf club design and its proper fitting to the golfer.


Jason Armstrong, PGA Apprentice Professional

Jason Armstrong compressedJason Armstrong brings his extensive knowledge of golf to the Wood Wind Team. Jason is originally from the State of Washington and played extensively in the state growing up.  He has a passion for golf club knowledge as well as club repair and club fitting.  Jason is a PGA Apprentice professional and is currently working on his Class A membership through the PGA of America.  Jason is a certified Callaway and Titleist Club Fitter and was taught by a former LPGA tour player as well as a 3-time Teacher of the year in the Pacific Northwest.

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