Benjamin Slobodien, PGA

TPI Certified Teaching Professional

Ben Slobodien created Slobo Golf Academy to share his love of the game with everyone that wants to learn. He is a graduate of UNLV and gained his PGA Class “A” membership from their Professional Golf Association Program in 2015. After internships around the country, he joined Rancho San Joaquin as the First Assistant. Here, he taught thousands of lessons to players of all ages and abilities. Ben has also coached the Woodbridge High School Boys and Girls Golf since 2015.

Ben’s passion to teach others golf comes from his own experiences with golf instruction as a junior and college player. He has attended numerous national and local PGA Teaching seminars and has studied under the tutelage of Golf Practice owner and co-author of the PGA Teaching Manual, Peter Donahue and PGA Pro, author of “Play Real Golf” and radio host Tracey Roberts. He also studied under Chris Oehlerking who has been under the tutelage of Hank Haney for eight years. Ben has coached players that have won tournaments at the Junior, College and Amateur level.

Ben takes time to understand how his players learn so he can present lessons in a manner clients internalize and repeat. He is patient and has a great eye for correcting the golf swing, these traits help make sure each student reaches their full potential.

Ben Slobodien has over 10 years of teaching experience with a clientele ranging from the beginners to competitive tournament players. He has a deep understanding of the golf swing and has the ability to communicate the understanding of the swing to all golfers so they can be students of the game.

He believes in a teaching style that is adaptive to the student in front of him because every student is not the same. There is not one way to swing the golf club. Each student needs an individualized plan and foundation based on their goals. Ben and his clients begin this plan on the first day of instruction. He also believes in the foundation of the fundamentals of PGA which is Posture, Grip and Alignment. Ben’s goal is to grow the game of golf though hard work, knowledge and fun; the ultimate goal is to teach students to self correct and achieve the goals that were set day one. Ben has been a member of the Southern California Section of the PGA of America since 2015.

Professional Experience

Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course, Irvine, California     2015 – present

First Assistant Golf Professional

Taught over 3,000 lessons: Average of 40 individual lessons per week/160 per month

Conducted corporate group event classes with KPMG, PAAMCO, and Taco Bell

Head Instructor of the Nike Golf Camps, one of the top five Nike camps in the world

Direct and oversee the Junior Academy for junior golfers

Conducted over 400 free clinics to help amateur golf and grow the game of golf

Managed and budgeting the golf range numbers

Provided budget analysis that included 30-60-90 day financial report

Completed Final PGA Internship – Teaching Concentration

Irvine Unified School District, Irvine, California     2015 – present

Assistant Boys and Girls Golf Coach

• Coach student athletes in game strategies and techniques in preparation for competition

• Provide instruction to athletes and monitor progress

• Maintain a safe environment for athletes to compete and provided mentorship

• Boys Team won back to back CIF 2016 and 2017 League Champions 2016, 2017, 2018

• Girls Team won League Champions 2016, 2017, 2018

The Golf Practice, Chicago, Illinois     2015 summer season

PGA Intern Golf Professional – Teaching Concentration

• Provided quality golf instruction, conducted Junior Camps, individual and private lessons

• Taught over 200 lessons in 90 days at 3 locations.

• Trained under PGA Professionals who were certified under Hank Haney Philosophy

• Conducted and directed nine weeks of junior camps focusing on full and short game techniques

• Created over 200 evaluations and videos for parents and players

• Generated revenues of over $200,000 dollars in three months of internship

• Marketed facility by facilitating a putting clinic inside the Lululemon store

Beechmont Country Club, Orange, Ohio     2014 summer season

PGA Intern Golf Professional – Teaching Concentration

• Directed 10 Clinics and setup Ladies Clinics and Wines and Wedges Clinics

• Conducted and taught 16 SNAG Junior Golf Clinics

• Tournaments, merchandising, club repair and outside service operations

The Broadmoor Golf Club, Colorado Springs, Co     2013 Summer Season

PGA Intern Golf Professional – Player Services Assistance

• Provided Five Star Five Diamond customer-service

• Assisted Director of Golf with successful week-long men, women, and junior instructional clinics

• Assisted the tournament committee setting up 70 tournaments

• Caddied as a white hat captain

Strawberry Farms Golf Club, Irvine, CA     2008-2012

Outside Guest Services

• Created a golf car wash station for 90 golf cars and re-organized cart barn for space utilization

• Assisted Head Professional with tournament implementation and staged thirty-five tournaments

• Assisted Banquet Director with Food and Beverage arrangements for weddings, tournaments and banquets.

Set-up, coordinated Food and Beverage arrangements and housekeeping.

• Promoted and sold memberships and tournaments to members