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YOUR TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS

We are excited to introduce this amazing team of awesome individuals, all specialists in their area of expertise, coming together to create a masterful experience for golfers of all skill levels. Our team of unique individuals offer golfers an experience unlike any other Academy. See below, as their qualifications and experience speak for themselves, but when you get to know them, that’s where the magic happens.

Brandon McLeod

Brandon McLeod

Director of Instruction

Brandon McLeod is a 15 year PGA of Canada Professional earning his Class ‘A’ status in 2011. A graduate from Durham College’s Professional Golf Management program, earning the distinction of highest ranking graduate. He has completed all four levels of the PGA of Canada’s Teaching and Coaching Certification program. Brandon brings a breadth of experience working and teaching in the golf industry at some of the top golf clubs in the country such as; Deer Ridge Golf Club, Silvertip Golf Resort, Lionhead Golf Club and The Rock Golf Club, where he was the original course record holder in 2005. He has competed at many Provincial and National championships during his career as a PGA of Canada Professional, and is scheduled to play in 7 PGA of Ontario events in 2021. Brandon has coached and mentored players of all levels. His expertise in instruction ranges from beginners and juniors to local amateurs, club level golfers to the elite level players. During his tenure as Head Coach for the Men’s and Women’s varsity golf programs at the University of Guelph his teams qualified for the National Championships every year. Both programs captured many tournament titles and the men’s program was a perennial top 4 ranked team in the province under his direction.

Justin Hawe

Justin Hawe

Head Golf Professional

Justin began playing golf when he was eleven years old. After playing AAA baseball and AA hockey during his minor years, Justin decided to dedicate his true passion to the game of golf by joining as a member at Country Lane Golf Course. After honing his game, Justin decided to join as a member at Lakeridge Links, where he won his first Junior Club Championship. Justin played in many Junior Tours and was even invited to a College Prospect tournament, where there were many scouts of southern schools. Justin made the decision to stay local and enrolled at Durham College, where he graduated with honours and president roll distinctions in his 3 years of Business Administration – Professional Golf Management. Justin joined the team here at Royal Ashburn Golf Club as an apprentice in 2004. In 2005, Justin turned professional, with his dad by his side as his caddy. He went on to write and pass his Class A exam with the PGA of Canada in 2008.

Alex Hughes

Alex Hughes

Assistant PGA of Canada Professional

Alex started playing golf at the young age of four. As he grew, he played with his Grandfather and his Dad at the Picton Golf and Country Club and placed 4th in their Junior Club Championship. While still a junior golfer, Alex joined Royal Ashburn Golf Club as a junior member and in 2016 he became part of the team, working his way from back shop to pro shop while studying at Humber College in the winter, and working at Royal Ashburn during the golf season. In 2019, Alex graduated from the PGM program at Humber College making the Deans List and achieving his goal of becoming a PGA of Canada Professional, with his Dad as his caddie, Alex came second at the Fanshawe PAT. Alex knows that all golfers are different and are of various skill levels. He will work with you to help you learn more about your game and guide you to achieve your goals, so you can play your best golf.

Dan Hilborn DOMP, CAT(C)

Dan Hilborn DOMP, CAT(C)

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Certified Athletic Therapist

Dan received his Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology in 2010 from Western University, my Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences (Athletic Therapy) from Sheridan College in 2014, followed by a diploma as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner in 2017 from the National Academy of Osteopathy. Dan has also completed the Titleist Performance Institute program and is a Level 1 coach. Throughout his career he has spent time working with Team Canada Baseball, the Toronto Blue Jays, along with a long list of junior, amateur, and elite level golfers. From his experience working with golfers, he has found that the best method to make permanent changes to our golf swing involves a team approach that includes a swing coach and a body coach. The vast majority of golfers have a biomechanical body dysfunction that is limiting their ability to make an efficient, consistent, and powerful golf swing. If our body is incapable of making an efficient swing we need to correct the body dysfunction first by improving flexibility, joint range of motion, and strength. Once this is corrected the swing coach takes over to improve specific swing mechanics. Through Dan’s experience this team approach leads to better shot consistency, more distance, and less pain while golfing.

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