PGA Professionals & Golf Instruction

The PGA Professional staff at Red Run Golf Club are dedicated to providing an enjoyable and exciting learning environment for golfers of all ages and skill levels. Our team of expert instructors and certified fitters will use state of the art technology including TrackMan 4 Golf Radar and V1 video analysis to ensure the finest instruction for every student. Whether your goals are to learn the game, lower your scores, win club events or just play better golf, our highly trained PGA Professional staff are excited to help you along the way.

Our PGA Golf Professionals offer individual and group lessons to all members.

Wally Sierakowski, PGA Head Golf Professional

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During his time at Red Run, Wally has become a leader among Michigan’s golf professionals. A superb club professional, Wally is equally adept at all of the responsibilities attached to the position. He is an expert merchandiser and his leadership role at both the club and state levels is unquestioned.

In 2013, Wally was selected to receive the Bill Strasbaugh Award, the most prestigious honor a club professional can be given. The Strasbaugh Award is based on significant contributions to fellow PGA members and the profession. It recognized the honoree as possessing “overall integrity and recognition as a person of outstanding character,” and somebody who furthers the values that are representative of the PGA of America. Wally has been a supporter of community and charitable activities, especially in support of the military. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Michigan Section PGA Patriot Award for his contribution to programs and events which support the Armed Forces and veterans. These are honors not lightly given or lightly taken, and Wally has demonstrated his worthiness time and again.

Steve Naelon, PGA Assistant Golf Professional

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Steve’s passion for the game of golf is only exceeded by his excitement to teach the game to players of all ages and skill level. Whether working with a new player, mid-level or an experienced player, Steve will clearly lay out the steps necessary for each to reach their highest potential. For over 30 years Steve has been trained by and worked with some of the most prominent golf instructors from around the country including two Hall of Fame golf instructors. The use of video analysis and practice drills while creating a sincere relationship with each student will only enhance your learning experience.

Fundamentals begin with the word “fun” and mixing fundamentals with the enjoyment of the game will certainly bring out the best in any player. It has been said that a good golf swing is one that a player can repeat with positive results. Steve will find out what works best for each individual student and focus on what will make each student the most efficient player they can be in a simple and fun manner. Everyone can become the best player they can be tomorrow by starting today!

Cody Haughton, PGA Assistant Golf Professional

Cody is very passionate about golf instruction and the overall game of golf. His goal is to enhance all students playing ability and overall enjoyment of the game by teaching each golfer fundamentals that will best fit their athletic ability and flexibility. He believes that every golfer has the ability to improve on the course, whether that is putting, short game, full swing or course management.

His philosophy caters around the student’s learning style. The goal of each lesson is to have the student best learn how to use their body and the club in the golf swing in order to achieve better, consistent results. Through the use of video analysis, drills and teaching aids, his students learn how to achieve better results with more confidence. Each lesson, he interacts with his students to get a better understanding of their style and personality, while having them get comfortable with him.

Kelly Kuhlman, PGA Assistant Golf Professional

Hometown – Cleveland, Ohio
College – Methodist University – BA & BS Golf Management/Minor in Accounting
Family – Leo & Lydia (children)
Professional Associations – PGA of America & LPGA
Staff Affiliations – Callaway Golf Staff Member since 2005
Certifications – Flight Scope, Trackman, US Kids Golf, Operation 36 Coach, TPI Level Two & Certified Callaway Fitter
Mentors – Eric Alpenfels, Kris Moe, Susie Meyers, Michael Hebron, Debbie O’Connell & Dana Radar
Coaching Experience – U of M Dearborn, Frankenmuth HS, Beaumont HS, Rochester Adams HS, Kilbourne HS & Seaholm HS
Professional Experience – Kuhlman Golf, Twin Lakes Golf Academy, Shaker Heights, Forest Lake CC & Knollwood CC
Professional Leadership – Site director for Girls Golf/LPGA of North Oakland County

Professional Instructional Philosophy:
Her philosophy is based upon a simplistic golf swing working with the individuals learning style making the swing repeatable, that can adept for each individual.  The approach is keeping a positive mindset.

Playing: 
Wisconsin Badger State Games Champion, Michigan Women’s Open Pro-Am, T-3 Pro-Pro Arcadia Bluffs, Local US Women’s Open 2008, and Sectional 2008 & 2009.

Jacob Connell, PGA Assistant Golf Professional

Hometown – Warren, Michigan
College – Ferris State University – BA in Golf Management
Family – Mike & Maria Connell (parents); Marisa & Alex Connell (siblings)
Professional Associations – PGA of America & Ferris State Alumni Association
Staff Affiliations – Callaway Golf Staff Member since 2018
Certifications – TPI Level One, Callaway Certified Fitter & US Kids Certified Fitter
Mentors – Ian Ziska, Wally Sierakowski, Josh Lathwell, Aaron Waltz, David Huffman and Doug Bell
Coaching Experience – PGA Junior League at Spring Lake Country Club
Caddying Experience – Red Run Golf Club, Wade Hampton, Desert Mountain GC and CC of Florida
Professional Experience – Spring Lake CC, Desert Mountain GC, Wade Hampton GC, CC of Naples,
CC of Florida & Members Club at Marco

Professional Instructional Philosophy:
Jacob has a philosophy that centers on providing members with accurate information and answering questions in a timely manner. Jacob approaches every encounter with a member with a positive attitude, making him easy to approach and talk with. His goal is to provide the ultimate experience for members and their guests whenever they are at the Club.