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Our Team

BRET KNUTSON – Co-Founder

Bret Knutson is a Class A Member of the PGA of America and Academy Director at PREMIER GOLF ACADEMY. Bret has the accreditation of Certified PGA Instructor with the PGA of America and was named Top 25 Junior Coach in USA and Top 10 Instructor in China by Golf Magazine since 2012.

Having been an experienced player previously competing professionally on the Austrian, Challenge, and European Tours, Bret brings hands on knowledge and experience to his 20 plus years of teaching.

His passion and dedication to junior golf show in the success of his students. Bret’s students include PGA Tour winners and top amateurs, with more than 80 students having received scholarships to play in college.

Believing in yourself and in your abilities is essential to reaching your dreams. You have the ability to accomplish what others say is impossible. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
- Bret Knutson

GREG EHLERT – Co-Founder

Greg Ehlert is a Class A Member of the PGA of America and Academy Director at PREMIER GOLF ACADEMY. Greg has received awards from Golf Channel and appeared in many golf publications for instruction.

Greg has a passion for golf instruction and worked with some of the top junior players in the USA and Asia. Greg has a proven training and practice program that accelerates his student’s improvement. Many of Greg’s students have gone on to compete at the collegiate and professional levels.

Greg has competed professionally in nearly a dozen countries throughout Asia, the USA, and Europe. Greg is a sought out instructor frequently working with top athletes and celebrities.

The path to greatness consists of having a strong desire, clear goals, and having good support along the way--people who will help you endure and overcome as you walk through life for greatness.
- Greg Ehlert


Together Bret and Greg have assembled the strongest team of professionals and most advanced training program available to guide young golfers to achieving their college or professional dreams.

Sharing our passion for golf and helping our students achieve their dreams is what motivates us. We are honored when a student and their family chooses Premier Golf Academy. Our team takes their enjoyment and development as student athletes very seriously.


DAN ANSELMO – Senior Instructor

Dan Anselmo is an accomplished and dedicated instructor that has been teaching for the past 30 years. From 2009 to 2016, Dan worked for AGA Academy in Beijing, training instructors worldwide and sharing his passion and instruction expertise with juniors and adults.

As Director of Golf for Premier Golf Academy, Dan shares Bret and Greg’s passion and philosophy on junior development.

Dan has also been a major contributor to many major golf magazines in China.


YuXing Shan - Instructor

YuXing Shan is a dedicated swing coach with more than 8 years experience. Shan has passed his PGA Of America Players test and is a apprentice with the PGA of America. Shan is also a member of the China Golf Association and has Obtained Golf Certification.

Shan is a graduate of the Professional Golfers Career College of America in California. Shan is also a great player having competed in the USA and China and won MVP of his school in 2018.


Jennifer Johnson - Tournament Prep Coach

Jennifer is an LPGA Tour winner and former #1 player at ASU. Having reach the ranking of Top 30 in the world, Jennifer brings the experience and discipline to reach the highest level in golf. Jennifer works with Premier students on implementing practice and tournament prep plans as well as journaling practice and tournament rounds.

Jennifer is also a tournament day coach, helping our students do warm up and post round routines to maximize their performance.


Roberto Wallace - Director of Athletic Performance

Roberto is a former wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins and a highly sought after athletic performance specialist. Roberto brings a dedication and discipline to empower Premier’s students to reach peak performance.

Students at Premier train weekly with Roberto, working through customized programs to increase their athletic and mental skills. Our program integrate advanced training, with mindset formation, nutritional discipline, and enhanced recovery protocols to empower our athletes to truly maximize potential.


DR. PAUL ASHBROOK - Mental Skills Coach

Dr. Paul Ashbrook is a Mental Skills Coach and Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology at National University. Throughout the past 10 years, Dr. Ashbrook has consulted with a wide range of elite performers, utilizing mental skills training to enhance their performance.

Dr. Ashbrook has spent a considerable amount of time consulting with elite golfers, both at the collegiate and professional levels. His research on individualized mental skills training in


BRENDA HOOD – Director of Education

Brenda Hood holds a Masters Degree in Comparative Literature from UCSD and Bachelors Degrees in English and Psychology from the University of San Diego.

For almost thirty years Mrs. Hood has taught at every level of education, from preschool and kindergarten through college. She has graduated her own three children from home education and has taught English at Palomar College and Vista High School.

Additionally, she has a strong background in private teaching and tutoring, including helping students learn English as a second language.


Matt Nicolle

Matt Nicolle is a Class A British PGA Professional and experience your play and instructor. Matt has coached at The British Open, BMW PGA Champion and many other events around the world.

Matt is a Long Drive athlete having won the 2017 European Tour Championship and 5 other long drive events globally. His longest drive in competition is 439 yards.

Matt has a comprehensive and measurable approach when coaching which fits perfectly into Premier Golf Academies successful training program.


JOHN ANSELMO – Master Advisory Member

John Anselmo is a legend in the world of instruction and for the last 65 years, he has been doing what he loves most- sharing his passion for teaching the game he loves.

In his amazing teaching career, he has personally taught over 10,000 students and has given more than 100,000 golf lessons.

In 1986, Earl Woods entrusted Anselmo with his then 10 year old son, Tiger. For the next eight years, Anselmo guided Tiger Woods through his historic amateur career including three Junior World Championships and three US Amateur Championship.

Anselmo’s influence and instruction no doubt helped to shape his game to become one of the most successful golfers ever.