East Potomac Golf Course

Meet The Team

Bill Chain

Teaches All Year

  • USGTF Certified

  • Over 30 years of experience

  • Teaches right-handed & left-handed golfers

  • Plays right-handed 

  • Bio: Bill attended the acclaimed John Jacobs School of Golf in 1986 to improve his knowledge of the game. He continued to improve through research and instruction from other leading instructors in the DMV area. Bill coached and taught golf in the DC Public School System and was the first Golf Commissioner in the school system.

  • Fun Fact!  Bill proudly worked with the DC Public Schools and Mid Atlanitc PGA-sponsored "Paul Berry Hook a Kid on Golf" Program for 18 years and he was featured in the Washington Post for his advocacy of golf in SE D.C.

  • Students:

    • Juniors:

      • Summer Camps

      • Junior Leagues

      • Private Lessons

      • Group Lessons

    • Adults:  

      • Beginners Group Lessons

      • Beginner Private Lessons

      • Intermediate Group Lessons

      • Intermediate/Advanced Private Lessons

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Ted Countee

Teaches All Year

  • PGA Professional

  • Over 25 years of experience

  • Teaches right-handed & left-handed golfers

  • Plays right-handed 

  • Bio: Ted has held Head Professional and teaching positions at a number of facilities on the east coast, including the Courses at Andrews AFB, the First Tee Program in D.C. and Maryland, the LPGA International in FL, and most recently at the Cottonfield Golf Club and Sugar Creek Golf Club in GA.

  • Fun Fact! Before turning pro in 1990 he had a successful amateur career winning four club championships with the Oxon Blades Golf Club and qualifying for the Public Links Championship.

  • Students:

    • Juniors:

      • Private Lessons

      • Group Lessons

    • Adults:  

      • Beginners Group Lessons

      • Beginner Private Lessons

      • Intermediate Group Lessons

      • Intermediate/Advanced Private Lessons

    • Club Fittings

James Kim

Teaches All Year

  • James is Fluent and Teaches lessons in both Korean and English

  • PGA Professional

  • Over 20 years of experience

  • Teaches right-handed & left-handed golfers

  • Plays left-handed 

  • Bio:  Besides teaching, which is his passion, he also has managed the pro shop as Assistant Professional.  James worked with Bridgestone Golf for 4 years assisting golfers by fitting them with the correct golf balls and clubs. James worked with Titleist for a year distributing in Korea

  • Fun Fact! ​James joined the GolfDC Academy team in spring of 2013 with 22 years of playing experience in the US and Asia

  • Students:

    • Juniors:

      • Summer Camps

      • Junior Leagues

      • Private Lessons

      • Group Lessons

    • Adults:  

      • Beginners Group Lessons

      • Beginner Private Lessons

      • Intermediate Group Lessons

      • Intermediate/Advanced Private Lessons

      • Club Fittings

Sherwood Lewis

Teaches All Year

  • USGTF Certified

  • Over 10 years of experience

  • Teaches right-handed & left-handed golfers

  • Plays left-handed 

  • Bio: Sherwood has served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and has also trained as an outstanding amateur boxer. He then developed a passion for Golf which led him to strive to become a Professional. Sherwood also holds a certificate from the International Golf Psychology Association.

  • Fun Fact! Sherwood has been recognized for his teaching achievements as recipient of the GCS Player Development Award. He has also made it to the Top 50 Instructors by U.S. Kids' Golf.

  • Students:

    • Juniors:

      • Summer Camps

      • Junior Leagues

      • Private Lessons

      • Group Lessons

    • Adults:  

      • Beginners Group Lessons

      • Beginner Private Lessons

      • Intermediate Group Lessons

      • Intermediate/Advanced Private Lessons

James McArdle

Teaches All Year

  • PGA Professional

  • Over 20 years of experience

  • Teaches right-handed & left-handed golfers

  • Plays right-handed 

  • Bio: As the First Assistant Golf Professional at Army Navy CC, James worked alongside Golf Digest’s Top 50 Women’s Instructor M.J. Smith, LPGA, where he instructed many junior golfers who have gone on to win numerous tournaments and state championships. His other experience includes being a Head Pro at Virginia Oaks, the lead instructor for The Nike Golf Learning Center, and the First Assistant at Hidden Creek CC.

  • Fun Fact!  James is the East Potomac General Manager, the central merchandiser for GolfDC's three facilities and represents Callaway Golf as a certified Fitter.

  • Students:

    • Juniors:

      • Private Lessons

    • Adults:  

      • Beginner Private Lessons

      • Intermediate/Advanced Private Lessons

    • Club Fitting Head Pro

Sean Moore

Teaches All Year

  • USGTF Certified

  • 3 years of experience as a golf instructor with over 20 years working in the sports industry as an athletic director and coach

  • Teaches right-handed & left-handed golfers

  • Plays right-handed 

  • Bio: Sean Moore joined the GolfDC Academy in 2019 and comes to us from the education field. He is USGTF certified  and specializes in working with beginning golfers who want to enjoy and embrace golf while viewing it from a larger scale and more broad perspective. He likes working with students who are newer to the game and want to enjoy the sport while not being bogged down with complex terminology or analysis. He has worked with players up through the intermediate level and has worked with golfers of all age groups.

  • Fun Fact! Prior to becoming a golf instructor, he was an Athletic Director in the private school system and coached for over 15 years in multiple sports across numerous ages ranging from elementary students through the Junior College level. 

  • Students:

    • Juniors:

      • Summer Camps

      • Junior Leagues

      • Private Lessons

      • Group Lessons

    • Adults:  

      • Beginners Group Lessons

      • Beginner Private Lessons

      • Intermediate Private Lessons

Leslie Duke

Seasonal - Summer

Not available in 2020

  • USGTF Certified

  • Over 30 years of experience

  • Teaches right-handed & left-handed golfers

  • Plays right-handed 

  • Bio: Leslie is a snowbird who teaches in Naples Florida at The Club at Twin Eagles during the fall, winter and spring months. Leslie then comes to join the GolfDC Academy team during the summer to help students better their full swing skills along with short game shots.

  • Fun Fact! He has been awarded Golf Magazine's Top 50 Instructor while teaching in Florida 2003 to 2005, as well as being awarded Golf Magazine's Top 25 Instructor in Florida 2005 to 2009.

  • Students:

    • Juniors:

      • Private Lessons

    • Adults:  

      • Beginners Group Lessons

      • Beginner Private Lessons

      • Intermediate Group Lessons

      • Intermediate/Advanced Private Lessons

Mark House

Teaches All Year

  • USGTF Certified

  • Over 10 years of experience

  • Teaches right-handed & left-handed golfers

  • Plays right-handed 

  • Bio: In 2008 he obtained his USGTF certification and became an instructor with The First Tee of Greater Washington DC. In 2013, Mark joined the professional staff at Langston Golf Course. He continued his work with The First Tee of Greater Washington, while also teaching for the GolfDC Academy at Langston.  Mark has a passion for getting new golfers into the game and enjoys teaching players of all levels and ages. 

  • Fun Fact!  Mark is the Assistant Golf Ops Manager at historic Langston Golf Course and Teaches at both Langston and East Potomac's Golf Academies.

  • Students: 

    • Juniors:

      • Summer Camps

      • Junior Leagues

      • Private Lessons

      • Group Lessons

    • Adults:  

      • Beginners Group Lessons

      • Beginner Private Lessons

      • Intermediate Group Lessons

      • Intermediate/Advanced Private Lessons

Kendall Thomas

Teaches All Year

  • Credentials: USGTF Certified – Master Level

  • Over 15 years of experience

  • Teaches right-handed & left-handed golfers

  • Plays right-handed and left-handed 

  • Bio: Kendall has worked with world class coaches and player on every level, including players from the PGA Tour, the NCAA, the American Junior Golf Association, professional athletes, and celebrities. His teaching method is based on a science of motion in the golf swing that he developed from his years as an engineer and from thousands of experiences he has had training casual golfers and tournament players.

  • Fun Fact! Kendall’s influences include Ben Hogan, Butch Harmon, Mike Bender, Marius Filmalter, Sean Foley, Chris Aioki, “The Golfing Machine,” and others. Kendall has given more than 50,000 lessons, receiving numerous awards and commendations.

  • Students:

    • Juniors:

      • Summer Camps

      • Private Lessons

      • Group Lessons

    • Adults:  

      • Beginners Group Lessons

      • Beginner Private Lessons

      • Intermediate Group Lessons

      • Intermediate Private Lessons

      • Advanced Private Lessons

Ari Rieger

Teaches All Year

  • Credentials:  USGTF Associate 

  • Turned professional in 2019; 10 years of experience

  • Teaches right-handed & left-handed golfers

  • Plays right-handed 

  • Bio: Ari hails from Mill Valley, CA just north of the Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco. A multi-sport athlete and all-star baseball pitcher growing up, Ari did not pick up golf until high school. He was named HS Team Captain his junior year and made the All-League golf teams three years -- winning the league championship individual title his senior year in 2011.  Ari competed in NCAA Division III golf at Occidental College where again he was named Team Captain as a junior. As a player.  Ari became known for his smooth swing and touch around the greens.  
     

  • Ari earned his Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno. He taught statistics and economics in college and high-school level. He also worked as a K-12 tutor, college prep coach, and ACT/SAT instructor.  In 2019, he decided to combine his two biggest passions: teaching and golf, to become a golf teaching professional.
     

  • Fun Facts!   Volunteered and instructed for the First Tee of Northern Nevada.   Hole in One in High school match.  Played golf with and against Bryson Dechambeau in Northern California junior golf.  Caddied a round of golf for Lee Trevino at the Meadow Club in California.  Golf Pros who Ari learned the most from include:  Ray Leach, Doug Acton, and Keith Lyford (Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor) 

  • Students:

    • Juniors:​

      • Private Lessons

      • Group Lessons

    • Adults:  

      • Beginners Group Lessons

      • Beginner Private Lessons

      • Intermediate Group Lessons

      • Intermediate Private Lessons

Golf Course Specialists Inc.
972 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024

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