Meet the Crystal Mountain Golf Instructors

The quality, experience and size of the Crystal Mountain Golf School's instructional team is second to none in Michigan. Here is a brief introduction:

Ed Laprade

Ed Laprade

PGA Director of Instruction

Ed is the recipient of the “2017 Northern Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year” award and has been teaching players of every level for over 20 years. In addition to being part of the team that lead the Crystal Mountain Golf School to a Top 25 rating, Ed was named one of the Best Teachers in State by Golf Digest and is the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Northern Michigan PGA Assistants Champion. Prior to working at Crystal Mountain, Ed has worked with and taken lessons from three National Teacher of the Year award winners and two Michigan Section Teacher of the Year award winners. He has also attended 17 MORAD golf seminars, which are instrumental to his teaching and coaching today.

Greg Babinec

PGA Head Professional

Greg has been a member of The PGA of America since 1988. He was named Michigan PGA Professional of the Year in 2018, PGA Professional of the Year for Northern Michigan in 1992 along with Michigan’s Merchandiser of the Year in 2008.

His long list of credentials includes working for the Japanese Women’s Golf Program at Ferris State University. This program saw several students return to Japan to compete on the women’s tour, along with students who became PGA Professionals and remained in the United States.

Greg spent 11 years at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club where he took on roles such as Head Professional and Director of Golf. Greg joined the Crystal Mountain team in 2012.

Ina Davis

Ina Davis

LPGA Professional

Ina joined the award-winning teaching staff at Crystal Mountain in 2004. In her 25 years as a Golf Professional, she has taught lessons and camps for both adults and juniors besides working with several area golf teams.

Ina has developed and teaches the very successful Two- and Three-Day Mini Camps for juniors ages 7-12. In addition, she has also implemented the PGA’s Play Golf America Program, Get Golf Ready, which teaches new to intermediate golfers the fundamentals of the swing, golf course etiquette and rules, and includes supervised playing experiences.

Ina was awarded the Michigan Section PGA President’s Plaque for growing the game of golf in 2006 & 2011. In 2007, she was the finalist for the Michigan Section PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year award. Ina was also named one of the best instructors in Michigan by Golf Digest. In addition, she is Crystal Mountain Service Excellence Award winner.

Justin Helmholdt

Justin Helmholdt

Assistant Golf Professional

The newest member of our team, Justin Helmholdt is a PGA Apprentice with a Bachelor’s Degree from Lake Superior State University in Sport and Recreation Management. While there, he played 4 years of NCAA DII golf, and prior to joining Crystal Mountain, was the Assistant Golf Professional at Wild Bluff Golf Course at Bay Mills Resort and Casinos. He’s been in the golf industry for 10 years and is excited for his new adventure in the lower peninsula.