MEET THE TEAM
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:
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 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.
Ed Laprade, PGA DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION
Ed is the recipient of the “2018 and 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 learned from three National Teacher of the Year award winners and two Michigan Section Teacher of the Year award winners. He has also attended 18 MORAD golf seminars, which are instrumental to his teaching and coaching today.
Ina Davis, LPGA PROFESSIONAL
Ina joined the award-winning instructional staff at Crystal Mountain in 2004. Prior to Crystal Mountain, she had been the Head Professional at Bay Meadows Golf Course in Traverse City and Matheson Greens Golf Course in Northport. Since her arrival at Crystal Mountain her main focus has been teaching. Through the years Ina has implemented many player development programs at Crystal Mountain for juniors and adults.
Her player development programs have earned her recognition and awards in the Northern Chapter PGA as well as the Michigan Section PGA. In 2006, Ina was awarded the Michigan Section PGA Presidents Plaque for Growing the Game of Golf, and the Michigan Section PGA Player Development Award in 2011 and 2014. Golf Digest has also recognized Ina as a "Best Instructors in Michigan."
Justin Helmholdt, ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL
A recent addition to 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 12 years and is excited for his new adventure in the Lower Peninsula.
Brandon Dean, Assistant Golf Professional
Brandon is a recently elected class A PGA Golf Professional in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University in Professional Golf Management. He has continued success in his career, winning the 2018 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in the Northern Michigan PGA Chapter. While attending Ferris State, he studied golf abroad in Scotland learning about the history and culture of the game. Prior to joining the Crystal Mountain Team, Brandon was the Assistant Golf Professional at Royal Wellington Golf Club, the host site for the 2017 Asia Pacific Amateur Championships in New Zealand. Brandon has been in the golf Industry for 8 years and is excited to continue his career at another pinnacle facility.