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:
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.
Greg Babinec, PGA HEAD PROFESSIONAL
Ina Davis, LPGA PROFESSIONAL
Justin Helmholdt, ASSISTANT GOLF PROFESSIONAL
Brandon Dean, Assistant Golf Professional
The newest member of our team, Brandon Dean is a recently elected class A PGA Golf Professional in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University in Professional Golf Management. Brandon 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.