We have a give-back program to our low-income youth surrounding each academy location in the U.S., as well as our donation centers in the Cape Flats regions of Cape Town, South Africa. Our give-back program in the surrounding community is a “scholarship” program we offer to families that are not able to afford golf. For every 10 active students, we donate 1 full scholarship that we pay for a junior to join our academies program. Our donation center makes sure to give low-income families a way to play this game for free through donations we send from 20% of our profits. By being involved in this academy, you are helping this game grow to levels where it never reached before. This game should be for everyone, and unfortunately, it is only for the select few. Our number one mission is to grow this game through our community programs and give the opportunity to learn life skills through golf for everyone.
We are the only full-time player development academy that focuses on families with an emphasis on juniors. We have multiple sites around the country with plans to open into the hundreds. We offer classes year-round at our locations, have the lowest ratios in the country, hire only certified PGA professionals who are educated in the latest development styles and do this all at an affordable price. We are a membership academy like no other, and offer seasonal camps 12 weeks a year, field trips for our junior members to golf-specific places (PGA Tour Events, fitting centers), and provide a unique supportive golf community that grows together. We offer educational seminars, drop-in clinics, open house events, and special events throughout the year open to our members and their guests. We instruct adults using the latest equipment and teaching methodologies and can work with any age, and ability.
Tony grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has been in and around golf since he was 4 years old. He is a third-generation golfer and spent his entire life dedicated to his craft. Being a junior golfer in the 1980s, he felt it was instrumental for shaping his mentality, and provided him a glimpse of how life worked and gave him an advantage over other children his age. He wants to make sure the next generation and onward will have the same opportunities he did by introducing golf in their lives.
He was involved in many sports as a youth and continued to play them throughout his childhood. He shared a love for martial arts, and earned a black belt in Taekwondo in 1996, and was training to fight competitively. After some thought on what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, he decided to focus his career in golf which began in 1998. Working the country club environment at multiple facilities including the famed Riviera Country Club, he becomes one of the youngest Head Professionals at 26. In 2006 he had an urge to play professionally, and for the next 3 years focused on playing as a career. At the end of the 3-year commitment to playing, he found himself teaching more, so he decided to switch his career from playing to teaching, and pursued the PGA Masters Program. He earned the PGA Masters in 2016 making him one of the youngest in the country at 38 and continued under the PGA Legacy Program. A feat he shares with less than 1% of the population of PGA Professionals in the world (1 of 350 professionals since 1969). Fast forward until today, and his corporation is now responsible for opening multiple sites across the country and world, creating careers for fellow PGA members, saving golf courses from closures by introducing new communities through his academies, and donating funds to his sister site in South Africa by partnering up with the Heal the Hood Foundation.
2020 ADM Certified
2018 GRAA Top 50 in U.S. Growth of the Game Professionals
Bill Metcalfe - Director of Instruction/ Mission Bay G.C.
Passionately involved in the game of golf for nearly 50 years, Bill Metcalfe picked up the game from his father, Bill Sr., after moving to Southern Nevada from Pittsburgh, PA, at age eleven. Although Bill excelled in other sports, he quickly fell in love with golf, and as a junior golfer, he won his first tournament at age thirteen. His ten junior golf championships included leading his Chaparral High School team in Las Vegas, to its first state title in golf his junior year. As a senior the following year, he earned the distinct honor of being named as a high school All-American.
Bill began his professional career in 1989, winning six times in state opens and on regional tours over the next 20 years. In 1995, Bill began his intense study of the golf swing, developing the foundation of his teaching and coaching beliefs and methods, which he has refined over the course of his teaching career and still guides him to this day.
As his playing career came to a close, he shifted his focus to teaching full-time, moving from Las Vegas to Orange County, in 2008, to become the Director of Instruction at GolfTEC. Firmly believing in his personal teaching methods, Bill went on to form his own golf teaching facility in 2010, the billzone, in San Clemente, CA. There, he built a successful academy until a car accident sidelined his career in 2015. After surgery, therapy, and rehabilitation, Bill returned to golf instruction and coaching in 2018, when he began coaching with TGA Premier Sports and SoCal PGA in after-school programs and, most recently, with Jane Rosenberg at the Black Gold Junior Golf Academy in Yorba Linda, CA.
Bill’s passion for golf and genuine personality allows him to connect in a unique way with golfers of all skill levels and ages—junior golfers as well as adults, ages six to 85—and is excited to join the Lion Golf Academy and Tony Brooks’ vision for expanding the academies to San Diego, as the Director of Instruction.
Okky Masgono was born and raised in Semarang, Indonesia. After graduating high school, he attended Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA. He was active in sporting events, winning a single and double sectional badminton championship, and led his high school basketball team to first place in Hexos Cup sectionals two years in a row.
He was introduced to the game of golf in his early twenties. Fortunately for Okky, he learned how to play the right way – starting with some guidance from a golf professional. This was essential in learning the fundamentals of a solid swing and getting to know the game better.
After 8 years of enjoying the game of golf, Okky decided to become a PGA Professional. He received his class “A’ membership into the PGA in 2021. He started out at the Anaheim Hills Golf Course as an Assistant Golf Pro and has now joined the Lion Golf Academy to teach and introduce the enjoyment of the game of golf to everyone of all ages. As a drum instructor between 2010-2014, he has had many students ranging in any level and age. He stopped teaching when he moved out further east and started his own shipping business. Now, he’s doing what he loves and loving what he does.
People say: “Practice makes perfect.” But in golf, Okky believes that: “Practicing the right way makes perfect.” In 2 years, he was able to develop a better golf game faster than most weekend golfers who have not had professional lessons. The correct repetition of solid golf fundamentals is key for a consistent game. Golf is complicated and a hard game to learn. It is his job to break it down to you in the simplest way possible in a way that anyone at any age can understand. At the same time, not forgetting to make the learning process fun, and to meet the goal of every student the best he can. After all, golf is a game, and everyone playing it should have fun.
Paul Zixing Zou was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. He joined the Lion Golf Academy in 2017 and loves to work with families and students of all ages. He has been teaching golf since 2000 in many countries over the world and has been involved in some of the most respected businesses in golf in Asia. Paul also speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
2020 ADM Certified
2018 PGA associate.
2017 TPI Certified
2010-2012 Producer and investor for Daily Golf in Guangdong Sports Channel
2010-2014 Panelist for “TOP 100 Asian Golf courses”
2009-2013 Tournament Player in the Chinese Golf Tour
Mr. Iorio is a Class A PGA member who has been working in the golf industry since 1986. Mr. Iorio brings a tremendous amount of Instructional experience to Lion Golf Academy as the Director of Instruction. Mr. Iorio has spent most of his career in Golf Education focusing on Player Development and Instruction. Mr. Iorio has established his career through golf clubs such as Fieldstone Golf Club in Greenville Delaware, Hartefeld National Golf Club in Avondale Pennsylvania, Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover Kansas, Terradyne Resort hotel & Country Club in Andover Kansas, Sim Park Municipal Golf Course in Wichita Kansas and Oakwood Country Club in Enid Oklahoma. Mr. Iorio has spent the last 16 years of his career with Golf Academy of America as the Campus President for the San Diego Campus and Professional Golfers Career College as Director of Golf and Placement Director. Mr. Iorio is also a graduate from Wichita State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sports Business and was a three-year letterman on the Wichita State University golf team. Mr. Iorio is an expert in the use of video, 3D motion analysis, launch monitor technology, club fitting, and is a TPI certified golf instructor. Mr. Iorio is actively involved in the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club volunteering his time developing new and enhancing existing programs.
Thurlo Jansen tirelessly gives back to the game of golf by offering out of pocket programs with inner-city youth in Cape Town, South Africa, and its surrounding areas. Thurlo who is a retired firefighter teaches the secrets of life through golf. He has helped thousands of juniors who would never have had a chance to try this game, and to love it. Some even go on to being club professionals and aspiring tour professionals. We have partnered up with Thurlo, and are sending what we can through our programs in America. The goal is to promote this game of golf through the communities that support it. We are proud to have Thurlo on board with us, and we cannot wait for many more years of prosperous growth both in America, South Africa, and eventually the world!
Castavious Henderson was born and raised in Southern California and has played every sport under the sun. He is a devoted husband and father of two young children and has since devoted himself to understanding the game of golf, which lead him to become a Class “A” PGA Professional and graduate from the Professional Golfers Career College.
Castavious’ passion for teaching comes from his grandparents who founded a private elementary school in Culver City. His grandfather, who was a pastor, is in La Verne University’s sports hall-of-fame for 5 sports. Castavious has over 10 yrs. experience teaching the game of golf to students of all ages and ability levels. Before the game of golf, his love of teaching started as an afterschool math tutor, high school volleyball coach, YMCA basketball coach, and is now focused on bringing joy to any player that chooses to play golf.
Early in his career, he began working for Golf Digest “Top 100” clubfitter Novogolf as a club builder and fitter. It is very important to understand the role that clubs play in producing a golf shot. The clubs should fit your swing, don’t force your swing to fit the clubs.
The best way to describe Castavious’ approach to the golf swing is to be “tension free”. Tension causes the body to tighten up and stops the club from flowing freely. Castavious is very proud to give his knowledge and expertise to all players that become part of the Lion Golf Academy family!
Ron Hoffman is a native of New Orleans, LA. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp on his 17th birthday and spent most of his career in service to the Nation. He spent 25 years in CONUS and abroad; which includes multiple tours of combat. He retired at the Marine Corps’ highest enlisted rank of Sergeant Major.
Accordingly, the Game of Golf came to him much later in life. Anyone who has ever picked up this game knows how the passion and addiction of this craft can become! Ron worked on his game as much as possible prior to his retirement even while doing multiple deployments. Golf balls have been launched off of the fantails of Naval vessels taking Ron into the South China Sea, and off the sand wedge in the middle of a sandstorm in Kuwait and Iraq.
After his retirement and an additional career serving our Nation’s Wounded Warriors, Ron decided to take his passion to the next level. He was professionally trained in the latest equipment and teaching methodologies at the Golf Academy of America, and is also a graduate of the Professional Golfers Careers College (Dec, 2019).
Ron was the SoCal Business Development Director at Golf Memberships Unlimited, LLC. and was recently selected to join the team at Lion Golf Family Academy. Ron has a passion for changing lives through caring and positive leadership. He is exceptionally excited to train all, with an emphasis on the juniors; and to give them a head start on this Game of Life First (GOLF).