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Natalie Desjardins

Staff Instructor

Natalie Desjardins enters her first season as a staff instructor at The Twin Brook Golf Learning Center. She is the head coach of the LIU Brooklyn women's golf team, after an extremely successful first year, that saw the Blackbirds take home the 2012 Northeast Conference Championship.

In her first season as head coach, Desjardins molded a team that consisted of two battle-tested seniors and three unproven freshmen into a conference champion.  LIU trailed by nine strokes heading into the final day of play, but responded with a tournament-best round of 298 to finish five strokes ahead of second-place Fairleigh Dickinson.

The tournament win also earned the Blackbirds a berth into the NCAA East Regional. For her efforts, Desjardins was named the NEC Coach of the Year. Freshman Cristina Felip, who earned medalist honors at the NEC Tournament, was named the league's Rookie of the Year.
 
One of the most decorated golfers in LIU history, Desjardins won the Northeast Conference Individual Championship in 2010. She was named to the All-NEC First Team that season for a third time, just one year removed from earning NEC Player of the Year accolades.  Desjardins was also named NEC Rookie of the year.
 
The Haileybury, Ontario, native had eight individual tournament wins under her belt during her time as a Blackbird, including three wins at the Mount St. Mary’s Invitational.  Desjardins also claimed the top spot at the 2009 Lonnie Barton Invitational, a tournament named in memory of Long Island’s former golf coach.
 
After graduating from Long Island in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Desjardins worked as an instructor at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Lakewood, N.J. In October 2010, she went to qualifying school for the LPGA Futures Tour, and went on to spend the winter of 2011 in Florida playing on the SunCoast Tour.  Desjardins also served as an assistant coach at Monmouth for the 2010-11 season.

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Michelle Melia

Director of Instruction

The 2008 LPGA National Golf Coach of the year, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for golf instruction to the Twin Brook Golf Learning Center.

Michelle began her professional golf career in 1996, following a successful amateur career in which she competed at Rutgers University and nationally.

Since 1996, Michelle has operated and directed highly successful golf instruction programs which have been noted for their innovative approach for growing the game.

Michelle has also been a Division I golf coach at Rutgers University, Monmouth University, and most recently Fairleigh Dickinson University. For her efforts at Fairleigh Dickinson University, she was named the 2008 “National Golf Coach Of The Year”, the 2008 “Northeast LPGA Coach Of The Year”, and the 2008 “Northeast Conference Coach of The Year”.

Passionate about junior golf, Michelle has been involved with the First Tee, Total Golf Adventures, and the LPGA Girls Golf Club. In 2007, she was honored with the “LPGA Northeast Junior Leader Award”.

Michelle also was featured on Fox Sports Network, as a lead instructor for stroke survivors. A distinction that echoes her belief that golf is the true national pastime and her insistence in believing in the limitless potential of all of her students.

     Michelle Melia
     Office: 732-922-1600
     Cell:  732-768-0896 
     Email: programs@twinbrookgolfcenter.com
 

Chris

Chris has been a PGA of America Golf Professional for over 20 years and is Certified through the Titleist Performance Institute as a Golf Fitness Instructor.

His "teaching style" has been written about in articles titled "Johnston a real pro when it comes to teaching" and "Young Einstein".

He has been nominated six times for New Jersey PGA Teacher of the Year and twice for Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers.

Chris is also a contributing editor for Golf Tips magazines, with articles appearing in both the 2015 August and 'Fall' issues. His latest article, 'ABC's of Aiming' can be seen in Golf Tips magazine's 'Best of 2015' year end issue with an article scheduled to appear in Golf Tips magazines May issue.

In addition to being a contributing editor for Golf Tips magazine, Chris will have the honor of being featured in PGA Magazines 'Teaching Teachers' section this summer, ‘The Release Noodle System’. The article will focus on the proper release of the wrists, along with maintaining a light grip pressure throughout the swing.

We are very happy to have Chris as part of our 'teaching team' here at Twin Brook Golf Center and Academy.

If you would like to learn more about Chris or book a lesson, click on his website link at: www.cjohnstonpga.com