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Pronghorn Academy

by Jeff Ritter
Our Mission 
At Pronghorn Academy we are dedicated to creating winning strategies for people seeking inspired, purposeful action in golf performance and lifestyle development. Coaching experiences follow our progressive “MAKE THE TURN” training curriculum comprised of 4 pillars of achievement which include: Skill development, mindset, fitness & nutrition. The attitude behind the mission is to activate participants in an environment that embraces possibility and increases expectations, while delivering real, lasting results. When you engage with our team of coaches, you may have an idea of what you’re capable of, but our expectations for success are even greater. This attitude is the driving force behind everything we do. To MAKE THE TURN is to possess the knowledge, tools and support to go the distance in dedicated pursuits both on and off the course. This happens when goals are authentic and within reach as you live with passion and purpose.

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About Jeff Ritter – Director of Instruction   
Jeff Ritter is Director of Pronghorn Academy and Founder of MAKE THE TURN Performance LLC. Named one of the Best Teachers in America by Golf Digest, as well as ranked among the Top 30 Teachers in America by Golf Tips magazine, Ritter is an expert communicator with an impressive pedigree working with top amateurs, elite juniors, collegiate standouts as well as players on the professional tours. An accomplished coach, author and speaker, Jeff is known for his unique approach to teaching the game. His passion for inspiration, body health and mental flexibility has set him apart as a purveyor of not only playing well but living well. A consistent presence in the world of golf media, Jeff is a regular featured guest on Golf Channel appearing on programs such as Morning Drive. In 2016 he was host of PGA National Instruction Day on Golf Channel, the most watched golf instruction event in history. In 2014 he created the MAKE THE TURN Weekly Challenge Series for Golf Digest TV. The program was the most successful series on the Golf Digest platform, garnering 20 million viewers. In addition to his role at Pronghorn, Jeff is also National Director of NIKE Junior Golf Camps overseeing 120 locations throughout North America.  His inspiring perspective on game and lifestyle development has Jeff traveling internationally to share the MAKE THE TURN message of living more powerfully through the game of golf.

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About Nam Padung – Assistant Director
Nam Padung is a accomplished and passionate Golf Instructor from Bangkok, Thailand and the number one ranked junior player in Thailand from the ages of 8 to 12. Nam was recruited by the prestigious IMG Academies/David Leadbetter Golf Academy at age 12 after top finishes at Junior World and Optimist Classic. Winner of countless junior events in the United States, Nam became ranked in top 100 AJGA players at age 15.  After a successful junior and four year collegiate career at Rollins College, Nam turned his focus to coaching. As the Director of Instruction at Jones Creek Golf Club in Augusta, GA the past four years, he has taught over 20,000 hours of lessons and introduced more than 5,000 juniors to the game.

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Did You Know? We’re A Golf Channel Academy! 

Pronghorn Academy is proud to be Central Oregon’s exclusive Golf Channel supported facility.  The Golf Channel Academy network is comprised of carefully selected, top-tier golf coaches across North America. Each coach has been carefully selected and vetted to be considered the best of the best. Golfers enrolled at Golf Channel Academy locations not only have the opportunity to learn from the very best coaches in the game, but can also track progress using advanced tools and proprietary player-coach communication platforms that accelerate learning. As part of Golf Channel Academy, Pronghorn Academy is featured in regional & national Golf Channel related media. Look for Jeff and the team in Golf Channel’s digital media as well as television programs such as Morning Drive.

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Professional Staff 
Academy experiences are created by Founder Jeff Ritter along with our team of professionals in golf performance, mindset, fitness and nutrition. Leaders in the world of human development, our coaches have helped countless clients across the globe elevate their game and activate their lifestyle on and off the course. Developing entertaining and insightful content across a variety of media platforms, academy team members have been featured on Golf Channel, Golf Digest, FOX Sports, ESPN, The Katie Couric Show, Men’s Health, PGA Tour Sirius XM Radio, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Runner’s World, Women’s Health & US News and World Report.

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Private Coaching 
Private Coaching provides a 1-on-1 intensive training experience with our team of performance specialists. Hosted at the award winning PronghornResort in Bend, Oregon, you’ll engage in a world-class learning environment in the middle of Central Oregon’s greatest golf destination.

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Golf Schools
Multi-Day golf school experiences are the ultimate activator for players seeking a higher level of performance & more powerful standard of living. Through our proven system of awareness & adjustment, participants quickly make the shift to experiencing new levels of possibility.

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THE LEAN 18
THE LEAN 18 is comprised of 18 simple solutions that can easily be incorporated into any lifestyle to deliver the greatest impact on how you look, feel & perform. It’s a flexible approach to building a solid nutrition foundation, without compromising on flavor or fun.

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Junior Academy
Pronghorn Junior Academy is an advanced development program designed to elevate one’s human potential through golf. Comprised of intensive workshops and ongoing training modules, participants receive coaching in all aspects of player development within our MAKE THE TURN curriculum model: Performance, Mindset, Fitness & Nutrition, including tournament prep and college support.

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Corporate Retreats
Our Corporate programming is a high-performance business & personal activation driven experience designed to provide executives & their teams with unique tools to elevate their game in & out of the workplace.  The special combination of mindset, nutritional, fitness, business leadership & athletic performance based coaching, inspires participants by revealing the possibilities that exist within one’s potential while building a more powerful and profitable corporate culture. A premium experience on all levels, this one-of-a-kind training delivers a game-changing endeavor with the power to impact all areas of the corporate lifestyle!

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Testimonials

“What we love about Jeff’s approach is that he understands there’s more to it than just the golf swing. His knowledge in mindset, strategy, health and fitness compliment his philosophy on the golf swing, allowing him to coach players as individuals to maximize their performance!” -Andy Proudman & Piers Ward, Me and My Golf
“With time being the scarcest of our resources, I highly recommend Jeff Ritter’s MAKE THE TURN app for players at any level.” – Cameron McCormick, Coach of Jordan Spieth
“Jeff Ritter is one of the most entertaining and knowledgeable golf instructors on the planet. He always keeps it interesting while delivering cutting edge instruction that will help anyone lower their scores.”  – Lorin Anderson, Golf Channel VP of Instruction
“I’ve known Jeff for nearly two decades and am continually impressed with his ability to keep improving as a coach, speaker, and influencer. When we think about quality people we can partner with for upcoming projects, Jeff is always on our list.” -Ron Kaspriske, Senior Editor, Golf Digest
“The future is full of possibilities for those players who integrate technical and human skills. Jeff’s platform is all about that.” – Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott, Co-founders of Vision 54 Golf School & Co-authors of Be A Player
“Through this unique golf inspired setting, we now have the tools not only to drive powerful business results, but tools for A more purposeful and rewarding way of being, Aad working together.” -Nick Severino, Vice President, Apple

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Email academy@pronghornresort.com to learn more.

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