Meet the Team

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    John McNeely

    Director of Golf

    John McNeely is executive program director for Congaree Foundation, as well as President of Diamond Creek, a Top 100 Tom Fazio-designed course in the mountains of North Carolina which he co-founded in 2002. He is one of the most respected PGA professionals in the world.

    John has been associated with and taught at some of golf's finest courses, including Winged Foot Golf Club, site of numerous Major Championships where he worked under 1948 Masters Champion Claude Harmon. Other clubs include Thunderbird Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA, River Oaks Country Club in Houston, TX, Annandale Golf Club, site of the 1986 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship, Grandfather Golf and Country Club and The Floridian in Palm City, FL.

    Across his career John has instructed winners at the collegiate level, the LPGA Tour, the European Tour, the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. He has also instructed the president of the United States and the king of Morocco.

    John played golf collegiality at East Tennessee State University where his teams had consecutive top ten finishes at the NCAA national championship.

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    Bruce Davidson

    Director of Golf

    A native of Scotland, Bruce Davidson is executive program director for Congaree Foundation and a world-renowned PGA professional. He was awarded Master Professional status by the PGA of Great Britain at a ceremony held at St. Andrews during the 2015 Open Championship. He has a long and successful career teaching amateur and professional golfers at all levels, including those on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, European Tour, Curtis Cup and Walker Cup participants. He has been the coach of Major champions Mark O’Meara, Ian Woosnam and also Keith Fergus.

    His teaching career began in the 1980s, working for Dick Harmon at River Oaks Country Club in Houston, TX. In 1990 he set up the Kings Links Golf Centre in Aberdeen where five of his assistants would go on to qualify for the European Tour, including 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie. In 2001, when legendary golf professional Dick Harmon retired from River Oaks Country Club, Bruce followed his mentor and served as director of golf at the club until 2014.

    As a decorated scholastic player, Bruce first came to the United States in 1978 as part of a Scottish boys’ team. He would go on to earn a golf scholarship at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, graduating with a degree in Business and Economics. Though his passion is teaching the game of golf, Bruce remains an accomplished player, having competed in three Senior Opens, and was the only club professional to make the cut in the 2015 Senior Open held at Sunningdale Golf Club in England.

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    Jamy Champenoy

    College Admissions Consultant

    Jamy Champenoy is a college admissions consultant for the Congaree Foundation and has dedicated himself throughout his career to providing college, scholarship, academic and personal counseling and guidance to high school students. He is the current college advising associate director at Duchesne Academy in Houston, TX.

    Prior to his current position, Jamy spent 12 years at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Houston, where he was the director of college counseling and a member of the varsity soccer coaching staff. His role included oversight of all college, scholarship, academic and personal counseling to students in grades 9-12, as well as providing direct college and academic support services for students in individual, small group and classroom settings. Jamy was the director of guidance and college counseling at Mt. Carmel High School in Houston and before that, a guidance counselor at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando, FL.

    Throughout his career he has developed strong relationships with university admissions personnel at colleges throughout the United States.

    Jamy has expertise in developing counselor letters of recommendation and secondary school reports for senior college applications and scholarship applications, standardized test preparation, and assisting students with the resume, essay and teacher recommendations sections of senior applications. He also has extensive experience guiding student athletes through the college recruitment and college admissions process and coordinating senior scholarship information and process selective scholarships and nominations.

    Jamy has been a member of the National Association of College and Admissions Counseling, American School Counselor Association, National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Texas Association of College and Admissions Counselors. He received a Bachelor of Arts and graduated Cum Laude from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL where he competed on the soccer team on athletic scholarship. He received a Master of Education & Specialist in Education and a Master of Science in Exercise & Sport Sciences from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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    Lorne Kelly

    College Athletic Consultant

    Lorne Kelly is a college athletic consultant for the Congaree Foundation and one of the leading golf-specific collegiate scholarships consultants in the world. Drawing on his experience as a successful collegiate golfer and a former Walker Cup and Eisenhower Trophy winner, Lorne has more than 13 years of experience scouting, educating and guiding student athletes through the college scholarship process.

    Lorne’s expertise includes matching golf prospects to the schools that best suit them through detailed assessments of their preferences and ambitions, academic level and golfing prowess. He draws upon his unique background of extensive travel within the United States, his intimate and extensive knowledge of the location, culture, golf programs and academic degrees that most universities offer, and his passion for seeing that prospects get the best advice and exposure available to further their academic and athletic ambitions.

    Lorne attended Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration along with a major in Marketing. During his four years at Coastal Carolina from 1993 to 1997, Lorne earned NCAA All-American honors and was named Most Valuable Player on the team. Following graduation, Lorne embarked on attaining his Scottish International ‘Cap’ followed by his Great Britain & Ireland ‘Cap’ competing at the highest level in Europe and the UK and representing his country in the Walker Cup and Eisenhower Trophy competitions.

    Lorne has been a regular speaker at the annual Golf Coaches Association of America convention in Las Vegas.

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    Jason Baile

    PGA Professional

    Jason Baile is the PGA director of instruction at Jupiter Hills Golf Club in Tequesta, FL and has served as a member of the CGGI coaching staff since its inception. Jason is a GOLF Magazine Top 100 Teacher and was named a Golf Digest Best in State Teacher in 2017. Jason was also named by GRAA Magazine as a Top 50 Growth of the Game teacher. Jason was named Carolinas PGA section Teacher of the Year in 2018 as well as Hilton Head PGA chapter Teacher of the Year in 2016 and 2018. In addition to Jason’s awards, he is a Titleist Performance Institute Level 3 certified professional, a global ambassador for Swing Catalyst and certified Trackman level 2 professional. 

    Jason’s passion for coaching comes from his family. His father spent more than 40 years coaching many sports at the high school level, his mother and sister are both dance instructors and his younger brothers are tennis coaches. Jason focuses on individual skill development with players and has had success with athletes of all levels including helping young junior players realize their dreams of playing in college. 

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    Lindsey Bensch

    PGA Professional

    From Broken Arrow, OK, Lindsey Bensch attended the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. She was an active member of the golf team while earning her degree in Business Administration with a minor in Communications within the PGA Golf Management Program.

    Upon graduating in May 2015, Lindsey accepted her first seasonal job at Wilderness Country Club in Naples, FL for the winter season. She then traveled to Blowing Rock Country Club in North Carolina for the summer season where she gained most of her teaching experience and became very involved in the ladies’ golf program.

    Lindsey has been a PGA member since fall of 2015, and has been playing golf most of her life. She initially learned to play alongside her two sisters under the instruction of her dad. Lindsey and her sisters still play golf together regularly and live in the North Naples area.

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    Kathryn Doyle

    PGA Professional

    Kathryn Doyle is an assistant golf professional at Miromar Lakes Golf Club in Fort Myers, FL. She has worked at Miromar Lakes for five years, is a member of the PGA of America and has recently become a Titleist Performance Institute certified. From 2008 - 2011 Kathryn played for the University of Wisconsin-Stout women’s golf team. A multiple letter winner and captain, Kathryn received a BS in Business with an emphasis in golf in 2011. Upon completing college, she started her golf career at Milwaukee Country Club where she was mentored by Manuel de la Torre and found a love for teaching the game.

    In the Miromar Lakes Golf Club community, Kathryn has created numerous golf development programs that focus on promoting the enjoyment of golf by making it fun and easy to understand. She has a women’s beginner golf program that teaches the basics, as well as intermediate programs that teach players about course management and advancing their game.

    Kathryn has participated in the Congaree Global Golf Initiative for the last three years and loves watching the development and improvement of the impressive young adults. She has a passion for teaching the game of golf and looks forward to seeing the further advancement of CGGI.

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    Mary Carolyn Moore

    Program Coordinator

    Mary Carolyn Moore has served as the program coordinator for the Congaree Foundation since 2018, handling the logistics of the Foundation’s local and global initiatives.

    Growing up in Lexington, SC, Mary Carolyn developed a passion for sports and the valuable lessons that competition teaches. At 17, she enrolled at the University of South Carolina to pursue a degree in Mass Communications.  While in college, Mary Carolyn worked in the Office of the President where she developed a deep knowledge of the collegiate administrative landscape.

    Mary Carolyn also brought her life-long passion for helping others to college and regularly volunteered through her church and sorority. Additionally, she was also involved in service learning projects while studying abroad in South Africa.

    Between her passion for sports and her enthusiasm for helping others, Mary Carolyn is delighted to be involved in the educational and vocational opportunities the Congaree Foundation provides to deserving students.

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    Tom Craft

    Head Golf Professional, Congaree

    Tom Craft has served as the Head Golf Professional at Congaree since 2016. A graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University,

    Tom is a PGA Class A Professional. Prior to joining Congaree, Tom was the 1st Assistant Professional at Diamond Creek Golf Club, Assistant Professional at Miromar Lakes Golf Club and an Assistant Professional at Rock Creek Cattle Company. Tom’s lifelong passion for golf runs in the family. His mother Terri, a collegiate golfer and basketball player at Iowa State, started teaching him the game as a 3-year-old. Tom’s love for golf has driven him to teach young men and women about the game and the opportunities it can create.

    Tom is a native of Iowa and lives in Savannah, Georgia.

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    Ed Graf

    College Admissions Consultant

    Ed Graf is a College Admissions Consultant and Academic Advisor for Congaree Foundation and has dedicated himself throughout his career to providing college, scholarship and academic counseling and guidance to high school students. He recently retired after 29 years as the Director of College Counseling at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Prior to college counseling, Ed was a math teacher and the assistant head of the middle school at Isidore Newman School.  He was also a basketball coach, basketball official, tennis coach, and still serves at the assistant golf coach at the school.

    A leader in the field of college admissions, Ed is the 2020 recipient of the Larry West Award for Leadership from the Southern Association for College Admissions Counseling, an organization he served as president of in 2008 and 2009.  He also received the Marty Elkins Award for Excellence from the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools in 2012.  Ed served on the President’s Council for the National Association for College Admission Counseling from 2007 to 2010 and currently serves on the admissions advisory board for the University of Pennsylvania.  He previously served on the admissions advisory boards for the University of Michigan and the University of Georgia.

    Ed’s areas of expertise include writing letters of recommendation and completing secondary school reports for college and scholarship applications.  He is also an expert at helping students develop resumes, write college essays, and complete their college applications.  He uses his vast knowledge of American colleges and universities to help students find the best institutions for them.  As a college counselor and as a coach, he has significant experience helping to guide student athletes through the college recruitment and admissions process.

    A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Ed received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Tulane University and a Masters of Educational Administration from Loyola-New Orleans University.  He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the Southern Association of College Admission Counseling, and the Louisiana High School Coaches Association.

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