Meet the Instructors
Kristy Gleason, PGA Head Golf Professional, Kingswood Golf Club
Kristy was recently selected by the PGA of America to the PGA President's Council. This award is given to PGA Professionals in good standing that meet the criteria of exceptional involvement in the PGA of America's Play golf America and growth of the games initiatives. Kristy will be considered for the New England PGA Section's 2011 Presidents Plaque Award as well as the PGA of America's National President's Plaque award.
PGA Golf Professional Kristy Gleason has an infectious positive attitude and zest for the game of golf and life in general. Taught under the tutelage of Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Dr. TJ Tomasi, Kristy played professionally full time on the Ladies Futures Golf Tour for two years. She had her swing reconstructed by Dr. Tomasi so it would hold up under tournament pressure. Because of those two years, Kristy truly understands what her students are going through when they are taking lessons. Her golf students and members both admire and respect her for she leads by example. Many of her students consider her as a mentor or role model. Through out the last 13 years Kristy has been teaching golf to all types of golfers, ages and skill level. Kristy taught at the 2005 Merrill Lynch Skins Game where Annika Sorenstam, Fred Funk, Fred Couples and Tiger Woods competed. In 2009, Kristy recently shared the cover of the book "Its good for your game". Kristy was nominated by her peers for 2008 Teacher of the Year by the South Florida PGA section.
Heidi Papoosha, LGPA Director of Instruction
Heidi returns to Kingswood Golf Club from Wyndemere Country Club located in Naples, Florida. Heidi was the Lead LPGA Teaching Professional and WLL Tournament Director. Heidi has been recognized by her LPGA peers and nominated as a top LPGA Teaching Professional. Formally the Director of Instruction at Lyman Orchards Golf Academy located in Middlefield, CT where she developed, organized and administered the golf curriculum. Heidi was mentored by Dr. TJ Tomasi (Golf Digest top 100 teachers, author of over 14 golf instruction books.) She trained and instructed with Dr. Tomasi for 4 years. Specifically, Heidi coached and managed a successful women/junior program at the Academy. In addition, Heidi operated/instructed Corporate Clinics for Merrill Lynch, Prudential, Callaway and Investment Firms. Heidi was also the Assistant Golf Coach at Yale University , working with student/athletes swing, mental approach and course management. Heidi teaches all ages and different skill levels.