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PGA WEST® Golf Academy Instructors Ranked In Golf Digest “Best Teachers in State” 2024-25

Updated: Feb 29

The outstanding instructors at PGA WEST® Golf Academy have been recognized on Golf Digest’s “Best Teachers in Every State” list, further exemplifying why the Golf Academy is one of the top golf teaching facilities in the nation. The six PGA WEST® Golf Academy teaching professionals who have achieved a coveted spot for California on the list are: Director of Instruction Bryan Lebedevitch and Instructors Joe Hallett, Brady Riggs, John Battaglia, Josh Myers and Chris Walkey. More than 3,000 golf instructors participated in the peer-voting process for the 2024-25 distinction.  Lebedevitch, Hallett and Riggs are nationally renowned instructors who are also among GOLF magazine’s “Top 100 Teachers in America.”

PGA WEST Director of Instruction Bryan Lebedevitch
Bryan Lebedevitch

Bryan Lebedevitch has more than 25 years of instructional experience. He counts among his students, past and present, elite professional golfers such as former world #1 Cristie Kerr, Mirim Lee, Dave Schreyer, and many more. He has coached at over 40 major championships and five Solheim Cups.

PGA Master Professional and PGA WEST Golf Academy Instructor Joe Hallett
Joe Hallett

Joe Hallett was recently awarded PGA Master Professional Status, the PGA’s highest educational designation and has won numerous PGA Section awards. He divides his time between La Quinta and Vanderbilt Legends Club in Tennessee where he is Director of Instruction. Hallett has coached top LPGA players including former world #1 Stacy Lewis and Hall of Famer Juli Inkster.

PGA WEST Golf Academy Instructor Brady Riggs
Brady Riggs

Brady Riggs was selected Teacher of the Year by the Southern California PGA Hall of Fame in 2015. He’s been a consistent presence on the Top 100 list and has been fortunate to work with some of the best players in the world on both the PGA and LPGA tours.

PGA WEST Golf Academy Instructor John Battaglia
John Battaglia

John Battaglia has been consecutively ranked on Golf Digest’s “Best Young Instructor (Under 40)” list and the magazine’s listing of “Best Teachers In Every State” for California. Career highlights to date include working with former Rookie of the Year and U.S. Open winner Liselotte Neumann.

PGA WEST Golf Academy Instructor Josh Myers
Josh Myers

Josh Myers has also worked with Mirim Lee; his extensive teaching experience includes coaching several junior golfers who have received golf scholarships and gone on to play at UCLA, Universities of Georgia and Idaho, and others. He currently works with Luke Ringkamp, the #2 ranked junior in California for the class of 2026.

PGA WEST Golf Academy Instructor Chris Walkey
Chris Walkey

Chris Walkey played professionally before realizing his passion resided in teaching golf. He has more than three decades of teaching experience working with golfers of all levels including top-ranked juniors, college players, and all major tours around the world.

“The PGA WEST® Golf Academy appreciates this recognition from Golf Digest and our peers in the industry,” said Director of Instruction Bryan Lebedevitch. “Our incredible team of instructors has a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills. We encourage golfers of all levels to make our Golf Academy in Southern California their first choice for top-notch golf training.”

The PGA WEST® Golf Academy offers a variety of golf instruction programs including customized one-on-one sessions, golf clinics, golf schools, corporate training programs, custom club fitting by Master Club Fitter Charlie Rodi and more.

For more information about the PGA WEST® Golf Academy, visit

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