Meet the Instructors

Billy Casper

Founder & Owner

In a career that has spanned more than 50 years as a professional, Billy Casper has become a legend with golfers.

The highlights of Billy’s Career include 51 P.G.A. Tour victories, including the 1959 and 1966 U.S. Open and the 1970 Master’s Championship.

Billy holds the P.G.A.’s 7th best all-time victory record, was the second player ever to earn a million dollars, and is a member of the P.G.A. World Golf Hall of Fame.

In addition to his many victories, Billy has been awarded five Vardon Trophies, given each year to the P.GA.’s lowest average scoring golfer. Honored by being chosen as captain in 1979, Billy also played on eight US. Ryder Cup Teams, and remains the winner of the most US. Team points in Ryder Cup history. In 2001, Billy was honored by the Royal Family of Morocco for his contributions to the game of golf. As recipient of the Classe Exceptionnelle du Wissam Riada, he is the only American to receive such a commendation.

As a Senior, Billy has won nine Champions Tour victories, and multiple international victories; and he has recorded 24 career holes-in-one!

Nick McKinlay

Director Of Instruction

Nick has been teaching for over 20 years and has taught thousands of individual lessons, corporate groups and golf schools during this time.

Nick also spent time playing golf professionally, and has had the opportunity to be around, and play with some of the best in the game. Nick won many prestigious tournaments such as the 2004 Utah PGA Assistants Championship, the 2005 Utah Open Championship, 2005 Salt Lake City Open, and the 2006 and 2007 Coral Canyon Open.

Nick was trained and coached by Claude Harmon III. Claude is one of the top Instructors in the world and has past and present students including Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Darren Clarke, Trevor Immelman, Justin Leonard, and many others. Nick is fortunate enough to being further mentored by Billy Casper.

Because of Nicks knowledge and experience, he is not only able to help his students with the correct fundamentals of the golf swing and short game, but he is able to offer a players perspective on things, and help his students learn how to score and play better on the golf course through course management. Nick believes that as it is important for golfers to learn the correct fundamentals for success, it is just as important to learn how to think, and properly manage your game around the course, which leads to lower scores.

Byron Casper

Golf Professional

Byron Casper has been around golf all of his life and recognizes his love of the game started early with going to his father’s golf camps in the summer and traveling to different events to watch his famous father, Billy Casper compete.
Byron began his own career in the golf world as a teenager and was a caddy on the SPGA (Now Champions Tour) and PGA Tours and worked for both his father and other tour professionals during that time.

Byron attended the Golf Academy of America (San Diego) and Southwestern College, and then went to work for Carbite Golf as the Senior PGA Tour Representative for 1 year. He then moved onto a position as the Player Liaison for the International Golf Tour and the International PGA.

Byron moved to Scotland, UK in the 90’s and was the Head Club Fitter and Teaching Professional for Heritage Golf of St Andrews and then the St Andrews Golf Company both manufacturers of golf equipment.

In 2007 Byron moved back to the USA and was the first golf professional with GolfTEC Utah. During this time he became a Certified Coach and Master Club Fitter for all major golf brands.

He is a Taylor Made staff member. He has written 2 published books including “Billy Casper’s Golf Tips” and is actively involved in children’s charities including the Billy Casper Youth Foundation.

Having the opportunity to grow up around the best in the game, Byron was able to learn many secrets and techniques that have helped him become an accomplished instructor and player.

His philosophy is simple, he believes in helping his students understand their own swings and how he can help to make them the best golfers they can be with the minimum amount of changes.

ADDITIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

– International PGA Member
–  World Golf Teaching Federation Member
–  Certified Club Fitter of all major brands
–  Best finish in tournament career – 1st  PCA Pro-Am, Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire, UK
–  Has 2 published books. One of them, “Billy Casper’s Golf Tips” is still in print.

Kevin Johnson

Mental Coach

Kevin received a Bachelors degree from Brigham Young University and a Masters degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He has been a practicing and successful counselor, mental game coach for the past 10 years, and has been able to help countless people in their lives. Kevin is an avid golfer having enjoyed the game for nearly 30 years and is acutely familiar with the love of the game of golf and that desire to continually improve.

In golf and in life it is clear that the way we think will influence the success we have. There is no question that the right fundamentals and equipment are critical elements to improving golf skills and scores, but at the Billy Casper Golf Academy we also recognize the importance of tuning and improving our most important tool, our mind. Errors in our thoughts that can effect our lives and emotional well being – will also affect our golf games. Kevin believes there is no limitation that cannot be overcome and no goal that is too big to accomplish when in the proper state of mind and thinking properly.