At an early age, John captured his first hole in one in a Father & Son Golf Tournament. It was an unusual moment of knowing the ball was going in the hole before he swung. This feeling of confidence, balance, and connection to the target was so overwhelming he knew right then that this game of golf was extraordinary! 

After high school graduation, he worked in a factory for two years to save up the funds to attend the San Diego Golf Academy.  John graduated with an Associates Degree in Golf Operations and Management, became a proud student of the PGA of America.  He obtained certificates in Custom Club Design and Repair, awards in Verbal Communications and a Tournament Players Credential maintaining an SCGA index of 0.2, he also carded his 2nd hole in one in his 1st-semester tournament.

While attending the Academy he learned his craft from PGA Tour Star Don Whitt, LPGA Louise Bruce Parks, and renown golf instructor Aj Bonar.  John has obtained certifications in several PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits under the tutelage of  Dr. Gary Wiren, Jim Flick, Jim McLean, David Leadbetter, Hank Haney, Dr. Rick Jensen, Dr. Bob Rotella, Fred Shoemaker to name just a few.  John has played many professional tournaments with great players in PGA and CPGA Tournaments and has observed valuable characteristics required to play successfully. 

John continues to strive for the gold standard of education. Just recently he graduated from Mohawk College in the Health, Wellness and Fitness Program.  His toolbox of methods of teaching has now been enhancing to  Implement exercise programs, nutritional plans and wellness strategies for clients of varying fitness levels. You will often hear John’s Mantra in his conversations with the people he meets, “ I wish to offer you a higher quality of life and a superior game of golf!” John is the  Assistant Coach for the Mohawk College Mountaineers Varsity Golf Team with sites set on another successful season to capture D1 and D2 OCAA Medals.  John ’s teaching philosophy and passion are to help every student reach their individual goals and makes it his top priority. 

Professional Credentials


  • San Diego Golf Academy Graduate PGA of America 
  • (Former) PGA of Ontario Canada Professional 
  • Mohawk College Graduate Health Wellness & Fitness 
  • Qualified Exercise Professional 
  • V1 Video Analysis 
  • Teaching & Coach Summits PGA of America
  • Golf Club Design & Repair SDGA & DYNACRAFT
  • CPR Level HCP          Canadian Red Cross
  • Assistant Coach            Mohawk College    Mountaineers Varsity Golf Team



Accomplished Golf Professional & Coach

John R. Stankov