About  Us

Meet The Team

Shelley McGill O’Keefe

Shelley's Bio

Shelley grew up in a golf family caddying for sister, US Amateur Champion Jill McGill who played on the LPGA. She was an all-around athlete skiing on the United States Freestyle Ski Team and playing collegiate soccer. After having a career ending injury, Shelley was recruited by coach David Lee to participate in a program that was taking athletes from other sports and teaching them how to play golf. She fell in love with the game immediately and decided to turn professional. She passed the PAT after six months of training and joined the PGA PGM program in 2004.

Shelley served as lead instructor at Timarron Country Club 2005-2009 where she was given the Club Corp Rising Star Award 3 years in a row for both her Women’s Program and her Junior Development Program. In 2010, she was elected to PGA membership. And most recently was awarded the 2015 NCPGA Youth Leadership Award for her outstanding junior programs. Shelley has developed numerous women’s and junior programs over her 23 years of coaching experience in all of the sports that she has participated in. She holds a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology, a minor in Coaching, and Certifications in TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) and K-Vest.

Bill Johnson

Bill's Bio

Director of Instruction – Del Rio G&CC

Bill Johnson is a PGA Class A member with over 25 years of coaching and teaching experience. Most recently Bill was named the 2013 Northern California Teacher of the Year – a wonderful and humbling achievement. Previously Bill was named as one of the top nine elite instructors in the Northern California Golf Guide and recognized by Golf Digest as one of the top 50 instructors in California.

Bill’s expertise and versatile teaching style is one of a kind. He thrives on the game of golf and has a passion for helping his broad range of students discover their potential, improve their skills and reach their goals.

Jeff Palmer

Jeff's Bio

Jeff is a twenty five year member of the PGA of America.  Throughout his career he has sought out the best instructors to learn from.   In most instances he came away disappointed as he felt was taught the same as everyone else who had been to that instructor.  Many of these have been ranked in the top twenty five over the years.  The last six years Jeff has had the opportunity to work with Mike Adams and EA Tishcler, of Golf Biodynamics, Phil Cheetam and Sasho MacKenzie of Skilled Motion and Dr. David Wright of Wright Balance Technologies.  These true researchers and scientists of the game have proven without a doubt that you cannot teach a cookie cutter swing and that everyone is uniquely different and therefore must be taught as an individual.     Jeff has recently become just the second person in California to be a Movement Specialist for Tathata Golf.  By combining the most modern science with the “martial art” of golf, Jeff truly has the ability to improve golfers, at all levels, at an amazing rate.  Among his awards he has been presented with are:  2010 SJVC PGA Teacher of the Year, 2012 SJVC PGA Junior Leader of the Year, 2014 SJVC PGA Player of the Year and the 2015 Junior Development Leader.  He is the current President of the SJVC PGA and Board Member of the NCPGA.  Jeff is one of twelve in the world that is a recognized The First Tee Coach and recognized Program Director for The First Tee.  Whether you are young or old, rookie or veteran, or aspiring to be the best you can be. Jeff will provide the most direct route in helping you attain your goals.  With Jeff’s training, education and experience there is no guessing as to how to make you improve, only a purposeful productive plan.



Golf Biodynamics   www.newhorizongolfer.com

David Wright           www.new.wrightbalance.com

Tathata Golf            www.tathatagolf.com/cp54

Phil Cheetham         www.philcheetham.com

JT Kohut

JT's Bio

Our Philosophy

NorCal Elite Performance Golf Academy believes that success is the sum of all the parts. Everyone moves and learns differently. We understand that we have to approach each student from his/her learning style.

Drawing from a variety of techniques and tools such as TPI (Titleist Performance Institute), Tethata Golf, K-Vest, Flight Scope, Video Analysis, Wright Balance, Forces In Motion, and Golf Bio Dynamics allows us to bring out the best coaching possible for each student to reach his/her goals.

NorCal Elite Performance Golf Academy also provides many opportunities for Junior Golfers to develop their skill through the Junior Golf Academy, PGA Jr. League, Junior Tournament Consultation- USKIDSGOLF, HJGT, JTNC, JGANC to not just build champion Golfers but champion people.