Listen below to a brief overview of what you will learn from Ryan Zylstra on the next Coach Spotlight
Join Coach Ryan Zylstra as he shares how he improved his business and personal life by transitioning from individual one-on-one private lessons to results-based group coaching.
Ryan Zylstra, the 2017 PGA Assistant Professional Champion, brings a unique combination of coaching and playing skills to the Richmond VA area. He is a native of Ontario, Canada and currently teaches at Lakeside Park Club, in Richmond VA. In 2020, Ryan, together with his wife Sarah, founded Jump Start Kids Golf, a revolutionary golf and learning program for juniors ages 2 & up.
Ryan is proud to represent the Middle Atlantic PGA Section where he was the first Associate Professional to capture MAPGA Player of the Year honors (’17) in the sections history. He gained that honor due to his 13 wins that season. Ryan has won 19 PGA sanctioned events over the last three years.
Playing collegiately at Virginia Commonwealth University, Zylstra helped the Rams qualify for the NCAA Division I Championship for the first time in the school’s history. Ryan turned professional shortly after college in 2003 playing various professional mini-tours throughout the United States until he began his teaching career in 2015.
Ryan’s teaching philosophy has been shaped through his 25 years of playing competitive golf culminating with competing on the PGA Tour. He spends his efforts coaching his players to focus of scoring and the short game before making swing changes. Simplifying his student’s short games, decision making, and emotional management has Ryan’s players shooting lower scores and having more fun on the golf course.
Ryan is currently a PGA Associate Member who has written articles for local golf magazines in the Middle Atlantic and is currently writing his first book. Ryan works locally in Richmond, VA as the Director of Instruction at Richmond Country Club.