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Meet the 

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Brandon Smart - SGA Founder & Lead Instructor

  • Played collegiately at the University of South Alabama & IUPUI

  • Played professionally for 2 years

  • Began teaching career in 2010

  • Assistant Golf Professional at River Glen CC,  2011-2014

  • 2014/15 Director of Jr. Development at Wood Wind

  • Founder of Smart Golf Academy & Learning Center (October, 2015)

  • 2004 Indiana State Match Play Champion

  • T-6 at 2007 Indiana State Amateur

  • Attended Coaching/Teaching Summits from:

  • Chuck Cook, Stan Utley, Andrew Rice, & Pat Goss (Northwestern University, Director of Golf & Head Men's Coach)


Matthew Guion - Instructor / SGA Director of Operations

  • Metropolitan Golf Association Player

  • LIGA, SCGA, NCGA Player

  • Western Province South Africa Player

  • Started Instructing Privately in 2020

  • Joined the SGA in 2021

  • Specializes in Jr. Development & Foundation

  • Puts the FUN in FUNdamentals


Eric Steger - Instructor / Tour Pro

  • Current 3x IGA Associate Player of the Year Award winner

  • 2022 & 2010 Indianapolis Open Campion

  • 2020 Indiana State Open Champion

  • 2010 Indiana State Amateur Champion (Eric and Scott are the only father-son duo ever to win the event.

  • Korn Ferry Tour Player

  • PGA Tour Latino America Player

  • Ball State & Indiana Golf Hall of Fame Inductee

  • Specializes in Junior On-Course Playing Lessons & Tournament Preparation

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Scott Steger, PGA - Instructor

  • Played 3 years on the PGA Tour (79', 80', 82')

  • Competed in 2 U.S. Opens and 1 PGA Championship

  • 2-Time All-American at Ball State (77', 78')

  • Ball State & Indiana Golf Hall of Fame Inductee

  • Indiana State Open & State Amateur Champion

  • 1 of 5 players to win Indiana State Jr., Open, & Am

  • Scott and son, Eric, are only Father and Son to have won the Indiana State Amateur

  • Has been a student/teacher of the game since 1982


Jon Stutz, PGA - Instructor/Pebble Brook GC Head Professional

  • Head Professional at Pebble Brook Golf Club


Garrett Nealon - PGA Apprentice / Instructor

  • Assistant Golf Professional at Anderson Country Club

  • Assistant Golf Professional at Falcons Fire Golf Club in Orlando 

  • PGA Junior League Coach since 2018

  • Played at IU East

  • PGA Apprentice 

  • Graduate of Pendleton Class of 2018


SGA Core Values:


Golf is a game and it's meant to be fun.  Our practices, lessons, and play days are conducted with the intention of enjoying the process, having a good time, and allowing golf to become a game played for a lifetime.

   Our goal is to assist each junior through proper fundamentals, developing skills over technique, and offering playing opportunities so they can learn how to play and ultimately score.  Every junior progresses at different rates and it's important to be patient, positive, and understanding as they work on their improvement.

Player Development


Regardless of age or skill, it's important that each junior is challenged and taught how to compete.  Competitions are created through games, drills, and play to keep each junior engaged and having fun.

Any junior is welcome at our academy - Age, background, or skill level does not matter here.


Family Time

Family Time - With our two unique junior programs, we offer reasonable time commitments, in house opportunities all year long, junior memberships with each program, and a chance for parents/grandparents/friends to spend time with their loved ones enjoying this wonderful game. 

"Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling." 
Bill Belichick

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