IRGF Lead Instructor
John Vermeer joined the Indian River Golf Foundation Teaching Professional staff in 2012. He leads player development programs at elementary school, middle school, high school and collegiate levels. He also conducts private, small group and the new IRGF Mentor Golf Program taking young players out onto the golf course and teaching the value of course management leading to lower scores.
John is passionate about golf and has been in the golf industry for over 20 years. He was a player on the South African and South American golf tours. Before returning to the U.S., he was an Instructor for the Japanese Tour. Upon returning to the U.S., he was an Instructor for the Jim McLean Golf School where he underwent extensive training on the McLean Teaching Systems. John has worked as a teaching professional at a variety of courses in New York, Florida, Oregon, and California.
His teaching background includes: Instructor on the Japan Golf Tour, Instructor Jim Mclean Golf School, Instructor Hank Haney Association Pro, Director of Instruction John Vermeere Golf School Napa, CA, Teaching professional at Oregon Redtail Golf Course, Instructor Chemeketa Community College golf classes at Oak Knoll.
John received a B.S. Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Oregon State University. This foundation of knowledge in Biomechanics and kinesiology helps him to apply these principles to the golf swings of his students. He is constantly learning new and innovative methods in the development of young players. He has taught a wide range of students from beginners to Tour. Notably, he coached Tour player Eduardo Herrera winner of five Tour victories.