Dr. Debbie Crews Ketterling is a Sport Psychology Consultant for the Arizona State University (ASU) Men’s and Women’s Golf Team and a Research Analyst with Kinesiology at Arizona State University.
She is also a Class A LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) member and has been an LPGA National Education Program (NEP) Instructor since 1997. She has assisted with the development and research for LPGA teacher education programs since 1997. Debbie is the Chair of the World Scientific Congress of Golf, the one research organization for golf. Over the past 25+ years her research has been published in numerous scientific journals and also in popular golf magazines (Golf Magazine, Golf Digest).
Crews received her B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1974 and her M.S. and Ph.D. from ASU in 1980 and 1989.
Dr. Bob Christina, a nationally renowned author on the psychology of golf learning and performance, is an assistant coach for the men’s golf team at the UNCG.
Christina, dean emeritus of the School of Health and Human Performance at UNCG, is a nationally recognized expert in exercise and sport science. He currently serves as a research and educational consultant to the Pinehurst Golf Academy, PGA of America, Golf Magazine and its Top 100 Teachers, Precision Golf School of the Triad and sits on the board of the World Scientific Congress of Golf and has appeared on NBC, CNN and the Golf Channel.
In 2008, Christina was named one of Golf Magazine’ Innovators of the Year along with former Tour greats Arnold Palmer, Lee Elder and several others. In 2009, his research with Eric Alpenfels, director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy, on how to practice golf skills to learn to effectively take them to golf course won The Outstanding Research Award at the World Scientific Congress of Golf.
He holds a bachelor’s from Ithaca College and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
Patrick Thomas PH.D is as Associate Professor, School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus in Brisbane, Australia. Thomas has taught psychology and research methods in the Faculty of Education for more than 25 years. He is a founding member of the College of Sport Psychologists of the Australian Psychology Society. He sits on the board for the World Scientific Congress of Golf, and a member of the international panel of judges for Golf Magazine’s science of Golf Prize.
Thomas completed a teaching certificate and then went on to study at the University of Queensland, graduating fist-class with honors and a university medal in psychology. He subsequently completed research MS and PhD degrees in organizational and cognitive psychology.
Dr. Phil Cheetham is currently the Senior Sport Technologist for the US Olympic Committee at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Sports he works with include track & field, golf, trampoline and swimming.
Since 2004, Phil has been a co-owner of Advanced Motion Measurement, Inc. and Director of the TPI Biomechanics Advisory Board. Phil’s golf research includes original work on the X-Factor Stretch in 2000 which received second place in the Golf Magazine’s, Golf Science Prize. In 2008, he co-authored a study of the Kinematic Sequence published in “Science and Golf V”. His PhD dissertation is “The Relationship of Club Handle Twist Velocity to Selected Biomechanical Characteristics of the Golf Drive”.
Phil is an Olympian in Gymnastics, for Australia and was on the team for Montreal in 1976 and Moscow in 1980. He was also three times Australian National Gymnastics Champion.
Phil received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honors) degree from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in 1977, a Master of Science degree in Physical Education (Biomechanics) from Arizona State University in 1981 and a PhD in Exercise Science (Biomechanics) in 2014, also at ASU.
Dr Martin Toms is a senior lecturer in sports coaching at the University of Birmingham in the UK. He is heavily involved in golf education and set up and manages the joint University and PGA (of GB&I) programme in Applied Golf Management in 2002. He has also been involved in golf education at an International and European level. He is the current Editor of The International Journal of Golf Science.
He was involved in the inaugural Golf Monthly top 25 UK coaches in 2004, and since then has been involved in research and conference presentations (academic and for other national PGA’s) around developing elite coaches and performers, youth performance and talent development. His current work is around profiling elite young players and looking at elite golf from a bio-psycho-social (with emphasis on the social) perspective. He has published in many academic and professional spheres and is currently involved in a Pan-European project investigating occupational standards in golf.
He holds BA(Hons) and MPhil degrees in sport, and also a PhD (participant development and coaching) from Loughborough University (UK). He also sits on the board of the European Association for Sport and Society as co-editor of their journal. He has doctoral and masters students involved in researching golf talent and performance and focuses specifically on the socio-cultural aspects of the game.