Instructional Staff

  • Michael Block, PGA

    HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL
    MEMBER OF THE TAYLOR MADE NATIONAL PLAYERS COUNCIL
    Teaching Beginners to Professionals for fifteen years.
    *Not Accepting New Clients At This Time*

    Michael Block was born in Reno, Nevada, but spent the majority of his childhood in Iowa and Missouri. He played golf at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, then moved from the Midwest to California. He attended the San Diego Golf Academy, where he received a degree in Golf Course Management, with an emphasis in Teaching. Upon graduation, Michael started teaching at The Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert, California. Michael established himself as a preeminent desert golf instructor, working at The Lakes for six years before moving to Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in 2004. Michael’s charisma and engaging personality enable him to engage and connect with his students, increasing his student’s affective interest and allowing for clear and effective instruction. Combining his professional golf experience and over a decade of instructional knowledge, Michael is able to work with golfers of all levels to increase their golf ability and lower their scores.

    Michael lives in Orange County with his wife, Val, and his two sons. He holds four course records, played in the 2007 United States Open, and won the following events:

    • Holds Course Record (62) -10, at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
    • Played and made cut at 2013 Northern Trust Open at Riviera CC
    • Played in 2007 United States Open at Oakmont C.C.
    • Won 2001 California State Open
    • 1998 St. Louis Amateur Championship
    • Qualified for the US Open Sectionals 7-times
    • Holds five Course Records
    • PGA Tour Record - Two Eagles during first round of the 2013 Northern Trust (LA Open)

    Michael’s teaching Philosophy- Playing your best golf requires a rhythmic and balanced swing is effortlessly athletic. The motion of your particular swing is foundational to your entire game, and correct form can only be achieved by clearly understanding the mechanics of your individual swing. Golfers come in all shapes and sizes, so each player has his/her own unique swing. Learning how to use your own natural talent to make more consistent shots on the course is the key to making lower scores. Michael will work with your innate athletic predisposition to advance your game, personalizing his extensive golf background to assist your specific body type, athletic ability, and goals.

  • Bob Lasken

    Bob Lasken has been teaching professionally for more than 12 years and has taught over 30 touring pros, 40 college players and hundreds of junior golfers. He was named one of the Top 20 Instructors in the Nation (under 40 Years of Age) by Maximum Golf Magazine in 2001. In 2009, he was named a Golf Digest-Top 20 instructor in California. Southland Golf Magazine rated Bob Lasken the best golf instructor in California in 2007.

    Lasken’s Lasken’s students have won on the Nationwide, US Junior, Champions, Japanese, Korean, Hooters, Golden State, AJGA and SCPGA Tour, as well as in NCAA Division 1 competition. He has taught two U.S. Junior Champions, James Oh and Sihwan Kim. Lasken’s student Jin Park beat Tiger Woods record for the youngest to Qualify for the Nissan Open. Lasken also taught James Oh when he beat Bobby Jones’ record for the youngest player to qualify for the US Amateur.

    Before beginning his teaching career, Lasken won the Junior World Championship–13-14 Age Division, The California State Junior Championship, State CIF at Pebble Beach, the National High School Championship in Lexington, Kentucky 1984, and he medaled in the California State Amateur. An All-American and playing captain at UCLA, he helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Championship in 1988. As a professional, he led the money list on the Golden State Tour and won over 20 professional tournaments. While playing in the 1991 US Open at Hazeltine Golf Club, he recorded two eagles in one round, a U.S. Open record.

    Bob Lasken teaches all levels, from beginner to professional, junior to senior golfers, and intermediate to advanced players.

    Bob Lasken can be reached at (714) 906-5100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Bobby Nickell

    Bobby Nickell
  • Sandra Palmer

    Sandra Palmer
  • Perry Parker

    Perry Parker is a native of Orange County and attended Foothill High School in Tustin before graduating from UC Irvine in 1987. He has been a professional golfer since 1988. He has played on the Asian, Australasian, Canadian, Nike, Japanese, and PGA Tour, as well as many American mini-tours. He has won 5 times on the Canadian Tour and in over 30 professional tournaments in California. He has played in three United States Opens (1992, 1997, and 1998), which he describes as his greatest accomplishment as a golfer. He has nine career hole-in-ones and his low competitive round is 62 (4 times).

    Perry has had the good fortune to play golf with some of the best players in the world. He has played with Tom Watson, Ian Baker-Finch, Tom Lehman, Davis love III, Paul Azinger, Mike Weir, Jim Furyk, Chris Dimarco, Tiger Woods and many other great players. All of these players have one thing in common: they have great balance. Balance is the basis of all sports, including golf. Perry believes the golf swing has to be athletic to work, especially in pressure situations. He believes the three keys to have an athletic swing are grip, posture, and balance. A player must master these to make his/her best swing on the golf course. Perry teaches these foundational aspects, as well as more advanced swing theory and playing methods.

    Each lesson with Perry includes video analysis and a computer printout of your swing – to help insure a proper set up position every time. Rates are $60 for a ½ hour and $120 for an hour. Please ask about Junior discounts and discounts off of a series of lessons (3 or 5).

    Perry Parker can be reached at (949) 370-3809 or www.perryparker.com.

  • Brian Schippel

    Brian is the lead instructor for the South County Golf Academy, which specializes in teaching 3-17 year-old juniors. His instructional strengths are his patience, calm demeanor, and ability to work with each student to meet their individual needs and goals.

    Brian was the 2011 PGA Metro Chapter Junior Golf Leader of the Year. He is the Head Coach for both the Boys and Girls JSerra Catholic High School Golf Teams and has been with Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club since 2004.

    Adults
    Video Swing Analysis $100
    Series of (8) One Hour Private Sessions $600
    Series of (4) One Hour Private Sessions $360
    Series of (8) 30 Minute Private Sessions $320
    Series of (4) 30 Minute Private Sessions $180
    Juniors
    Video Swing Analysis $75
    Series of (8) One Hour Private Sessions $480
    Series of (4) One Hour Private Sessions $300
    Series of (8) 30 Minute Private Sessions $280
    Series of (4) 30 Minute Private Sessions $160

    Brian Schippel can be reached at (714) 231-0313, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or through www.southcountygolfacademy.com

  • David F. Wright, Ph.D., PGA

    Wright Balance Golf Academy at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club is Ranked the #1 Golf School in America by Golf Magazine.

    Dr. David Wright, one of the country’s leading golf instructors, is a Golf Magazine "Top 100 Instructor". He has been a golf teaching professional for over 25 years and has received numerous accolades for excellence as a golf instructor with numerous awards from Golf Magazine, Golf Digest & Golf Digest of Japan & the PGA of America.

    Dr. David Wright has perhaps the most diverse background of any PGA instructor in the world. Prior to becoming a golf professional, he earned two doctorates (Ph.D.s). He was a full time member of the faculty of the University of Southern California School Of Medicine for 4 years. He has remained a member of the clinical faculty of the School of Medicine for 26 years. As one of the top teachers in America, Dr. Wright is able to draw upon this diverse background to help golfers reach their maximum potential.

    He was an Assistant Coach to the University of Southern California Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams from 2000 to 2008. During his tenure, the two teams combined to win two Division I NCAA National Championships, five Regional and four Conference Championships, seven Top 5 finishes in the NCAA Finals, two Individual NCAA Champions, and two NCAA Players of the Year.

    Dr. Wright completed 3 years of biomechanics research in Dr. Frank Jobe’s (Tommy John Surgery) lab at Centinela Hospital where he did research with Drs. Jobe, Mellman and Watkins on Balance. He has a biomechanics lab at the front of the range here at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club where he continues his research. His students begin their schools and lessons with a comprehensive balance assessment to determine their ideal stance width and posture for their swing and putting. Individuality of measurement creates a set up that is specific to the individual.

    Dr. Wright's students range from beginner to professional. He has worked with over 100 tour players worldwide, including Kevin Stadler, Dennis Paulson, Pat Burke, Esteban Toledo, Paul Azinger, Hunter Mahan, Chris Stroud, Bob E. Smith, Jimmy Adams, Kim Saiki, Jan Stephenson, Sandra Palmer, Jennifer Wyatt, Laurie Rinker, Karen Noble, Marta Figueras Dotti, Anne Marie Palli and many more.
    Dr. Wright conducts golf schools and individual lessons here at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, and teaches at other select national and international locations throughout the year. He also has biomechanics/balance fitting centers at PGA West, in Oakland and Lake Forest. Dr. Wright has authored three books on golf and many video and teaching aids.

    Dr. Wright's first-time lessons rates are $$200 for adult and junior, for an hour and a half lesson. Subsequent hour-long lessons are $200 for adults, $150 for juniors.

    Dr. Wright can be reached at (949) 285-1447 or through www.wrightbalance.com

    Dr. Wright's Golf Media

  • Aki Matsumura

    Aki Matsumura was born and raised in Kauai, Hawaii. His passion for golf started at the age of 6. Aki played Division 1 collegiate golf at Sacramento State and the University of Hawaii, Manoa. After graduating from the University of Hawaii, Manoa with a BA in Management Information Systems, Aki initially started his career in application development and computer programming. In 2004, Aki discovered his passion for teaching golf at the Aloha Academy of Golf.

    Specializing in Junior Instruction
    Deciding to pursue his passion for golf and teaching, Aki moved to California in 2008 and began private and group golf instructions at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. Aki specializes in teaching juniors ages 3-17. He is the Lead instructor for the South County Golf Academy 3-6 year old Junior Program and has been the Assistant Golf Coach at JSerra High School since 2010. Aki strives to create a fun, relaxing, and easy learning environment for all juniors.

    Recognizing that each student has different strengths and abilities, achieving the optimal results for each student begins with goal setting and designing a plan to achieve short-term goals to arrive at long-term vision. Understanding the basic fundamentals and key essential skills of the entire game is the most important aspect in learning this lifelong game.

    For more information on coaching programs and rates please contact Aki Matsumura at (949) 235-1235 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.scgolfacademy.com.

  • Seiko Matsumura

    Seiko Matsumura began golfing at the age of 7 and played her first golf tournament at 9. As a junior, she won multiple events and received a scholarship to train at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Florida. In college, she joined the University of Southern California women’s golf team and enjoyed a competitive collegiate golf career. She graduated from USC with a BA in Psychology, and began her career in golf instruction. Seiko integrates her background in psychology and competitive golf to improve players’ physical and mental game. Seiko has worked with men and women of all ages and abilities. She fosters a supportive and fun instructional environment aimed at helping students reach their goals! Seiko is a Member of the Professional Golfers Association of America.

    “Be your Own Best Coach!”
    Creating harmony between the mind and body is necessary for finding happiness in life and, not surprisingly, golf is no different. Seiko Matsumura believes that balancing physical-technical skill and mental-emotional composure leads to peak performance. A clear mind leads to lower scores through improved focus and performance in all areas, from the short game to the full swing. Seiko delivers accessible lessons that lead to student independence and self-correction. She strongly believes that golf instruction should not only improve the player in the moment, but also be sustainable for subsequent practice and, most importantly, transferable to the golf course. Seiko focuses on the learn, reinforce, and transfer model, where students see short-term results and long-term improvement. Her instruction leads to durable, sustainable swing methods and a positive mental-state. Students leave each lesson with an expectancy of improvement and the resources for advancement. By working with Seiko, you receive the enduring benefit of becoming your own best coach!

    Programs offered:

    • Private coaching (one-on-one)
    • Semi-private, private group coaching for friends and families
    • Adult & Junior Group Coaching
    • Corporate clinics

    ALL GOLFERS WELCOME

    Seiko Matsumura can be reached at (213) 587-1434 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information and for rates, please log-on to SeikoGolf.com.

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