Originally a native of Melbourne, Australia, Ernie played for Midland Junior College where he earned 1st Team All-American honors in 2000 and won 10 individual titles from 1998-2000. He finished playing collegiately at the University of South Carolina (2000-2001), where he placed 6th in the SEC Championship.
After turning professional in 2001, Ernie earned his PGA Tour card of Australasia on his first try. He played on the PGA Tour of Australasia 2001-2008. He also spent time caddying on the Champions Tour for Tom Kite and John Harris. This unique background gives Ernie a distinct insight into all aspects of the game which helps his students reach their goals.
Ernie has worked with top teaching professionals such as David Leadbetter, Mark Immelman, Chris O’Connell, and Chuck Cook, along with attending “Train 4 the Game” with Tom Kite. He is both TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) and NCAA Coaches Recruiting certified.
Ernie was previously the Director of Instruction at the University of Minnesota for both the Men’s and Women’s golf teams (2009-2011). He was the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Charleston Southern University (2011-2012) as well as the Director of Instruction at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, MN (2007-2013).
Currently, Ernie works with over 20 current Division I players, as well as current Tour players. He has also helped over 20 high school golfers recieve college scholarships.
Ernie works with all players and all skill levels. Ernie’s philosophy is simple: immediate improvements without major setbacks. You’ll be playing more consistently day in and day out as well as experiencing less injuries overall. His belief is to use the larger muscle groups of the lower body rather than the small muscles of the upper body which will improve every area of your game from a small chip to the driver.