Kandi Comer, PGA
Kandi Comer has been mentoring players of all skill levels for more than 25 years by providing them with a firm knowledge of the basic fundamentals of the game. Kandi is recognized as one of the top instructors in Virginia by Golf Digest. She has been recognized four straight years as a National Top 50 Teaching Professional by Golf For Women, and nominated several times for Golf Magazine’s National Top 100.
She was the instructor of the LPGA Tour star Dottie Pepper, winner of 17 tour events including two majors, and coached several other professional golfers as they successfully earned their tour credentials.
Kandi continues to give her attention to developing up-and-coming talent. Kandi has sent 60+ juniors on to play college golf. She has had players compete in the US Juniors, US Amateur, US Mid-Amateur, and the US Open. Kandi has developed players to win junior championships, college championships, amateur championships, and professional championships.
Kandi was selected as the 2005 PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year and named the 2014 Public Golf Leader by the National Golf Course Owners Association. Kandi is currently recognized as an honorable mention US Kids Top 50 Junior Instructor. In 2005, she was selected to serve as a member of the PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game. Thanks to her outstanding record of success, she is now known as one of the finest teachers in the game. In 2016, Kandi joined the Golf Channel Academy as a Lead Instructor.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kandi Kessler-Comer was a fine player herself. She competed alongside Dottie Pepper in the 1986 Curtis Cup Matches against Great Britain & Ireland. She won five Virginia State junior and amateur championships, made it to the quarter finals of the 1985 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, claimed several collegiate trophies, and competed in five U.S. Women’s Open Championships as a professional golfer, finishing 14th in 1987 at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey. In 1985, Kandi was recognized as one of the top 10 amateur women golfers in United States by Golf Digest. In 2002, she was named one of the Top 50 women golfers in ACC history.
Kandi’s mentors and biggest influencers include the late Davis Love, Jr., her instructor as a player, and Dr. Bob Rotella, who helped her turn her B.A. in Psychology into success in mental golf coaching.
Kristen Simpson, LPGA
Kristen Simpson, a LPGA and Titleist Performance Institute certified instructor, brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to Kandi Comer Golf.
At Kandi Comer Golf, Kristen focuses on junior programs, beginner and group instruction, golf-specific fitness programs, and putting.
A former Assistant Golf Coach at the University of Maryland and Old Dominion University, Kristen serves as mentor and guide for KCG juniors navigating the complex college recruitment process. Kandi Comer Golf juniors also benefit from her extensive knowledge regarding golf stat tracking systems, strength and conditioning, tournament scheduling, and efficient practice strategies.
Kristen brings with her a technical understanding of biomechanics and how the body functions during the golf swing. She can quickly identify any physical restrictions that may be limiting a player’s swing and help that player work around those limitations and increase performance with simple, evidence-based TPI drills and exercises.
Much of Kristen’s knowledge of the game comes from her illustrious playing career. A native of Norfolk, Va., Kristen was a team captain for the University of Virginia’s women’s golf team during her junior and senior year, where she was a three-time All-American Scholar by the National Golf Coaches Association and a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection. She is the 2008 Virginia Stroke Play Champion and a two-time Virginia State Amateur runner-up. She advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2008 Southern Amateur Championship, reached match play of the 2007 North and South Amateur, finished seventh in the 2005 VSGA Stroke Play Championship, and advanced to the second round of match play in the 2009 USGA Women’s Amateur Championship. After her college career, she turned professional and competed on the LPGA Futures Tour.
Kristen’s energy and passion makes all of the clinics, schools, and lessons she teaches fun and productive.
A graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in economics, Kristen also holds a Master’s degree from UVA in social foundations of education.
Dr. Arthur Weltman serves on the North American Science Advisory Board for Redcord. He is a Professor in the Department of Human Services and in the Department of Medicine at the University of Virginia. He is also a member of the University of Virginia Institute on Aging Advisory Board and is the Director of the Exercise Physiology Graduate Program and Director of the General Clinical Research Center Exercise Physiology Laboratory (the first GCRC based Exercise Physiology Laboratory).
His research laboratory has made major contributions in the areas of fitness and health, the blood lactate response to exercise, hormonal response to acute and chronic exercise (particularly the growth hormone response to exercise), and in the area of lifestyle intervention on outcomes measures associated with cardiometabolic risk. He is the Exercise Physiology Scientific Advisor for the University of Virginia Athletic Department and has served on numerous health and fitness advisory boards in the United States.
Dr. Weltman has had proven success using Redcord for LPGA players, top collegiate players and players of all ages and all abilities that are generally just looking to hit the golf ball further.