Meet the Team

For Rob Noel, returning to Louisiana to teach golf was the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition.

Born in Abbeville, LA, Rob's early devotion to the game was accompanied by an eagerness to help others improve. "I was the kid who always took golf lessons," he remembers. "And the reason I became a teacher was because I couldn't wait to come back and show my friends what I'd learned. Because of that, I believe I always had a knack for teaching, and a passion for it."

Players of all levels have significantly improved their games at Rob Noel Golf Academy through Rob's focused instruction. Included as students are PGA Tour players Brian Watts, 1998 British Open runner-up and 13 time winner on the Japan PGA Tour, Kelly Gibson, fourteen-year tour veteran and Nationwide Tour two-time winner and Beth Bauer, Member of the LPGA Tour and 2002 LPGA Rookie of the Year.  John Riegger, Nationwide Tour 2007 LaSalle Bank Open Champion and 2004 Ryder Cup Member, Chris Riley. Others that have sought Rob's instruction include: tour veterans Brian Gay, Grant Waite, Scott Verplank, and Craig Perks.

Rob takes pride in reaching out to golfers, showing them how to become better golfers in a language they can understand. "There is nothing better than watching the expression on a students face when they have perfectly executed what they've learned and the golf ball has just exploded off the clubface and is screaming to the target."

View Rob's accomplishments here.

Schedule Rob here.

Nic is responsible for our renowned "Junior Champions Academy" where our focus is to BUILD FUTURE CHAMPIONS by incorporating golf skills, physical fitness, and life skills in each of our programs. His passion for junior golf is contagious and feels that we can positively impact a child's life (through confidence and character) by improving their game and preparing them for competition. 

The Academy is proving to be the most comprehensive junior golf program of its kind and offers a wide variety of programs.

Nic says, "Our goal is to create a system whereby any child, regardless of skill level, will have a program tailored to meet their objectives." So whether your child is just starting the game or is skilled enough to participate in an elite college-prep program, the Rob Noel Golf Academy will have a place for all students who want to learn more about this lifetime game and have a fun time doing it!

Book here with Nic.

Ben LaVergne - Club Fitting and Repair Specialist

Ben has always had a tremendous passion for the game and the golfing industry as a whole, and feels his true strength is helping people improve their golfing skills.

Under the guidance of Rob, Chris and Buzzy, his ability to truly help other golfers has improved vastly as his understanding of club building, fitting and the golf swing has increased.

His goal, like Rob's and Buzzy's, is to help our customers play better golf.

Ben will help you dial in your equipment to fit your unique swing.

Book here with Ben.

Craig became a Golf Machine Authorized Instructor and TPI Level One Certified coach pursuing his dream to be one of the nation’s top golf instructors. "I worked with Rob and the early stages of the Junior Champions Academy as I pursued my own teaching career. The Junior Champions  Golf Academy was so successful, Rob and I decided to become partners and bring the JCGA to New Orleans." 

Craig believes in training and focused efficient practice, and this relentless belief drove Craig and Rob to open Big Easy Golf Academy and Training Facility.

Book here with Craig.

Maurice Prinsloo is our latest attribute to the Rob Noel Golf Academy, all the way from South Africa.

Maurice took the game up from the age of six years old with endless ambition and love for the game. "Trying to perfect something that is imperfectable is the challenge I wake up to every morning and is the reason why I devoted my life to teaching golf."

He is passionate about junior golf and introducing the game to kids at a young age. "Developing and growing the game is of outmost importance to me as I know and beleive that opportunity can lead to success."

Maurice is a qualified PGA Professional and started teaching since 2009. He played professionally on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa and also played a small role in the playing success of the following players -

 - Des Terblance, 26 year tour veteran with 12 wins on the Sunshine Tour and 3 wins on the Asian Tour
 - Clinton Whitelaw, winner of the SA Open and Morrocan Open on the European Tour
 - Theunis Spangenberg, winner of the Zimbabwe Open on the Sunshine Tour

Contact Maurice at 985-773-0603 or schedule here.

Cissi Foster has joined the RNGA team as a certified Titleist Performance Institute fitness professional. She has been in the fitness industry for over twenty years. With her Master of Science in Health and her TPi, Pilates, AFPA certifications, she offers golfers a wide range of training protocols to improve their game.
 
Cissi moved to the Louisiana area 3 years ago from Chattanooga, TN where she helped coach athletes of all ages to reach their physical potential.  From sport-specific training to health and wellness, Cissi has a vast amount of  experience and expertise.
 
Cissi is one of only a few fitness professionals in the New Orleans area who has been Titleist Performance Institute certified. In partnering with RNGA, she is excited to be working with the coaches to help the athletes play at their highest level.