Meet the team

Gary Nutt, PGA

Gary Nutt is a 41 year PGA professional and brings his unparalleled experience in all aspects of golf to the Southern California Golf Academy. His knowledge in golf instruction is vast and he is not only know as a full swing specialist, but he will also be our resident short game guru. Gary is certified in TrackmanTM and has the ability to break down the golf swing to the simplest parts in order to help any level of golfer improve on their game.

Gary has taught and spoken at PGA teaching academies and the PGA business schools, instructing aspiring PGA professionals on how to teach golf and on other aspects of golf operations. He has also served as president of the South Central Section of the PGA of America.

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He comes to us from PGA West where he was a Lead Instructor. He has taught or been the head pro at a number of the top 100 golf clubs both in the United States and in Mexico. He was the Director of Instruction and founded the golf schools at Querencia Golf Club and Cabo del Sol Golf Club in Cabo Mexico. He was the Head Golf Professional at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, CA, Roaring Fork Golf Club in Aspen, CO, Moon Valley Golf Club in Phoenix, AZ, and Wayzata Country Club in Minneapolis MN. Gary began his golf career as an assistant at the Country Club of Little Rock in Arkansas.

Conner Johnson

Junior Golf Director

Conner Johnson is a Southern California Golf Academy Certified Instructor and recently moved back to southern California, after spending several years at the Jim McLean Elite Junior Golf Center In Ft Worth, Texas. While with Jim McLean, Conner work with many of the top junior golfers in the entire world. Conner enjoys working with players of all abilities from the High Performance Juniors to the Weekend Golfer, or just anyone looking to pick up the game and have fun!  Conner’s lesson prices are a great value for an Instructor of his advanced training and skill at approximately 30% lower than our other Instructors.  

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Mike Maggs

Director of Instruction

Mike is Co-Owner and Director of Instruction for the Southern California Golf Academy.  A disciple of Jim McLean’s, Mike previously served as an Instructor at the PGA West Golf Academy and Jim McLean Golf School, both at PGA West La Quinta Resort and Spa. He also owned and operated the Maggs Golf Academy at the Golf Club at Terra Lago in Indio before partnering with Devan Bonebrake at the Southern California Golf Academy ion 2017.  Mike his proficient in a number of cutting-edge golf technologies, including TrackMan, K-Motion, BodiTrak and SAM Putt Lab. Mike believes the student needs to understand themselves and their swing, commit completely to the solution and enjoy THE PROCESS of getting better. If these ingredients are in place, anyone with the proper guidance can reach their golfing goals whether that is Playing professionally, lowering their handicap and just have a ton of fun on the golf course.  

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Devan Bonebrake

Founder & GCA Lead Coach

Originally from Portland Oregon, Devan played collegiate golf at College of the Desert in Palm Desert before transferring to San Diego State. Upon graduation from SDSU in 2007 he started working for Jim McLean at PGA West in La Quinta California. There Devan was able to spend significant time with Jim McLean and was subsequently asked by Jim to move to the TPC Doral location in Miami Florida to be his Personal Teaching Assistant. As Jim McLean’s personal assistant Devan was able to teach with Jim in every golf lesson, clinic and school that he taught.

Some of the notable players he worked with while Jim’s Assistant were Greg Norman, Keegan Bradley, Lexi Thompson, Eric Compton, and Vaughn Taylor. Devan also aided Jim in the writing of his Death Moves book in 2009. In 2011 Devan was offered a Master Instructor position at The Jim McLean Junior Academy in Dallas/Fort Worth. He spent the next 5 years helping develop some of the best Junior golfers in the country.

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In addition to Jim McLean Devan has had the opportunity to spend significant time with Mike Bender, Jim Hardy, Hank Haney, Chuck Cook, Jim Flick, and Carl Welty. The culmination of this time has helped shape the way Devan teaches golf. Devan enjoys working with players of all abilities from the High Performance Junior to the Weekend Golfer, or just anyone looking to pick up the game and have fun!

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

In our opinion it is the teachers job to adapt to the student not the other way around. Our goal with each student is to find the areas of your game that need the most help and turn them into strengths.

In order to improve, a golfer needs to know EXACTLY what they are currently doing, what they want to do instead, and what path will take them there.  Devan Bonebrake and Mike Maggs learned this 3-step system from Jim McLean and it is bulletproof.

Our different advanced technologies provide our students the ability to greatly shorten the learning curve meaning fast, effective and lasting improvement.

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