Ben Bockin

38 years old
Born in Neenah, Wisconsin USA

Ben Bockin co-founded the Golf Leadership Academy with Chad Elledge in 2018. Ben and Chad opened a new, state-of-the-art indoor golf training facility in Novi, Michigan in January 2021.

Ben grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin and developed his passion for golf after smashing his dad’s Nicklaus 3-iron blade over the baseball fence.

As a freshman in high school, he was cut from the golf team and became more determined than ever. He spent every day that summer outworking the competition and made the team as a sophomore. His junior year, he qualified for the State Championship as an individual.


Later in his career, he pursued a childhood dream and played professionally on the E-Golf Tour. He has one professional victory at the Vail International Pro-Am and his best finish on the E-Golf Tour was a 3-day total of 10-under par.

Ben realized he got more satisfaction from coaching others rather than focusing on his own game. He was fascinated with the art of helping others perform at their best.

He is passionate about getting his players to reach their full potential. Ben is loyal, trustworthy and willing to do whatever it takes for his players to succeed.


Ben graduated from the Professional Golfers Career College and has more than 15 years of coaching experience. He has coached players that have won at the professional, collegiate, high school and junior levels.

Over the years, Ben has been trained by some on the world’s finest golf coaches including: Mark Sweeney, Craig Farnsworth, Mike Adams, Greg Rose, Lynn Marriott, Pia Nilsson, Joe Daniels, Jason Guss, Michael Hebron, Dr. Rick Jensen, Dave Phillips, and Chad Elledge.

He has also presented at the Eastern Michigan Teaching and Coaching Summit.


Ben’s certifications include, but are not limited to:

  • The Golfing Machine
  • Vision 54
  • Growing Leaders Partner and Facilitator
  • Dr. Rick Jensen’s Golf Coaches Association
  • K-Vest
  • SAMPuttLab
  • Titleist Performance Institute
  • AimPoint Green Reading
  • US Kids Golf
  • Multiple PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits
  • SeeMore Putter Institute

Chad Elledge

38 years old
Born in Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Chad Elledge co-founded the Golf Leadership Academy in 2018 with Ben Bockin. Ben and Chad opened the brand new Novi, Michigan indoor golf location in January 2021.


Chad grew up caddying at Meadowbrook Country Club just outside Detroit, Michigan, and developed a deep passion for helping people play better golf.

He took Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book to school with him every day, and as a caddy, used the book’s lessons to improve his players’ on-course performance. This set the stage for a lifetime of enjoyment helping others play better golf.


Chad’s practical approach works with any skill level because he believes that players are uniquely qualified to decide for themselves what works best for them.

His coaching is player-focused, not a specific swing type or style, which allows measurable progress to be made in reasonable time. His students have won golf tournaments events at the junior, club, and collegiate NCAA Division 1 levels.

Chad graduated the Professional Golf Management program at Ferris State University in 2003 and has more than 15 years of coaching experience. He has learned from golf’s finest coaches: Bob Percey, Michael Hebron, Dr. Rick Jensen, Henry Brunton, Lynn Marriott, Pia Nilsson, Jim Flick, Stan Utley, Dave Phillips, Dr. Greg Rose, Rick Smith, and Ben Bockin.


Chad’s education and certifications include:

  • Six-time nominee for Michigan PGA Section Teacher of the Year Award.
  • VISION54 Coaching for the Future, tournament coaching, and player development program.
  • Titleist Performance Institute Level 3 Golf Instructor and Level 3 Junior Coach.
  • Dr. Rick Jensen’s Golf Coaches Association.
  • K-Vest Level 2.
  • Growing Leaders Habitudes Partner and Facilitator.
  • More than 20 National and State PGA Teaching and Coaching Summits.

Soti Michalos

23 years old
Born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA

Soti Michalos joined the GLA coaching team in May 2021 following a standout collegiate playing career at Albion College.

Soti grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms before moving to Bloomfield Hills. He attended the University of Detroit High School and Academy and played for Hall of Fame head golf coach Paul Diehl. 

He began training with GLA as a 14-year-old and improved his average tournament score from the 100s to the 70s as a U-D Jesuit upperclassman and eventually into the 60s at Albion. 

Soti completed his undergraduate degree in psychology and joining the GLA staff was an easy decision. Outside of traveling and playing competitive golf, Soti enjoys playing the guitar and ultimate frisbee.


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