Learn and Engage

The main stage is a hub of activity throughout the weekend, featuring interactive swing seminars from area pros, new product demos, interviews with golf industry experts, junior golf presentations and more than 100 prize giveaways!

ESPN 101 Main Stage

Friday

Time
11:45Tracie Francone, SSM Health
Stability vs Mobility: How Physical Therapy can Improve Your Golf Swing
12:45Missouri Golf Association
New rules you need to know in 2020
2:00Christian Becker, GOLFTEC
High-tech instruction to improve your game
3:15David Brinker, World Long Drive Champion
Add distance to your game this year

Saturday

Time
11:00Lauren Smith, SSM Health
Golf-related injuries and prevention
12:15Ed LeBeau
Heartland Golf Schools
1:30Jay Delsing, ESPN 101.1
Talk golf with a PGA TOUR veteran and pick up tips to improve your swing
2:45Alex Graf, Topgolf
Get your game dialed in just in time for spring

Sunday

Time
10:45Justin Hoagland, GOLFTEC
High-tech instruction to improve your game
12:00Kyle Witherbee, Ball Striker Fitness
Fitness tips to improve your game
1:15Dr. Bill Schroer, SSM Health
Knee replacement for the active adult

Speakers

Learn more about the speakers presenting at this year's St. Louis Golf Expo. New speakers are added regularly in the weeks leading up to the show, so check back frequently for the latest scoop and make plans to see your favorites at the golf show this year!

David Brinker

David is the President of Mid-America Golfing Events and 10-time RE/MAX World Long Drive Finalist. David won the 2012 RE/MAX World Long Drive title (Legends Division) and has won multiple additional U.S. and international long-drive championships. His long drive journey began in 2004 at the Long Drivers of America tour Qualifying School in Dallas. He captured the interest of seasoned long drivers by earning his LDA tour card on his first attempt. He recorded the third-longest drive of that competition with a distance of 399 yards. In addition, David is a regular at the United States Senior Long Drive Championships. David has a flair for bringing excitement and entertainment to both corporate and charitable events. Through his efforts, he has helped raise in excess of $2,000,000 for charitable events during his long-drive tenure.

Jay Delsing

A native of St. Louis and a member of the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame, Jay Delsing is one of the most respected names in the area golf scene, with a long career as a collegiate and professional golfer, national golf commentator and corporate entertainer. The son of former Major League Baseball player Jim Delsing, a member of the 1949 World Champion New York Yankees, Jay was a two-time All-American golfer at UCLA, playing alongside teammates Corey Pavin, Tom Pernice, Duffy Waldorf and Steve Pate on what is considered one of the greatest college golf teams of all-time. After graduating from UCLA in 1983, Delsing played in nearly 700 PGA TOUR  events (at both the PGA and lower-tour levels), earning over $4 million in prize money and racking up seven professional wins. Today, Jay hosts a weekly golf radio show on 101.1 ESPN in St. Louis, provides commentary for Fox Sports at the U.S. Open, and appears regularly on PGATour Live, as well as providing corporate entertainment and hospitality nationwide. Jay is also committed to junior golf, founding the The First Tee of Greater St Louis in 2005 and creating a foundation, The Jay Delsing Foundation, that supports junior golf programs in Jerseyville, Ill. On a personal level, Jay is the proud father of Mackenzie, Gemma, Brennan and Joely, who are the true joy of his life. Come by the stage to talk golf with Jay, and pick up some tips to improve your game!

Tracie Francone, MSPT, NASM-CPT, TPI Level II Medical certified

Tracie graduated with BA in Psychology and Pre-Physical Therapy from Augustana College and went on to graduate with a MS in Physical Therapy from Washington University.  She has been working in outpatient orthopedics since graduating, and now has over 18 years experience. She enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic injuries, including general and post-surgical knee and shoulder injuries, as well as SI pain.  She specializes in sports rehabilitation, golf rehabilitation, and treating vertigo.  She personally has played high school basketball, softball and volleyball, as well as college volleyball.  Currently, she is passionate about golf and has become TPI Level II Medical certified in golf fitness and rehabilitation. Come  by the stage to learn how physical therapy can help you improve your golf swing this year!

Alex Graf

Alex is an enthusiastic golf coach who came to Topgolf from Bogey Hills Country Club, where he was the first assistant professional. He has spent considerable time learning from some of the best golf instructors in Missouri. Alex also shadowed the No.1 Golf teacher in the World, Butch Harmon, for one week as Butch taught his classes and lessons. Alex has a special ability connecting with youth and beginners. This was developed from spending many years coaching youth-level ice hockey programs right here in Chesterfield, and working for former NHL player Craig Woodcroft in his skills development organization, Northern Edge. He communicates effectively with everybody, no matter the skill or level of interest. Alex’s main goal is for you to leave his lesson with a bigger love and interest to play golf! Alex also currently pursuing his certification as a Class A Golf Professional with the PGA of America.

Ed LeBeau

Ed LeBeau founded Heartland Golf Schools at Annbriar Golf Course in 1996.  Over the span of these years, many alumni continue to choose Heartland Golf Schools when they are working on game improvement. Ed’s teaching philosophy is influenced heavily by that of Manuel de la Torre, who was the first recipient of the PGA Teacher of the Year award and is one of only a handful of instructors inducted into both the PGA Hall of Fame and the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. De la Torre believed in “club-focused” instruction — that is, teaching golfers how to use the club to control the ball. Ed was attracted to de la Torre’s instruction because it proved to accomplish two critical objectives better than any alternative available then or now: it de-­mystified and simplified the golf swing, making it easy to understand, and easy for players to experience improvement. Come by the St. Louis Golf Expo on Saturday and Sunday and let Ed demystify the golf swing for you, too!

 

Dr. William Schroer, MD

Dr. Schroer is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with sub-specialty expertise in total knee replacement, one of the co-medical directors of the Joint Replacement Center at SSM Health DePaul Hospital, and the SSM Health Network Medical Director of Orthopedics. Dr. Schroer attended Purdue University for his undergraduate degree before attending medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He completed his general surgery internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dr. Schroer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. One of the initial proponents of minimally invasive knee replacements, Dr. Schroer has performed more than 6,000 knee replacements with this technique. During this time, Dr. Schroer has conducted and published several clinical research studies related to improving patient experience and outcomes after total knee replacement. Dr. Schroer serves the greater St. Louis region at SSM Health DePaul Hospital.

Lauren Smith, MPA, PA-C

Lauren Smith is a certified physician assistant specializing in sports medicine, general orthopedics and fracture care. She treats adult and pediatric orthopedic injuries and assists in surgery. She represents the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.  She works closely with Dr. Scott Kaar and Dr. Chris Kim. Smith completed her bachelor of science in athletic training at Arkansas State University, and her master of physician assistant studies at Loma Linda University in Southern California. She went on to specialize in orthopedic surgery after completing a one-year post-graduate fellowship in orthopedic surgery at a Level 1 trauma center in Chicago.  She has since gained her orthopedic experience in the Chicago and St. Louis market throughout the past nine years. Smith is a long-time fitness and healthy lifestyle enthusiast, and enjoys weightlifting, cross training, and trail running. Stop by the stage to learn how to limit injuries this year, and keep yourself at the top of your game!

Kyle Witherbee

Kyle is a St. Louis native and the owner of Ball Striker Fitness. He created the company to offer online fitness training programs for golfers. Kyle is a master’s graduate in Human Performance from Lindenwood University, and is a certified Golf Fitness Specialist. He also is licensed by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist, which specialize in fitness assessments and exercise prescriptions for individuals with chronic conditions. With a background in exercise and nutrition testing, and athletic performance training, Kyle has been working within a corporate fitness setting for the last two years before opening Ball Striker Fitness. His passion for golf is heightened by the desire to help people reach their fitness goals. Ball Striker Fitness seeks to improve a person’s overall health and wellness first. This is done through individualized fitness programs, corrective exercise techniques, proper nutritional coaching, and behavior change plans all with a research backing. With these steps in place, Kyle will make better bodies into better golfers.