Instructors for all ages and abilities
Mark Yannotta, PGA
Mark Yannotta, A PGA Professional, has 25 years of teaching and playing experience in the Greatest Game Ever Played. Mark has built an outstanding reputation for helping students on all levels understand the golf swing.
His lesson plan is simple: Enable the student to establish a root structure for the golf swing. Knowing where the ball is going, and why, is the foundation that to building a repeatable, effortless swing -- a swing for a lifetime.
His student's successes greatly contributed to Mark being named one of Golf Digest's "Best in NJ," for the past decade.
Nick Bova, PGA Director of Instruction
Nick Bova, is a member of a very exclusive group of golf coaches. He is one of four George Gankas Golf Coaches in the United States, and the only one that resides on the east coast. Nick brings a unique combination of teaching and playing skills to Anchor Golf Center.
He is a native of Central Illinois and has lived in the Metropolitan area since 2010. From 2010-2015, Nick was the First Assistant at Friar’s Head on the east end of Long Island, New York. Nick moved on from Friar’s Head in 2015 to be the Teaching Professional at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, NY.
Nick is an accomplished golfer, he was a 3x All-American at DIII Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. In 2013, Nick won the Metropolitan Assistant’s Championship at Bethpage Red shooting 62-65, -13. It is believed to be the lowest 36-hole total in any Metropolitan PGA Section event. He also qualified for the 2011 PGA Professional Championship.
Nick is a Class A member of the PGA and member of Proponent Group. He is also a US Kids certified instructor and a member of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Nick was a Honorable Mention Top 50 US Kids instructor in 2014-15. Nick attended Methodist University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Golf Management.
Nick lives in Dumont, NJ with his wife, Christine, and their golden retriever, Coco. Their interests include traveling, trying new restaurants, country music concerts, and taking Coco to the dog park.
Jonathan Corriere, PGA
Having years of playing and teaching experience, Jonathan is a Class A PGA Member, Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Professional, TPI Level 2 Junior Coach, U.S. Kids Certified Golf Coach, Operation 36 Level 1 Certified and more. Since the age of five, he has carried his passion for golf in the hopes of playing and teaching for a living. As a junior golfer, he was very competitive, playing in the AJGA, IJGT, and NJPGA Junior Golf Events and in High School, he led his team to a state title.
Jonathan attended college at Campbell University, where he played competitively and completed the PGM Golf Program, becoming a PGA Professional in 2008. There he also learned under the tutorlage of putting guru David Orr. After a brief stint playing tournament golf in Florida, Jonathan became the First Assistant Golf Professional at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Syracuse, NY. There, he helped run the PGA Tour Event and the famous Notah Begay Skins Game, while working along side Marty Nowicki at the Golf Dome.
After another stop as the First Assistant at Wildwood Country Club in Pittsburgh, PA, Jonathan spent the last three seasons working at The David Leadbetter Golf Academy - Crystal Springs in Hamburg, NJ as a Certified Golf Instructor/Junior Golf Coordinator. It was here he continued to hone his teaching skills, having the privilege to assist Sean Hogan and David Leadbetter.
Jonathan also has a passion for fitness and serves as Golf Fitness Performance - Personal Trainer at Life Time Fitness in Florham Park. His training philosophy is to increase playing performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing. He calls the concept, “The Body-Swing Connection.” The combination of core fundamentals, an athletic body, and a sound competitive mind is what Jonathan strives to instill in his students.
Chris McDermott, PGA
Chris McDermott, a PGA Professional with 17 years of teaching experience. Chris was born and raised in Sussex County, where he attended High Point Regional HS and played on the varsity golf team for 4 years. During his senior year in high school, Chris truly fell in love with the game and decided he wanted to have a career in the golf business. Chris attended the University of Miami where he earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, double majoring in Business Management and Marketing.
During college, Chris passed his player ability test and turned professional when he was 18. After college Chris got his start as the First Assistant Golf Professional at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort in the Poconos. While at Shawnee, Chris served as a lead instructor at the Tillinghast Golf Academy. This is where he found his love for teaching the game to students of all abilities. He also served as Director of the NIKE Junior Golf Camps. After Shawnee, Chris returned home to New Jersey and has worked here since. Chris has had the opportunity to work at some at the best clubs in New Jersey including Crestmont CC, Basking Ridge CC, Picatinny Golf Club, and Cherry Valley CC. While working at Basking Ridge CC, Chris qualified for and competed in the PGA Assistant Professional Championship. He enjoys competing in local PGA events and has multiple NJPGA victories to his credit. Most recently Chris spent the last two seasons as the Head Golf Professional at The Architects Golf Club. While at Architects, Chris also served as the director of all instructional programs where he designed and implemented a full schedule of teaching programs for students of all ages and abilities.
Chris’ teaching philosophy revolves around his belief that no one method of teaching can be universally effective for all students. Every student learns differently and he molds his teaching methods to fit the individual needs of each of them. While his methods change from student to student, Chris believes that no student will improve to his/her potential without enjoying the learning process. “Teaching students who love the game as much as I do is where I have the most enjoyment as an instructor. When my students are passionate about improving the game they love, the learning process becomes easier for them. My job as an instructor is to not stop until each of my students attains a goal they have been aiming to achieve. After they have reached each goal, the bar must be raised and we map out the road to achieving their next goal. The learning process is always in motion and everyone can improve to make the game more and more enjoyable”.
During his spare time, besides for playing golf, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Erica and their two children, Peyton, 5 and Charlie 1.5. He also enjoys watching sports and is an avid NY Yankees, Giants, and Rangers fan and loves rooting on his alma mater, the Miami Hurricanes.
Joe Gothmann, PGA
Originally from Minnesota, Joe traveled south to New Mexico State University to pursue the Professional Golf Management program. Upon graduation, Joe made the decision to move to New York and has been living in the Northeast for the past 9 years gaining experience from top professionals in the industry.
Joe takes pride in his students successes and enjoys developing personalized programs to attain goals. Every student will require slightly different instruction. He mixes classic instruction with modern ideas as well. Producing an athletic motion with sound fundamentals is the ultimate goal to make better swings and play better golf.
Joe has been a Class A PGA Professional since 2009. He is also a Titleist Performace Institute certified instructor. He enjoys learning new material to share with his students to make sure to always be progressing.
Competing in tournaments has always been a part of Joe’s story. He led the money list for New Mexico States PGM program his senior year with 5 wins. Joe shot 64 to set the course record at North Hills CC for a 5 shot win on the Metropolitan Section Assistants Tour. He also shot 66-69 to finish in a tie for 2nd in the Met Professional Championship and a spot in the National Club Pro in 2014 in South Carolina.