Meet Our Instructors


Carolyn Echols, LPGA 

Carolyn is an LPGA Class A Member and has been teaching professionally for 20 years. Carolyn has been with The Eagle Zone since April 2010. Prior positions include 11 years as Head Professional at The Cliffs at Glassy in Landrum, South Carolina and 5 years as Assistant Professional and Full Time Instructor at San Ramon Royal Vista in San Ramon, California. Carolyn believes that with the right practice tools and the desire to learn, anyone can play golf.

Jamie Michala, PGA

Prior to joining the Eagle Zone, Jamie Michala was the Head Golf Professional at The Thornblade Club for seven years. Prior to that, she worked under Dick Harmon at River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas for six years. A graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Jamie competed for the SMU women's golf team and contributed to two top five NCAA team finishes for SMU and earned a 7th place individual finish in the 1986 NCAA Championship. She was the New York State Women's Amateur Champion in 1986 and competed in the 1983 Women's US Open.

Sandy Halkett, LPGA

Sandy has been teaching golf for 20 years. Her career started at Keowee Key Country Club, while still a student at Clemson University. After graduation, she relocated to Orlando where she was an Assistant Professional. She eventually returned to Greenville and worked at The Cliffs Courses for 7 years; a career that began as an Assistant Professional and ended as the first female Head Professional at The Cliffs.

Sandy partners with Roger C. Peace providing instruction for their adaptive clinics and she is also the golf coach for Greenville Special Olympics.

Bob Bell, PGA

Bob began his professional career as an assistant to Derek Hardy, one of the top 100 teachers in the U.S, at The Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. In 1978, he returned to the Upstate to accept the position of Golf Professional at Carolina Springs Golf Club. Bob has remained in the Upstate for over 35 years, serving as golf professional at a number of clubs including Fox Run Country Club in Fountain Inn, Hejaz Shrine Recreational Club in Mauldin, The Rock at Jocasse Golf Club in Pickens and The Links O' TryonGolf Club in Campobello. Since joining The Eagle Zone in 2009, Bob has been instrumental in developing the swings of many of the area's best players as well as an excellent trainer for juniors and those who are just beginning to play. With over forty years experience, Bob has a keen eye for swing faults and the ability to simplify the solutions to correct your swing and game.

Mike Carter

Mike is one of  91 professionally certified golf instructors associated with The Plane Truth golf instruction. Jim Hardy, world top 10 teacher and Chris O'Connell, Matt Kuchar's instructor, are the driving force behind The Plane Truth golf instruction. Mike's instruction is based on the paradigm that the golf swing is either one plane or two plane and it will benefit a golfer to understand which type of swing he or she has. Once the student has this knowledge, the lesson is simply one of neutralizing the steep and shallow issues a student has in the swing.   Mike's students have access to videos from the Plane Truth Matrix featuring Jim Hardy and Chris O'Connell. In addition, Mike will review case study lessons with his students which are given by Chris O'Connell to his students.  

Mike is passionate about teaching and helps his students reach whatever goals they set for themselves.  Beginners, intermediate, or advanced golfers will benefit from Mike's teaching.


John Gerring, PGA

John has over 50 years as a Head Golf Professional. He is a former ACC Champion and in 2005, he was inducted into the PGA of America Golf Professional Hall of Fame. He has received recognition as a "Top 100 Teachers" by Golf Magazine, Georgia PGA Teacher of the Year, and PGA Teacher of the Year in the Carolinas. John's goal for students is to open the door to improvement to make the game of golf more enjoyable. He is currently working on publication of his book, Simple Enough (Dumbing Down the Golf Swing).