Who We Are and What We're About

Who We Are

We are about improving PNW golfers and providing a one of a kind experience here in the PNW when it comes to golf instruction.

What We Do

We are a passionate group of professionals who are eager to serve your golf instructional needs. We rely on personal experience and modern technology to help you improve your game. We can create any program tailored to your golf needs through private/group instruction and fitness.

Our Staff

Alex Dunlop

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Owner of The PNW Golf Academy, Alex is a Seattle native, his background includes competitive and recreational exposure to the game of golf for 20 years. He attended the David Leadbetter Golf Academy at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He competed for two years for the Washington State Cougars as well as studied Professional Golf Management at the University of Colorado where he completed his PGA class “A” certification. He is extremely passionate about all aspects of the game of golf and is eager to help promote the game through building relationships, teaching, and competition. He enjoys teaching every level of golfer and believes in using Trackman and V1 Slow Motion Video Analysis to help in your improvement. Alex was the youngest ever winner of the Western Washington Chapter’s PGA Teacher of the Year award and the first from The Golf Club at Newcastle. The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Derek Berg

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Derek Berg grew up and currently resides in Duvall, WA with his wife Candice Berg and son Trase (second child expected this summer). He graduated from Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, in 1999 where he played golf and basketball. Upon graduating he earned a golf scholarship to The University of Washington where he played golf all four years there and graduated in 2003 with a BA in Sociology.

Derek has worked at many golf courses in the area such as Blue Heron (formally known as Carnation Golf Course), Golf Club at Redmond Ridge, Glendale Country Club, and most recent Sahalee Country Club.

In 2011 Derek turned professional. From 2011 to 2013 he spent my time playing on the Gateway and All-American Tour, The NGA Tour, and PGA Tour Canada.

Here’s a little about Derek in his own words: “I absolutely love the game of golf! Having been involved in the game for the last 27 years now and being around so many talented individuals, I feel like I have a lot of knowledge that can help all levels of golfers get better and enjoy the game more. I love sharing this knowledge and enjoy being around those who are as passionate as I am for the game.”

Cory Mehl

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Cory Mehl is a Seattle, WA native who grew up playing competitive junior golf across the state and country.  Cory graduated from O’Dea High School in 2008 where he won 2 Individual Metro Championships, a Team State Championship. Title and He shot a course record of 60 at Jefferson Park GC to break Fred Couples course record in the final round of the 2005 Metro Championship.  Cory also won an AJGA event, played in multiple AJGA Invitationals, 2 Junior World Championships, The Western Junior, and The Western Amateur.

Cory graduated from Santa Clara University in 2012 where he played D1 collegiate golf and earned 1st Team All WCC, 2 out of his 4 years.  Cory has also played in 3 US Open Sectional Qualifiers, 1 US Mid-Amateur Championship, and the Canadian Tour Q-School.

Cory is extremely passionate about having fun while playing golf competitively, golf fitness and training for mental toughness.  His long-term goal is to be a top PGA Instructor and player in the Pacific Northwest.  When he’s not around golf, you can find him fishing, skiing, cooking, reading and spending time with his family and friends.

Matt Fonner

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Matt Fonner graduated from the University of San Diego in 1999. From 2000-2003 he played different mini tours in California, Florida and Arizona. He earned his Canadian Tour card in 2004 and from 2004-2009 he played competitively in the U.S.,Canada and Mexico. He qualified for U.S. Open Sectionals twice and won twice on the Pepsi Tour in 2007.

In 2009, Matt moved from San Diego to the Seattle area with his wife Andrea. In 2011 and 2012, Matt was a realtor on Mercer Island and helped coach the Mercer Island JV Golf Team with Alex Dunlop. From 2013 to present, Matt has been a stay at home Dad of twin girls. His passion and love for the game, especially instruction, has not taken a backseat. In 2016 Matt Became TPI Certified and continues to find ways to further his knowledge of the game he loves.

Chris Killmer

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9-year touring pro

Two-time Trackman World Champion

PGA Tour Coach

Golf has been a big part of Chris’ life since he was a young child. Loving golf at such a young age has grown into his passion. Chris played golf at the University of Washington for three years after transferring from a D2 school in California where he was the recipient of the Phil Mickelson  award for Best Freshman in the Country. Chris has held a Tour membership on a PGA Tour affiliate for the past nine years. (Web.com, Makenzie Tour, and PGA tour Latin America) https://www.pgatour.com/players/player.35406.chris-killmer.html)

Chris has a traditional and innovative coaching style. His knowledge and understanding of various technologies, including trackman, allow him to efficiently use it as a tool to fine tune, find consistencies and help see progress in real-time. Chris is working with PGA Tour Member, Kyle Stanley, on all aspects of his game. Chris and Kyle look at stats, review trackman sessions/numbers, watch playback video and create practice plans and games to monitor progress. Chris will provide the same level of coaching to every individual who is interested.

Chris is a complete performance coach. When you are ready to get the most out of your game come down and see him to get on a path to improving your game.