Golf Pro-Formance Academy

Phone: (317) 769-3482

The Golf Pro-Formance Academy at Golf Club of Indiana is a state of the art premiere Indoor/Outdoor practice and instruction facility located on the north end of the Golf Club of Indiana's driving range. Located in the picturesque Town of Whitestown and near the City of Zionsville, The 6,000 square foot building features ten heated indoor hitting bays integrated with the latest in FlightScope technology in each hiting bay, a 600 square foot putting green, SAM PuttLab technology and multiple large screen televisions throughout the building.  In addition, there is a full service bar and snack area, and a warm sitting lounge with a 70" television and fireplace.  The outdoor grass tee features over 1 acre of pristine grass surface, a 2000 sq foot short game target green, multiple targets for honing in your distance control and Callaway practice range balls throughout the facility.

Professional Golf Instruction

The Golf Pro-Formance Academy at GCI is fully staffed with trained Playing Professionals and PGA instructors including 2-time Indiana PGA Teacher of the Year Tony Day, PGA (2013-2017) and LPGA Tour Alum Susan Thielbar, LPGA.  Along with Certified TPI and PGA Apprentice Lance Scholl, Professonal Marcus El and Head PGA Professional Robert Knuckles, The Golf Pro-Formance Academy is the premiere instructional facility in the Indianapolis, Zionsville and Whitestown area.

Golf Pro-Formance Teaching Methods

Golf Pro-Formance Academy in Indianapolis area

When you visit Golf Pro-Formance Academy for the first time, no matter what your skill level a swing consultation will take place. It will consist of an oral interview, equipment evaluation and use of our High Speed Video Swing Analysis. After your evaluation your instructor will best map out your path to improving your golf game.

Whether it is short game, long game, course management or just better ball striking, your road to better golf will start immediately on your next visit.

Junior Golf Camps

Junior golfers can join our four day camps and improve their swings & meet new golf
buddies. GPA's certified instructors will help put everyone at ease upon their first visit to our golf school. Our team will teach the fundamentals of the full swing and short game.  Rules, etiquette & proper behavior on the golf course play an important role in the camps to instill the importance of respect, tradition and sportsmanship that are a vital part of golf and life.


Junior Golf Development

Indianapolis golf lessons, club fitting and more

GPA's junior golf development program is a simple but scientific golf instruction program that educates the the student on swing mechanics while defining a pattern for accomplishing their goals. Our programs include on course training, equipment fitting and mental coaching.

Our biggest responsibility of our instructors is to provide our students with an education of the swing so they can correct themselves while playing golf.

Then as GPA's staff proceeds forward with the game plan an open - line of communication will be constant among instructor, pupil and parents.

Corporate Golf

Golf provides a unique opportunity for business. Golf represents the measure of ones character and their business character. GPA's corporate programs are about investing in your biggest asset- your sales team. Our staff will teach the basics of the full swing, team building and the art of customer golf. The programs can be tailored from an hour course to a 3-day golf boot camp with on course instruction.

GPA's Corporate Golf Curriculum

  • Teach your team members the basics of golf regardless of their skill level
  • Teach the basic Rules of Golf
  • Where to play and what time
  • Team building
  • On course behavior

Meet Our Professional Golf Instructors

Tony Day - 2013 and 2017 Indiana PGA Teacher of the Year

Tony Day - PGA
2013 & 2017 Indiana PGA "Teacher of the Year"

Tony is an Indiana native from Seymour and attended Vincennes University as a student athlete.

He has been a member of the PGA of America for over 27 years and has been with the Golf Club of Indiana for 22 years. Tony's work experience includes working at some of Indiana's finest private and daily fee golf courses as an assistant pro and head golf professional. Tony is also listed on Golf Digest' Top Golf instructors list of Indiana.

Throughout the years, Tony has been able to gain experience in teaching and club fitting by observing some of America's greatest teachers. He has been fortunate enough to mentor under Mickey Powell, former President of the PgA and current Director of Operations Jeff Rubenstein.

Tony's real passion lies in teaching golf and club-fitting which he has done full time since 1999. Whether you are a seasoned veteran, week-end golfer or a novice, let Tony work with you on your journey to learn the game of a lifetime.

Tony has been married for over 25 years to his wife Brenda. Their daughter Kylie attends Zionsville High School and was a State Finalist in the 2011 IHSAA Girls Tournament.

Contact Tony today to learn more about the Golf Pro-Formance Academy.

Director of Instruction:
Tony Day
Golf Club of Indiana
PO BOX 5009
Zionsville, IN 46077


Susan Thielbar - golf instructor in Indianapolis

Susan Thielbar, LPGA

We are very excited to welcome Susan Thielbar to our team of golf instructors and look forward to introducing her to you, in person, in the not-so-distant future.

Susan is a former LPGA Tour Player. She has seven years of experience playing professionally on the LPGA, European, and Asian Tours. Susan and her family have relocated to the area from Tampa, Florida where she taught golf at Cheval Golf and CC, as well as, The Salamander Innisbrook Golf Resort and Spa in Tarpon Springs.  Susan is originally from Green Bay, WI where she is a four-time Wisconsin State Champion. As an AJGA All-American, she went on to play for the University of New Mexico where she was a three time HCAC All-Conference Team.   In 1987, she captured the individual HCAC Conference Champion title.

Susan will join 2013 Indiana PGA Teacher of the Year, Tony Day, along with Marcus El in providing our patrons with the best teaching options in the area.


Marcus El - Golf Pro-Formance Academy instructor

Marcus El

Marcus grew up in Indianapolis and has worked for Golf Club of Indiana since he was 16 years old.  He played 4 years of varsity golf at Pike High School and then moved on to play 4 years of golf at Hanover college earning All-Conference honors twice, All-Sportsmanship team honors twice, player of the week once, and set several individual and team records. Marcus has been helping lead junior golf camps and group golf events for three years. He has had the opportunity to teach golf in Ireland as well. Marcus holds a great passion for developing the game of golfthrough junior golfers. Marcus grew up at Golf club of Indiana and is happy to be back assisting in golf instruction with Tony Day.  Also, Marcus is the current Junior Varsity Golf coach at Zionsville High School.

Marcus will join 2013 Indiana PGA Teacher of the Year, Tony Day, along with Susan Thielbar in providing our patrons with the best teaching options in the area.


Lance Scholl - Golf instructor in Indianapolis

Lance Scholl,  TPI
PGA Apprentice

Lance Scholl joins the Golf-Proformance instruction team from New Castle, Indiana where he was an All-State golfer for the Trojans, in 2000.

He then went on to play collegiate golf at Ball State University, where he was a four-year letterman, Senior Co-Captain, and recipient of the Earl Yestingsmeier Student Athlete Award. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Ball State University in 2005 and 2007, respectively.

He has multiple Top 10 finishes in Indiana PGA Section Events.  Currently, he is a PGA Level 1 Apprentice.  He is also Titleist Performance Institute Certified (TPI).  TPI is the world's leading educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.  Lance looks forward to providing programs and services that will help golfers benefit from a healthy and efficient body.

Contact Lance at:


Mike Snyder - Golf instructor in Indianapolis

Mike Snyder

Mike Snyder, who has been with Golf Pro-Formance Academy at Golf Club of Indiana since the new academy building opened in the fall of 2016, is the newest member of our club-fitting team. Mike currently is a club fitter for TaylorMade Golf, and has been an active golfer since he was a teenager. After a 25-year career in the newspaper business in sports, news and management in Northeast Indiana, Mike moved to Indianapolis in 2013. He and his wife Donna enjoy a variety of outdoor activities and have two daughters, with their first grandchild expected in May.
Contact Mike at or by phone at the GPA at 317-769-3482 to schedule your fitting.