A native of Sioux Falls, Danny Sinksen is the PGA Head Professional at Elmwood Golf Course. Sinksen is a graduate of Roosevelt High School where he was a member of the golf team for five seasons before playing collegiately at Missouri Southern State University. Sinksen was a four-year letter winner at MSSU and earned all-conference and academic all-conference honors all four years of his career. He received the Lion-Backer award his junior and senior seasons at MSSU for his academic and athletic excellence.
After earning his degree in business from Missouri Southern, Danny returned to Sioux Falls and worked part time at Elmwood Golf Course while trying to pursue a playing career in golf. While earning several accolades a highlight was when he participated in the Pinnacle Exceptional Drive Contest in Laughlin, Nevada eventually finishing 3rd and landed him a spot on ESPN. He spent the next three summers playing on the Dakotas Tour where he had several top 10 finishes and a tie for first at the Westward Ho Pro Am.
In 2008, Sinksen became an assistant professional at Prairie Green Golf Course and coached the Men's and Women's golf team at University of South Dakota while earning his Masters Degree in Adult Education and Higher Learning. In 2010 he became the Head Golf Professional at Elmwood Golf Course. Danny was elected to PGA Membership in 2015. Sinksen in all has spent 16 years working for the City of Sioux Falls golf courses, including ten as a professional.
Danny Sinksen has been teaching in the golf industry for the past 12 years, with experience from the John Mean's Golf Academy and the local Todd Kolb Golf Academy. "My philosophy is to find what works for each person. Every individual learns in different ways and discovering what that may be is important to all. The basis of my instruction is to be purposeful and get the most out of the time you have at the golf course." No matter the age, Danny finds a way to connect. He's been working with The First Tee of South Dakota for the last 8 years and is currently a level 3 First Tee Coach, and is well on his way to becoming a prominent name in the local area. Danny was recently named PGA Dakota Chapter "Teacher of the Year" in 2017. Danny also started coaching again at Augustana University in 2015 and in his spare time finds some time to play in a few tournaments. "I love the golf business, but to be honest my true passion lies within playing the game and teaching it. I have wanted to be a golf pro my whole life and really enjoy being around it each day." Last year he won the Great Western Pro Am in Sioux City with a score of -10! His wife Kelli is the program coordinator for The First Tee of South Dakota and they have a 3 year old daughter named Allyson.
A true sports buff, Chad Veire brings a level of excitement to the game of golf. A graduate of Roosevelt High School and South Dakota State University, Chad has always called Sioux Falls home. Despite not yet hitting the big 3-0, Chad has 13 years of service for Elmwood under his belt. This friendly face and great attitude have made him well known to the local golf crowd.
Chad is currently pursuing further education through the PGA, assists coaching the O'Gorman golf team, and has worked for and certified Level 1 life coach for The First Tee of South Dakota.
Joe Benedict was raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He attended Roosevelt High School, and played hundreds of rounds at the local city golf courses, Prairie Green and Elmwood, becoming a scratch golfer at the age of 19. After high school, Joe went to Drake University, followed by a stint as a caddy at Lake Las Vegas Resort in Henderson, NV. Through this opportunity he was able to see and caddy at many of the country’s best golf courses on the west coast. He just completed his sixth year as a professional at Prairie Green Golf Course. . He is a coach for the First Tee of South Dakota, a teacher in the nationally-recognized Get Golf Ready program, and taught some of the area’s high school players. Joe’s teaching philosophy is to keep it fun, and eliminate the obstacles that prevent those that want to play from getting out to enjoy the game. Joe is extremely excited to share his love of the game with the players of Sioux Falls!
A Sioux Falls native with family roots in the game of golf, Mitch Brunick was immersed in the game and the local courses from his early years. With over 15 years of experience, from playing to coaching his Alma mater team, Mitch knew his professional future revolved around the game of golf. A friendly smile and helpful attitude greets each Prairie Green customer and welcomes them to have a fun and enjoyable round.
You can also find him on the range giving lessons. "I use the building block approach. It is my goal to utilize each player's natural abilities and develop from there. The most important part of teaching for me is helping every person understand their swing so they can play their best game." Mitch is currently pursuing his PGA membership as a level 1 apprentice, and enjoys his time spent with The First Tee of South Dakota."