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About Joel…

Joel Baumgardner’s love for golf started at a very young age.  His father, an avid golfer with over a 100 amateur tournament wins, was a very big influence in his life-taking young Joel along with him on many fun filled days at Bristol Country Club in Bristol, Tennessee.  Joel soon developed his own skills playing high school golf, became “Player of the Year” in 1987 in his Tennessee district and went on to play collegiate golf at Elon College, North Carolina.  


After college, Joel worked as the District Executive for Boys Scouts of America for 4 years, but the game of golf was calling him back.  Joel went on to earn his PGA Professional Certification and in 1998, headed to Lafayette, Indiana to take the position of Head Golf Professional at Lafayette Country Club.  In 2001, Joel married the love of his life Jacquie Decker and kept developing his golf teaching skills.  In 2002, Joel started teaching golf at Purdue University and still currently teaches over 150 college students every semester.  Joel has continue to juggle teaching and head golf professional duties in the Lafayette Area for over 14 years.  And now, Joel has decided it’s time to focus on his students.


Joel’s Golf Academy was born in April 2016 with the aim of helping more people learn to love the game the way Joel was taught.  You see, his dad instilled a sense of calm into Joel that transmits into genuine passion for golf and what it stands for.  It’s not just a game, it’s a lifestyle that encourages good behavior and being honest.   Those are values he instills in his Junior Golf Program.  For adults, Joel knows how to make the game of golf a fun learning experience.  Come learn the game of golf with Joel and “Get Golf Ready”.

Partial list of activities and programs over the years!

  • 2009 Indiana Section  “Junior Golf Leadership Award”
  • 2005-2009 Attica High School Girls Golf  Coach
  • 2012-2014  Indiana Golf Association Board of Directors
  • 1996-Present  PGA Certified Teaching Professional Specializing in Junior Golf
  • 2002-Present  Purdue University Golf Instructor
  • 2016  Central Catholic High School and Middle School Girls Golf Coach