Our Purpose:
Camp Utopia Golf is a non-profit organization that exists to help develop the 3 Dimensional Athlete. The 3 Dimensions we teach around are The Head (Mental), the Heart (Spiritual), and The Hands (Physical). The 3D Athlete will have a unique opportunity to learn critical life and golf skills taught from a Christian perspective. Participants will hone critical leadership skills, enhance their ability to navigate the pressures of competitive golf, and strengthen confidence in their game.

Why?
Develop the head, heart, and hands to their maximum potential, so that we can fully honor God with the gifts we have been given. Learn to play for the right reasons, and have golf properly aligned with the rest of our life.

Dimension 1

Head

(how you think and feel)

Dimension 2

Heart

(why you do what you do, what you believe)

Dimension 3

Hands

(skills development)

Meet the Team

Nick Dadas

Nick Dadas is the director for Camp Utopia Golf. As a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Board Member and competitive player, he wanted to combine his passion for the game to create a golf organization in NE Ohio that impacted lives on and off the course.

Al Schierbaum

Al Schierbaum is currently the State Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Prior to his role with FCA, he played and coached collegiate baseball, has led various ministries, and worked with athletes and coaches across the United States.


Mitch Fleming

Mitch Fleming is currently one of the top instructors in NE Ohio working out of Golf Tec east in Beachwood, OH.. Mitch is a Ferris State Graduate and Collegiate All-American. Northern Ohio PGA Instructor Division Member. Mitch likes to help his students through connecting the mental/emotional and physical components in their journey to their golfing potential. For more information, visit golf tec east at www.golftec.com.

Roy Fankhauser

Roy grew up in Northeast Ohio and went on to play collegiate golf at Florida Southern. Roy is a successful entrepreneur, and is excited about using his passion for golf and God to make a difference through Camp Utopia.


Nick Paez

Nick Paez was recently named one of America’s Best Young Teachers by Golf Digest. Nick was the 2012 Northern Ohio PGA Teacher of the Year, 2012 Golf Digest #4 Ranked Teacher in Ohio, 2011 Golf Digest Top 100 Clubfitter in America, 2010 Top 50 US Kids Instructor, 2009 GolfTEC Teacher of the Year, 2009 GolfTEC Clubfitter of the Year. For more information, visit www.golftec.com.

Chad Seymour

A native of Springfield, Ohio, Seymour graduated from Lima Senior and went on to play collegiately at Wittenberg. Chad is currently the Head Professional at Westfield Country Club and is the PGA District 5 Director. For more information visit www.westfieldgroupcountryclub.com.


Jon Whittaker

Jon grew up in Little Rock Arkansas where had a successful junior career. Jon’s accomplishments include: Arkansas Junior Player of the Year, Arkansas State Amateur Championship 2 years in a row, Arkansas State Match Play Championship, 3’rd team All American AJGA. 4 Time winner on the Adams Tightlies Tour.

Michael Opstinick

Born and raised in Avon, OH, Michael was a four-year letter-winner and three time team MVP at Avon High School. Was a three-time all-conference performer and won West Shore Conference title as a senior, two-time medalist at Ohio Division II Sectionals. Michael then went on to play collegiate golf at Catawba College where he recently graduated.


Rich Casabella

Rich Casabella grew up in the golf rich city of Louisville, KY. He was introduced to the game when he was 9 years old and won the Louisville City Championship at 15. He played college golf for Memphis State for two years and then turned pro. Rich was an assistant at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu for 2 years and then played the PGA tour for 2 years. At the Monday qualifying tournaments, he became acquainted with the head professional at The Country Club in Pepper Pike, OH. That led to 5 years as an assistant/teaching professional at The Country Club. In 1970, he took the head professional job at The Elyria Country Club. He held this position for 35 years until he retired in 2005. Rich has had great success in all aspects of the golf business. He worked closely with the Green’s Superintendent at The Elyria Country Club to improve the playability of the course. He excelled as a teacher of the game helping members and non-members alike. One notable success was area player Vicki (Singleton) Harshberger who won the State Amateur in 1977 and 1979 and played the LPGA tour from 1980-85. He has gained the respect of his peers in the Northern Ohio Golf Association holding leadership positions from 1982-1988. He was the president of the NOGA in 1988 and was inducted into the Northern Ohio Golf Hall of Fame in 1997. For more information, visit www.greyhawkgolf.com.

Todd Casabella

Instructor at the Mike Bender Golf Academy. Todd Casabella was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He began his career in golf at an early age caddieing at the club where his father was the Head Golf Professional. His love and ability for the game grew as a junior golfer, earning him a full scholarship to Liberty University, a Division I school in Lynchburg, VA. While at Liberty he was a two time team MVP, the Team Captain for three years and upon graduation received the Coaches Award for Outstanding Contribution from the Athletic Department. After college, he turned professional and pursued a career in golf playing various mini-tours in Florida while working at private clubs in the summer in northern Ohio. Todd is a member of the Professional Golfers Association since 2000 and is a certified Level 2 Golf Instructor and Level 2 Junior Coach from the Titleist Performance Institute. He has also received certification in club fitting from Taylor Made, Titleist and Ping. Todd remains a student of the game to provide effective instruction to golfers of all ages and skill levels. For more information, visit www.mikebender.com.


Kirsten Eckley

Kirsten currently works as a teaching professional at the Oaks Golf Facility in Columbia Station, and has been a PGA Class A member since 1995. Prior to arriving as a teacher, she was a competitive junior golfer on the AJGA National golf Tour. Additionally, she has played in most of the big junior golf tournaments (north south jr., and pga national). After her time as a Junior golfer, she played varsity golf for Penn State University from 1985-1989. A little bit of trivia: Was in Sports Illustrated (faces in the crowd section) as a high school senior for winning the boys (they didn’t have girls teams then) colonial league championship (from the mens tees where everyone played).