For Rob Noel, returning to Louisiana to teach golf was the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition. Born in Abbeville, LA, Rob's early devotion to the game was accompanied by an eagerness to help others improve. "I was the kid who always took golf lessons," he remembers. "And the reason I became a teacher was because I couldn't wait to come back and show my friends what I'd learned. Because of that he believes he always had a knack for teaching, and a passion for it." After entering the San Diego Golf Academy in 1985, Rob studied the art of instruction with some of the game's best teachers. In 1988 Rob returned to Louisiana to become the director of instruction at Lakewood CC, earning his PGA membership a year later. Soon he started coaching Kelley Gibson, helping him to get his PGA Tour card within two years. (Kelley Gibson went on to play the Tour for 14 years, winning two Nationwide Tour events.) With a growing reputation as one of the South's best teachers, Rob established his Golf Academy at Bayou Oaks in New Orleans in 1992. Recognition soon followed, as his colleagues named him Gulf States Section Teacher of the Year in 1993 - an honor he received again in 2000. Rob was also named Best Teacher in Louisiana by Golf Digest in 2000 thru 2007. Rob takes pride in reaching out to golfers, showing them how to become better golfers in a language they can understand. "There is nothing better than watching the expression on a students face when they have perfectly executed what they've learned and the golf ball has just exploded off the clubface and is screaming to the target. Players of all levels have significantly improved their games through Rob's focused instruction. Included as students are PGA Tour players Brian Watts, 1998 British Open runner-up and 13 time winner on the Japan PGA Tour, Kelly Gibson, fourteen-year tour veteran and Nationwide Tour two-time winner and John Riegger,Nationwide Tour 2007 LaSalle Bank Open Champion.