Coaches

Alex Smith, PGA

IPGA Director

A graduate of Rollins College in Psychology, Alex has been a professional golfer since 2004, where he has competed in many of the major golf tours. Alex trained and the prestigious Welsh golf course Pyle and Kenfig. Alex moved to Asia in 2014 to head up the now Leadbetter in door academy as Head Professional in Bangkok, before moving to Hanoi, Vietnam to become the Director of Golf for Leadbetter Vietnam. He is Trackman certified, Harold Swash Putting certified, K-vest certified, Boditrak certified, and TPI certified. He has worked with top junior golfers and we are excited to have him here at IPGA.

James Partridge, PGA

Head Golf Instructor

James turned Professional in his home town of Buckinghamshire, England, and has over 15 years of experience golf coaching at all levels. Moving to Asia in 2009, James has been General Manager of the David Leadbetter Academy in Bangkok, and Director of Instruction for Mizuno Golf School in Malaysia. During his time in Asia, James has worked with Tour Professionals, National Team players, and with a passion for the short game, James specializes in elite junior development programs. James is also certified in Trackman, K-Vest and Golf Psychology. We are beyond excited to have Coach James join the IPGA Team.

Conor Hartnett, PGA

Golf Instructor

Conor is a recent graduate of Ferris State University located in Michigan, USA in their Professional Golf Management Program. He is a full member of the PGA of America and brings exceptional junior training skills with him to Thailand. Conor is a strong player and golf coach. He is very knowledgeable on Trackman and will work with all students. Conor is a Level 3 K-Vest Certified Instructor as well as TPI Level 1 certified. Conor has spent time at golf training facilities throughout the United States of America specifically in Illinois, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and California. We are excited for Conor’s involvement in the IPGA program and he will stay in Bangkok, Thailand for years to come.

Seve Rivera, TPI

Fitness Director

Seve played college golf for Southern Utah University, and then graduated from Arizona State University. Seve’s passion for fitness and golf give him the ability to build programs that increase athletic performance, while reducing the risk for injury. Seve is a TPI Level 2 Fitness Professional, TPI Level 2 Golf Mechanic, TPI Level 2 Junior Coach, and K-Vest Level 3 Certified. Before moving to Thailand, Seve was the Fitness Coordinator at The Legacy Performance Center in Phoenix, Arizona and the strength and conditioning coach for the 2016 NCAA Division 2 National Champion South Mountain Cougar Team.

Matt Bashaw, PGA

Director of College Guidance

For over ten years, Matt has worked with many of the world’s top sports academies and organizations. Matt has helped many students and families achieve their dream by guiding them on the path to USA Collegiate Golf. In addition to working with the students and families at the IPGA, Matt is the current Director of Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy located in Florida.

Theppartad Sanawong

Golf Instructor

Best has been coaching golf for six years and is very excited to be apart of the IPGA team. He has an outstanding playing career and a love for junior golf. He has played on the Thailand Junior National Team from 1996 – 2000 as well as the Thailand National Team in 2000 – 01. As a playing professional, he placed first in the PGA Thailand Tour in 2014, Singha Challenge in 2012, and Thailand PGA Challenge in 2010. Best works extremely well junior golfers and is well liked by the IPGA students. He is very knowledgeable both on and off the golf course, and is a great asset to the IPGA team.

Michael Debilzan

Youth Development Coach

Aloha! I’m Michael DeBilzan. I am a second year teacher here at ASB Green Valley. However, I also have many years of experience teaching golf to both juniors and adults in Hawaii, California and Thailand. Golf has always been so much more than just a sport to me. Golf has helped me mature into a responsible adult while also providing relationships, discipline and joy in my life. I have had the opportunity to work and teach at some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world including Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Hokulia and Kapalua. I love the game of golf and have a passion to pass the game over the next generation by teaching juniors the skills they need to play and enjoy a game that they can delight in for the rest of their lives.

Witthikai Sribuarin

Mindfulness Coach

Mr. Ken is full of energy and enthusiasm, which makes him an excellent manager of ASB’s Residential Learning Center. He likes to know all of the students personally and has a passion for the students. Mr. Ken has been teaching, training, and counseling for 12 years. He has a Master of Arts in English from the Naresuan University, as well as certified as a Mindfulness Instructor from the Willpower Institute of Thailand. Mr. Ken teaches mindfulness and does student counseling here at the American School of Bangkok.