Brian Smith
Sr. Instructor

Brian Smith, senior instructor of golf at Triumph Golf Institute in Houston

Brian is a PGA Member and has been giving golf lessons and in the business for over 30 years.  He has been a student of the game most of his life and really developed a passion for helping people play the game he loves while working under both Dick and Butch Harmon.  It was in those years that it was impressed upon him the importance of solid fundamentals, a strong short game and the belief that  every student is an individual and must be taught differently, although the fundamentals and physics of the game do not change from player to player.

Brian has been a strong player in the STPGA for many years qualifying for two Shell Houston Opens and multiple PGA Professional Nation Championships.  Brian enjoys working with players of all ages and skill levels.  He has worked with players from beginners to tour players to help them understand and enjoy this great game.


Joel Gann
Sr. Instructor

Joel Gann, senior instructor of golf at Triumph Golf Institute in Houston

Joel brings thirty-five years of golf experience to Triumph Golf Institute with knowledge obtained from some of the world’s best players and instructors. Gil Morgan, Bob Tway, Jim Hardy, and Stan Utley are some who have had a great influence on Joel.

The former women's golf coach at The University of North Texas has taught junior golfers that went on to play at the collegiate level, and LPGA tours. His son, Tyler, is currently on the Adam’s Pro Tour. Joel qualified and played in 4 PGA Tour events in the 1990’s.

His passion is the short game where 40 percent of the score comes from within 30 yards of the hole. He applies an approach with common sense procedures that makes lowering scores simpler, less complicated and easy to understand.


John Krause
Lead Instructor

John Krause, lead instructor of golf at Triumph Golf Institute in Houston

John has been a PGA member of the Southern Texas PGA section since 2012. He has been playing and teaching this great game for most of his life.  John graduated from Sam Houston State University majoring in general business and specializing in Golf development.  Previously he was an assistant professional at The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch and Sweetwater Country Club. John continues to be a competitive player in the Southern Texas PGA as he continues to improve his own game and learn more to pass on to his students.

As an active PGA member John has been assisting the Southern Texas section in growing the game of golf for all skill levels and increasing an interest in this great game. He believes in developing a swing each student can learn and enjoy through the fundamentals of the game. He also helps in developing and honing a solid mental aspect, so that the transition from the range to the course can better reflect what you write on your scorecard.

In the famous words of Sam Snead:

"You can't go into a shop and buy a good game of golf."

“Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.”