John Dipollina / PGA Director of Golf
2019 Youth Player Development Award Winner - Connecticut Section PGA
John came to Lyman Orchards from The Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford, CT. John was able to learn what it takes to excel as an instructor, merchandiser, club fitter, tournament coordinator, as well as provide a high level of customer service.
What got John into Golf: “My Dad brought home a rickety set of clubs with some old used golf balls one day and hung them in the garage. He knew I loved mini-golf and thought maybe I’d enjoy real golf. Shortly there after I cut 9 holes in the back yard with a potting shovel and made my very own course.”
Biggest Career Influences: “I’ve been lucky to work under some tremendously talented professionals both in and out of golf. Working for four years at The University of Connecticut’s Women’s Basketball Office, Geno Auriemma and his staff taught me what it takes to be a winner and how much organization it takes to be your very best on a regular basis.
I benefited by working for 2013 LPGA Professional of the Year Kammy Maxfeldt of Birchwood CC in Westport, CT who taught me how to be “professional” in every sense of the word. I was a first hand witness to some of the best golf instruction in the State of Connecticut under now three-time CT PGA Teacher of the Year George Connor. I had the privilege of working alongside a local legend and CT PGA Hall of Fame Member in Jack McConachie of Pine Valley GC who quite simply loves the game of golf more than anyone I have or will ever know.
Most recently I had the good fortune of being part of The Hartford Golf Club professional staff led by PGA Head Golf Professional Joe Connerton. Joe gets the best out of you every day with his excitement for the golf business and the attention to detail he brings to everything he touches. The members of Hartford GC are very lucky to have him. You can’t help but want to run through a wall for him and do the best job possible.”
Marissa Kulig Crow / LPGA Class A Professional
2019 Teacher of the Year - Northeast Section LPGA
Marissa Kulig Crow currently is a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional at the Golf Center of Lyman Orchards and has been so for the last six seasons. Marissa and Lyman Orchards have built the most successful women’s golf program in the northeast and one of the biggest and best in the United States with just over 600 women attending the program in 2018 and over 150 women playing in the golf league. Since Marissa started the program at Lyman Orchards in 2013, 2,600 female participants have gone through her Golf Fore Women program.
Marissa has been in the golf business for over 24 years with positions ranging from greens keeper, head golf professional, to general manager. She has been a member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Division since 2001. Last year she received an LPGA Northeast Teacher of the Year nomination from the LPGA’s National President, Deb Vangellow.
New this season, Marissa joined the Callaway staff and is excited and proud to represent the brand. She looks forward to offering club fittings and playing some tournament golf. She recently completed a putting course and is now a Certified Putting Instructor with Frankly Golf. Also, Marissa recently completed her Level I certification with Katherine Robert's Yoga For Golfers. Incorporating yoga into her instruction will complement her style of teaching perfectly and will positively benefit everyone.
In addition to her tenure at Lyman Orchards she served as a golf instructor for the acclaimed Jane Blalock’s Golf For Women Clinics for five seasons and has instructed Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) clinics for nine years (2003-2012).
Marissa is a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College with an Associate degree in Business Administration where she competed on the Men’s Golf Team. In 1996 she qualified to compete in the NJCAA Nationals in NC. She transferred to Bryant College in 1997 where she captained the women’s golf team. In 1997 and 1998, Marissa played as an amateur in the Friendly’s Classic which was an LPGA Tour event held at Crestview Country Club in Agawam, MA. In 1999, Marissa won the EWGA Springfield/Western MA Chapter Championship at Oak Ridge GC and continued on to win 1st place, low gross in the Sectional Championship at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley, MA.
Marissa is originally from Granby, MA and resides with her husband Chris and three-year-old
son, Daniel Henry in Westfield, MA.
Jon Wilson / PGA Class A Professional
Jon has been with Lyman Orchards since 2013 and is a terrific instructor for golfers of all ages.
Jon has been the owner and director of the Sound Approach Golf Academy and Studio in Madison since 2004. He is the former PGA Head Golf Professional at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford, Laurel View Country Club in Hamden, and the Alling Memorial Golf Course in New Haven. Jon was the Women’s Golf Coach at Yale University from 1983-1987.
In 1999 Jon was named National Golf Professional of the Year by the Arnold Palmer Golf Management Company. Jon is a recipient of the PGA Junior Golf Leader Award from the Connecticut PGA. He was also a Board Member in 1992. That same year he was asked to coordinate and conduct a golf clinic and exhibition for the City of Boston with Tiger Woods and his father Earl Woods.
Jon currently is the head coach of Wesleyan University's Women's Golf Team. He has also coached the Daniel Hand High School Girl’s Golf Team in Madison. He is the Golf Professional for the Shoreline Golf Society. Jon has been an Instructor for the First Tee of Connecticut since its inception.
Andra Frappier / LPGA Apprentice Teaching Professional
Andra Frappier is the newest addition to our instruction team and recently completed her four year Division 1 golfing career at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She found success during those years carding multiple Top-10 finishes including the Rutgers Invitational and the College of William & Mary tournament at Kingsmill. This exposure gave her the opportunity to play golf all across the country competing in states such as Texas, Arizona, Virginia and California. Andra competes annually in both the Connecticut Open and Women’s Amateur tournaments where she has had several successful finishes in past years. This year Andra will Co-Direct Junior Golf Camp, PGA Junior League and the LPGA Girls Golf Programs. She is also often responsible for overseeing various operations at the Golf Center. Andra is currently pursuing the beginning stages of the LPGA Certification Program and thoroughly enjoys all aspects of the game whether it be instruction oriented or simply interacting with other golfers. Andra looks forward sharing her passion, enthusiasm and expertise with golfers both young and old.
Dan Hannibal / PGA Associate Teaching Professional
Dan Hannibal is a proud alumnus of Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Dan graduated with his bachelor’s degree in business administration and a concentration in Professional Golf Management in 2010.
As part of the Professional Golf Management program, Dan completed four internships. In 2007, he worked at Great River Golf Club in Milford, Connecticut learning all aspects of running the golf shop and helping with junior camps and clinics. In 2008, Dan was employed at Old Greenwood Resort in North Lake Tahoe, California. In 2009, Dan held a position at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City, Michigan. Dan completed his final 7-month internship at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts working in all areas of the operation including outside operations, tournament management, and junior golf.
Dan’s first position as an assistant golf professional was at The Patterson Club in Fairfield, Connecticut from 2011-2012. In the offseason, he gained a foundation for his teaching at the Jim McLean Golf School at Doral in Miami, Florida. Most recently, Dan was the junior golf director and assistant golf professional at Vesper Country Club in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts and golf coach at The Golf Performance Center in Ridgefield, CT. Dan now resides in Trumbull, Connecticut.