Meet our talented Tennis Professionals
Director of Tennis
George Lowe has 14 years of experience in the tennis industry as a USPTA and PTR Certified teaching pro and promoter of the game for the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Midwest Section.
George graduated with a degree in Physics from Kalamazoo College where he played tennis for the Hornets from 2000-2004, co-captaining the team to their 66th consecutive MIAA conference championship in 2004. George has worked as a teaching pro at the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo and Deer Lake Athletic Club, as Head Tennis Pro at the Lawn and Tennis Club of North Carolina where he worked with section and nationally ranked junior and adult tennis players. As the Michigan Tennis Service Representative for USTA/ Midwest Section he was responsible for starting and growing community tennis programs across the state of Michigan. George joined the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa team of Tennis Professionals in August 2017 and has enjoyed collaborating with the nationally recognized staff on exciting new tennis programming for members and guests.
Operations Manager, Director of 10 & Under Tennis
Lisa has been Director of the 10 and Under tennis program at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa since 2010. She is certified by the United States Professional Tennis Registry in 10 and Under tennis. Lisa has been the Traverse City Central JV Head coach for eight years and has worked with Grand Traverse Tennis Camps as an Instructor for nine years. She has worked with Traverse City Public Schools to help re-establish their after school tennis programs ranging from Second to Eighth grades.
Lisa previously taught tennis at the Livonia YMCA and was also in charge of their adult leagues and junior travel matches. For the past two years, she has been the Baird Cup coach for the girls 18s team that has traveled down to Illinois to play among the best in the Midwest. Moving to the Grand Traverse area in 2003, she appreciates the smaller, but passionate tennis environment that she has encountered in a place she now calls her home.
Assistant Head Tennis Professional
One of our most accomplished tennis professionals, Fernando Belmar is ranked in the Top Four in Spain in 14s and 16s. He is a Member of Spanish National Team in 14s and 16s, and is ranked among the Top 100 in the world in 18s. Fernando was a Florida State High School Champion who attended Michigan State University with a full athletic scholarship, where he was the top player in Singles and Doubles.
He currently has a Top 600 in the world in ATP ranking, was the Spanish National Champion in 2015 and Spanish National Finalist in 2016 for 50+. Member of Spanish National Team for 50+ and holds the #14 ranking in the world for 50+. He is a Certified Coach by the prestigious Sanchez-Casal Academy and is a Registry of Professional Tennis (RPT) Certified Coach. In addition to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, he is a Tennis Professional at the Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor.
Assistant Head Tennis Professional
Josie is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry with a specialization in 10 and Under Youth Tennis.
She is a managing member of Tennis 1st, a tennis teaching system which has pioneered teaching methods for children ages 1-4.
Josie is a former #2 Singles Player and Captain of the Michigan State Women’s Tennis Team. She loves teaching youth and adults of all ability levels, and as a mother of three young children and a busy lifestyle, especially loves getting groups of women together to play tennis as a healthy outlet.
Anne is a certified USPTR tennis professional. She played collegiate tennis for Ferris State University and held the #1 singles and doubles position for four consecutive years. She finished out her senior year leading the team to a conference championship as well as winning both the #1 singles and doubles flight. She held a National ITA ranking of 14 in doubles and 21 in singles. She has taught at numerous clubs around the country and has held Assistant Tennis Pro positions at Johns Island, Vero Beach, Mission Dorado, and others.
She was an on staff instructor at Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago and Farmington Tennis Club in Metro Detroit. Anne was part of the 1990 5.0 USTA National Championship team out of Chicago and more recently the 2009 4.5Tri level team, doubles finalist in Palm Springs, California. Anne has been on staff at Grand Traverse Resort since 2001 and brings many years of knowledge and playing experience to the facility.
Cliff Girard, “Mr. G,” played college tennis. He coaches Junior High, Junior Varsity, and Varsity teams. Cliff has been a Tennis Pro at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa for 17 years teaching all levels. He helps coach both boys and girls Varsity teams at Traverse City Central High School, he also works with students at Traverse City West and St. Francis High Schools to improve tennis specific skills and fundamentals as well as technical skills in both singles and doubles.
Mark is a long-time tennis professional and has been with Grand Traverse Resort and Spa since 2010. He also is a Tennis Professional at the Deer Lake Country Club in Clarkston, MI. He is the Boys Varsity Tennis Coach at Lasher High School in
Bloomfield Hills and the Head Tennis Professional at the Bloomfield Open Hunt Club.
Summer Camp – Junior Staff Members
- Jack Seymour
- Autumn Roberts
- Yana Beeker
- Andy Columbo
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