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 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 several 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. After 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
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.
Hunter Bergsma comes to the Resort with a decade of experience teaching, including four years at the High Performance Institute in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has an innate ability to relate to people of all ages, intellects, and interests—communicating clearly and humorously to make lessons enjoyable and memorable. Hunter also has a deep understanding of the kinetic chain, and is able to build a sustainable contact point from the ground up. He loves giving students new tools, shots, tactics, and tricks to take their game to the next level.
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 over 15 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.
For five years, Spa Grand Traverse Director Dawn Olsen thought about the changes she wanted to make to the resort’s 7,000-square-foot spa and salon.
New Look for Iconic Governors' Hall
Premier gathering space undergoes $1.5 million renovation
Reuniting at the Resort
“It’s a beautiful place to reconnect and build close ties to those we love in one of the most spectacular places in Michigan.”
—Lori, Leaver family reunion