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Meet our talented Tennis Professionals

 

George LoweDirector of Tennis George Lowe

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.

Lisa Seymour

Operations Manager, Director of 10 & Under Tennis – Lisa SeymourOperations 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.

Josie CaldwellAssistant Head Tennis Professional – Josie Caldwell

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.


Tennis Professional Fernando BelmarFernando Belmar

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.


Dane Fosgard  Assistant Head Tennis ProfessionalDane Fosgard

Assistant Head Tennis Professional

Dane’s love for tennis started at a young age while taking lessons at the Port Huron Tennis House. He went on to play 4 years of high school tennis at St. Clair High School, serving as team captain and playing #1 singles his senior year in 2009. During this time he spent his summers teaching tennis for a local tennis program.

In 2010, Dane earned a scholarship to Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ml and played singles and doubles for LSSU for 4 years. He graduated with a double major in Business Management and Entrepreneurship in 2013.

Dane is currently a USPTA-Certified Professional and has the ability to teach adults and children of all ages and skill levels. He keeps up his playing skills by competing in USTA Tournaments around the area.


Hunter Bergsma

Tennis Professional – Hunter BergsmaTennis Professional

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

Tennis Professional

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 Fries

Tennis Professional

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 was the Boys Varsity Tennis Coach at Lasher High School in Bloomfield Hills and was the Head Tennis Professional at the Bloomfield Open Hunt Club.

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