Learn and Engage

The main stage is a hub of activity throughout the weekend, featuring interactive swing seminars from area pros, new product demos, interviews with golf industry experts, junior golf presentations and more than 100 prize giveaways!

2020 Main Stage Schedule

Friday

Time
11:45Dave Souza, GOLFTEC
High-tech instruction to improve your game
1:00Jason DeSombre, Select Physical Therapy
Focus on your most important equipment — yourself
2:152020 U.S. Senior Open
Golf's greats are coming to Newport this year! Learn more about this summer's event, and how you can get behind the ropes!
3:30Frank Darby, Manhattan College
Learn about the world of college golf and the PGA TOUR from Sirius XM host and Keegan Bradley's college coach

Saturday

Time
10:00Amy Wasterlain, Middlesex Health
Find out how joint replacement surgery can get you back to playing your best
11:15CSGA Rules Forum
The new World Handicap System is in place — what do you need to know?
12:30Junior Golf Presentation
Learn about junior golf programs from The First Tee of Connecticut
1:45Dave Souza, GOLFTEC
High-tech instruction to improve your game
3:00Jason DeSombre, Select Physical Therapy
How junior golfers can maximize the potential in their swing

Sunday

Time
9:45Jason DeSombre, Select Physical Therapy
Screening for optimal performance
11:00Dave Souza, GOLFTEC
High-tech instruction to improve your game
12:15Dr. Lawrence Berson
Minimally-invasive foot or ankle surgery could be just what you need to be playing your best this year
1:15PGA Junior League
Get your young golfer competing against the best this year!

Speakers

Frank Darby

Frank Darby is the host of Sirius XM’s “On Course” program, and one of the country’s foremost collegiate coaches. Darby is in his fourth season as head coach of the Manhattan Jaspers men’s golf team, after spending the previous 20 years as the head coach at St. John’s University. In his final season at St. John’s (2013-14), Darby was named Big East Coach of the Year after guiding the Red Storm to a Big East Championship title. Darby coached St. John’s to six NCAA Regional appearances while overseeing the development of 27 All-Big East selections, including 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley. Over his 20-year coaching career, Darby has coached 80 players who earned Big East All-Academic honors, including 11 that were selected as GCAA Academic All-Americans. A 27-year member of the PGA of America, Darby is a member of the Tournament Operations Field staff for the Metropolitan Section of the PGA, which entails planning, organizing and implementing 100 golf events in a six-month period. He also served as the Head Golf Professional at Nissequoque Golf Club for 11 years and at the Colonial Springs Golf Club for two years. Come meet Frank and find out just what it takes to succeed on golf’s biggest stage.

Jason DeSombre

Jason DeSombre is a Physical Therapist and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who has been working with athletes of all ages and skill levels since graduating from Ithaca College. Over his career, Jason has worked with several high schools, colleges and professional teams. Since 2008, Jason has become very involved with treating golfers from both an injury perspective as well as for performance enhancement. He has gone through certification in four tracks from the Titleist Performance Institute, which include Level 3 Medical Professional, Level 3 Fitness Professional, Level 2 Golf Coach and Level 2 Junior Coach for development of junior athletes. Jason was also certified through K-Vest, which is the Titleist Performance Institute endorsed 3D motion analysis system to look at kinematic sequence and reduce injuries in golfers. Jason is currently the Center Manager for Select Physical Therapy in the Watertown and Naugatuck clinics.

Dave Souza

Dave Souza is the owner and center manager of the GOLFTEC West Hartford Training Center. Dave has been coaching with GOLFTEC for over seven years in the Boston area and has taught over 7,000 lessons. He truly believes in the GOLFTEC process for improvement, which focuses on measurable, fact-based changes to the golf swing. By utilizing the latest motion-measurement technology, he can teach golfers of all levels how to achieve their personal goals the fastest. The results are consistent: students are more confident on the course and play better golf. GOLFTEC has recently released the findings of the most comprehensive big-data study on the golf swing ever done, called SwingTRU. Dave will discuss the benefits of the SwingTRU study in his presentation, helping golfers learn what really makes the great players great.

Dr. Lawrence Berson

Dr. Berson is an orthopedic surgeon at Middlesex Orthopedic Surgeons and Middlesex Health. Dr. Berson is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He completed his fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at The Foundation for Orthopedic, Athletic, and Reconstructive Research at Texas Medical Center. Dr. Berson performed his internship and residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. Dr. Berson specializes in treating patients with foot and ankle injuries and problems. Stop by to find out how Dr. Berson can help you keep in shape and playing your best this year!

Dr. Amy Wasterlain

Dr. Wasterlain is an orthopedic surgeon at Middlesex Orthopedic Surgeons and Middlesex Health. Dr. Wasterlain completed her fellowship in hip and knee replacement at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute in Philadelphia. She performed her residency at the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, where she served as executive chief resident. She earned her medical degree from Stanford University. Dr. Wasterlain specializes in direct anterior hip replacements, robotic partial knee replacements and complex revision hip and knee replacements. She also treats hip and knee arthritis, fractures and torn meniscus. Don’t let knee and hip pain hold you back this year — let Dr. Wasterlain show you how to get the most out of your golf game in 2020!