PGA/lpga CERTIFIED Instructors
Whether you’re a novice to the game, a professional or amateur, wanting to reduce your handicap, or looking to improve your short game, our professional team of PGA Certified Instructors can help you achieve your goals. Their decades of teaching experience, combined with impressive credentials and awards, will ensure that you’ll be able to improve your game and play better on one of Kiawah’s championship courses.
Ronnie Miller, PGA
Director of Instruction
Miller joined the Kiawah team in 1989 and served as the head professional at Osprey Point for 10 years before assuming the same duties at Turtle Point in the spring of 2000. Prior to that he was the director of golf at Oristo Golf and Tennis Resort on Edisto Island, S.C. He has been a PGA member since 1979, and was a PGA Tour member in 1982. Miller was a two time member of the S.C. PGA Cup team. He attended the University of South Carolina, and is PGA Certified in General Management. He and his wife, Jan, have a son Troy, a daughter Allisyn, and two grandchildren, Aaron and Addison.
Abby Welch, PGA, LPGA
The former captain of the University of South Carolina’s women’s golf team, where she completed a double major in Marketing and Management, leads the resort’s instructional programs for both women and juniors, and is a lead instructor for many of our schools.
As a PGA Certified Instructor as well as a LPGA Certified Instructor, she has been a member of both organizations for 10 years, has appeared in magazine articles, and was nominated for the Junior Golf Leader award for the Carolinas PGA. Abby and husband Greg have been married since 2008, and have a son, Cole.
Abby has recently been selected for the inaugural list of Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers, and received Honorable Mention US Kids Top Golf Instructions 2016-2018. Her credentials and high standing in the instruction community earned her a spot among the top 40 instructors under the age of 40 through 2019.
Abby prides herself on growing the game of golf through everyone she works with and their individual learning style.
Ryan Rushton, PGA
Born and raised in Johnston, SC, Ryan earned a bachelors degree in Professional Golf Management at Clemson University. He became a PGA member in January, 2006 and was awarded the Titleist/Foot-Joy Apprentice Scholarship for outstanding achievement. Ryan joined the resort’s team in February, 2006 as the First Assistant Professional at Oak Point. He remained in that capacity until his move to become Lead Instructor at the Tommy Cuthbert Golf Learning Center. Ryan and his wife Brooke have been married since May, 2011.