Chad Johansen spends every day of his successful golf career striving to learn more about the golf swing.

He grew up in Lisle, Illinois and became a successful high school golfer who qualified for the state tournament as a junior in 1996. He was poised for a strong finish to his senior year until he missed the state finals by a single shot. He cried, but the experience drove him to an even more accomplished career at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. At Augustana, Chad was Captain of the golf team, team MVP and four-time all-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin selection, in addition to qualifying for the 2000 NCAA Division III National Championships. Chad graduated from Augustana in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.

With dreams of playing on the PGA Tour, Chad turned pro in 2001. He had some success, making it to the final stage of the U.S. Open one year and beating out PGA Tour players like Mark Wilson, Kevin Streelman and Chad Collins in the process. He shot two rounds in the 80s in the final stage of qualifying and was thinking about how tough the conditions were when he found out another player had posted a 66. That was the day he traded in his PGA Tour dreams.

However, Chad was not ready to leave the world of golf. Instead, he turned his attention to growing the game of golf. He started giving lessons in 2001 and created the Chad Johansen Golf Academy, a full service instructional facility in 2009. Chad teaches putting in a state-of-the-art putting studio he designed in the pro shop at Blackberry Oaks where he is Head Golf Professional and General Manager. Chad has been nominated for the Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year Award five times. Chad Johansen has been at the forefront of golf’s technological revolution for years, using video analysis as a teaching tool. In 2010, Chad invented the Perfect Putting Aid which is now used by more than 125 PGA Tour professionals. Chad still plays a great game of golf as evidenced by the career-low round of 63 he carded at Blackberry Oaks in 2004.


Here are just a few of Chad’s other accomplishments where he has combined his skills, his love of the game of golf and his entrepreneurial business sense:

  • Head Golf Professional at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol, Illinois, since 2003
  • PGA Member since 2006
  • PGA General Manager at Blackberry Oaks since January 2015
  • Augustana College men’s golf MVP
  • Established Aurora University women’s golf team which won the NAC conference champio 2006, and 2007. Chad was . named Conference Coach of the year in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
  • Founded Chad Johansen Putting Studio in 2007
  • Received TPI Golf Fitness Instructor Certification in 2007
  • Founded Chad Johansen Golf Academy 2009
  • Invented The Perfect Putting Aid – used by over 125 players on the PGA Tour – 2009
  • Ambassador of V1 Video Analysis
  • Shot career low round of 63 at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course


Chad Johansen’s story is one that resonates with golfers and business professionals alike. Chad’s hands-on presentation about life, golf and business will entertain any employee, guest or client. If you are looking for a memorable treat for your audience, contact Chad Johansen to schedule an event today.