Meet the Buffalo Golf & Social Team
Jesse Struebing has been teaching for 20 years. His teaching philosophy consists of old school practices combined with the best technology available. Jesse has spent the last 14 years teaching golf in Boston, MA. He spent six years teaching and researching at one of the world's top colleges - MIT. During his time there he sat in on many studies from the strokes gained statistic to launch monitor technology testing and verification. From there he started Boston Golf & Social which he still owns and operates with business partner Robbie Vogel. He was awarded “Best of Boston” for his teaching program and was the top ranked instructor in Boston for many years. Jesse and his wife Madeline are both originally from Buffalo New York and they are very excited to be back home and bringing this new venture to downtown Buffalo.
Justin Young is our newest addition to our Buffalo area instruction staff. A single digit handicap, Justin has more than 22 years of playing experience. Starting out with just a PW and a bucket of balls in his grandfather’s backyard, he has progressed to now analyzing swing mechanics using Trackman and K-Motion technology. A Falconer, New York native and a Buffalo transplant, Justin graduated from Canisius College in 2013 with a B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Physics.
After meeting Jesse early in 2021, he quickly made the easy decision to combine both of his golf and teaching passions and transition into the golf instruction industry. A true apprentice of Jesse, Justin emphasizes “real vs feel” feedback, provided by Trackman’s real-time analytics and K-Motion’s visual and audio response.
Kassidy Aiken has joined our Buffalo area management and instructional staff at our Downtown Buffalo location. Kassidy is currently a member of the Niagara University Women’s Golf Team and Lancaster Country Club. Kassidy comes to Buffalo Golf and Social with enthusiasm and the belief that everyone has the ability to be a great golfer with a little determination and hard work. Kassidy has grown up around the game of golf watching her mother and father enjoy the game.
Before falling in love with golf, Kassidy was a standout softball player where her hard work and dedication earned her a scholarship to the University at Buffalo where she competed from 2018-2020. Kassidy is currently studying education at Niagara University and is a softball coach in the West Seneca Schools district. She has taken her knowledge of the golf swing and combining her knowledge into a way to customize a golf swing that is unique to the individual.
Xander LaPlante started working for Buffalo Golf & Social after taking golf lessons from Jesse in Boston. He has been running the social media and marketing campaigns for BGS for two years. Xander is a former college baseball player and a marketing major at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is currently living in Boston and will be graduating in the spring of 2021. In addition to running the marketing for Buffalo Golf & Social, Xander also works as a marketing manager at a small business in Boston and coaches AAU baseball.
AJ is a Physical Therapist by trade and is also certified through the Titleist Performance Institute. From Buffalo, AJ received his Bachelors in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo, before obtaining his Doctorate in Physical Therapy From D’Youville College.
Using a Hybrid Performance Model, AJ can help golfers achieve more by unlocking rotational range, improving strength and power, as well as resolving aches, pains, and injuries. AJ offers a variety of methods that all begin with a thorough Head to Toe Evaluation. From the evaluation diagnostics, appropriate interventions and programming are designed uniquely for each golfer.
Whether you are looking to improve your game, overhaul your athleticism, or rebound from an injury, AJ offers a variety of methods to help you achieve your goals.
Please let us know if you have a question about one of our services and we will get back to you.