I have been a PGA of America member for forty-two years and
prior to that, I was a British PGA member for eight years. I
have taught golf all over the world and had my own golf academy
in Japan for seven years.
My current status is as an independent contractor teaching at
Tierra Rejada Golf Club in Moorpark and The Vintage Club in
I started to teach at Pelican Hill eight years ago when the
teaching center first opened. I was the first instructor hired
after Glenn Deck became the Teaching Director. Our first project
was to develop golf schools, clinics, corporate programs, etc.
I developed the first school and wrote the first instruction
manual. I have been the lead instructor at numerous schools
conducted at Pelican. Over the years, the schools and teaching
programs have become well-known and rate as some of the finest
teaching programs anywhere. While I certainly cannot accept
all the praise for the programs, I have had substantial input
into their success. Glenn Deck is the sponsor of this nomination.
In addition to being involved in Pelican Hill programs, I also
teach on an individual basis and give as many 150 private lessons
I also have a pet project that I have conducted for three years
where I have worked with six young girls once a week without
charge. This is the fun part of teaching - the other is my job.
The group consisted of players of varying ethnic backgrounds
- Hispanic, African-American, Japanese- American. Two girls
are nationally rated and two are playing very well in SCPGA
THE VINTAGE CLUB
This Club is the most exclusive club in the desert and has a
membership of 450 from many parts of the world. This is my second
year at the Vintage Club and I am the busiest teacher on staff.
There are three independent and five staff teachers at the club.
Many of America’s corporate giants are my students.
Innovative or unusual programs
At the Vintage Club this year I introduced a six week program
with Head Professional, Eugene Bonfilio.
Week 1. Putting and chipping
Week 2. Pitching and bunker
Week 3. Green reading
Week 4. Shot/club selection for shots around the green
Week 5. Playing lesson
Week 6. Uneven lies
At each of these clinics, I developed a brochure for the students
to refer to. These brochures will become the foundation of a
book consisting of 100 of these brochures on various topics.
I plan on publishing this collection during the upcoming summer
At Pelican Hill, I introduced an annual program where I charged
a flat fee for the year. The students received one lesson per
week but could book more, if I was available, on a two-day notice.
This year I am introducing an intensive one-month program.
I take four students and give them three 2-hour sessions of
instruction per week for a month. It will include all phases
of the game. At least half of the time will be spent on the
golf course where the game is played.
When I was the Head Professional at clubs, I always gave a
free playing lesson to the Ladies Club once a week.
In Fresno, I taught golf on television in the 70’s in
addition to my work with NHK in Japan during the 90’s.
I filmed and produced the first golf instructional DVD for
sale in Japan.
Toshiba was the sponsor.
At Ridgeline Country Club in the early 90’s, I developed
a program where I spent each Friday working with young professionals
and young amateurs helping them hone their skills. Dr. David
Wright eventually assisted me with this group, teaching the
mental side of golf.
Helping other Professionals
For 18 years I was on the faculty of the PGA of America educational
programs. I taught many subjects including teaching at business
school one and two. I have taught all over America. During the
years I spent on the PGA faculty, I coordinated many schools
and workshops. I also taught at the National Junior Golf Academy,
a PGA of America program, for four years.
I have had an opportunity to teach with many fine PGA teachers
as fellow instructors. I have also taught with numerous golf
psychologists. This adds to the knowledge that I have been able
to pass along to other professionals.
I was education chairman of the Carolinas section of the PGA
of America during the 1980’s. I was responsible for having
an all-day teaching seminar where we were able to bring the
top teachers in the US to approximately 250 professionals during
our Spring meeting.
I introduced Dr. David Wright to golf and was his mentor. I
was extremely proud of his winning the Teacher of the Year award
I have conducted teaching seminars for SCPGA. One recent seminar
was on the business of teaching. The program highlighted not
only the joy of golf but also how to make a living and provide
for our families.
I have helped many young professionals learn the art of teaching
and my door has always been open for them.
Articles, Books, Videos etc.
I have written many articles for national magazines including
Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Executive Golfer, Sport Fitness.
For four years, I wrote a monthly column for Golf for Women
when the magazine first started to publish in the early 90’s.
In Japan, I wrote articles for Golf Digest and Choice magazines.
I wrote a series of articles for the Sankei Shimbun newspaper
analyzing different swings of touring professionals each week.
During my seven year span in Japan, I had a television show
on NHK TV where I taught two young Japanese girls. In addition
to the show, a book and video was produced to accompany the
show. I am pleased to say the book and the video sold out while
the show was an instant success. The show was shown twice on
Japanese TV and then sold to Korea TV.
I was also the Chief Instructor to the Sata Ladies Golf College.
Part of my duties were to teach the Japanese instructors how
to teach. As part of this endeavour, I developed the Derek Hardy
NHK TV and Toshiba Corporation hired me to develop the first
DVD teaching program called “The Inner Swing”. It
had reasonable success in Japan even though the DVD format was
in its infancy.
Back in the 70’s, I had a TV show in Fresno called “Valley
I have appeared twice on the “Golf Channel”.
I taught at the first Teaching Summit in Dallas in 1988.
I have a workbook that I use with my students. They have to
make notes after each lesson. This tells me if they have understood
my instructions and it also reminds me about what I have been
working on with the student.
Players I have developed
I have three players on the LPGA tour that I started out at
a very young age - Shelley Hamlin in Fresno, CA., Beth Daniel
and Jane Geddes who are both from Charleston S.C. These three
ladies were in their early teens when I started to teach them.
I feel that I have been a big influence on them and their golf
careers. Beth Daniel is being inducted into the Golf Hall of
Fame this year and I had the honor of being a guest at her recent
gala celebration in Charleston, S.C. Many of the speakers at
the event marveled at the beauty and power of her swing. Beth
herself, acknowledged that I was responsible for her skills.
In addition to these current players I have taught Liselotte
Neumann, Helen Alfredson, Hollis Stacy, Sally Little, Sandra
Palmer, Lori Garbacz, Amy Benz, Susan Sanders, just to name
I have developed many state and club champions. I have worked
with numerous talented men who have had the elusive goal of
making the PGA Tour their career of choice.
However, I think the biggest asset a professional can have
is to make the average golfer a better player so they can receive
more enjoyment out of the game. I feel I have done this very
well. Beth Daniel and Jane Geddes gave a lot of credibility
to my teaching skills but this selection committee knows that
a professional can only do so much. The super stars are easy
to teach. It is the average player - our bread and butter -
that gives me the most satisfaction. The well-known player brings
much publicity to their teacher which enhances their reputation.
In many instances, that is how we become known.