USGTF & WGTF ACHIEVING BIG THINGS IN 2023
Since its inception in 1989, the USGTF continues to grow and prosper to the benefit of both its members and the game itself. For 2023, the World Golf Teachers Federation (WGTF) is expanding to new countries, with the most recent being Barbuda. Providing competent and qualified teachers to previously underserved countries has been a hallmark of the WGTF.
The USGTF continues to see growth in its membership, as well, as people are seeing the benefits of USGTF membership. In addition to providing a high standard of training, USGTF members enjoy tournament participation, as well as access to educational materials, networking opportunities and industry partner discounts. As the year progresses, both the USGTF and the WGTF continue to enter new and exciting territory.
“EARLY BIRD” REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR U.S. CUP
Registration for the 2023 United States Golf Teachers Cup is now open. This national championship event will be contested at the Revere Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday and Tuesday, October 9-10. Both the Lexington and Concord courses will be utilized, as they were in 2021. Play will be contested in three divisions: Open, Senior (50+) and Super Senior (68+). Women competitors will be placed into their respective age divisions and will compete from shorter distances. A concurrent pro-am will be conducted with USGTF members invited to bring an amateur partner.
2023年美国高尔夫教练杯（United States Golf Teachers Cup）的报名现已开启。这项国家级冠军赛将于10月9日至10日在内华达州拉斯维加斯的Revere高尔夫俱乐部举行。赛事将在Lexington和Concord两个球场进行，就像在2021年一样。比赛将分为三个组别：公开组、资深组（50岁以上）和超级资深组（68岁以上）。女性选手将根据年龄分组，并从较短距离的比赛。与此同时，还将举办一场职业业余赛，邀请USGTF会员携带一名业余搭档参加。
The entry fee of $575 per person includes two tournament rounds, range balls prior to and after play, closing luncheon and awards ceremony, and prize money. This entry fee amount is good until July 1, when the fee is increased to $595. To enter, please complete the registration form located here: https://www.usgtf.com/uscup.
NEWS FROM TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
By Ricky Campbell 撰稿人：Ricky Campbell
My experience in golf started just over 50 years ago, and 1977 was the first time for me playing golf in Trinidad. That’s when I realised how much one can learn in the sport. Our national team was made up of caddies, and the players from Trinidad were a mixture of caddies, businessmen and women. I must add there weren’t any women on our side.
The standard of golf in Trinidad was so high that in order to compete, we had to practise a lot with limited golf clubs and time. The result was having two players, Carlos Baynes and Carlos Beckles, on the national team, the former being the # 1 player for a couple years in Trinidad and Tobago. During that time, our national team was one of the best-playing against nine other Caribbean islands in the Hoeman Cup – now the Caribbean Championship.
特立尼达的高尔夫水平非常高，为了能够竞争，我们不得不在有限的高尔夫俱乐部和时间内进行大量练习。结果是我们的国家队中有两名球员，Carlos Baynes和Carlos Beckles，前者曾在特立尼达和多巴哥连续几年成为头号球员。在那段时间里，我们的国家队是加勒比海地区其他九个岛屿参加的霍曼杯（现在称为加勒比锦标赛）中表现最好的之一。
Over the last couple of years, we had a lot of talented players, but not enough to make a team of six. In a couple of years, we are expecting to get back to those glory times now that Anthony Benny, Chris Richards and myself all have a very productive youth programme.
在过去的几年里，我们有许多有才华的球员，但却不足以组成一个六人团队。然而，未来几年，随着Anthony Benny、Chris Richards和我自己共同拥有一个非常富有成效的青年计划，我们有望重新回到那些辉煌的时光。
REGIONAL TOURNAMENT UPDATE
Northeast – The USGTF Northeast Region Championship will be played Thursday, June 15, at Mountain View Golf Course in Ewing, New Jersey. This one-round event features tee assignments based on age and gender, and has an entry fee of $185, which includes one round of tournament play, range balls prior to play, and prize money. A dinner is planned after the round. For more information and to enter, please contact region director Bob Corbo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
东北地区 – 美国高尔夫教练联盟（USGTF）东北地区锦标赛将于6月15日星期四在新泽西州尤因的Mountain View高尔夫球场举行。这个单轮赛事根据年龄和性别进行分组，报名费为185美元，包括一轮比赛、比赛前的练习球和奖金。赛后还有一个晚餐活动。欲了解更多信息并报名参赛，请联系地区主管Bob Corbo，邮箱：email@example.com。
Central – The USGTF Central Region Championship will be played Sunday and Monday, September 24-25, at Walden Ponds Golf Course in Hamilton, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. The entry fee of $250 includes two tournament rounds, range balls, and prize money which includes not only tournament finishes but any side games. To enter, please call region director Tony McMullin at (513) 479-6895.
中部地区 – 美国高尔夫教练联盟（USGTF）中部地区锦标赛将于9月24日至25日（星期日和星期一）在俄亥俄州辛辛那提市附近的Hamilton的Walden Ponds高尔夫球场举行。报名费为250美元，包括两轮比赛、练习球和奖金，其中不仅包括锦标赛名次的奖金，还包括任何附加游戏的奖金。欲报名参赛，请致电地区主管Tony McMullin，电话：(513) 479-6895。
UPCOMING CERTIFICATION COURSES:
Fort Pierce, FL – June 19-23
Las Vegas, NV – July 17-21
Las Vegas, NV – September 4-8
Princeton, NJ – September 4-8
Fresno, CA – September 11-15
Evansville, IN – September 11-15
Atlanta, GA – September 18-22
Fort Pierce, FL – September 25-29
Houston, TX – September 25-29
“PRO” FILE – TOURING PROFESSIONAL BROOKS KOEPKA
“职业”档案 – 巡回职业高尔夫球手布鲁克斯·科帕卡
It wasn’t that long ago that Brooks Koepka seemingly came out of nowhere to briefly dominate the major championship scene over a period of two years, having won four of golf’s most prestigious titles. Then, he basically disappeared from contention. That is, until he gave JonRahm a huge tussle at this year’s Masters and finally winning once again at the PGA Championship.
Koepka had to overcome a series of injuries, mainly to his knee, that limited his ability to play great golf. The interesting thing about Koepka is his ability to win major championships while being somewhat of much more ordinary player in non-major events. This certainly goes to the power of the mind to achieve greatness when one puts their mind to it.
Koepka has now entered the realm of all-time greats, as only 19 other men have won five or more major championships. He has the same number of majors as Seve Ballesteros, for example, and more than some of the legends of the game, including Raymond Floyd. Now that Koepka is healthy, the only question is how many more majors will he win before he’s done.
“PRO” FILE – USGTF MEMBER TOM ALLEY
“职业”教练档案 – USGTF会员汤姆·艾利
Tom Alley has been a USGTF Certified Golf Teaching Professional in Las Vegas, Nevada, for the past 13 years. Going back to high school, his goal has always been to be a professional golfer. When he graduated high school, he was recognized by the USGA as one of the top 50 high school golfers in the country that year.
While attending college at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, he was planning to turn pro in the summer of his junior year. That summer, he was transferred from Michigan to Las Vegas with a bar and restaurant company to open their newest outlet. He ended up being a competitive bartender, winning multiple events and world championships. At the age of 30 he decided to re-dedicate himself to the game of golf. He proceeded to play amateur golf and won five Golf Channel Amateur Tour events and qualified for their national championship twice. He then turned professional and started playing on various mini-tours in the Southwest, as well as competing in state opens and U.S. Open qualifiers.
在密歇根州的Grand Valley State大学读大学期间，他计划在大三的夏天转为职业球手。那个夏天，他从密歇根州调到拉斯维加斯与一家酒吧和餐厅公司一起开设新店。结果他成为了一名有竞争力的调酒师，赢得了多个比赛和世界锦标赛。30岁时，他决定重新致力于高尔夫运动。他接着参加了业余高尔夫比赛，赢得了五场Golf Channel业余巡回赛，并两次晋级他们的全国锦标赛。然后，他成为了一名职业球手，并开始参加西南地区的各种小型巡回赛，同时参加州公开赛和美国公开赛的预选赛。
He became certified by the USGTF in 2010, and started Tom Alley Golf Instruction shortly thereafter, where he teaches a simple philosophy: make you better, faster. He understands that what works for some may not work for others, and every golfer’s swing is different. Alley has taught everyone from beginners to the college level. He was the head golf professional at an indoor hitting facility and worked as an independent professional at Desert Pines Golf Club. Alley still tries to play in 3-5 professional events a year, including the U.S. Golf Teachers Cup and Long Beach Open. He has a goal to win the U.S. Cup and participate in some of the other regional events.
Alley lives in Henderson, Nevada, with his wife and two dogs, and is currently the general manager of Tap Sports Bar inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
艾利与妻子和两只狗一起生活在内华达州的亨德森市，目前担任拉斯维加斯MGM大酒店内的Tap Sports Bar的总经理。
STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – SARA QIAN
“学生聚光灯 – 贾红琳”
Sara Qian from Maple Grove, Minnesota, has a special calling: She is a full-time emergency room nurse. But golf is not far from her mind, as she completed the USGTF certification course in 2021 under the tutelage of USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional Bill Rice in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Qian began her journey in golf when her son was 4 1/2 years old, and she was looking for a fun sport that they both could do. Golf fit the bill, and soon her son was an accomplished golfer. This forced Qian to learn about the mechanics and the game in general. Although her son wound up going to college for academics rather than golf, Qian’s enjoyment of the game led her to the USGTF, so much so that her husband earned his certification the following year.
Today, Qian teaches part-time at Eagle Lake Golf Course in Minnesota, where her emphasis is developing women golfers. As a Korean person born in China, she speaks both of those languages fluently and finds that people from those countries feel more comfortable with someone who speaks their own language. With her duties as a nurse, combined with her efforts to grow the women’s game, it can certainly be said that Qian is a very special USGTF member, and the organization is fortunate to have her in our ranks.
INDUSTRY PARTNER SPOTLIGHT – CALLAWAY GOLF
In 1993 when Callaway Golf founder Ely Callaway first became apprised of the USGTF, he took a deep interest in the organization and remained a staunch supporter until his passing in 2001. Callaway’s support for the USGTF continues to this day, as Master and Certified Golf Teaching professionals are eligible for a 30% discount below wholesale price, while Associate Members are allocated a 10% discount. To take advantage of this program, please contact Lucero Padilla at Lucero.Padilla@callawaygolf.com for VIP access.
EDITORIAL – THE MEANING OF MICHAEL BLOCK’S PGA PERFORMANCE
编辑精选 – 迈克尔·布洛克在PGA锦标赛中的意义
Prior to the PGA Championship, the only people in golf who knew the name Michael Block were the members and clientele of the course where he works, Arroyo Trabuco in Mission Viejo, California, his fellow PGA section members, and golf geeks. After his performance in the PGA Championship, every golf fan knows his name.
For three days, Block mesmerized the golfing world as he shot even-par each day to land a spot in the top 10 entering the final round, where he would be paired with Rory McIlroy. Block’s dream week continued when he aced the par-3 15th hole, sending everyone into a frenzy, and even received a hug from McIlroy. He finished in a tie for 15th place and secured a place in next year’s PGA Championship.
Block’s epic performance has several meanings, one of which is the seemingly impossible (or at least improbable) may not be so impossible, after all. Although Block somewhat downplayed his accomplishment by saying this is how he normally plays when his mind is free (calling it “Blocky golf”), what he did is remarkable. It also means that those of us who teach golf for a living can really play the game at a level that commands respect from our students – although perhaps not to Block’s ability, but the point stands. It also means that someone with a dream can really accomplish that dream if he or she puts in the blood, sweat and tears necessary. Finally, and perhaps most important, Block conducted himself in such a classy manner that showed you can still have success and be respectful and gracious. It’s a lesson that some athletes and other successful people should take to heart.
布洛克的超凡表现有几层意义，其中之一是看似不可能（或至少是不太可能）的事情实际上并不那么不可能。虽然布洛克有点淡化自己的成就，称这是他心态自由时的常态（称之为“布洛克高尔夫”），但他所做 的是非常了不起的。这也意味着我们这些以教授高尔夫为生的人，确实可以在一个令我们学生尊敬的水平上打高尔夫球 – 虽然也许不及布洛克的水平，但这个观点依然成立。这还意味着一个有梦想的人，只要付出必要的努力和汗水，真的可以实现那个梦想。最后，也许最重要的是，布洛克表现得非常优雅，展现了成功与尊重和谦恭是可以共存的。这是一课，一些运动员和其他成功人士应该牢记在心。