《USGTF News》2017年6月期

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The Summer 2017 edition of Golf Teaching Pro magazine has gone to press and will be in your mailbox this month. The magazine has garnered many accolades from industry luminaries and contains valuable information for all golf teaching professionals. Timely articles, instruction, features and USGTF events are just some of the items covered. Look for it soon!

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Craig Johanson of Dallas, Texas, outdueled Mike Henry of Roanoke, Texas, to win theUSGTF Southwest Regional Championship at Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club in Plano, Texas, this past May 20-21. Both players finished the 36-hole competition tied for first at 150, with Johanson prevailing in the ensuing playoff. Kern Doucet of Opelousas, Louisiana, finished third.
The USGTF Northeast Region Championship is fast approaching, and will be held June 9 at Mercer Oaks East Golf Course in West Windsor, New Jersey. The entry fee is $165 and includes golf and prizes. For more information, please contact Northeast Region director Bob Corbo at (609) 580-5997 or through email at bcgolfcoach@gmail.com. The Northeast Region event regularly draws over 40 players and is a popular event on the USGTF calendar.
The USGTF Southeast Region Championship will be held July 29-30 at GlenLakes Country Club in Weeki Wachee, Florida, approximately 45 miles north of Clearwater. The entry fee of $175 includes two days of golf, range balls and prize money. Dinner at an area restaurant will be held after the first round on Saturday. The recommended hotel is the Quality Inn Weeki Wachee, which is approximately 10 minutes away from the golf course. For more information, please contact region director Mike Stevens at ams1127@msn.com. Entries are being handled by the USGTF National Office at (888) 346-3290 (a 3% service charge will be added for credit card entries by phone).

The 22nd annual United States Golf Teachers Cup and the 13th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup will be held October 16-19 at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. Boulder Creek features three distinctive nines, and all will be used for the championships.
Also, the inaugural United States Senior and World Senior Golf Teachers Cups will be held for participants 50 and over. A Super Senior (60+) and Legends (70+) division will also be contested within each tournament.  For more information and to register, please visitwww.WorldGolfTeachersCup.com.
Finally, the Fiesta Henderson Hotel & Casino, with all-new remodeled rooms, will serve as the host hotel. The nightly tournament rate for Sunday through Thursday nights is $45 plus tax, while Friday and Saturday nights the rate is $89 plus tax. To book call: 1-888-899-7770 and use group code: RCIGTF7. Hotel reservation cutoff date is September 28, 2017 – rates not guaranteed after this date. Please be advised that this date is different than the tournament entry deadline of October 4.


Would you like to attract and retain new students online? Get rid of scheduling and administrative headaches? Put more money in your pocket? Spend more time doing what you love? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, The Ultimate Guide To Golf Instructor Marketing may be just what you need. Presented by Dotbound, this free e-book outlines what it takes to take your teaching business to the next level. To download the book, please click on https://www.dotbound.com/ultimate-guide-golf-instructor-marketing. You merely need to include your name and email address, and there is no further obligation.


Mike Stevens, USGTF Southeast Region director and Florida Hickory Golfers director, would like to invite Southeast members to a hickory golf celebration on the east coast of Florida as part of its Halfway to Christmas Hickory Weekend. First, on Saturday, June 24, USGTF member Earl Hines will host the golfers at his course in Melbourne, The Majors, an Arnold Palmer design, at 1:00 p.m. Then on Sunday, June 25, the hickory golfers head to FHG member Holly Gregory’s course at Cocoa Beach Country Club right up the road.
USGTF members are welcome to play in one or both events. Hickory clubs are available for use, and costs each day will run about $30. If interested, contact Stevens atams1127@msn.com.

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If you’re a USGTF Certified Golf Teaching Professional® and have been so for the past 12 months or longer, there is no better way to continue your journey as a USGTF member than through gaining Master Golf Teaching Professional® status. Las Vegas, Nevada, will host a Master’s certification class this coming July 17-19. To register, please click here.
If you’re looking to become a Certified Golf Teaching Professional, upcoming classes are:
June 5-9, Auburn, California
June 12-16, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
June 26-30, Port St. Lucie, Florida
July 10-14, Denver, Colorado
July 24-28, Auburn, California
July 24-28, Chicago, Illinois
To register for these classes, please click here.


It would be fitting that a player dubbed “The Black Knight” would come out with a book featuring the same color. Gary Player’s latest release, Gary Player’s Black Book is a unique book among those written by golf’s greats in that it isn’t merely an instructional book or autobiography. Instead, Player offers advice on life, golf and business in three sections. The book’s format features questions submitted to Player, who then answers each question.
Player’s take on various issues of life and business are what you would expect: no-nonsense and practical. He also offers a number of surprises and contrary positions, one being that he doesn’t think people necessarily need to find their passion through their work.
The reader is sure to enjoy this book for its uniqueness and the insight it offers. It is available through major online retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Does the name Andrew Putnam ring a bell? If so, you probably follow professional golf closely –very closely. At the time of this writing, Putnam is the leading money winner on the Web.com Tour and a shoo-in to play on the PGA Tour next season.
He has three top-10 finishes this season, including a victory at the Panama Claro Championship. He played on the PGA Tour in 2014-15 but failed to retain his card after finishing 2nd on the Web.com Tour’s money list the previous year. A standout golfer at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, The 28-year-old Putnam turned pro in 2011 after a stellar career at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he was a three-time All-American.
Putnam’s journey is a testament to how difficult it is to make it at the highest stages of world golf. His resume would seem to indicate he would be headed for at least a solid career, but so far that hasn’t panned out. Tom Lehman didn’t become successful until after his 30th birthday, and Hall of Fame golfer Lee Trevino famously worked as an assistant professional until his mid-20s before finding staying power. Seeing that golfers mature at different stages of their careers, it’s possible that Putnam may one day become a household name. If so…you heard it here first!


By: Mike Stevens, USGTF member and contributing writer
The latest craze is expensive golf clubs. PXG says nobody makes clubs like they do. At $300 an iron and $700 for a driver, I guess not. Callaway is right behind with their Epic irons at $250 each, with their driver quoted at $500. It is probably fair to say that anyone shelling out this kind of money would be first to say they have never hit a club better or longer. What a country, you can buy a game – at least manufacturers have been selling that fantasy for several years. I have a friend who gets a new set of clubs every time the latest model is introduced. He swears it makes all the difference in the world. His scores never change, though.
Now, I don’t doubt that there are people obsessed with golf and having the best-made equipment on the market. But $3,000 for a set of irons? That’s about status. That is saying, I have money and you don’t. A recent GQ magazine article said it best: If you’re wealthy and you want people to know it, then expensive golf clubs are much less of an investment than a Rolls Royce or Bentley.
Makes sense. Because from what I have gleaned from reviews on the net, these clubs feel great but they don’t necessarily perform better than many of the models available at lower costs. Then again, I’m a capitalist. If a person wants to spend that kind of money, more power to them. It’s great to live in a country where you can do so!

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