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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE NATIONAL OFFICE!

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December is the time when the golf season has begun its hibernation – at least for those of you in the northern climes – and the holiday season is upon us. We at the USGTF national

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JAMES GILLESPIE, EUROPEAN GOLF TEACHERS CUP CHAMPION

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The 10th annual European Golf Teachers Cup was recently held at Vaucouleurs Golf Course near Paris, France. This year’s event was hosted by the Dutch Golf Teachers

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US AND WORLD GOLF TEACHERS CUP…WE’RE GOING TO DISNEY!

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Disney World in Orlando, Florida, will host the 20th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup and the 12th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup October 13-16, 2015, at the renowned

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RECENT MASTER’S COURSE IN PHOENIX, ARIZONA

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All participants successfully completed the recent Master Certification Course at Foothills Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona. USGTF Course Examiner, David Vaught stated,

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US MATCH PLAY UP AND RUNNING

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The third annual United States Match Play Championship, with a guaranteed first-place prize of $10,000, is being played December 1-5. This is the only national championship

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“PRO” FILE – TOUR PROFESSIONAL CHRISTINA KIM

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Golf has its share of feel-good stories, but the LPGA’s Christina Kim’s may be one of the best you’ll find. Kim, the daughter of USGTF professional Man Kim, captured the Lorena

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MEMBER PROFILE – ABDUL WAHEED

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When you think of Pakistan or Vietnam, you don’t necessarily think of golf, but USGTF member Abdul Waheed is setting out to change that. Waheed attended the USGTF

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USGTF TEACHING PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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Amherst Country Club in Amherst, New Hampshire, is seeking a teaching professional for its facilities, including the Ponemah Green Family Golf Center.  Amherst Country Club

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EDITORIAL – THANK GOODNESS FOR MUNICIPAL GOLF

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It wasn’t that long ago that many golf course owners considered anything under $75 per round as “cheap,” and they priced their courses accordingly.  Of course, this was

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Belling Captures US Cup For Second Time With Record Score

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Dave Belling became the third multiple winner of the United States Golf Teachers Cup when he captured the 2014 title at Boulder Creek Golf Club

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Savoy, Church Inducted Into Hall of Fame

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USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professionals Ray Savoy from Greenbelt, Maryland, and Pat Church from Eugene, Oregon, were inducted into the USGTF Hall of Fame on

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Perez and Jaffe Capture Two-Person Best Ball Championship

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Jim Perez from Fresno, California, and his partner Bob Jaffe from Short Hills, New Jersey, won the inaugural National Two-Person Best Ball Championship at Boulder Creek

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Warner Named Harvey Penick Trophy Recipient

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USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional Christopher Warner from Houston, Texas, has been named the winner of the 2014 Harvey Penick Trophy for Excellence in Golf

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“PRO” File – Touring Professional Bernhard Langer

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His name might be the most mispronounced of any professional golfer, but there’s no mistaking Bernhard Langer’s golf game.

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US Match Play Deadline Fast Approaching

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The deadline for the 3rd annual United States Match Play Championship is Friday, November 21, at 5:00 p.m. EST. A guaranteed first-place prize of $10,000 awaits

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Lyle Wins World Hickory Open Sponsored by WGTF

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Sandy Lyle, winner of the 1985 British Open and 1988 Masters, is this year’s World Hickory champion following a two-day tournament on the Panmure course

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US CUP Deadline Fast Approaching

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Friday, October 10 is the deadline for entering the 19th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of the USGTF.

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“PRO” FILES – Touring Professional Patrick Reed

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With one gesture, Patrick Reed is sure to be a Ryder Cup villain to the European fans for years to come. The American player is not shy about letting people know how good he

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USGTF Member’s Student Scores Two Holes-In-One…In One Day!

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USGTF professionals certainly take great pride in the accomplishments of their students, and Mike Sidlinger is no exception. Sidlinger reports that Jon Scolari of Las Vegas

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Europe Takes Down USA in Ryder Cup (Again)

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In what’s becoming a predictable scenario, the European Ryder Cup team once again captured the biennial event 16 1/2 – 11 1/2 from the outgunned USA squad.  

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Royal and Ancient Golf Club to Admit Women Members

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After 260 years, the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews has voted to permit women to join for the first time.  The R&A recognized that its

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Member Profile – Els Van Hoeckel: A Dutch Woman With The Passion For Golf, Coaching, and People

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I have been teaching, or more appropriately, coaching people in several

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WGTF Sponsors World Hickory Open

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The World Golf Teachers Federation has agreed to sponsor the professional purse at next week’s World Hickory Open being held at Panmure Medal course at Panmure Golf Club,

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USGTF Shows Its Welcoming Side Once Again

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Over the years, the USGTF has been proud of its history of inclusion, giving people from every background the opportunity to earn certification as a teaching professional.

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Editorial – Jumping The Gun On The Death Of Golf

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Headlines about golf have made CNN’s, CNBC’s, Fox News’, and many other TV news’ broadcasts lately. Normally, that would be great, but they weren’t about the next Tiger

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Three Must-Have Products From The Usgtf Pro Shop

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The Small Desk Portfolio The Slimfold Wallet The Soft Scorecard Holder

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USGTF 25th Anniversary Commemoration at US Cup

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The 2014 United States Golf Teachers Cup will be held Wednesday and Thursday, October 22-23, at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas.

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Peters Crowned Central Region Champion

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It continues to be a strong summer of competitive golf for USGTF members Jim Peters of Newport, Kentucky, as he captured the Central Region Championship played August 3 at

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$10,000 Guaranteed for United States Match Play Championship

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The third annual United States Match Play Championship will be contested December 1-5, 2014, at Indian Hills Golf Course, with a guaranteed first place prize of $10,000.

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“PRO” Files – Touring Professional Carlos Ortiz

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He never was a first-team All-American in college…nor a second-teamer…nor even a third-teamer. In fact, Carlos Ortiz never made so much as Honorable Mention All-American in

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WGTF Member Profile – Murray St. Onge

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Murray St. Onge has been a CGTF member since 1997. He is the head teaching professional at Tangle Creek Golf and Country Club in Thornton, Ontario, and

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USGTF Pro Shop Update and Discount for September

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Leather has always been associated with the finest of goods, and the USGTF Pro Shop features three items that all teaching professionals could use.

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Editorial – Vision

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Superstar. That is the vision for Rory McIlroy.  In a recent interview, Rory did not tell the media that he wants to win more tournaments or majors, or

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USGTF Member Sobczak Not One For Slow Play

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When USGTF member Gary Sobczak plays golf, he’s not one to fool around taking too much time. Sobczak, from Avon, Indiana, placed second last year at the World

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Human Kinetics Offers Discount to USGTF Members

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Help your students develop a consistent swing and master every shot on their way to a lower handicap. Golf: Steps to Success provides detailed, progressive instruction

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Sign Up Now For USGTF Events

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The 19th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup, the flagship event of the USGTF, will be held Wednesday and Thursday, October 22-23, at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder

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“Pro” Files – Touring Professional Mo Martin

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American women have won the first three majors of the 2014 season. Lexi Thompson captured the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Michelle Wie took home the US Women’s

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WGTF Welcomes Back USGTF-Taiwan

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The World Golf Teachers Federation would like to welcome back Taiwan to our alliance of international golf teachers. This past July, I traveled to Taipei to conduct a certificatio

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USGTF Member Pens Book

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USGTF Master Teaching Professional Christopher Warner from Houston, Texas, has written a book titled Golf Swing from the Ground Up, published by Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC.

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Perez Continues With Active 2014

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USGTF Master Teaching Professional Jim Perez, one of the most active and energetic professionals who can be found anywhere, is at it again. Earlier this year, Perez

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SE Region Championship Results

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Although pressed, Mark Harman of Ridgeland, South Carolina, rallied with a second-round 73 to edge out Kentuckian Jim Peters by one stroke at the USGTF Southeast Region

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Nolletti Captures NE Region Championship

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The USGTF Northeast Region Championship was held on Saturday, July 19, at the Great Bear Country Club in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Twenty-seven competitors from

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WGTF Member Gray Named Director of Golf at St. Michaels

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Longtime WGTF of Great Britain & Ireland member Douglas Gray has been named the director of golf at St. Michaels Golf Club in Leuchars, Scotland, near St. Andrews.

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USGTF-China To Train Teachers At Prestigious Club

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Toby Tse, president of USGTF-China, has announced that he has signed a three-year agreement with Lan Hai Golf Club to train and certify select caddies and staff

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USGTF, CGTF National Tournament Action in Full Swing

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Entries for the 19th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup, celebrating the 25th anniversary year of the USGTF, are being accepted. The event will be held Wednesday and Thursday, October 22-23, 2014,

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USGTF Regional Action

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In addition to national tournament action, USGTF regional events are being held this summer. The USGTF Southeast Region Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, at Glen Lakes Country Club in

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Stevens Falls Short in Bid for Fourth National Hickory Title

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USGTF professional and Southeast Region director Mike Stevens came from four shots back in the final round of the 17th National Hickory

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USGTF Member Church Coaches at U.S. Special Olympics

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During the week of June 14-21, I was privileged to accompany three golfers of Team Oregon to the USA Games in Princeton, New Jersey.

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“Pro” File – Touring Professional Erik Compton

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An old cliche in sports is that a player has a lot of heart, but in the case of professional

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Determination and Courage

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It has been my distinct pleasure to have known Deon Swart for the past two years. He is an inspiring and challenging man. Deon is from South Africa and

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Allen Edmonds – Maker of Fine Teaching Shoes

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Allen Edmonds, maker of fine leather and clothing goods, has signed on as a USGTF industry partner. USGTF members in good standing are eligible

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Summer Edition of Golf Teaching Pro Coming This Week

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The Summer 2014 edition of Golf Teaching Pro magazine will be mailed out this week. Included in this special 25th anniversary

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Ortega Captures Inaugural NW Title; Other Regional Info

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Ryan Ortega of South San Francisco, California, fired a 75 to claim the inaugural USGTF Northwest Region Championship

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Inaugural National Two-Person Best-Ball Championship

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The inaugural National Two-Person Best-Ball Championship will be held Friday, October 24, 2014, at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas.

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“Pro” File – Touring Professional Gary Christian

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We often hear the stories of the prominent touring professionals, but the journeymen have compelling back-stories, too. One such golfer is Gary Christian.

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Canadian Golf Teachers Cup®

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All WGTF members are invited to play in the 2014 Canadian Golf Teachers Cup to be held Monday and Tuesday, September 22-23, at Bay of Quinte Golf & Country Club

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This Happened In Vegas…But It Didn’t Stay There

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Does anyone recognize these young guys?  This picture was taken at the awards banquet in November 2002 for the 2003 United States Golf Teachers Cup

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Editorial – BOUNCE?!

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A few weeks ago, I was playing a round of golf with some buddies. Their handicap range was from 15-25. About halfway through the round, I was shocked that none of them

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We Do Our Best!

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This photo was taken at Siem Reap Booyoung Country Club by USGTF member Leo Perlmutter while travelling in Cambodia.

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Editorial – Sweet Swinging Gene Littler was My Inspiration

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Many of my friends often compliment me on my rhythmic golf swing. When I won the 2004 USGTF Senior championship at the

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WAYNE PLAYER JOINS USGTF

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Wayne Player, son of the legendary Gary Player, has joined the USGTF as a Level III member. Player competed in two British Opens, making the cut as a 17-year-old, and a US Open.

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USGTF TOURNAMENT ACTION UPDATE AND SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

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In celebration of the USGTF’s 25th anniversary, Wayne Player has agreed to be the featured guest instructor at the 19th annual

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USGTF PRO SHOP – NEW LOGOED SHIRTS!

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The USGTF pro shop is now featuring Nike Dri-Fit micro pique polo shirts. Available in navy or white and all sizes. Please log onto www.usgtfproshop.com

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“PRO” FILE – TOURING PROFESSIONAL LEXI THOMPSON

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Being the youngest to accomplish something in golf is nothing new to one of the LPGA’s brightest stars, Lexi Thompson. At the age of 12, she became the

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ALLEN EDMONDS, PEAKVISION SIGN ON AS USGTF INDUSTRY PARTNERS.

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Allen Edmonds, maker of fine leather and clothing goods, has signed on as a USGTF industry

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EDITORIAL – SAY IT AIN’T SO, PETER

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By Mike Stevens, USGTF Level III Member I forget what tournament I was watching.

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Editorial – Get Informed or Risk Getting Left Behind

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By Mark Harman, USGTF National Course Director  Back in the 1990s, I authored an article for Golf Teaching Pro about a statistical study in Golf Digest that showed the most important statistic in relation to overall scoring average was greens … Continue reading

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April 30th is National Golf Teachers Appreciation Day

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Wednesday, April 30th, is National Golf Teachers Appreciation Day. The concept was developed by the USGTF to honor the role that golf teachers play, not only in the game of golf, but in the lives of their students. 

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Editorial – Fairway Metal, The Short Game Secret

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By Cole Golden, USGTF Level IV Member We have all been there, giving some great insight to a student’s swing fault, knowing they will not practice enough for the changes to become permanent. It is not our place to yell … Continue reading

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Mental Rules for Teaching Golf on Sale in April; Webinar Still Available

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Dr. Gregg Steinberg’s book,Mental Rules for Teaching Golf, is on sale in April for $9.95, discounted from the normal price of $12.95.

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Social Media Update

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The USGTF has several social media sites that allow members to keep in touch with the USGTF and their fellow professionals. On Facebook, the USGTF can be found at https://www.facebook.com/USGolfTeachersFed?ref=hl . 

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“Pro” File – Touring Professional Peter Thomson

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Many modern golf fans are aware that Tom Watson has won five British Open championships, but in a previous generation, another man also accomplished the feat.

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USGTF Remaining Tournament Schedule For 2014

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The inaugural USGTF Northwest Region Championship will be held Monday, May 12, at Ridgecreek Golf Club in Fresno, California. This 18-hole event will have play in Open, Senior (50+), and Super Senior (60+) divisions.

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Southwest Region Championship Results

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By Bruce Sims, USGTF Southwest Region Director The tournament was a hit. We had three guest speakers the first morning, and we were going to play the first round but weather intervened, and the field elected to play 36 on … Continue reading

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Still Time To Sign Up For Mental Toughness Training Webinar Series

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The introductory course held on February 26th was free and can be viewed by clicking here.

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Quirichi Successfully Defends US Pro Hickory Title

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Switzerland’s Paolo Quirici became the first two-time winner of the 4th annual United States Professional Hickory Championship,shooting a 2-over-par 74 en route to a five-shot victory

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19th Annual United States Golf Teachers Cup and Inaugural Best Ball Championship to be Held

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Longtime USGTF favorite Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas, will once again be the host venue for the 19th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup, Wednesday and Thursday, October 22-23.

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USGTF Southwest, Northwest Region Championships Coming Up

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USGTF Southwest Region director Bruce Sims has announced that the inaugural USGTF Southwest Region Championship will be held Sunday and Monday, March 16-17, at Ridgeview Ranch in Plano, Texas.

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“Pro” File – Touring Professional Paula Creamer

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She started her professional career with a “can’t-miss” label and with big hopes of being the next superstar in women’s golf, and Paula Creamer has done little to dispel the hoopla.

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Swing Plane Perfector Training Aid

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The USGTF has secured a special 30% discount for its members for a new training aid that top coaches and teachers are raving about.

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Proud of Your Accomplishments? We’d Like to Hear About Them

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We are always happy to showcase our members and their accomplishments, either through our monthly e-newsletter or through our member publication, Golf Teaching Pro.  If you would like to be featured in an upcoming newsletter or magazine, please submit a … Continue reading

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19th Annual US Cup – New Event and New Entry Fee!

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Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas, will once again be the host venue for the19th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup, Wednesday and Thursday, October 22-23.

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4th Annual US Professional Hickory Championship

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The 4th annual United States Professional Hickory Championship will be held Monday, February 24, at Temple Terrace Country Club in Tampa, Florida.  

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Emotional Toughness Training For Coaches

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Is your teaching or coaching one-dimensional?  Dr. Gregg Steinberg, the USGTF’s sports psychology consultant, will be hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m EST.

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Inaugural USGTF Southwest, Northwest Region Championships Set

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USGTF Southwest Region director Bruce Sims has announced that the inaugural USGTF Southwest Region Championship will be held Sunday and Monday, March 16-17, at Ridgeview Ranch in Plano, Texas.  

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“PRO” File – Touring Professional Zach Johnson

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He wasn’t the best player on his college team.  He wasn’t even the best player on his high school team. Most players in this situation would not be dreaming of success as a professional golfer, but Zach Johnson has always … Continue reading

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National Office Undergoes Renovations

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If you happen to be in the Port St. Lucie, Florida, area in the near future, stop by!  The USGTF national office has undergone some renovations to better utilize the space in the office, as well as making some cosmetic … Continue reading

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Space Coast Golf Tour Now Presented by USGTF

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The USGTF has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the Space Coast Pro Golf Tour, based in Orlando, Florida, for the rest of the 2014 season.

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“PRO” File – USGTF Member Joseph P. Bermel, Jr.

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By Joseph P. Bermel, Jr. I am a USGTF Level III member from Sayville, Long Island, New York, originally from Islip Terrace, Long Island, and the first son of 15 Children.

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Proud of Your Accomplishments? We’d Like to Hear About Them

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We are always happy to showcase our members and their accomplishments, either through our monthly e-newsletter or through our member publication, Golf Teaching Pro.  If you would like to be featured in an upcoming newsletter or magazine, please submit a … Continue reading

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE USGTF NATIONAL OFFICE!

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From all of us at the USGTF national office, we wish you a very Happy New Year and our best wishes for a prosperous

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WELCOME TO THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR OF THE USGTF!

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Back in 1989, a radical concept was born:  Create an organization strictly to train golf teachers, without the other duties normally associated with a club professional.

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“PRO” FILES – TOURING PROFESSIONAL JOHN SHIPPEN

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The names of Walter Hagen and Gene Sarazen are well-known to most golf fans as being among the first American professional golfers.  However, they weren’t the first.

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US CUP RETURNING TO FAVORED VENUE

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Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas, is hosting the 19th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup

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UNITED STATES PROFESSIONAL HICKORY CHAMPIONSHIP REGISTRATION OPEN

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The fourth annual United States Professional Hickory Golf Championship will be conducted at

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25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF GOLF TEACHING PRO NOW OUT

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A special 25th anniversary edition of Golf Teaching Pro has been published and sent out to all WGTF members. Articles include wrap-ups of the United

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POWERCHUTE TEAMS WITH USGTF

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Powerchute® has signed on with the USGTF as an industry partner. This is your opportunity to be part of the Powerchute® revolution. The greatest golfer who ever lived, Jack Nicklaus,

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WINTER 2014 EDITION OF GOLF TEACHING PRO OUT THIS MONTH

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A special 25-year anniversary edition of Golf Teaching Pro is slated to be mailed out December 10 to all USGTF members. The USGTF was founded in 1989, and 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of its existence.

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“PRO” FILES – TOURING PROFESSIONAL JARROD LYLE

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Jarrod Lyle is not exactly a household name, but his story is one that needs to be heard. The 31-year-old Lyle, from Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, 

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“EBAY HIRE” BETA HELPS USGTF MEMBERS MARKET THEIR SERVICES ON EBAY

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United States Golf Teachers Federation members are invited to register for an exciting new program

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EDITORIAL – BEING INVOLVED AND GETTING ACTIVE

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One of the highlights of my year, golf or non-golf, is attending our annual United States Golf Teachers Cup. I always look forward to seeing

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POWERCHUTE SIGNS ON AS USGTF INDUSTRY PARTNER

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The great Jack Nicklaus doesn’t often endorse a golf training product, but when he does, he prefers those of the highest caliber.

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REMINDER – 2014 DUES PAYABLE ONLINE

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USGTF dues for 2014 are payable online, and the deadline is December 31 to be considered a member in good standing

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DECEMBER SPECIALS FROM THE USGTF CORPORATE STORE

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The 8400 Ridge Rider Vest is the perfect unisex winter vest for teaching golf.

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TEAM CHINA WINS WORLD CUP FOR FIRST TIME

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Home-course advantage proved to be just that at the 11th biennial World Golf Teachers

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GULYCH WINS US CUP IN SPECTACULAR FASHION

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After several years of strong play, Canada’s Grant Gulych broke through to win the 2013 United States Golf Teachers Cup October 7-8 at Tunica National

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SMITH NAMED INAUGURAL HARVEY PENICK TROPHY RECIPIENT

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When USGTF professional Matt Smith speaks, he does so eloquently and with a passion

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“PRO FILES” USGTF PROFESSIONAL – KEN HANLEY

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Ken Hanley from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, has been an active USGTF member since 1997. Now 58 years old, Hanley is head instructor for the “Get Golf Ready”

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“PRO” FILES – TOURING PROFESSIONAL RYAN MOORE

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He had one of the best amateur careers since Bobby Jones, and came onto the scene with much promise. However, wrist surgery set him back

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COULD SHOTGUN STARTS RESOLVE ISSUES OF SLOW PLAY?

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There is a lot of discussion concerning pace of play among the golf industry organizations. There does not seem to be much being done about it, however.

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2014 MEMBERSHIP DUES NOW PAYABLE ONLINE

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For your convenience, 2014 membership fees may be paid online by accessing www.usgtf.com/renew. Many members opt for this

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SPACE COAST PRO TOUR

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USGTF helps to sponsor the new Space Coast Pro Tour. The original Space Coast Tour was played throughout central Florida in the 1970′s & 80′s.

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NOVEMBER SPECIALS FROM THE USGTF CORPORATE STORE

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STAY WARM – STAY DRY Using Storm Cotton Technology

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NEWTON TAKES UNITED STATES MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

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Scott Newton of Port St. Lucie, Florida, captured the second annual United States Match Play Championship at Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida,

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CENTRAL REGION RESULTS ARE IN

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The USGTF Central Region Championship was conducted September 30 at Quail Meadows Golf Course outside Peoria, Illinois. Nate Deakin fired a 74 to claim the title,

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“PRO” FILES – TOURING PROFESSIONAL TED RHODES

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Had he been allowed to ply his trade like other golfers, Ted Rhodes may have become a household name, much like contemporaries Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, and Byron Nelson.

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2014 MEMBERSHIP DUES NOW PAYABLE ONLINE

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For your convenience, 2014 membership fees may be paid online by accessing www.usgtf.com/renew. Many members opt for this time-saving method.

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USGTF LOOKING FOR VIDEO PROFILES

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USGTF members have been very generous in the past in providing written profiles for our member publication Golf Teaching Pro as well as our monthly e-newsletter.

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USGTF SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE

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The USGTF has a presence in several venues on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and through its members web board. You can like us on Facebook

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SPACE COAST GOLF TOUR UPDATE

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The Reunion Resort is hosting the inaugural two-day golf tournament Oct. 21 & 22 that will re-ignite the Space Coast Pro Tour (SCPT) in Central Florida. The winner is

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EDITORIAL – SHOULD THERE BE VIDEO REVIEW IN GOLF?

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Football, definitely. Baseball, sometimes. Basketball, not so much. Golf, forget about it. What am I talking about? Reviewing a TV tape after the fact to penalize

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OCTOBER SPECIALS FROM THE USGTF CORPORATE STORE

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These shirts are perfect for teaching in the morning or late afternoon

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“PRO” FILES – USGTF PROFESSIONAL MIKE STEVENS

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Mike Stevens has been a USGTF member since 1995, and currently serves as the Southeast Region director

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US CUP, US MATCH PLAY ENTRY DEADLINES THIS MONTH

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The entry deadline for the 18th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup, to be held Monday and Tuesday, October 7-8 at Tunica National Golf Club

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NORTHEAST, SOUTHEAST REGION RESULTS IN; CENTRAL REGION TOURNEY COMING UP

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World Woods Golf Course outside of Brooksville, Florida, proved to be the perfect venue for the 6th annual

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“PRO” FILES – TOURING PROFESSIONAL GENE LITTLER

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He seems to have been forgotten through the annals of time, but Gene Littler was once one of America’s

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VOICE CADDIE SIGNS ON AS INDUSTRY PARTNER

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The # 1-rated GPS voice yardage device has created an approved exclusive program for USGTF members.

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SPACE COAST PRO TOUR ADDS WOMEN’S DIVISION TO TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

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The Space Coast Pro Tour (SCPT) starts its 35+ two-day tournament schedule Oct. 21 and 22 at

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PRACTICE LIKE YOU PLAY

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So often I see golfers on the practice range just beating balls – scrape-hit, scrape-hit, scrape-hit – with little to no attention

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SEPTEMBER SPECIALS FROM THE USGTF CORPORATE STORE

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Get ready for fall with this USGTF logoed men’s WATERPROOF QUARTER ZIP PULLOVER JACKET!

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IS TOO MUCH IMPORTANCE PLACED ON MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIPS?

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Paul Azinger recently remarked that, in his opinion, too much importance was being placed on

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THREE MAJOR USGTF EVENTS, TWO REGIONAL EVENTS, COMING SOON!

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United States Golf Teachers Cup.  The 18th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup

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NATIONAL GOLF RADIO EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

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Catch all the latest information in the world of golf every Wednesday evening at 9:00 p.m. EDT with USGTF national course director

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SPACE COAST PRO GOLF TOUR TO HOST 39 TWO-DAY TOURNAMENTS

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The Space Coast Pro Golf Tour (SCPGT) is back and will launch this October with 39 two-day tournaments to be played

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EDITORIAL – GOLF DOES NOT ASK FOR RESILIENCY…IT REQUIRES IT

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Phil Mickelson’s victory at The Open Championship in July is an example of the mindset required for success in golf.  Mickelson admitted

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USGTF KOREAN-LANGUAGE COURSE GRADUATES

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Congratulations to all those newly certified USGTF members from the recent Korean –language course,

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WORLD GOLF COACHES ALLIANCE COURSE AND VIDEOS AVAILABLE

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The World Golf Coaches Alliance , a division of the USGTF has already become an extremely

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SEVEN TIPS TO HELP YOUR CLIENT MAINTAIN FOCUS

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Here are seven ways you can help train your competitive golfers to be more focused

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AUGUST SPECIALS FROM THE CORPORATE STORE & CLOSEOUTS

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The USGTF Corporate Store features apparel and accessory items with our USGTF logo and great prices.

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MARVIN MERRITT AND ANDY RITONDALE, LONGTIME USGTF MEMBERS, PASS AWAY

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The USGTF is saddened to learn of the recent deaths of two of its longtime stalwarts.

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US CUP, UNITED STATES MATCH PLAY INFO

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The 18th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup will be held Monday and Tuesday, October 7-8, at Tunica National Golf Club in Tunica Resorts,

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“PRO” FILES – TOURING PROFESSIONAL KEN DUKE

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Golf is a game of perseverance, and there is no better recent example than Ken Duke.  Duke won on the PGA Tour for the first time at the age of 44

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SOUTHEAST REGION CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE PLAYED AT WORLD-FAMOUS WORLD WOODS

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The 6th annual USGTF Southeast Region Championship will be held

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“PRO” FILES – TEACHING PROFESSIONAL NATE DEAKIN

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By Nate Deakin, Level III Member, Pekin, Illinois I am a Level III certified teaching pro, and about four months

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NORTHEAST REGIONAL TOURNAMENT AT JACK FROST NATIONAL

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The USGTF Northeast Regional Tournament will be held on August 10 at Jack Frost National G.C. in Blakeslee, Pennsylvania,

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LONGTIME USGTF MEMBER RUDY GARCIA PASSES AWAY

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Rudy Garcia, 77, from Pacoima, California, a USGTF member since 1993, recently passed

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MENTAL GAME: ACTION-EMOTION RELATION

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It was not lost on Justin Rose that the final round of the U.S. Open was played on Father’s Day. Rose was 21 when his father passed away. Rose said

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JULY SPECIALS FROM THE CORPORATE STORE & CLOSEOUTS

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From our home page, when you click on the Member Merchandise link, you’ll see our NEW “Corporate Store & Closeouts” link to our new second Pro Shop.

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CHECK OUT THE USGTF ON FACEBOOK!

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In our ever-changing digital age, it is becoming increasingly important for any business person to have a web presence. This is especially true for golf teaching

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“PRO” FILES – FEATURED TOURING PROFESSIONAL DANA QUIGLEY

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He’s known as the “Iron Man” of golf because he played in 264 consecutive Champions Tour events from 1998-2005.  

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SUMMER ISSUE OF GOLF TEACHING PRO TO BE MAILED BY JUNE 15

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Look to your mailbox soon for the Summer edition of Golf Teaching Pro magazine, the official publication of the USGTF and WGTF.

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QUESTIONS REMAIN WHETHER ANCHORING BAN WILL GO SMOOTHLY

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The USGA and R&A recently made it official, declaring the proposed anchoring ban under Rule 14-1b will go into effect January 1, 2016.  

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MEMBER PROFILE – MICHAEL “MICK” IHLENFELD

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Born and raised in Butler, Pennsylvania, I grew up in a golfing family with my parents and two brothers.  I started playing at the age of eight,

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NEW INFO FOR USGTF REGION CHAMPIONSHIPS

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The 6th annual Southeast Region Championship will be played Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4, at the world-famous World Woods Golf Course,

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TIGER’S SAWGRASS BALL FLIGHT PUZZLE SOLVED

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The ball flight science of OptimalFlight was used to reverse-engineer Tiger Woods’ likely ball flight trajectory into the 14th hole

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NEW USGTF SECOND PRO SHOP

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From our home page, when you click on the “Member Merchandise” link you’ll see our NEW “Corporate Store & Closeouts” link to our new

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DIGITAL VERSION OF GOLF TIPS MAGAZINE AVAILABLE ONLINE

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Because of the USGTF’s business relationship with Golf Tips magazine, the publication has generously provided a link for USGTF members to

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TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS NEEDED FOR 2-MAN SENIOR TOUR

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The 2 Man Senior Golf Tour is currently seeking tournament directors for various cities throughout the United States.

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“PRO” FILES…FEATURED TOURING PROFESSIONAL – LEE TREVINO

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Common wisdom today says that if a golfer isn’t a star by the time he graduates from high school, he has little future in the pro game.  Fortunately,

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EDITORIAL – FINAL WORD ON TIGER WOODS’ MASTERS RULES VIOLATION

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The big story at this year’s Masters tournament was, of course, Adam Scott’s

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USGTF COMPETITION NEWS

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The 2nd annual United States Match Play Championship will be held September 23-27 at Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida.  The championship is open to all golfers (including non-USGTF members), professional and amateur, male and female, and offers a … Continue reading

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NATIONAL GOLF RADIO UPDATE

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National Golf Radio, the USGTF’s latest media project, is off the ground!  Please tune in every Wednesday evening at 9:00 p.m. EDT (6:00 PDT) to hear USGTF

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UNITED STATES GOLF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION ONLINE COURSE NOW AVAILABLE

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The United States Golf Managers Association’s certification course is now

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USGTF MEMBER PROFILE – KATIE FULTON

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Katie Fulton is a USGTF Level III member from Five Farms, Lutherville, Maryland.

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GOLF TIPS MAGAZINE PROVIDES DIGITAL EQUIPMENT BUYER’S GUIDE

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Because of the USGTF’s partnership with Golf Tips magazine, the publication

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LONGTIME MEMBER EARL COLEY PASSES AWAY

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H. Earl Coley from Clinton, Maryland, a longtime USGTF member and frequent competitor in the United States Golf Teachers

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TEACHING CORPORATE GOLF

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For the past 10 years, I’ve been asking my #1 golf rep and consultant for a sand wedge especially for high handicaps and beginning golfers. 

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“PRO” FILES…FEATURED TOURING PROFESSIONAL – BRANDT SNEDEKER

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He’s known as one of the best putters on the planet, but Brandt Snedeker can do more than just putt.  He currently leads the

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MEMBER PROFILE – EDWARD MANDRIK

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My company was downsizing, so I took early retirement at the age of 49. That was in 1989. After being home for a short time,

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NATIONAL GOLF RADIO UP AND RUNNING

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The USGTF’s latest media project, National Golf Radio, is off the ground and flying high.  Tune in each Wednesday evening at 9:00 p.m.

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YVES THERRIEN KEEPS STUDENTS ON COURSE, TRACK, FAIRWAYS, AND PODIUMS

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Lombardi, Jackson, Bowman, LaRussa, Wooden, and Gibbs. These coaches are known as

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TIGER’S RE-EMERGENCE SHOWS THE VALUE OF COACHING

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While Tiger Woods was rebuilding his game and life after his 2009 scandal and the departure of Hank Haney as his swing coach, every golf pundit

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EMAIL US YOUR TEACHING VIDEOS

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The USGTF is creating a brief 90-second promotional video to be displayed on our website.

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IT’S TIME TO BOOST OUR BUSINESS AROUND TODAY’S CONCERNS: HEALTH AND WEALTH

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“PRO” FILES…FEATURED TOURING PROFESSIONAL – STACY LEWIS

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Stories of professional golfers overcoming hardships to succeed are common, but the obstacles in Stacy Lewis’s way

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NATIONAL GOLF RADIO FIRST BROADCAST ANNOUNCED

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After several months in the planning and testing phase, USGTF-sponsored National Golf Radio is set to launch. Mark the date

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NEWS FROM JAPAN – HOW US GOLF THEORY IS SPREADING

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In Japan, when it comes to golf, it normally means American golf. Why? The real

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SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE – USGTF CREATES NEW LINKEDIN GROUP

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LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network with over 200 million acquired users in more

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USGTF ANNOUNCES NEW AWARD

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He was one of the greatest teaching professionals of all time, and Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book 

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TEACHING TIP OF THE MONTH – QUALITIES OF A COMPETENT GOLF SCHOOL INSTRUCTOR

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When it comes to teaching in a golf school, a good golf teaching professional needs

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CORPORATE GOLF WELLNESS FORMS ALLIANCE WITH WGCA

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Corporate Golf Wellness will now be working with the USGTF and its new coaches division,

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EDITORIAL – KEEP MOMENTUM FROM 2012 GOING IN 2013

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As the US economy started spiraling south in 2008, so did the golf industry.  Both the number of golfers and the number of

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PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS? SHOWCASE THEM TO THE WORLD

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It’s okay every now and then to toot your own horn, and the USGTF is giving

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FINAL DATES SET FOR WORLD GOLF TEACHERS CUP IN CHINA

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Asia and the country of China are proud to host the 11th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup, to be held Tuesday through Thursday, October 15-17, 2013, at

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“PRO” FILES…FEATURED TOURING PROFESSIONAL – COREY PAVIN

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In a world full of bombers, he stood out for his precision short game and putting.  Corey Pavin, with 15 PGA Tour victories and

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LAND OF ELVIS WELCOMES 2013 US GOLF TEACHERS CUP

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Tunica National Golf Club in Tunica Resorts, Mississippi, approximately a 35-minute drive from downtown Memphis,

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USGTF MEMBER CRICKS RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

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USGTF Master Teaching Professional Gary Cricks of Potomac Falls, Virginia, was awarded the 2012 US Coach of the Year award from GolfTec, Inc.,

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SWISS GOLF PRO ONE-UPS LOCALS AT USGTF-SPONSORED US PRO HICKORY

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Switzerland’s Paolo Quirici contemplated his approach to the 18th green at

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PGA SHOW UPDATE – 2013 TECHNOLOGY

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I just got back from the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, and I wanted to share with all USGTF members something that I think will be very important for 2013 and

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WHAT IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN IF EQUIPMENT AND BALLS WERE GEARED BACK FOR THE PROS?

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There is a lot of talk going on right now about distance in golf. Many think there is too much of it: Balls flying too far, courses getting

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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The entire USGTF office staff wishes you a Happy New Year!  We trust 2013 will bring continued or newfound success to each

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18TH ANNUAL UNITED STATES GOLF TEACHERS CUP SET

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Memphis is known for the blues, great barbecue, and being the home of the great Elvis Presley.  And now, the Memphis area

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FOUR-TIME US CUP CHAMPION DOURIS CANCER-FREE

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Four-time United States Golf Teachers Cup champion James Douris from Australia reports that he is now cancer-free

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MEMBER PROFILE – GENE KEMPER

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My name is Gene Kemper.  I became a Level III teaching professional in the year 2000.

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USGTF SPONSORS 3RD US PRO HICKORY TOURNAMENT IN TAMPA AREA

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In recognition of the history of our game, the USGTF is proud to present and

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USGTFMEMBERS.COM UP AND RUNNING AT FULL STEAM

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USGTF members have a valuable resource at their disposal to interact with their fellow professionals.

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“PRO” FILES…FEATURED TOURING PROFESSIONAL – DICK MAST

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Golf fans everywhere are familiar with the big names such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. However,

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INSTRUCTION: FUNDAMENTALS ARE ALWAYS IN STYLE FOR GOLF

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By USGTF Master Teaching Professional Arlen Bento, Jr.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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The entire staff at the USGTF National Office wishes you and your families a wonderful Holiday season and a safe and prosperous New Year.

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WINTER EDITION OF GOLF TEACHING PRO MAGAZINE COMING SOON

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Golf Teaching Pro magazine, the official member publication of the World Golf Teachers Federation,

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USGTF INTRODUCES GOLF COACHES DIVISION

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Do you know the difference between a golf teacher and a golf coach? 

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – BOB TOSKI

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During his playing prime, he weighed all of 118 lbs.  But, slight stature did nothing to stop USGTF professional Robert John “Bob” Toski

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USGTF INTRODUCES NATIONAL GOLF RADIO™

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Starting January 1st, the USGTF will be introducing National Golf Radio on the Internet.  Listeners can call in through telephone or

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USGTF MEMBER PROFILE – GALE JAMES

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Gale James is a prime example of the personal fulfillment, benefits and enjoyment the game of golf can bring to many individuals. 

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HAS THE USGA, R&A FUMBLED THE BALL YET AGAIN? – EDITORIAL

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The USGA and R&A recently announced the wording of the new rule which bans the anchored putting stroke.  Specifically, putting in the accepted way with a

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FOUR GREAT PRODUCTS FOR GOLF TEACHING PROFESSSIONALS

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The USGTF’s official golf training aid, the SwingRite®, has long been an extremely effective tool for teaching professionals and players

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KENYA JOINS WGTF AS NEWEST MEMBER

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The World Golf Teachers Federation welcomes the country of Kenya as the newest member of the WGTF.  

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USGTFMEMBERS.COM WANTS YOU!

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If you’re looking for a way to stay in touch with your fellow members and share your thoughts and ideas, then USGTFMembers.com

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RECOMMENDED WEBSITE IN THE WORLD OF GOLF

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in fiamme, (www.infiamme.net), The World’s Finest Italian Golf Apparel, stands as a premier apparel brand in the golf and fine-clothing industries.

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HARDWICK TAKES 17TH ANNUAL US CUP

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When most people reach 71 years of age, they have accomplished most of what they set out to do. Not Canada’s Bill Hardwick.

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USGTF MEMBER PROFILE – KIHO PARK

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I came from South Korea in February 2012. I work at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York.

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LAY OFF FREDDIE! HALL OF FAME HONOR WELL-DESERVED

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No golf Hall of Fame announcement has been more criticized in recent memory than the one involving Fred Couples this year.

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USGTF HALL OF FAME HISTORY

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USGTF’s national Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving the history of the organization, inspiring and encouraging the development of young teaching

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – RAYMOND FLOYD

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Few competitors in golf history demonstrated such a look of concentration that it intimidated fellow-competitors, but

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TEACHING YOUR STUDENTS ABOUT COMMON GOLF INJURIES

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As teaching professionals we should always make sure that our students warm up properly before their lessons, and

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MINIMALIST TEACHING – CAN YOU DO IT?

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A hundred years ago and more, golf instruction consisted mainly of professionals telling students

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RECOMMENDED WEBSITE IN THE WORLD OF GOLF

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Linda Hartough Golf Landscapes features the work of Linda Hartough, a world-renowned golf-landscape artist and

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GREAT AMERICAN TOUR PLAYER – ZACH JOHNSON

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He seems underappreciated by the American golf fan, but Zach Johnson is one of his country’s true golf stars today.  A winner of nine

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US CUP ENTRY DEADLINE APPROACHING

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The entry deadline for the 17th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup is Friday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.  

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USGTF MEMBER PROFILE – SCOTT MILLMAN

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USGTF Master Teaching Professional Scott Millman wants to make a difference, not only with the golf games of those

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2012 CANADIAN GOLF TEACHERS CUP RESULTS

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For the first time in Canadian Golf Teachers Cup history, the format changed to where the event’s champion

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USGTF – ENTERING OUR 24TH YEAR AND GOING STRONG

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The skeptics said it couldn’t be done.  They said back in 1989 that a new golf teaching organization would be doomed to failure.  Of course, they were wrong,

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MICHIGAN HOLDS ON TO KEEP KELLY CUP

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Team Michigan took an early two-point lead, 5 ½ – 3 ½, on day one of the ninth annual Thomas Kelly Memorial Cup, and held on during the individual matches

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USGTF LEVEL IV CLASSES IN FLORIDA AND ARIZONA

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The Master Teaching Professional® designation is the highest available to USGTF members, and signals a level of utmost

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ARE YOU A GOLF CLUB MANAGER?

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The United States Golf Managers Association is always looking for writers to share with us their knowledge and experience in golf club

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WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A GREAT COACH

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“You want me to coach swimming?”  That was the question I had for my new principal.  I had just been hired as a high school teacher and they needed someone to coach the swim

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USGTF TO UPDATE INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS

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In keeping with our motto, “Leader in the field of golf instruction,” the USGTF Technical Committee will soon be updating

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FEDEX CUP GOOD, BUT IT CAN BE MADE GREAT

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Several years ago, the PGA Tour instituted the FedEx Cup to give an exclamation point to the end of the season. The Cup was based on the NASCAR system, which determines

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RECENT USGTF REGION CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

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Veteran USGTF competitor Ed Williams captured the first USGTF Northeast Region Championship, played August 11 at Jack Frost National Golf Club in

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25,000 FULL FIELD PURSE ANNOUNCED FOR US CUP

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The 17th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup will be played Wednesday and Thursday, October 24-25 at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada,

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GREAT AMERICAN TOUR PLAYER – LEE TREVINO

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Known as the “Merry Mex” and thought of someone as possessing an outgoing personality, Lee Buck Trevino actually was somewhat of a recluse during his playing

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USGTF MEMBER PROFILE – ZARINA YESTEMESSOVA

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I moved to Tokyo, Japan, from my native Almaty, Kazakhstan, to work as a professional sportswear model.  I was introduced to golf by my friends, and found that I

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DISCOUNT FOR EARLY DUES-PAYERS

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Members who pay their 2013 dues before October 15 are entitled to a $15 discount off their regular yearly dues of $210.

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AUGUSTA NATIONAL REFLECTS EVOLUTION OF GOLF’S INCLUSIVENESS

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We all know that golf is a great game for a number of reasons.  Augusta National Golf Club’s

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FAIL FORWARD LIKE RORY MCILROY

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Everyone has blundered, including the new king of golf, Rory McIlroy, winner of this year’s PGA Championship. In fact, his was a monumental meltdown at the 2011 Masters.

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RECOMMENDED WEBSITE IN THE WORLD OF GOLF

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Boxgroove (www.boxgroove.com) is an inventive, reliable online network offering golfers the opportunity to play private golf courses of their choosing across the U.S.

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – TED RHODES

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Long before Tiger Woods, Jim Thorpe, Calvin Peete, and Lee Elder, there were other African-American golfers who paved the way for them to play. Among

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NEW USGTF WEBSITE UP AND RUNNING

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Come check out the new USGTF website at www.USGTF.com. The site has been updated to give it a cleaner, more contemporary look. At the bottom of the page,

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USGTF TOURNAMENT ACTION HEATING UP

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Northeast Region Championship – Saturday, August 11, at Jack Frost National Golf Club in Blakeslee, Pennsylvania, close to Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.

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USGTF MEMBER PROFILE – G. S. GILL

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The USGTF has a wide diversity in its membership, including people of all ages, nationalities, and races. One such example is Rupak Prasad Acharya

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CHINESE GOLF TEACHERS CUP HELD AT WORLD CUP SITE

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The third annual China Golf Teachers Cup was held at the site of the upcoming 2013 World Golf Teachers Cup at Qingpu Sun Island Golf Club in Shanghai.

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KEEPING A LEAD HARDER THAN IT SEEMS

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The year 2012 in golf is one where it seems no one wants to keep the lead on the final day. The tone was set early in the season, when Kyle Stanley blew a 6-stroke lead

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WINNER OF PHOTO CONTEST ANNOUNCED

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Level III member Michael Taylor of Spring Hill, Florida, is the winner of the recent golf teaching photo contest. Taylor’s photo was picked for its relevance,

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WORLD GOLF TEACHERS TOUR NEWS

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The World Golf Teachers Tour was formed to give WGTF members a chance to compete against their peers from around the world. This tour was formed

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CALLAWAY GOLF – THE USGTF’S LONGEST-RUNNING INDUSTRY PARTNER

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Callaway Golf founder Ely Callaway recognized early that the USGTF would be a major force in the golf industry. Starting in 1993, Callaway Golf began offering

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A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A CORPORATE GOLF INSTRUCTOR

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By Russ Gorman, President of Corporate Golf Wellness, LLC

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RECOMMENDED WEBSITE IN THE WORLD OF GOLF

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XGOLF is a world-renowned advanced-technology golf simulator, clubfitting, and instructional system. It is found in many individual homes, golf academies,

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USGTF MEMBER MIKE STEVENS WINS 2012 NATIONAL HICKORY CHAMPIONSHIP

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White Sulphur Springs, WV – USGTF Level III member Mike Stevens from Tampa, Florida, came from six shots back to capture

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USGTF CENTRAL REGION CHAMPIONSHIP

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The 5th annual USGTF Central Region Championship will be held Sunday, August 19, at Renwood Golf Course in Round Lake Beach, Illinois

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USGTF MEMBER PROFILE – RICK SAXBY

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Hello, my name is Rick Saxby and I have been a Level III USGTF Certified Golf Teaching Professional® since June 2005. I am now currently the general manager of

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USGTF NORTHEAST REGION GOLF TOURNAMENT SET

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Jack Frost National, named one of the top 20 public golf courses in the USA by Golf Magazine in 2006, will host the inaugural Northeast Region Golf Tournament

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – MICKEY WRIGHT

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Ben Hogan once said she had the finest swing in golf, male or female. She is considered to this day by many to be the best player in LPGA history. We are talking about

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USGTF YOUTUBE CHANNEL SUBMISSIONS

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USGTF members who wish to showcase their teaching prowess to the world have their opportunity through the USGTF’s YouTube channel.  Submissions should be

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LEGALSHIELD AVAILABLE FOR USGTF MEMBERS

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Would you like the ability to access legal advice, no matter how traumatic or trivial the situation may be, for one small monthly fee? USGTF professional Eric

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USGTF MEMBER PENS GOLF NOVEL

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USGTF member Steve McMillen has written a golf novel titled Murder on the Front Nine. The story meanders down the coast to Little River, South Carolina,

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NEW FEATURED MERCHANDISE – USGTF PORTFOLIO

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More to our new line of USGTF logoed leather products from Winston collection. These small desk portfolios are a very popular

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TEACHING CORPORATE GOLF – DEMO DAYS

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From Russ Gorman – President of Corporate Golf Wellness, LLC   This information is a follow-up to the article titled “Teaching Corporate Golf”

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MINIMALIST TEACHING – CAN YOU DO IT?

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A hundred years ago and more, golf instruction consisted mainly of professionals telling students to “do it like this,” and proceeding to demonstrate a swing. They compared

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MEMBER SURVEY

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“Golf teaching professional,” “professional golf coach.” These two descriptive phrases have often been used interchangeably to describe the golf teaching profession.  

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GOLF TEACHING PRO MAGAZINE SUMMER ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE

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The latest issue of Golf Teaching Pro magazine is now available. Golf Teaching Pro magazine is filled with insightful stories, commentary, and useful tips that help

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MICHIGAN/ONTARIO GOLF TEACHERS TOUR STARTS 14TH SEASON

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For the past 13years, golf teaching professionals from the north central states and Ontario have been gathering in the warm weather months

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GREAT GOLF TEACHING PROFESSIONAL – PEDRO NUNO LEMOS

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Level III member, Pedro Nuno Lemos comes to the WGTF with impressive credentials. He has seven years of professional golf teaching experience in the Portuguese resort region of Algarve.

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GOLF TEACHERS APPRECIATION DAY

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Sunday, July 29, has been designated this year’s Golf Teachers Appreciation Day. Golfers from around the country are encouraged to show their appreciation for these

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – TONY LEMA

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Long before Payne Stewart died in a plane crash in 1999, “Champagne” Tony Lema met the same fate in 1966. A winner of 12 Tour events, including the 1964 Open Championship at St. Andrews

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SKIN CANCER AWARENESS

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The American Academy of Dermatology, the medical association helping to lead the fight against skin cancer, has a new public service ad on the airwaves. It features a

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TEACHING CORPORATE GOLF

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Starting this month, I’m going to share my “secrets of success” in the corporate golf business I have learned over the last 20 years. Every teacher in the USGTF will

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SOUTHEAST REGION CHAMPIONSHIP SET

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The fifth annual USGTF Southeast Region Championship will be played Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19, at Wildwood Country Club

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CONE WINS INAUGURAL US MATCH PLAY TITLE

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Dustin Cone, from Port St. Lucie, Florida, topped Mark Harman, Ridgeland, South Carolina, in a thrilling final match, 2&1, to become the first winner of the United States Match Play Championship,

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FROM THE GERMAN GOLF TEACHERS FEDERATION

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ANTALYA, TURKEY – GOLF PARADISE IN THE WINTER   Antalya, Turkey, in ancient times had an important role. Tradition says that King Attalos, when he saw the area of Antalya for

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THE PERFECTION SYDROME TAKES A HIT

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I stated a couple of months ago that the bashing of Sean Foley by the likes of Brandel Chamblee (Golf Channel), and the statements by Bubba Watson and Lee Trevino that Tiger Woods did not

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BUSHNELL GOLF RELEASES NEW GPS WATCH

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Bushnell Golf recently introduced its latest industry-leading rangefinder – the NEO+ Golf GPS Watch. The NEO+ Golf GPS Rangefinder Watch is an easy-to-use GPS

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USGTF MEMBER PROFILE – JULIE WAGNER

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USGTF Level III member Julie Wagner was certified in 2011 in Greenville, South Carolina. In a short time since, she has made quite an impact.

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ARE YOU A GOLF COURSE MANAGER?

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USGTF members are active in all areas of the golfing industry, including management. If you are managing a golf course,

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20 THINGS EVERY GOLF TEACHING PROFESSIONAL SHOULD KNOW

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20. Understand that form is less important than function 19. Explain what your students should do as opposed to what you do

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WGTF TOP 100 TEACHERS

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The World Golf Teachers Federation determines its Top 100 Teachers every two years. Factors leading to this determination include

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JOIN THE USGTF ON LINKEDIN

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In a recent survey by Skill Path, one of the nation’s top network training companies, LinkedIn has been identified as the most prominent business-oriented social

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – HALE IRWIN

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He is perhaps best known to a modern generation of golf fans as that guy who dominated the Champions Tour. Hale Irwin also carved out a fine career in his younger years. A three-time winner

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AFFILIATES/ASSOCIATES GOLF TEACHERS CUP DEADLINE APPROACHING

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The entry deadline for the 2nd annual Affiliates/Associates Golf Teachers Cup

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RECOMMENDED READING: INSIDE, OUTSIDE, AND ON THE ROPES

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Sometimes at the USGTF certification courses we hear candidates who are nearing 50 say that they plan to “chase the Champions Tour.”  Well, Keith Gockenbach, a chemical engineer,

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USGTF TO PRODUCE NEW TRAINING MANUAL

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Manuals and textbooks are constantly being updated and revised both in academia and business.

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MAY EDITORIAL – PEAKS AND VALLEYS

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A vital lesson for students who aspire to play golf at a high level is in understanding the “peaks” and “valleys.”

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$500 PRIZE FOR BEST TEACHING PHOTO COMPETITION

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The USGTF is always on the lookout for great golf teaching photographs. Submit your photo by June 1st 

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US, WORLD CUP CHAMP DOURIS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER

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Four-time United States Golf Teachers Cup champion James Douris, 31, who also won the 2011 individual

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UNITED STATES MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRY DEADLINE APPROACHING THIS MONTH

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The inaugural United States Match Play Championship will be held May 7-11, 2012, at Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida.

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USGTF MEMER PROFILE – DR. TER HSIU CHEN

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By: Ter Hsiu Chen   I have been a chiropractor and doctor of naturopathic medicine practicing in Southern

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EQUIPMENT REVIEW – MIZUNO MP-53 IRONS

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Mizuno, a longtime USGTF industry partner, has a reputation of making clubs for serious golfers,

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CRITICAL EYE NOW ON TODAY’S TEACHERS FOR INSTANT RESULTS

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Brandel Chamblee did it.  Rocco Mediate did it.  Lee Trevino, Bubba Watson, and countless armchair quarterbacks did it.

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AFFILIATES/ASSOCIATES GOLF TEACHERS CUP COMING TO PENNSYLVANIA

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Penn National’s Founders Course, a longtime USGTF favorite, is hosting the 2nd annual

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – CALVIN PEETE

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Had Calvin Peete been in his prime today instead of in the 1980s, he undoubtedly would be one of golf superstars.  

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HITTING IT LONGER – THE LAG MYTH

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By: Dave Hill Montreal, Canada Director of Instruction Elm Ridge Country Club Owner/ Montreal Golf Academy

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TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS!

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Have you recently been promoted in your career as a golf teaching professional?  Did you

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UNITED STATES GOLF TEACHERS CUP RETURNS TO VEGAS AREA

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The 17th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup will be held Wednesday and Thursday, October 24-25, 2012, at Boulder Creek Golf Club

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US GOLF MANAGERS HOME STUDY COURSE NOW AVAILABLE

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Club managers are the highest paid individuals at each facility and with 17,000 golf courses in this nation alone, certification in club management can prove very rewarding.

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PECKELS WINS THE USGTF SPONSORED US PROFESSSIOANL HICKORY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

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Eddie Peckels, playing out of Tuscawilla Country Club in Winter Springs, Florida took the honors at

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MEMBER PROFILE – JEFF VIGEANT

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Jeff Vigeant has played golf his entire life. Beginning at age 12, he was “playing against” Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.  Of course, Vigeant always won- at least in his 12-year-old mind. 

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EUROPEAN GOLF TEACHERS CUP ANNOUNCED

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There’s no better place to play golf than in the home of golf, Great Britain.  The European Golf Teachers Cup will be held Wednesday through Friday, October 3-5, 2012, at Selsdon Park Golf Club

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BEST GOLF TEACHING PHOTO CONTEST, WIN $500 IN USGTF MERCHANDISE

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The USGTF is always on the lookout for great golf teaching photographs. Submit your photo by June 1st (enough time to give you snowbirds a chance to thaw out) to be eligible.

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LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR 2012 NOW AVAILABLE

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The USGTF, through Insurance Office of America and Bollinger, Inc., can provide its members $1 million of liability insurance with a $3 million aggregate and no deductible.

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WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM KYLE STANLEY – RECENT TOUR WINNER

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By: Greg Steinberg USGTF Sports Psychologist

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NEW BOOK ON ARNIE NOW AVAILABLE

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From his first steps onto the public stage, Arnold Palmer captured fans’ passionate loyalty, and his substantial record – 92 titles worldwide, four Masters championships, a U.S. Open crown, and back-to-back British Open victories – speaks for itself.

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GREAT AMERICAN TOUR PLAYER – BABE DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS

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She is perhaps the greatest all-around female athlete the United States has ever produced.  Of course, we’re talking about Mildred Didrikson “Babe” Zaharias.

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GREAT AMERICAN TOUR PLAYER – CRAIG WOOD

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He somehow gets lost in the shuffle when it comes to great golfers in the 1930s and 1940s, but Craig Wood could compete with the best of them.  He not only won 21

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COMING SOON TO YOUR TABLET / IPHONE

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Golf Teaching Pro® magazine will be coming soon to your iPhone, iPad or Android powered Smartphone.

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US PRO HICKORY CHAMPIONSHIP LATER THIS MONTH

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The second annual United States Professional Hickory Golf Championship will be held Monday, February 22,

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USGTF PROFESSIONALS COMPETE IN TOBAGO

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USGTF professionals Anthony Benny, Christopher Richards, Ricky Campbell, James Douris, Dave Belling, Geoff Bryant, Ed Williams and Mark Harman competed

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US GOLF TEACHERS CUP SURVEY

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We would like your input as to the format of the United States Golf Teachers Cup. From 1996 – 2003, only those in the Open division were eligible to be declared Overall Champion.  

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WORLD GOLF TEACHERS CUP – CHINA, 2013

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Brush up on your Mandarin! Negotiations have recently been completed for the 2013 World Golf Teachers Cup.

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KNOW YOUR RULES

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It’s an unfortunate fact that many professional tour players don’t know the Rules of Golf all that well. Unfortunately, it’s also a fact that many teaching professionals aren’t up to speed on them, either. 

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RUDY PROJECT – A LONGTIME USGTF INDUSTRY PARTNER

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Rudy Project, a longtime USGTF industry partner, offers USGTF members 50% off the retail

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THE CHANGING NATURE OF THE GOLF CLUB PROFESSIONAL

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By: Geoff Bryant, USGTF President Vero Beach, Florida   I grew up in the 1950s and 60s in a small town called Rosemere, north of

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CANADIAN GOLF TEACHERS CUP

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The prestigious Canadian Golf Teachers Cup will be held September 16 – 17, 2012, at Crosswinds Golf & Country Club in Burlington, Ontario. 

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TEACHING TODAY

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By: John Savage USGTF Level IV / Course Examiner Langhorne, PA  

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PLAYING PSYCHOLOGY FROM THE PROS

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Former PGA Tour players Dick Mast, Dave Rummells and Jim Chancey, along with PGA Tour and Champions Tour legend Jim Thorpe,

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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The USGTF would like to wish all members a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year! We look forward to seeing many of you at our various events this year, and of course we encourage communication

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NEW INSTRUCTIONAL DVDS

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Since the creation of our new production studio at the USGTF national office in Port St. Lucie, Florida, we have created three new instructional DVDs specifically designed for golf teaching professionals.

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9,000 MILES FOR USGTF CERTIFICATION

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Rupak Prasad Acharya of Kathmandu, Nepal, recently completed his Level III certification at the Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida, under the watchful and competent eye of

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BOULDER CREEK TO HOST 2012 UNITED STATES GOLF TEACHERS CUP

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Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, will host the 17th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup Wednesday and Thursday, October 24-25, 2012.  

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – LARRY NELSON

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He might go down as the most under-appreciated three-time major winner in golf history, but Larry Nelson isn’t one to seek personal glory.

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MGTF PREPARING FOR 2016 OLYMPIC GAMES

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By Rafael Conde, MGTF president   The Mexican Golf Teachers Federation is growing by leaps and bounds,

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USGTF AFFILIATES/ASSOCIATES GOLF TEACHERS CUP AT PENN NATIONAL

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Penn National, a longtime favorite of the USGTF and its members, will host the second annual Affiliates/Associates Golf Teachers Cup

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CIRCLE OF TRUST – A TEACHING AID FOR PUTTING

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The CIRCLE OF TRUST is a teaching aid designed to help students improve their putting skills. From the photograph, you see that the CIRCLE OF TRUST

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UNITED STATES MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP…**PURSE INCREASE**

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The inaugural United States Match Play Championship will be held May 7-11, 2012, at Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida.  This will be the first open match play national championship ever held in the United States.  

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USGTFMEMBERS.COM REMINDER

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USGTFMembers.com is your portal to interacting with fellow WGTF members from across the globe.  

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IN MEMORY OF DON OVERSTREET

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USGTF Level III member Don Overstreet, 54, of Locust Grove, Georgia, passed away on November 5.  He was a participant in the recent US and World Golf Teachers Cups in Orlando, Florida.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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The entire staff at the USGTF National Office wishes you and your families a wonderful Holiday season and a safe and prosperous New Year.

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GOLF TEACHING PRO COMING TO YOUR MAILBOX SOON

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The Winter 2012 edition of Golf Teaching Pro will be mailed beginning December 9 to all USGTF members.  Please also remember that if you move, please keep the USGTF National Office updated with your current contact information so you can receive … Continue reading

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GREAT AMERICAN TEACHING PROFESSIONAL – SHAWN RAMIREZ

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Shawn Ramirez is a USGTF Level III teaching professional from Vero Beach, Florida.  He is the father of seven and is also a licensed minister.  His love for the game led him to the USGTF,

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2012 USGTF DUES WINNER

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USGTF Member, David Delcastillo from Nipomo, California was the winning recipient in the dues renewal giveaway.

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A DISCUSSION OF STACK & TILT

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When discussing uniformity in golf instruction, we cannot ignore the now-famous, if not infamous, “Stack & Tilt” swing techniques introduced to the golf world by Mike Plummer and Andy Bennett with a huge splash on the June 2007 cover of Golf … Continue reading

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INAUGURAL UNITED STATES MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE HELD IN MAY

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The inaugural United States Match Play Championship will be held May 7-11, 2012, at Indian Hills Golf Course in Fort Pierce, Florida. The event is open to all professional and amateur golfers nationwide.  

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WILSON GOLF OFFERS NEW VIP PROGRAM

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Wilson Golf, a longtime industry partner and supporter of the USGTF, is now offering a new Wilson VIP program (www.WilsonVIP.com) to allow USGTF members

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GREAT AMERICAN TEACHING PROFESSIONAL – BILL KROEN

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Bill Kroen is a longtime USGTF member who resides in Stuart, Florida. He is the author of the national bestselling “The Golf Tip A Day Calendar,” which has sold over a million copies.

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – CHARLIE SIFFORD

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He lost some of his best years to the PGA of America’s “Caucasians only” clause.  But, he did not let that stop him from making a historical mark in the golf world.  Charlie Sifford became the first black player to … Continue reading

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THE HIDDEN REWARDS OF TEACHING

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At the end of a long day of golf, Zack was caught in a three way tie for first place.  In order to win the class 4A district tournament and advance to the regional level,

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DOURIS PULLS OFF DOUBLE SWEEP AT US, WORLD GOLF TEACHERS CUPS®

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Cementing his status as the WGTF’s best player, Australian James Douris captured his fourth United States Golf Teachers Cup October 11-12 at Orange County National

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JERRY HAS MOORE LUCK THAN ANYONE, WINS CAR

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US and World Cup Super Senior stalwart Jerry Moore seems to have good fortune smile on him each and every time he tees it up in WGTF competitions.  

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RECENT GOLF MANAGERS COURSE CONTINUES SUCCESS TREND

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The United States Golf Managers Association saw 18 new members attend the recent 3-day certification course held in Orlando, Florida.

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LEVEL IV COURSE IN PORT ST. LUCIE DRAWS A DIVERSE ENROLLMENT

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Nine different nations were represented at the recent Level IV Master Golf Teaching Professional® certification course in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  

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USA LESSONS AVAILABLE TO USGTF MEMBERS

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USA Lessons is a marketing program designed specifically for the sports professional. Their unique concept in

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – ERIK COMPTON

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He hasn’t won a major championship.  Nor has he even won an event on the PGA Tour.  But Erik Compton is a champion in his

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GREAT AMERICAN TEACHING PROFESSIONAL – TONY WRIGHT

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Tony Wright has had a lifelong love for the game of golf.  He was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, on August 3, 1949.  He was a caddy at the St. Clair Country Club in Washington, Pennsylvania as a youth.

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USGTF EDITORAL – WHEN DID PAR 3’S BECOME PAR 5’S?

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I recently played one of those relatively new championship courses in town and all four par 3 holes ranged in distance from 220 yards to 247 yards. That’s from the white tees.

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HYUNDAI PARTNERS WITH USGTF AT US GOLF TEACHERS CUP

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USGTF member Brandon Lee, vice president of USGTF Foreign Language Courses, has arranged a sponsorship with the Hyundai car company for the upcoming

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – JULI INKSTER

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Very few professional golfers can defy Father Time, but the LPGA’s Juli Inkster seems to have pulled off the feat.  Now 51 years old, the Hall of Famer

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USGTF TRIP PLANNED FOR COLORADO IN 2012

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We are currently gauging interest in a USGTF members trip to Colorado for the summer of 2012.  The time

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MIZUNO, A LONGTIME USGTF INDUSTRY PARTNER

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Mizuno Golf is one of the USGTF’s longest-running industry partners, and USGTF members have certainly benefited from the company’s support of the organization.

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USGTF EDITORIAL – IF 12 HOLES BECOMES THE NEW 18, THEN IT’S TIME TO BIFURCATE THE RULES

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By Mike Stevens, USGTF Level III Member, Tampa, FL

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ALL WGTF MEMBERS WELCOME AT AUSTRALIAN GOLF TEACHERS CUP

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The annual Australian Golf Teachers Cup will be held at the Forest Resort Creswick in the state of Victoria near Ballarat on Monday, November 21, and Tuesday, November 22,  just after the Presidents Cup. 

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USGTF HAS NEW LINE OF LEATHER ACCESSORIES

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The USGTF has acquired a new line of logoed leather accessories from Winston Collection. This entity specializes in high quality duffel bags,

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PROMOTE YOUR PRODUCT

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Many USGTF members seem to come up with great golf related ideas and products. If you have developed a specific training aid, written a book, created a training video or something similar and would like to advertise or promote your … Continue reading

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BUILDING THE USGTF BRAND – A TEAM EFFORT

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With technology rapidly changing, the USGTF has always embraced the latest in helping to promote

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WORLD GOLF TEACHERS CUP UPDATE

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Entries for the 10th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup and the 16th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup are coming into the USGTF National Office at an increasing pace.  If you would like to participate in these two outstanding events, … Continue reading

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USGTF CENTRAL REGION CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

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USGTF veteran teaching professional Keith Dunkelbarger, from Pekin, Illinois, won the 4th annual Central Region Championship on August 21st at Renwood Golf Course in

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SOUTHEAST REGION CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

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Although a bit hot, you could not ask for better weather for this year’s version of the USGTF Southeast Region Championship. The Wildwood Country Club

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WORLD GOLF TEACHERS CUP – NEW WEBSITE

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The USGTF has launched a new website called www.WorldGolfTeachersCup.com. This tournament site will feature a live leader board and blog as well as up to date photos, videos and interviews along with archives from previous events.

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL – KEEGAN BRADLEY

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What’s it like to win the first major championship in which you played?  Since the dawn of the 20th century, only Francis Ouimet in 1913, Ben Curtis in 2003, and now Keegan Bradley know the answer to that question. 

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UPCOMING USGTF LEVEL IV COURSES

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Each October the USGTF conducts two Level IV courses. One is conducted in Phoenix, Arizona and one in Port St. Lucie, Florida. These courses are the highest level of certification in the golf teaching industry.

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GREAT AMERICAN TEACHING PROFESSIONAL – TRUMMIE HUDSON

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By Trummie Hudson, Level III member, Berea, Ohio   I was born in Homestead, Florida, where my passions were boating and fishing. I moved to Ohio in 1966, and was 27 years old before I set foot on a golf … Continue reading

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PEREZ NAMED NEW USGTF NORTHWEST REGION DIRECTOR

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USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional Jim Perez from Fresno, California, has been named as the new Northwest

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NEW DVD – GOLF PSYCHOLOGY FOR TEACHING PROFESSIONALS

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USGTF sport psychology consultant Dr. Gregg Steinberg’s expertise is on display in a new instructional DVD titled Golf Psychology for Golf Teaching Professionals, the latest in the USGTF instructional series.  In the DVD, Dr. Steinberg gives golf teaching professionals insights

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USGTF SEEKING INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS FROM MEMBERS

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In an effort to further promote USGTF & WGTF Members worldwide, we are encouraging members to submit short instructional videos which we

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CGTF’S TAM PROMOTES MANAGERS COURSE IN CHINA

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CGTF Master Teaching Professional Tommy Tam is shown in the accompanying photo promoting the United States Golf Managers Association to interested persons at Peking University in China. 

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SECRETS OF SPIDER CLOCK PUTTING

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When you are trying to get your students to learn how to read putting greens better I use a method that I have discovered that works great!   Try to get your students to imagine the putting green like the … Continue reading

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PEREZ SIGNS ON WITH CBS STATION

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USGTF Master Teaching Professional Jim Perez has signed with CBS47 in Fresno, California, to provide weekly on-air instruction. The spots are taped at the prestigious Copper River Country Club and are sponsored by

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TIMELESS TEACHING ADVICE…

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KNOW YOUR STUDENTS’ NAMES AND USE THEM We’ve all had it happen.  Someone comes up to us and says, “Hey, Tom, how are you doing?”

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ADAM BARR / INDUSTRY VETERAN – CONNECTING THE DOTS AND BUILDING BRIDGES OF GOLF

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It is often said you can take the measure of a man (or woman) during

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USGTF SUMMER TOURNAMENT ACTION

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The Central Region Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21, at Renwood Golf Course in Round Lake Beach, Illinois.  The first day is a pro-am with three amateurs and one USGTF pro.  Entry fee is

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USGTF MEMBER PROFILE – ANDREW LINCH

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I was born in 1962 in Lincoln, United Kingdom, a small manufacturing town and like many of my counterparts I

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USGTF MEMBER PENS NEW BOOK

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USGTF Level IV member Michael Wolf has written a new book titled The Driven Golfer – Building Your Method for Scratch Golf.  Michael is the head professional

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CALLAWAY GOLF BENEFIT REVIEW

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The USGTF and Callaway Golf have had a long mutually beneficial partnership. Starting with founder Ely Callaway, Callaway Golf has always been a

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SPAIN JOINS WORLD GOLF TEACHERS FEDERATION®

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WGTF Member Glenn Billington has made a formal request for the country of Spain to join the World Golf Teachers Federation.

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USGTF LAUNCHES NEW SOCIAL NETWORK FOR GOLFERS: WORLD GOLF ASSOCIATION.COM

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Since we all now live in a global community and golf is a game that is played worldwide,

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NEWS FROM THE AMERICAN DISABLED GOLFERS ASSOCIATION: CHANGING LIVES ONE GOLFER AT A TIME

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The Stand Up and Play Foundation, a Florida based non-profit, is kicking off

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GOLF COURSE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

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USGTF member Wendy Coe has recently contacted our office regarding her home course, Elkhorn Country Club.

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GREAT AMERICAN TOUR PLAYER – NICK WATNEY

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A lot of people are wondering who the next great American player will be, but one player

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USGTF ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, USGTFMEMBERS.COM

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In this day and age of instant communications, the USGTF has taken full advantage

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TEACHING STUDENT’S ABOUT PATIENCE

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By: Mike Levine USGTF Level IV Member Port St. Lucie, Florida   Golf is a game of a lifetime…and you as a teacher of this amazing game

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TEACHING ADVICE ON RHYTHM AND TEMPO

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When it comes to rhythm in the golf swing, many golfers are somewhat

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GREAT AMERICAN TEACHING PROFESSIONAL – MICHEAL CARSON

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After eight years in China’s business world, Micheal Carson (USGTF Level III, 2009) used the USGTF certification path to launch

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GREAT AMERICAN TOUR PLAYER – WALTER HAGEN

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Everyone knows that Walter Hagen was a great showman, but what gets

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USGTF-CHINA GOLF TEACHERS CUP HELD IN SHANGHAI

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Tainma Golf & Country Club in Shanghai, China, hosted the 2nd annual USGTF-China Golf

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FIRST BULGARIAN GOLF TEACHERS FEDERATION TOURNAMENT HELD

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Golfers from the USA, Netherlands, Serbia, Czech Republic, Indonesia, and of course Bulgaria participated in the

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GOLF MANAGEMENT DVD’s AVAILABLE

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Six new informational DVDs are now available from the United States Golf Managers Association

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USGTF MEMBER SAVOY INSTRUMENTAL IN JUNIOR GOLF

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USGTF member Ray Savoy is the founder and golf programming director of the Langston Junior Boys

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NIKE GOLF DISCOUNT REVIEW

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Longtime USGTF industry partner Nike Golf offers USGTF members the opportunity to purchase Nike products

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USGTF EDITORIALS AND MEMBERS FORUM

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The USGTF is now producing many thought provoking monthly editorials,

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Great American Tour Player – Bubba Watson

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When you think of schools that have produced Tour players, you automatically

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Bridgestone Golf Well-Received Among USGTF Members

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New USGTF industry partner Bridgestone Golf has been well-received

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New Instruction DVD Now Out

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The USGTF is pleased to offer another in a series of instructional DVDs.

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News From United States Golf Managers Association

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The United States Golf Managers Association certification course originally

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Great American Teaching Professional – Meredith Kirk

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It hasn’t taken long for Meredith Kirk from Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina, to have a strong impact

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National Golf Teachers Appreciation Day

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Sunday, July 31, has been designated this year’s Golf Teachers Appreciation Day.

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Exclusive Pro-Am Invitation

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Mark your calendar and join us in sunny San Diego for the most PRO

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Golf is Alive and Well in St. Lucia

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St. Lucia, home of the International PGA, is also home to some of the most

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2011 USGTF Central Region Championship

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SITE: Renwood GC 701 E. Shorewood Rd Round Lake Beach, IL 60073 (847)231-4711 Host Pro: Mike Perez…USGTF Member

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Great American Teaching Professional – Gary Cricks

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Gary Cricks is a Level III USGTF member, and currently the director of fitting and a certified swing coach at GolfTEC in Arlington, Virginia.

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USGTF Welcomes Bridgestone as New Industry Partner

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Bridgestone Golf joins a long list of USGTF industry partners.

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Sehne Wins Affiliates/Associates Golf Teachers Cup

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Peter Sehne, from Dalton, Pennsylvania, captured the inaugural Affiliates/Associates Golf

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Great American Tour Player – Ted Kroll

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The past few months, we have been bringing you profiles of players almost everyone has

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May Teaching Tip of the Month

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Have you ever adjusted a student’s grip, only to have him or her revert back to their old grip

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Summer Edition of Golf Teaching Pro Coming Soon

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The Summer 2011 edition of Golf Teaching Pro will be mailed soon, with the feature

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USGTF Monthly Editorial – Time for the US Open to Become more Open

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Back in the 1980s and before, it was common to see a scoring summary from

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HAVE YOU RENEWED YOUR USGTF MEMBERSHIP FOR 2012?

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Renew and take full advantage of the following benefits: Equipment Personal Use Programs with major manufacturers saving up to 50% below wholesale on many products.

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GREAT AMERICAN TOUR PLAYER – DUSTIN JOHNSON

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If the modern professional game is about power, Dustin Johnson’s name has to be in the discussion.

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USGTF STUDIO NOW UP AND RUNNING

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A new Instructional DVD Production Studio has been created at USGTF national headquarters, and

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UNITED STATES GOLF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION SEMINAR A GREAT SUCCESS

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Golf teaching professionals entering the golf management

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USGTF JAPAN MEMBERS IN OUR THOUGHTS

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The terrible recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters in Japan are certainly on the

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GREAT AMERICAN GOLF TEACHING PROFESSIONAL – JOHN COPELAND

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Each month the USGTF features an individual profile of a teaching

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SPRING DISCOUNTS!

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USGTF Logoed short sleeve shirts by Ashworth – 100% cotton

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ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY

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It used to be that the Masters was considered the “real”

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USGTF LIABILITY INSURANCE FOR 2011

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Liability insurance through Bollinger, Inc., for the year March 1, 2011

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HOME OF AUSTRIAN GOLF TEACHERS FEDERATION TO GET NEW

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18 Austrian Golf Teachers Federation president

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TEACHING JUNIOR GOLF TIPS NOW AVAILABLE

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32 Great Tips for teaching junior golfers that many teaching professionals

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GREAT AMERICAN TOURING PROFESSIONAL PROFILE – JOHNNY MILLER

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A generation of younger fans knows him as that opinionated announcer on NBC golf telecasts,

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AFFILIATES/ASSOCIATES CUP DEADLINE APPROACHING – AND A SPECIAL EVENT FOR LEVEL III AND IV MEMBERS

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The entry deadline for the inaugural Affiliates/Associates Golf Teachers Cup is

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NATIONAL HICKORY CHAMPION CROWNED

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From www.USProHickory.com: “Battling wind and length, Leroux Ferreira from Kingwood,

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USGTF MEMBER BUSY WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS COACHING DUTIES

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USGTF member Pat Church will be representing Team USA in the

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Featured USGTF Teaching Professional – LINDA EDWARDS

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There’s an old saying in golf – “Tee it high and let it fly!” 

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GOLF ON TELEVISION

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In our modern iPad, iPhone world, it seems that information overload is everywhere.  This also seems to apply to golf on television.

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USGTF PRESENCE ON YOUTUBE

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Your Golf Tips Required! 

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UPCOMING USGTF CERTIFICATION COURSES

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As a reminder for those of you who are interested in upgrading your membership,

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RULES AND CLUBFITTING COURSE AT WORLD GOLF TEACHERS CUP®

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A 2-hour rules and a 2-hour clubfitting clinic

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USGTF MEMBER WINS DUES FOR THE YEAR

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Congratulations to USGTF member Poon Kon Hoo from The Woodlands

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$500 PRIZE FOR BEST GOLF TEACHING PHOTO!

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The USGTF is always on the lookout for great golf teaching photographs,

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FEATURED USGTF GOLF TEACHING PROFESSIONAL

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Each month the USGTF features an individual profile of a teaching professional

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GREAT AMERICAN TOUR PLAYER RICKIE FOWLER

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There’s a perception that today’s tour players’ swings all look the same

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USGTF MEMBER NAMED GENERAL MANAGER

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USGTF member, Young Hu has been recently named the

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AFFILIATES/ASSOCIATES GOLF TEACHERS CUP UPDATE

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The inaugural Affiliates/Associates Golf Teachers Cup will be held Friday,

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PRO-AM EVENT IN CALIFORNIA

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A $2,500 Professional appearance fee is guaranteed

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T-GOLF – A NEW WAY TO TEACH BEGINNERS

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T-Golf® is introducing a new era in golf instruction and playability.

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UNITED STATES PROFESSIONAL HICKORY CHAMPIONSHIP

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Experience old style golf and get a new appreciation for the game.

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UNITED STATES GOLF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION FOR 2011

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With its new streamlined three-day courses, the United States Golf Managers Association

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US AND WORLD GOLF TEACHERS CUPS DATES ANNOUNCED

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The 10th biennial World Golf Teachers Cup, the 16th annual United States Golf

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Winter Edition of Golf Teaching Pro Out Now

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The Winter 2011 edition of Golf Teaching Pro is now in the mail

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Callaway Golf Renews Personal Use Discount Program

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Callaway Golf, a longtime industry partner of the USGTF

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Happy New Year

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On behalf of the entire staff at the USGTF National Office, we would like to

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