The recognition program for the world’s most outstanding youth instructors is dominated by golf staff professionals at U. S. club and resort properties, including 15 who achieved Master Kids Teacher status for now having made the Top 50 list three times. All of the winners will be recognized with a special presentation on January 24th at the PGA Show.
The maintenance director and environmental consultant at the Boca Raton, Fla. property has been selected as the Overall and National Private recipient of the annual awards that recognize superintendents and their golf courses for overall excellence and best management practices. Alex Stuedemann of TPC Deere Run (Public Course) and Ken Nice of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort (Resort Course) were also selected for national recognition.
Tommy Morrissey, who is just five years old and is missing part of his right arm, squared off against Colt Knost, Graeme McDowell, Billy Horschel, and James Hahn at the Shriners Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, with each of the pros attempting to mimic Morrissey’s own unique swing.
The Las Vegas club will begin construction on August 1, with an anticipated opening date of April 2016. The facility will feature fitness training machines and programs, spa treatments, summer day camp, and a family-friendly swimming pool.
The certified golf course superintendent at Metropolitan Golf Links in Oakland, Calif., earned top honors through the award program. Overall, 16 superintendents were recognized at national and regional levels.
The tips, culled from the head golf professionals of TPC clubs, range from well-known courtesies to hidden truths. “Being a gentleman or lady truly embodies the spirit of our sport, so these tips are meant to help be the best you can be on the links,” said Josh Nichols, head golf professional at TPC Sugarloaf.
Las Vegas Police Officer David Vanbuskirk died in July during a hiker rescue mission on Mount Charleston. Instructors at the Las Vegas golf course gave 30-minute lessons for $150 each at the September 8 fundraiser, with 100 percent of the funds donated to the Vanbuskirk family.