Participants spent three days making strides to unify the teaching philosophies and language.
On October 9th, 10th & 11th, Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Gladstone, N.J., hosted the inaugural teaching roundtable which brought together 26 of the elite in golf instruction to discuss the golf swing and the state of the teaching industry.
The 3-day event took place at the club, where instructors flew in from all over the country and stayed overnight in the Brady Mansion. General Manager, Timothy M. Bakels, welcomed the guests upon arrival.
“When Mike Adams came to me with the idea to host this symposium, we thought we would give it a try. Within 20 minutes of the invitations being sent, we had a ‘who’s who’ of the top 100 golf teachers in the country signed up,” said Bakels.
The event began at noon on Sunday, and finished at noon on Tuesday. The instructors gathered in the clubhouse and driving range, and moved the roundtable to the Brady Lodge in the evenings.
Chef Anthony Bucco and his culinary team prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner for the instructors, a highlight of which was a chili cook-off. At the conclusion of the event, all participants received an advanced copy of GOLF Magazine’s anticipated Best Driving Instruction Book Ever. (GOLF Magazine and PGA Magazine are expected to be publishing an article on the results of the roundtable.)
In attendance were 24 of the top 100 golf instructors in the country, including Mark Blackburn; Jon Tattersol; EJ Pfister, Director of Instruction at Oak Tree National; Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction at Old Palm Golf Club; Jim Murphy, Instructor at Sugar Creek Country Club; Jim Suttie, Former PGA National Instructor of the Year, Instructor at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club and TwinEagles; Krista Dunton, former LPGA National Instructor of the Year and the Senior Instructor at Berkeley Hall Club; Kellie Stenzel, Instructor at Sebonack Golf Club, Palm Beach Country Club and The Town of Palm Beach Golf Course; Carol Preisinger, Director of Instruction at Kiawah Island Club; Brian Mogg, owner of the Brian Mogg Performance Center at the Waldorf Astoria, Orlando; Scott Munroe, Director of Instruction at Nantucket Club; Eric Johnson, Director of Instruction at Oakmont Country Club; Tom Ness; EA Tischler, Founder of the New Horizons Golf Approach & Schools; Brian Manzella, Owner of the Brian Manzella golf academy; Jason Carbone, Director of Instruction at Baltusrol Golf Club; Don Sargent, Director of Instruction at Scioto Country Club; and Adam Schreiber. David DeNunzio, Instruction Editor for GOLF Magazine, and Dawes Marlatt, Director of Education for the PGA of America, were also on hand for the event.
Mike Adams, Director of Instruction at Hamilton Farm, organized the educational event.
“Bringing this talented group of instructors together and orchestrating an incredible learning environment created the ultimate roundtable,” said Adams.
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