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Top 50 Kids Teachers - Class of 2013

U.S. Kids Golf announces 2013 class of Top 50 Kids Teachers, Master Kids Teachers



NORCROSS, Ga. (Jan. 8, 2014) – U.S. Kids Golf has announced the recipients of the Top 50 Kids Teachers Award, which annually recognizes the world’s most outstanding youth golf instructors. The class of 2013 includes golf professionals from 21 states, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico, with recipients chosen from a record 747 applicants.

“The award was created to help parents find the best coaching for their kids,” said Dan Van Horn, President and CEO of U.S. Kids Golf. “The mission of U.S. Kids Golf is to make the game fun for kids, and the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award is an important part of encouraging golf professionals who are key in supporting us and achieving this mission.”

Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has honored golf’s best teachers with the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award. Applicants complete an online survey and winners are chosen based on their contributions to junior golf, such as: time devoted to teaching young golfers; innovation, creativity and fun in their programs; communication; parental involvement; and overall effort to grow the game. Award recipients include teachers who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.

Teachers who are named a Top 50 Kids Teacher three times are recognized with the Master Kids Teacher Award. Since the award was introduced in 2007, 78 instructors have earned this distinction, including 10 teachers in 2013.

“Being named a Master Kids Teacher is the highest honor an instructor can receive from U.S. Kids Golf,” Van Horn said. “These individuals are vital to helping U.S. Kids Golf improve kids golf and ensure a bright future for the game.”

The 2013 Top 50 Kids Teachers and Master Kids Teachers will be recognized Thursday, Jan. 23, at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.

Top 50 Kids Teacher Award Recipients  2013

NameCity, StateFacility

Joseph AndersDallas, TexasBrookhaven Country Club

Justin BlazerOrlando, FloridaMarriott Golf Academy

David BranstadHopkins, MinnesotaOak Ridge Country Club

Michael BulgerFairfield, ConnecticutThe Patterson Club

Mike CarbrayOak Brook, IllinoisButterfield Country Club

Jim CollinsSan Ramon, CaliforniaSan Ramon Golf Club

Kay CorneliusChandler, ArizonaOcotillo Golf Resort

Gary CressendAugusta, GeorgiaAugusta Country Club

Ray CutrightMacon, GeorgiaThe Blum Learning Center At Idle Hour Club

Mike DavisIrvine, CaliforniaShady Canyon Golf Club

Chris DewarReno, NevadaWashoe Golf Course

Joseph DiDomenicoPelham Manor, New YorkPelham Country Club

Michael DoctorSkaneateles, New YorkSkaneateles Country Club

John DuniganMalvern, PennsylvaniaWhite Manor Country Club

Alejandro DuqueSanta Ana, Costa RicaAlejandro Duque Golf Academy

Mike FayBoyne Falls, MichiganBoyne Mountain Resort

Berne FinchSan Jose, CaliforniaSan Jose Municipal Golf Course

Rudy GonzalezLaredo, TexasCasa Blanca Golf Course

Brian GroszekSt. Charles, IllinoisRoyal Hawk Country Club

Chris HolmesHeathrow, FloridaHeathrow Country Club

Jon JanikTrumbull, ConnecticutTashua Knolls Golf Course

Paul JohnsonDaphne, AlabamaLake Forest Yacht & Country Club

Brian JonesCincinnati, OhioKenwood Country Club

Ralph LandrumFlorence, KentuckyWorld of Golf

Andrew LaneWinchester, MassachusettsWinchester Country Club

Doug LawrieBurlington, OntarioWithin Range Golf Centre

Joey LudemanCoral Gables, FloridaRiviera Country Club

Corey LundbergThe Woodlands, TexasThe Club at Carlton Woods

Kammy MaxfeldtWestport, ConnecticutBirchwood Country Club

Cameron McCormickDallas, TexasBrook Hollow Golf Club

Lloyd McWilliamsRockford, IllinoisRockford Park District

Andy MillerReading, PennsylvaniaBerkshire Country Club

Randi MillerPotomac Falls, VirginiaTrump National Golf Club

Valerie MooreLake Worth, FloridaJohn Prince Golf Learning Center

Mark NelsonWeston, MassachusettsPine Brook Country Club

Adam OhsbergCharlotte, North CarolinaCarmel Country Club

Megan PaduaBluffton, South CarolinaBelfair Plantation

Matthew PrimroseRiverview, FloridaAce Golf

Brandon RayCharleston, South CarolinaLowcountry Lessons

Dylan RossLerma, MexicoClub De Golf Los Encinos

Chance ScheffingNew York, New YorkChelsea Piers Golf Club

Chris SelvaggioRamsey, New JerseyRamsey Golf & Country Club

Todd SmithSan Diego, CaliforniaPro Kids Golf Academy at Colina Park GC

Lee StroeverNorth Palm Beach, FloridaNorth Palm Beach Country Club

Mark SummervilleGladwyne, PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia Country Club

Rick TimmCentennial, ColoradoTimm Golf Academy

Deb VangellowSugar Land, TexasRiverbend Country Club

Michael WenzelNorthbrook, IllinoisSportsman's Country Club

Wendy Werley BullockRancho Viejo, TexasRancho Viejo Resort & Country Club

Joyce WilcoxAcworth, GeorgiaCobblestone Golf Course