Thanks to a celebrity’s interest in him, Jim Kearney of Carson, California, began a lifetime journey in the game of golf in 1955 that continues to this day. The celebrity was James Garner, for whom Kearney caddied back then. While on the course, Garner would show Kearney the basics of the grip, stance and swing, and allow Kearney to take a few swings when no one was around. Kearney was able to gain a measure of proficiency at the game, which eventually led him to teaching.

But prior to that, Kearney served in the military and today is a retired military and aerospace division specialist. During that time, Kearney is credited with inventing a device that saved the armed forces collectively over $1 million per year.

Kearney had been a golf pro for 20 years, but didn’t have any credentials. That led him to the USGTF, saying he “wanted to be a better teacher.” He currently teaches advanced students with the Tiger Woods Foundation, focusing on scoring and how to win. In addition, he has received a number of accolades, including Teacher of the Year in Carson, receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Seniors on the Move and Care Match America, and won a public safety award in 2008 through his volunteer work with the sheriff’s Community Relations Office.

When he teaches adults, he wants them to forget what they know and completely start over with the basics of the game. At the age of 84, Kearney remains incredibly active each day, contributing to the game of golf and his community.
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