Special Offers – By Members For Members

Jack McCullars, a longtime USGTF teaching professional, is the founder and owner of International Golf Adventures, a provider of custom golf vacations in the USA and around the world. “I was with Jack on an amazing trip to Morocco more than 15 years ago. The following offers for our members include free places with their groups for Winter 2018-19.” – Geoff Bryant, USGTF president.

USA – St. Augustine and World Golf Village

* 8 days / 7 nights / 5 rounds of golf * USGTF pro travels FREE with 11 paying golfers * Two lodging options – The Residences villa/condos at World Golf Village or a good 4-star hotel in downtown St. Augustine * Golf including carts and preferential guaranteed tee times at Slammer & Squire GC, St John´s Golf & CC, Eagle Landing (including lunch & 2 beers), The Palencia GC, King & Bear GC (only Palmer/Nicklaus co-design in the world) * Visit to World Golf Hall of Fame and entry in par-3 contest * Prices start at $1,259 based on 11 paying golfers + 1 USGTF pro free of charge * Optional golf available at nearby courses, including TPC Sawgrass


– This offer includes free flights with Royal Air Maroc (RAM), as well as golf and lodging. With 7 paid golfers, USGTF/WGTF pro including flight is free of charge. With 11 paid golfers, pro’s partner is also free of charge. Program includes:

* Lodging, breakfast, and evening meal at the 5-star Amphitrite Palace Hotel * Golf at a choice of 9 regional courses, including Royal Golf Dar Es Salaam, host of the Moroccan Open * All transfers airport / hotel / golf * 7 days / 6 nights / 4 rounds start at 899 €. Shorter and longer stays available. * RAM flights available from JFK, D.C., Montreal, Quebec, most major European cities. Free flights subject to confirmation at the time of booking. * 4-star hotel option also available with this offer


– Many choices available for our European members, including options with free stays for those who bring 7 or more paying golfers.

For more information, write to Jack at, call 888-99-PLAYGOLF, or visit
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Pierson Takes NE Tourney Title

Andrew Pierson from Camden, NJ, claimed the USGTF Northeast Region championship played June 9 at Mercer Oaks East Golf Course in West Windsor, New Jersey, firing a 77 to edge runner-up Taiki Miyazaki of Hicksville, NY, by two strokes. In division action, Kelly Platt took home the women’s title with a 90; Doug MacMillan fired an 80 to take the 50-59 title over runner-up Alan Brown; Peter Palmisano shot an 87 to win the 60-69 division over Bruce Barnett, and John Ray edged Preston Browning in a playoff after both shot 87 in the 70+ division.

Bob Corbo serves as the Northeast Region director. He can be reached at
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SE Tourney on Tap for this Month; Central to Follow

The USGTF Southeast Region Championship will be held July 29-30 at GlenLakes Country Club in Weeki Wachee, Florida, approximately 45 miles north of Clearwater. The entry fee of $175 includes two days of golf, range balls and prize money. Dinner at an area restaurant will be held after the first round on Saturday. The recommended hotel is the Quality Inn Weeki Wachee, which is approximately 10 minutes away from the golf course. For more information, please contact region director Mike Stevens at Entries are being handled by the USGTF National Office at (888) 346-3290 (a 3% service charge will be added for credit card entries by phone).

The Central Region Championship will be conducted in conjunction with another great event (Brent Davies, Director) – The USGTF Central Region Championship will be held Sunday and Monday, August 6-7, 2017, at Lake Forest Golf Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event will also be held as part of a weekend of golf which includes the Michigan/Ontario Golf Teachers Tour event on Saturday. For complete information, please click here.

Avis, Budget Offering World Cup Deals

USGTF industry partners Avis and Budget rental car companies are offering special rates out of McCarron International Airport in Las Vegas for the upcoming United States and World Golf Teachers Cups, to be played October 16-19. Both Avis and Budget are offering exclusive group rates for the tournaments. These rates not only offer discounts on rentals, but also offers greater discounts on SUVs and luxury cars. The discount codes are: Budget – BCD# D815198 and Avis T525898. The rates are good for seven days prior to and seven days after the tournaments only. Reservations may also be made by clicking on the company logos found on

USGTF Launches Re-Designed Site

The USGTF’s website at has been re-designed, taking on a more contemporary look to better reflect current trends in web design. In addition to a sleeker look, the site offers the USGTF National Office staff the power to make timely changes more quickly. If you know someone who is interested in becoming a USGTF member, please direct them to the site, and if they have any questions, they may call the National Office at (888) 346-3290.

In addition to the main organization site, the USGTF has a site devoted exclusively to its members at The site is divided into two sections, one public and one private. To use the private section, members need to register and then have their registration validated by the USGTF Membership Services department. If you haven’t joined, please visit today to make your registration, which is free, official.

Summer Edition of Magazine Now Out

The Summer 2017 edition of Golf Teaching Pro® magazine has been mailed out. If you have not received your copy, please contact the USGTF National Office at (888) 346-3290.

Also, we welcome member submissions to the publication. Teaching or playing tips, drills, articles and member profiles are always a wonderful addition to each issue. The deadline to submit material is September 15, and may be done so by emailing Membership Services at

“PRO” File – Touring Professional Brian Harman

It may only seem like it, but golf professionals with the last name of “Harman” tend to be a little on the, shall we say, vertically-challenged spectrum of height. Reigning United States Golf Teachers Cup champion Mark Harman stands just 5′ 7″, as does a tour golfer with the same last name who is making his mark on the professional scene, Brian Harman.

The latter Harman gained notoriety for taking the 54-hole lead into the final round of the 2017 U.S. Open, only to be overtaken by Brooks Koepka’s sterling 66 (see “PRO” File – Touring Professional Brooks Koepka). Earlier this year, Harman won the Wells Fargo Championship when his 28-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole found the bottom of the cup to edge no less than world number one Dustin Johnson.

As a junior player, Harman himself was ranked number one, winning the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, and went on to play at the University of Georgia. Harman did not get his tour card right away, instead toiling on the mini-tours for several years before making it to the main stage. He recorded his first victory at the John Deere Classic in 2014, but that victory did not propel him to greater heights. Heading into the 2016-17 season, he re-dedicated himself, resulting in improved play and a near-miss in a major championship.

Harman lives in Sea Island, Georgia, with his wife Kelly and their daughter Cooper.

Go Slow Like Brooks Koepka

What can we learn from the new U.S. Open champion, Brooks Koepka? Here is one important lesson: Go slow when you are under pressure.

If you watched Brooks during the final round of the U.S. Open, he never walked fast. In fact, the TV commentators on a few occasions commented that he was walking slower than usual. How did this help Koepka win the Open? And how can it help you play better under pressure?

We tend to get anxious in competition. When we are anxious, we typically do everything a little faster. We walk faster, talk faster and even think faster. This nervousness also increases the speed of our swing rhythm. This increased speed in our actions is in response to a release of hormones from our brain. When we are anxious, our mind releases such hormones as epinephrine and norepinephrine. These hormones act as a stimulant and increase our blood flow, heart rate and countless other changes throughout our body. Walking slower counterbalances this increase in speed so that your game will not be thrown off.

But this principle is not only about golf, but about every sport. When you are nervous, your speed in your game will increase, and as a result, your rhythm and timing will be thrown off.

Copy Brooks Koepka and go slow. You may be slowing down, but you are actually speeding up your success.

By Dr. Gregg Steinberg, USGTF Sports’ Psychologist

(Articles like this can be found in The Mental Game Academy was created by Dr. Gregg Steinberg, whom Golf Digest ranked as one of the world’s greatest sport psychologists. He has worked with many PGA Tour players, including Brandt Snedeker, Brian Gay and Chris Couch, as well as Vanderbilt men’s golf and the University of Florida’s men’s golf team. Please go to the website for your free mental game e-book, as well as some free videos and articles. The Mental Game Academy is running a special for its online course at half price, $199. To get this special deal, use the promo code iggy199.)