Dylan Malafronte

Florida Pro Wins USGTF-Sponsored US Pro Hickory

Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Florida, opened in 1922 and laid out by noted architect Tom Bendelow, was described by the Tampa Tribune as a brute of a course stretching out over 6,400 yards. That’s probably not worthy by today’s standard, but a stout test for the century-old clubs used back then. The links held up well against some excellent modern-day hickory golfers at the 2018 United States Professional Hickory Championship held February 26, with Dylan Malafronte from Ocala, Florida, carding an even-par 72 to grab the John Shippen Cup with a margin of two strokes clear of Mark Harman from Ridgeland, South Carolina. This year’s Ladies’ championship goes to Jennifer Cully of Apollo Beach Golf Club in Florida, with an excellent round of 86.

The U.S. Pro Hickory is the brainchild of USGTF Southeast Region director Mike Stevens, himself a three-time national champion in hickory golf. The event is held annually in February at Temple Terrace.

For more information, please go to www.USProHickory.com or email Stevens at ams1127@msn.com.
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IGPA Course Offered

The International Golf Psychology Association (IGPA) is pleased to announce the Masters Level Golf Psychology Webinar series with Dr. Gregg Steinberg. The Masters Level Golf Psychology webinar series is a continuation of the IGPA on-line golf psychology certification course found at www.MasteringGolfPsychology.com.

This webinar series will cover many essential golf psychology topics and is conducted by Dr. Steinberg, who is recognized by Golf Digest as one of the world’s greatest sport psychologists. Dr. Steinberg has been the mental game coach for many PGA Tour winners, and is the head psychologist for the IGPA as well as the head sport psychologist for the United States Golf Teachers Federation.

The Masters Level Golf Psychology Webinar series will be 7-8 p.m. EST on Wednesday nights in March (March, 7, 14, 21, 28). If you miss a webinar, it will be recorded. During the live webinar, you will have access to Dr. Steinberg and be able to ask him any questions. Following the completion of this webinar series, you will receive a certificate from the IGPA stating you have received Masters-level training and expertise in golf psychology.

This entire webinar series is $149. If you are interested in signing up for this webinar series, please click here.

If you have any questions, please email Dr. Steinberg at mentalrules24@msn.com. If you have not taken the online course but plan to take the webinar series, we strongly encourage you to also take the online golf psychology course. Please e-mail Dr. Steinberg for the promo code for your discounted rate for the online course.

USGTF Regional and National Tournament Action

The 23rd United States Golf Teachers Cup will take place October 2-3, 2018, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, as a joint venture with the Canadian Golf Teachers Federation. CGTF president Marc Ray has announced that Ussher’s Creek at Legends on the Niagara will be the location. Registration is now open at http://www.cgtf.com/2018-cgtf-usgtf-teachers-cup.

Dates for the Southwest Region Championship and the Central Region Championship have been announced. Information for the Southeast, Northeast, and Northwest Region championships is pending. All current information can be found at https://www.usgtf.com/tournaments-for-golf-teaching-professionals.

Player Amateur Tour in Full Swing

USGTF member Wayne Player is thrilled to update us that the launch of the Player Amateur Tour has been met with great success. Marketing through the Player Amateur Site and mobile app is reaching millions, Membership in the Tour is increasing daily, and sponsors like OnCore Golf, TeeOff.com, OGIO, NuCalm, Par Bar, Skimp Belts and Easy Belt have all jumped on board to “Go For The Green.”

Looking to earn some extra cash? Now it’s your turn to tee off with the Player Amateur Tour. USGTF members have an opportunity to serve as a Brand Ambassador with the tour and earn money along the way. To become a Brand Ambassador for the Player Amateur Tour and start generating incremental income today, please click here.
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Ontal Offers Partner Opportunity for USGTF Members

USGTF members now have the opportunity to purchase discounted golf equipment through their personal Ontal Corporate Golf Wellness account and resell to their students at retail pricing. You are then able to not only set up your students with new clubs and products, but also make a profit on the sale. Setup is easy – simply visit www.Ontalcgw.com and create an account. Once your account has been approved, you will receive a welcome email and may then log on to see your member pricing. You can then set your sale price, order and sell to your students. Please call Dan Webb at 414-614-8488 for more information and/or questions.
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“PRO” File – Touring Professional Luke List

He nearly grabbed his first PGA Tour win at the Honda Classic, but Luke List’s effort in a playoff against reigning Player of the Year Justin Thomas fell just short.  Nevertheless, the long-hitting List seems ready to take the next step in professional golf.

List was runner-up to Ryan Moore in the 2004 U.S. Amateur and earned a Master’s invitation the following year, where he finished in a tie for 33rd place. He turned pro in 2007 and made it to what is now known as the Web.com Tour in 2010, and in 2013 he was a rookie on the PGA Tour. However, he failed to keep his card and it was three years later before he finally rejoined the big tour for good.

The playoff loss to Thomas was List’s second runner-up finish in his career and the seventh top-10. List is a regular in the top-10 in driving distance, which gives him the potential to compete anywhere at anytime. He seems poised to finally reach the potential that many saw in him during his days at Vanderbilt University.