Bill Rice of Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the USGTF’s most respected and skilled teachers. He conducts approximately six certification courses per year for the organization, including the annual Master Golf Teaching Professional class. He comes to the golf teaching industry after a career in public education, serving as a public school teacher and principal. But his start in golf is an interesting story. Rice attended school in Michigan, and when the school system became integrated, he was invited to play golf. Thinking it was nothing more than hitting a ball and putting it into the hole, when asked what he shot for nine holes, he answered, “55.” Told he would never shoot that, the first time out he did right on the nose, and the next year he was down to a scratch. He read every book he could get his hands on in an effort to make himself a good golfer, and the efforts paid off. Rice currently also teaches at the Legacy Golf Club in Las Vegas, and said he receives his greatest joy when his students learn and improve.