Seasons Greetings!

As the year is drawing to a close, we would like to wish everyone Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays from the USGTF National Office. Important holidays and celebrations such as Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Day have long been celebrated in American life and are soon upon us. We join in hoping for a safe and joyous holiday season for all our members, and look forward to continuing to serve you as 2021 draws to a close.

Golf Teaching Pro® – Coming This Month

The Winter edition of Golf Teaching Pro magazine, the official print publication of the United States Golf Teachers Federation, will be released this month to all members in good standing through 2022. This annual edition will provide a wrap-up of the recently completed United States Golf Teachers Cup, news from over 20 WGTF member nations, along with timely articles relevant to today’s teaching professionals and golf coaches and is one of our most valuable communication resources for all WGTF members. Be sure to check it out!

Seventh USGTF-Korea Teachers Cup Is In The Books

The 7th USGTF-Korea Teacher’s Cup was successfully held this past November at Silk River CC in Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do, under sunny skies. Eighty-four participants, including 72 professionals who passed the qualifying rounds (held at Fortune Hills CC, Silk River and Leader CC) to be able to compete in the main tournament, and eight amateurs and four VIPs who participated on the recommendation of regular members of the main federation, showcased their skills. In the competition, which was divided into four divisions, the winners were: Lee Min-gu in the men’s general division; Heo Lim-ho in the men’s senior division; Yoo Joo-hee in the women’s general division, and Shin Jong-hee in the women’s senior division. The first, second, and third-place winners were awarded prize money, trophies and awards, while other winners were also awarded…

“PRO” Files – Touring Professionals Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau

It was a feud that began some time ago when Brooks Koepka talked about slow play and that it shouldn’t take that long to hit a shot. Bryson DeChambeau took it as a commentary towards his leisurely habits while preparing for a shot, and a feud was born. A few juvenile back-and-forths between the two behemoths (figuratively and literally) of the golf world ensued, with “The Match” held the day after Thanksgiving this year supposedly going to be the last word. Koepka drilled an out-of-form DeChambeau, 4 and 3, in the scheduled 12-hole match. Why 12 holes? Perhaps it was an ode to championship boxing matches and their 12-round bouts. Koepka was known for his workout routines first, building his body into that akin to a football tight end. DeChambeau…

Regional Action Kicks Off in February; U.S. Pro Hickory

Southeast Region director Mike Stevens has announced that the USGTF Southeast Region Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 19-20, at Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club in Tampa, Florida. The entry fee is $200 and deadline is February 10. Entry checks made payable to Mike Stevens, 720 Bungalow Terrace, Tampa, FL 33606, or Venmo @mikestevensgolf. The following day, Tuesday, February 21, is the United States Professional Hickory Championship, also at Temple Terrace. The entry fee for this event is $100 (note that this event is open to all, including non-USGTF members). Clubs will be provided for participants who do not have their own. For more information, please visit www.USProHickory.com. Questions? contact Mike Stevens at ams11274@msn.com or 813-244-7619.

“TEACHING PRO” File – USGTF Member Eric Cass

I fell in love with the game of golf at the ripe age of one year old. Dad would take me everywhere with him to caddy in “The Hunt” – a guys’ money game. I used to sell lemonade, golf balls, caddy, cut grass and work around the clubhouse to help pay my golf expenses. I played golf at Wabash Valley Community College in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, where I was an all-conference player. In 1988 I enrolled in the first class at The Golf Academy of the South in Orlando, Florida, and studied under world-famous golf instructor Wally Armstrong and PGA Tour rules official Gene Smith. In 1989, I founded A Life of Golf for Kids and came back to my hometown of Terre Haute, Indiana. It’s been my life’s mission to promote junior…

Student Spotlight – Gracie James

By Matt Smith, USGTF Professional What about Gracie James? Gracie is a 10th grader at Watkins Memorial High School in Pataskala, Ohio. She placed 11th in the state tournament, and not only was first-team all-league but was player of the year. She also was first-team all-district. The thing I love about Gracie is her passion to improve. She comes from a great family and has a tremendous work ethic. I have worked with Gracie for three years. Her strengths are her distance off the tee and her love for practicing. Remember her name…because she has a great chance of playing on LPGA Tour someday!

Industry Partner – Liability Insurance

The USGTF, through Baldwin, Kryatyn, Sherman Partners LLC and RPS Bollinger, can provide its members $1,000,000 of liability insurance with a $3,000,000 aggregate and no deductible. This important, affordable coverage protects you while performing your duties as a golf instructor. Annual premium: $120.00 payable to RPS Bollinger. You may mail your check to: RPS Bollinger, 200 Jefferson Park, Whippany, NJ 07981. *Please note: This is a new address. IMPORTANT: If you would like to use a credit card, you will have to pay your premium online at www.RPSBollinger.com – Click on “Pay My Bill” in the bottom right-hand corner of the home page. We can no longer process credit card transactions in our office. Questions? Call Cathy Fonseca at RPS Bollinger, 800-446-5311, ext 8124 or e-mail Cathy_Fonseca@rpsins.com.

Editorial – Winter Golf Vs. Other Seasons

By Mark Harman, USGTF Course Director Ah, winter golf. Here in the southern part of South Carolina, where I live, golf is a 12-month season. Sure, it gets cold at times from mid-November through mid-March, but there are often days where the average high is in the 60s (F) or even 70s. That’s in contrast to the state of Indiana where I grew up. We had to put the clubs totally away by mid-November through mid-March. Winter golf up north isn’t like winter golf when I was a kid, though. Today there are golf domes and indoor simulators to keep one’s game sharp until spring arrives. Although in the early 1980s, I do have to give our coach at Franklin College, Dr. Richard Park, credit for trying to find a way to keep our games…