Job Postings

Since its inception, the USGTF has provided golf teaching professionals with opportunities. Today’s USGTF continues that tradition and has a section on our website in order to serve our members to the fullest extent possible in this regard. New features have recently been added so that your search is easier to navigate and to narrow your search to more relevant opportunities. The most recent postings and the complete list of opportunities may be found at https://www.usgtf.com/job-board-search-view.

Inside News – USGTF President Meets with Gary Player, Charles Schwab

USGTF president Brandon Lee recently met with Gary Player and Charles Schwab at the Loxahatchee Golf Club in Florida this past month. The group teed off for a friendly round of golf while discussing the growth of the golf teaching industry. It is through the encouragement and applause of legends in the world of golf that we strive to continue to preserve our honor as the world’s best teaching professional training institution. Player is a nine-time major championship winner, while Schwab is the founder of the Charles Schwab Corporation, the largest discount securities dealer in the United States. Although he retired as CEO in 2008, he remains chairman to this day.

Tournament Central

United States Golf Teachers Cup – The 25th annual United States Golf Teachers Cup will be held Monday and Tuesday, October 18-19, at the Revere Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event serves to determine the national champion of the USGTF. A concurrent pro-am will be contested, where USGTF members will partner with an amateur for pro-am honors. Note that it is not necessary to bring an amateur partner to compete. Registration is now open at http://www.UnitedStatesGolfTeachersCup.com. Northeast – Note: This month! June 17, Mountain View Golf Course, Ewing, New Jersey. Entry fee $165. Contact region director Bob Corbo at simductivegolf@gmail.com. Central – August 1-2, Pheasant Run Golf Course, Canton, Michigan. Entry fee $215. Contact region director Brent Davies at btkadavies@comcast.net. Southwest – September 10-12, Golf Club at Twin Creeks, Allen, Texas. Entry fee $225 (includes Friday night dinner). Contact region director Bruce Sims at bsims@pga.com.…

WGTF News From Canada

Amidst greater restrictions and lockdowns currently in Canada due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Canadian Golf Teachers Federation has found a way to not only continue operations, but thrive as increased interest has taken hold. CGTF courses are now held online via Zoom. This interest serves to verify that teaching golf continues to be a viable career even during troubled times, and to cement the CGTF as the leader in the field of golf instruction in Canada. More information about the CGTF can be found at http://www.CGTF.com.

Tour “Pro” Update – Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods survived a harrowing one-car accident in southern California on February 23, resulting in multiple fractures to his right leg and ankle. After surgery, Woods began the long rehab process with the single-minded focus that has been a staple of his career. Outside of a few tweets on Twitter, Woods has been relatively silent regarding his progress, but in a recent interview with Golf Digest, Woods remarked that “this was more painful than anything I’ve ever experienced.” He posted a photo of himself on crutches and in a walking boot, but recently 10-year-old Luna Perrone posted a photo of herself with Woods, where the latter was seen without his walking boot. Woods has also been in contact with a number of touring professionals. He gave no indication of whether…

Teaching “Pro” File – Mark Harman

He’s the longest continuing USGTF employee in the organization’s history, and says he’s fortunate to know so many great members over the years. For Mark Harman, it all started in 1991 when he was an examiner at one of the very early certification courses held in Lehigh Acres, Florida. Two years later he became the USGTF national course director (now director of instruction), a position he’s held ever since. Harman took up the game at age 12 and dreamed of a professional playing career. But the game came hard for him, and in his final year of college golf his scoring average was 80.1. He took a job in the business world as a finance collector and computer programmer, but golf was never far from his mind. He played virtually…

Student Spotlight – Shelby Warner

Coached by Thomas T Wartelle, WGTF & PGA Shelby Warner is a playing professional originally from Lima, Ohio. Her goal is to play professional golf on the LPGA Tour. Before turning professional, she was a student-athlete at the University of Findlay in Ohio, where she graduated in 2017 with an MBA in Finance and Accounting. Feeling like her athletic career was unfinished, she has decided to pursue a career as a professional golfer. Shelby now travels the country playing on the WAPT Tour to prepare for 2021 LPGA Qualifying School. Currently based in New Orleans, Louisiana, she is coached by Thomas T Wartelle, WGTF & PGA Professional. The main focus is on her swing, short game, and tournament preparation. Shelby is pound for pound one of the longer hitters in…

Product Spotlight – FOREMAT – It’s More Than A Mat

A revolutionary golf training mat (ForeMat) is starting to get a lot of attention. It has been successful for students of university coaches and top golf instructors. ForeMat, a new training tool with built-in instructions, corrects the most common errors of more than 80% of golfers related to aim and alignment (head control). Practicing and perfecting this pre-shot routine develops good golf habits, making it possible for the golfer to be in the best physical and mental position prior to swinging, resulting in the head of the club square at impact and a straight shot at the target. The methodology incorporates published tips of PGA tour pros such as Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els and Rory McIlroy, which contributed to their own success on the course. ForeMat was originally called “The…

Editorial – How Does Age Affect the Teaching Professional?

Phil Mickelson shocked the golf world when he won the PGA Championship this past May. Never before had anyone 50 years old or older won a major championship, but Mickelson turned back the clock and played like the Mickelson of old instead of an old Mickelson. And a number of players on the PGA Tour Champions have said that once they turned 50, they are playing the best golf of their careers. But a closer examination of that reveals that that simply isn’t true, because if it were, they’d still be playing and winning on the PGA Tour. There are a number of factors that go into the decline of professional golfers as they get into their upper 40s. Even Vijay Singh, who won a remarkable 22 times after turning…