ATLANTA -- For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. Kids Golf announces its Top 50 Kids Teachers and its fifth class of Master Kids Teachers.
The 2012 Top 50 Kids Teachers award recognizes the world's most outstanding youth golf instructors from a record applicant pool of over 550 golf professionals and coaches.
In addition to the instructors designated Top 50 Kids Teachers, 13 golf professionals have been named Master Kids Teachers. The Master Kids Teacher designation is earned by those professionals who have been selected to the U.S. Kids Golf list of Top 50 Kids Teachers three or more times.
Of the 18 states represented on the list, New York has the most Top 50 Kids Teachers (6), followed by Florida and Georgia (5 each). Australia and Canada are also represented.
To be considered for the award, professionals submit an online application. Award winners are selected based on several factors including percentage of time devoted to teaching young golfers, innovation in their programs, creativity and fun, communication and overall efforts to grow the game. The 2012 Top 50 list includes teachers who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.
"A Top 50 Kids Teacher has a passion for helping kids develop their skills and their love of the game," said Dan Van Horn, founder and president of U.S. Kids Golf. "This year's group of honorees stood out among the hundreds of qualified applicants."
The 2012 Top 50 Kids Teachers and Master Kids Teachers will be recognized Friday, January 25, at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.
About U.S. Kids Golf
U.S. Kids Golf, LLC is based in Atlanta, Ga., and manufactures equipment and related golf products made especially for kids. In addition to more than 4,000 golf shops and retail locations in the U.S., the company's products also are available in over 75 countries worldwide.
The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation, a Georgia non-profit recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity, was created in 2001 and provides services that include competition and instruction. The Foundation organizes more than 400 golf tournaments for kids each year, including Local Tours in more than 40 cities, ten Qualifiers across the nation, six Regional Championships, a European Championship and the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and Teen World Championship, which are held each year in Pinehurst, N.C.
In partnership with the PGA of America, the Foundation also supports the U.S. Kids Golf Family Course program, which provides guidelines that help courses make the game easier to learn and more fun for kids and their families.
For more information, call 1-888-387-5437 or visit www.uskidsgolf.com.
U.S. Kids Golf 2012 Top 50 Kids Teachers:
Name Affiliation City, State
Dale Balvin Golf's Elementary Scottsdale, Ariz.
Mark Becker Thornberry Creek at Oneida Oneida, Wisc.
Michael Berning Marietta Country Club Kennesaw, Ga.
Justin Blazer Faldo Golf Institute Orlando, Fla.
Karen Bukowski Harbor Ridge Golf Club Erie, Pa.
Mike Carbray Butterfield Country Club Oak Brook, Ill.
Kevin Cloud Golf Center at Lyman Orchards Middlefield, Conn.
Jim Collins San Ramon Golf Club San Ramon, Calif.
Kay Cornelius Ocotillo Golf Resort Chandler, Ariz.
Nathan Danner Baltimore Country Club Lutherville, Md.
Nicholas d'Avoine Lake Karrinyup Country Club Karrinyup, Australia
Michael Doctor Skaneateles Country Club Skaneateles, N.Y.
Brendon Elliott Little Linksters, LLC Deltona, Fla.
Thomas Fletcher The Bedford Golf and Tennis Club Bedford, N.Y.
Jeff Frasier Chicopee Woods Golf Club Gainesville, Ga.
Ryan George Rockaway Hunting Club Lawrence, N.Y.
Denise Grider HHG Academy at the Lakes at Castle Hills Lewisville, Texas
Brian Groszek Royal Hawk Country Club St. Charles, Ill.
Jesse Hallett Penn Oaks Golf Club West Chester, Pa.
Rick Heard Don Law Golf Academy Boca Raton, Fla.
Rick Hunter El Prado Golf Courses Chino, Calif.
Craig Hunter San Point Country Club Seattle, Wash.
Jon Janik Tashua Knolls Golf Course Trumbull, Conn.
Patrick Keenan Somerset Hills Country Club Bernardsville, N.J.
Cory Luke New Albany Country Club New Albany, Ohio
Dan Martin Rustic Canyon Golf Club Moorpark, Calif.
John Mascari Canoe Brook Country Club Summit, N.J.
Kammy Maxfeldt Birchwood Country Club Wesport, Conn.
Cameron McCormick Brook Hollow Golf Club Dallas, Texas
Casey McKinnon Brittain Cherry Hills Country Club Cherry Hills Village, Colo.
Randi Miller Trump National Golf Club Potomac Falls, Va.
Valerie Moore John Prince Golf Learning Center Lake Worth, Fla.
John Mullen The Woodlands Club Falmouth, Maine
Adam Ohsberg Carmel Country Club Charlotte, N.C.
Ryan O'Mahoney Cherokee Town & Country Club Atlanta, Ga.
Megan Padua Belfair Plantation East Hampton, N.Y.
Bradley Pluth Brad Pluth Golf Academy at Halla Greens Chanhassen, Minn.
Trillium Sellers Chevy Chase Club Chevy Chase, Md.
Chris Selvaggio Ramsey Golf & Country Club Ramsey, N.J.
Christopher Stahlnecker Country Club of Rochester Rochester, N.Y.
Holly Taylor PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Kate Tempesta Kate Tempesta's Urban Golf Academy New York, N.Y.
Wes Warren IV North Shore Country Club Mequon, Wisc.
Nicole Weller The Landings Club Savannah, Ga.
Michael Wenzel Northbrook Golf Academy Northbrook, Ill.
Adam Werbicki The Derrick Golf & Winter Club Edmonton, Alberta
Wendy Werley Bullock Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club Rancho Viejo, Texas
Suzy Whaley TPC River Highlands Cromwell, Conn.
Joyce Wilcox Cobblestone Golf Course Kennesaw, Ga.
James Wilkes Villanova University North Wales, Pa.
U.S. Kids Golf 2012 Master Kids Teachers
Name Affiliation City, State
Jim Bowling Virginia Beach, Va.
Rick Grayson Rivercut Golf Course Springfield, Mo.
Harry Hammond Penn Oaks Golf Club West Chester, Pa.
Jimmy Headrick Lakewood Golf Club New Orleans, La.
James Hong Harbor Links Golf Course Port Washington, N.Y.
Lynne Hunter Kenwood Golf & Country Club Bethesda, Md.
Tommy Joyce Hunting Hills Country Club Roanoke, Va.
Dona Lerner The Preserve at Jordan Lake Chapel Hill, N.C.
Tony Martinez Keeton Park Golf Course Dallas, Texas
David L. Moore Squirrel Run Golf Course Plymouth, Mass.
David Ondocsin Gleneagles Country Club Plano, Texas
Bill Scott Don Law Golf Academy Boca Raton, Fla.
Craig Zimmerman Red Tail Golf Center Beaverton, Ore.