Golf News for Friday, February 15, 2013 | People

Faldo Certified Instructor Justin Blazer recognized as U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The acclaimed Faldo Golf Institute (FGI) by Marriott, one of the nation's leading golf schools, announced that Faldo Certified Instructor Justin Blazer of Orlando, Fla., was recognized as one of U.S. Kids Golf's Top 50 Kids Teachers for 2012.

Blazer, who has served as a Certified Instructor at the Faldo Golf Institute at Marriott's Grande Vista Resort in Orlando for the past five years, has established a reputation as one of the top junior golf instructors in the region. This is the first time that he has been named a Top 50 Kids Teacher by U.S. Kids Golf.

"I am extremely honored to be selected as one of the U.S. Kids Golf's Top 50 Kids Teachers," Blazer said. "I am passionate about teaching the game, and it is truly rewarding to make an impact and observe the progress of the junior boys and girls that I teach."

The award, in its ninth year, recognizes golf professionals across North America who focus much of their time and energy on developing young golfers in their communities. The instructors are judged on several criteria, including percentage of time devoted to kids programs, creativity, communication and efforts to grow the game.

This year's class represents 19 states, Australia and Canada and includes teachers who work at public, private and resort courses.

"The Top 50 Kids Teachers represent a group of professionals who are dedicated to helping kids develop their skills and their love of the game," said Dan Van Horn, founder and president of U.S. Kids Golf. "We are pleased to recognize their talents and commitment."

The 2012 Top 50 Kids Teachers were recognized Friday, January 25, 2013, at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. For information on Justin Blazer and the Faldo Golf Institute, please visit www.gofaldo.com.

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 700 golf tournaments for kids each year, including Local Tours in more than 40 cities, ten Qualifiers across the nation, seven 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.

About Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott
With locations in Orlando, Fla. and Palm Desert, Calif., Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott combines the teaching philosophy of the legendary Six-Time Major Champion Sir Nick Faldo, with the world class service and hospitality of Marriott International, providing expert instructional programming at two desirable Marriott Vacation Club destinations. From low-handicap elite golfers seeking a competitive advantage, to newcomers to the game seeking an introductory program that is matched to their needs, Faldo Golf Institute offers distinct programs for everyone. For more information on all programs and packages offered by Faldo Golf Institute by Marriott, golfers should call 888-463-2536, or visit GoFaldo.com.

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