Golf News for Friday, August 8, 2014 | Instruction

U.S. Kids Golf announces schedule for Certified Coach Seminars

NORCROSS, Ga. -- The U.S. Kids Golf Certified Coach program for the fall will feature nine seminars in eight states, beginning Sept. 10 in Cleveland, Ohio. Attended by more than 1400 PGA and LPGA professionals since the program began in 2012, USKG Certified Coach Seminars enhance an instructor's knowledge of youth golf and provide tools that can be used to improve youth golf programs.

The day-long seminars are led by John Godwin, PGA Master Professional and 2004 PGA of America National Junior Golf Leader, and John Bryan, Vice President of U.S. Kids Golf Foundation and former Executive Director of the Georgia PGA. During the seminars, Bryan and Godwin focus on best practices that help develop young golfers. These include the introduction of game-based instruction, the importance of properly fit equipment in swing development and distance, and how to scale the game for the beginning golfer.

Both PGA of America and LPGA Professionals earn continuing education credits for their participation in the seminars. Additional credits may be earned by completing the Positive Coaches Alliance test, which is a follow-up component of the Seminar.

U.S. Kids Golf Certified Instructor Seminar Schedule
Sept. 10 … Canterbury Golf Club … Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 23 … Bellerive Country Club … St. Louis, Missouri
Sept. 25 … Harmon Golf Club … Rockland, Massachusetts
Oct. 15 … Philadelphia Country Club … Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct. 18 … Penn State Golf Courses … State College, Pennsylvania
Oct. 28 … Round Hill Country Club … Alamo, California
Oct. 30 … Troon North Golf Club … Scottsdale, Arizona
Nov. 11 … Belle Meade Country Club … Nashville, Tennessee
Dec. 4 … TPC Sawgrass … Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Registrations submitted before two weeks of the seminar date are $195. Registrations submitted within two weeks of the date of the seminar are $245. To register or for more information about the USKG Certified Instructor program, please contact Chris Carme at
About U.S. Kids Golf

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 750 golf tournaments for kids each year with over 10,000 individual players ages 5-18. These tournaments include Local Tours in more than 50 cities, 10 Qualifiers across the nation, seven Regional Championships, a European and Malaysia Championships and the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and Teen World Championship, which are held each year in Pinehurst, N.C.

The vision of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation is to provide kids and their families the opportunity participate in the game of golf through instruction and competition. They believe that family interaction is critical in the development of young golfers and encourage parents to serve as caddies for their kids during tournaments and to develop positive coaching techniques.

U.S. Kids Golf, LLC is based in Atlanta and manufactures equipment and related golf products designed for kids. It was created in 1997 when Founder/CEO Dan Van Horn found that his children were losing their interest in golf due to not having the proper equipment. In addition to more than 4,000 golf shops and retail locations in the United States, the company's products also are available in over 75 countries worldwide.

Contact: Chris Richards, U.S. Kids Golf, 770-441-3077, ext. 642

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