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The new members of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America for 2013-2014 are: Cheryl Anderson (Mike Bender Golf Academy at Magnolia Plantation G.C., Lake Mary, Fla.)
Facts & Figures about Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America:
The Top 100 Organization includes 100 actives members of the Top 100 Teachers in America list, 70 alumni, and 6 living members of GOLF Magazine’s World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. Eleven former Top 100 Teachers have passed, including instruction legend Jim Flick in November 2012. Mr Flick was inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame, created and managed by the Top 100 Teachers in America, in 2000.
The Top 100 Teachers in America includes 92 men and 8 women.
Gary Gilchrist (Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.)
Thirty-three teachers have been on the list since its inception in 1996.
Bill Harmon (Toscana C.C., Indian Wells, Calif.)
Thirty-eight active members and alumni (27 men and 11 women) have been named “National Teacher of the Year” by the LPGA or PGA.
The Top 100 Teachers in America represent 26 states (one teacher instructs in Canada). Florida boasts 19 members on the list (Texas is home to 13 and California is home to 9).
Chris O’Connell (Plane Truth Golf Institute, Plano, Texas)
Andy Plummer (Stack & Tilt Academy at Burlington C. C., Mount Holly, N.J., and Ironhorse C.C., West Palm Beach, Fla.)
One-third of the active members have been on the list for four years or less, indicating GOLF Magazine’s emphasis on locating emerging talent.
The Top 100 Teachers in America, as a group, have given more than 4 million lessons.
Don Sargent (Scioto C.C., Columbus, Ohio)
James Sieckmann (Shadow Ridge C.C., Omaha, Neb.)
The average number of years of teaching experience among the Top 100 Teachers in America is 27.
Teaching careers range from 15 to 55 years.
Kevin Smeltz (David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Champions Gate, Champions Gate, Fla.)
The average hourly rate among the Top 100 teachers offering hour-long private lessons is $200.
Kevin Weeks (Cog Hill Golf & C.C., Lemont Ill.)
The Top 100 Teachers in America author all of the instruction content in GOLF Magazine and on its website, golf.com. Since 2007, the Top 100 have helped produce 10 hardcover instruction books and eight newsstand books. Combined, the Top 100 Teachers are responsible for more than 1,000 pages of print material and in excess of 200 golf.com video lessons a year.
The Top 100 Teachers in America created the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 1998, the only Hall focused solely on golf instruction. It includes 17 members.
Mike Bennett (Stack & Tilt Academy at Burlington C. C., Mount Holly, N.J., and Ironhorse C.C., West Palm Beach, Fla.) Mark Blackburn (The Ledges C.C., Huntsville, Ala.) Anne Cain (PGA TOUR Academy, World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Fla.) Chris Como (Gleneagles C.C., Plano, Texas) Sean Foley (Core Golf Academy, Windermere, Fla.)
Kevin Kirk (The Woodlands C.C., The Woodlands, Texas) James Leitz (Pinewood C.C., Slidell, La.) Dale Lynch (Bann | Lynch Golf at Saddelbrook Resort, Tampa, Fla.)
Josh Zander (Zander Golf at Stanford University G.C., Palo Alto, Calif., and Presidio G.C., San Francisco, Calif.) “Choosing 100 instructors from so many talented teachers across the country is a difficult task, but our extensive data, arduous selection process and commitment to the Top 100 Organization allows us to recognize the best of the best in the end,” said DeNunzio. “Although it is quite an honor to be selected, the biggest winners are the readers of GOLF Magazine who benefit every month from the Top 100’s innovative and insightful instruction tips.”
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