As the Director of Instruction at the Country Club of Maryland, I can honestly say that I didn't take the more traditional route to my current position. I was introduced to the game at an early age by my Dad, who was a very good golfer in his day. As a young kid living in the country, golf wasn't exactly on the top of my list of fun things to do. Activities like riding motorcycles, building tree forts and earning my Eagle Scout badge were more appealing to me at the time. I also fell in love with bicycle road racing when I was 16, so that became my obsession for the next 5 years. I was fortunate enough to spend a month at the Colorado Olympic Training Center for cycling, with hopes of making it a career someday. After a few unforeseen knee surgeries, golf began to look more appealing to me. I played in golf tournaments on a local level and spent a few years working seasonally in Florida at PGA National Resort & Spa and other South Florida courses. Observing the PGA Academy Instructors in my spare time ultimately started me on the path to a career in golf instruction. I've had the privilege to observe some great teachers over the years including:
Wayne DeFrancesco - Lakewood CC Md
Mike Bender - Magnolia Plantations Fl
Dr. Jim Suttie - Twin Eagles CC, Naples Fl
Bernie Najar -Caves Valley, Md,
Bill Davis - Jupiter Hills Fl
Mike Shannon - Sea Island, Ga
Gail Peterson - Sea Island, Ga
Jack Lumpkin - Sea Island, Ga
Cheryl Anderson - Magnolia Plantations Fl
Rick Smith Academy - Tiberon Fl
Mike Adams - Hamilton Farms GC - NJ
John Dunagan - White Manor CC - Pa
Some notable students include:
Vince Biser - 2018 North American One-Arm Golf Association top one-armed golfer.
Trent Geritz - Participant 2018 US Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol NJ.