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USGTF member Robert Thomas has been named the head coach for Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Thomas becomes just the second African-American golf coach nationwide, joining Michigan State’s Sam Puryear. Thomas is the inaugural coach of the new NCAA Division III program, which will begin play later this year. According to Rosemont's website, "Thomas also brings a strong collegiate background as well, having served as an assistant to the varsity basketball programs at the University of Delaware and Widener University. 'I was fortunate to have coached at both Widener and University of Delaware,' Thomas said. ‘Those experiences gave me a lot of the groundwork for organizing and maintaining a collegiate program. I worked with recruiting and admissions, which will be very helpful to me in coming to Rosemont.’”

Prestigious Fordham University in West Harrison, New York, in association with the United States Golf Managers Association, will offer a golf managers certification course on August 23-27, 2010 at its new Westchester campus. This five-day certification course will include certification for Golf Club Professional, Golf Club Manager, and Golf Resort Manager. The course itself will be conducted by USGTF Level IV member Patrick Montana. Montana also has a Ph.D in management and has been instrumental in conducting many of the US Golf Managers Association courses.

These courses are unique in that they are taught by real-life golf managers who specialize in teaching all the various topics pertinent to golf management. For those interested in enhancing their golf resumes and acquiring a certification in golf management, please log on to www.USGolfManagers.com.

The USGTF is pleased to bring on board, marketing executive Gordon Harper of Atlanta, Georgia, as its Director of Strategic Partnerships and Special Publications. Harper will help to develop partnerships with various companies, both inside and outside of golf, that will benefit the membership of the USGTF. The advertising and sponsorships are part of a larger marketing plan of developing overall partnerships for the organization as a whole, as opposed to finding individual sponsors for individual events. Harper is well-suited to the task at hand, having worked in the industry for many years. After attending college at Skidmore in Saratoga Springs, New York, he went to work in New York City for J. Walter Thompson, now known as JWT. Harper moved to Atlanta after getting married, where he spent over 30 years in the magazine and marketing business.

Robert “Rock” Robinson, a Level III member from Monroeville, Pennsylvania, and also president of the West Penn Minority Junior Golf Association, Inc., has written a book titled From the Ghetto to the Green. Robinson has also mentored three students who later became USGTF professionals.

In 2008, Robinson was inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame, joining such luminaries as Pete Brown, Jim Dent, Lee Elder, Gary Player, Ted Rhodes, and Jim Thorpe. Robert can be reached at rrobinson320@comcast.net.

USGTF Master Teaching Professional Pat Church has been named one of just six golf coaches for the United States Special Olympics team for the games to be held in 2011 in Athens, Greece. Church, from Eugene, Oregon, beat out many other qualified applicants for the position.

Church serves as the Women’s Club Coordinator at RiverRidge Golf Course in Eugene, and is a frequent competitor in the United States Golf Teachers Cup. The USGTF National Office would like to congratulate Pat for achieving such an outstanding honor.

USGTF Master Teaching Professional Herb “Turk” Walker was inducted into the African-American Golfers Hall of Fame on May 31. Walker hails from Dayton, Ohio, and is a longtime USGTF member, having originally been certified in Florida in 1996. Walker, who has been playing and teaching golf for over 40 years, has also served as an assistant coach for the University of Dayton golf team and has written many golf columns for various publications.

USGTF Southeast Region director Mike Stevens has announced that the 2010 USGTF Southeast Region Championship has been set for Saturday-Sunday, August 21-22, at Wildwood Country Club in Crawfordville, Florida, about 30 minutes south of Tallahassee. The championship will be held in conjunction with the Wildwood Open, a longtime staple of the Tallahassee-area tournament scene. USGTF members will compete with non-USGTF members in the tournament prize pool and for overall honors, although the low USGTF scorer will be named Southeast Region champion. The region meeting will take place after the first round, and USGTF president Geoff Bryant, membership services’ Robert Kleabir, and national course director Mark Harman are scheduled to attend, along with Stevens.

Three divisions are available: professional, senior professional (50+), and amateur division based on handicap index. Entry fees are $175 for professionals and senior professionals, $135 for amateurs. The adjacent Inn at Wildwood is offering rooms for tournament participants for $59 plus tax.

Although registration for the Wildwood Open is possible through the golf course, USGTF members are requested to sign up through the USGTF National Office as this will be the only way we know for sure if a member is competing. Entry deadline is Monday, August 16.

Never before has there been an open match play championship held in the United States. The USGTF will conduct the inaugural United States Match Play Championship June 29 – July 3 at the Pebble Creek Country Club in Greenville, South Carolina. It is open to all golfers, professional and amateur. The USGTF owns the trademark and is the originator of the concept. We are seeking volunteers to help with tournament operations. If you are interested in volunteering, please call the USGTF National Office at (888)346-3290 or (772)335-3216. The tournament website is www.UnitedStatesMatchPlayChampionship.com.

The USGTF has established a 501(c) non-profit corporation called The American Disabled Golfers Association. Many of our members have already been teaching the disabled, so part of our mission is to share this information with teaching professionals who may tend to shy away from this particular segment of golfers. We also want to help educate golf course owners and managers to be more accommodating to those with disabilities, and at the same time provide hope and encouragement to the disabled through the introduction of golf as a form of recreation. The website is www.disabledgolfersassociation.com. If any member would like to become involved in this mission by conducting either a scramble or a two-man best ball tournament to raise money for disabled golfers, please contact Robbie at info@theadga.com.

The USGTF, through Insurance Office of America and Bollinger, Inc., can provide its members with $1 million of liability insurance with a $3 million aggregate and no deductible. This important and affordable coverage protects you while performing your duties as a golf teaching professional.

It has been clarified that the insurance also offers protection in your role as a clubfitter in recommending club specifications to your students. Please note that this is not the same as clubmaking, which is not covered by the policy. The annual premium is $120 and is payable to Bollinger, Inc. To purchase the coverage, please include your name, address, city, state, zip, phone, fax, e-mail address, and a signed and dated document to Bollinger, Inc., 101 JFK Parkway, PO Box 390, Short Hills, NJ 07078. If you have any questions, please call Cathy Fonseca at Bollinger Inc., (800) 350-8005, ext. 8124 or e-mail Cathy.Fonseca@Bollingerinsurance.com.

The USGTF is continuing its mission to provide competitive opportunities for both its members and elite players in 2010 with the advent of The Professional Golf Tour USA® and The Senior Golf Tour USA®. Please note that the membership fee of $100 is waived for all USGTF and WGTF members. If you are interested in playing on one of these tours or scheduling a tournament at your facility, please contact Jennifer at info@usgtf. com. You may also view these new websites by visiting www.TheSeniorGolfTour.com and/or www.ProfessionalGolfTourUSA.com.

Our member communication website, www.usgtfmembers.com, is a great way to get in touch with your fellow members from not only the United States, but around the world. The site is also updated frequently by members of the USGTF National Offi ce with current news. If you are not registered, it only takes a few minutes to do so. If you are registered, please don’t hesitate to use the site and join in on the conversation.

Golf legend Arnold Palmer has given his personal endorsement for CGTF member Max Carbone’s book, Scoring Eagles!, a leadership and strategy guide designed to improve performance on and off the course. Palmer wrote, “I enjoyed reading Scoring Eagles! and found it very interesting, comparing golf, business, and life.”

According to the book’s jacket, Scoring Eagles! shares how leaders can apply a proven approach that truly helps them and their teams drive maximum results with less effort and wasted energy.” Carbone’s company, Team Works Management, has worked with various international companies, including Adidas, Coca-Cola, Nike, and many more. The book was published through Life Success Publishing, Inc., and can be obtained both online and at major book stores.

USGTF professional Edward Ulon has been involved with City Parks Foundation in New York City for the past several years. Ulon works as a seasonal golf professional, and the Foundation operates out of a state-of-the-art practice facility that has 12 hitting stations, a putting green, a chipping green, and bunkers. Children from ages 6 to 17 learn the game and utilize the practice facility, all at no cost.

Several USGTF professionals teach with the program, which has proven to be a very successful operation for the city of New York.

Anyone desiring more information on the program can contact Ulon at (917) 968-0845, or Michael Silverman of the City Parks Foundation at (718) 259-2999. Ulon can also be reached by e-mail at lieut610@aol.com.

Glenn Pratt, president of International PGA Ltd., has welcomed many WGTF professionals over the past year as members. The International PGA endorses all WGTF programs and affiliated nations throughout the world. It is the first PGA entity of inclusion that welcomes members worldwide, both WGTF and PGA members.

Prior to the formation of the International PGA, there was no formal international body that encompassed all individual PGA’s and golf professionals worldwide. The International PGA recognizes that all WGTF member federations play an extremely important role in the growth and promotion of the game, along with various PGA entities of individual nations.

For further information on the International PGA Ltd. and membership inquiries, please log on to www.InternationalPGA.com.

The Central Region Championship will be held the weekend of Saturday-Sunday, August 21-22, at Renwood Golf Course in Round Lake Beach, Illinois. Saturday will feature a pro-am with teams of one USGTF professional and three amateurs, with a reception that evening. Entry fee is $50. Sunday will see the individual championship being contested, 18 holes using the Stableford scoring system. Entry fee is $100. The deadline is Monday, August 9. To enter, send a check with the appropriate fees to Renwood Golf Course, 701 E. Shorewood Rd., Round Lake Beach, IL, 60073, and send an e-mail to Central Region director Charlie Henry at clh3@comcast.net. For further information on the tournament, please visit www.usgtf.com/2009-central.html.

Has it been several years since you achieved your teaching certification? In response to many requests, the USGTF is now offering 4-day courses at all certification course sites. Since the art of learning is an ongoing process, a refresher course with golf teaching peers offers a unique opportunity.

The following courses are available:
Option 1: $315.00 (4 days of instruction, all course materials & all taxes)
Option 2: $595.00 (4 days of instruction, 4 days of green & cart fees, all course materials & all taxes)

To review course schedule please log onto www.usgtf.com/schedule.php. For more information, please contact Jennifer or Suzy at 1-888-346- 3290.

“Those Who Teach Must Never Cease to Learn” – John Dana

John Savage, USGTF Northeast Region director, has announced that a two-person USGTF team tournament will take place Saturday-Sunday, June 26-27, at Town and Country Golf Links in Woodstown, New Jersey. The schedule is: Saturday, 9-hole scramble and 9-hole four-ball. Sunday, 9-hole Pinehurst alternate shot and 9-hole Stableford individual scoring.

Also on Saturday, the Northeast Region meeting will take place at 10:00 a.m. with various subjects and speakers, with golf to follow at 1:00 p.m. On Sunday, golf will commence at 1:00 p.m. with dinner following. There is also the possibility of a Ryder Cupstyle competition depending upon the turnout.

Entry fee is $195 and you may enter as a team or individual. To enter, please mail your entry and fee to Town & Country Golf Links, PO Box 170, Woodstown, NJ, 08098. Checks are made payable to Town & Country Golf Links. You may also enter by providing complete credit card information. You may also enter by e-mail with complete credit card information to cwolfe@tcgolflinks.com, or by fax at (856) 769-8334. Entry deadline is Sunday, June 13. A tournament flyer is available for download at www.usgtfmembers.com under the General Discussion category.

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