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USGTF teaching professional Matt Gullo has just released the Golf Record Book, a hardcover book designed for golfers to compile records and highlights throughout their careers. The book features black and white golf photos and includes sections such as scoring records, greatest shots, best courses played, locations played, tournament play, match play, bets, stories, hall of fame records, and more. Whether a golfer has just started playing or has years of experience, this can be a resource to track and compile every career record and highlight into one book. For full details on this book, log onto www. the20thhole.com or contact Matt at matt.gullo@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

If you haven’t heard about Twitter, you may be the only one on your block who hasn’t! Twitter has become a worldwide phenomenon in 2009, and the USGTF is on board. If you have a Twitter account, you can sign up to follow what’s going on at the USGTF simply by clicking on the “follow” link. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can see the latest “tweets” from the USGTF by going to www.twitter.com/usgtf.

The Ontario side came from behind going into the fi nal day of matches in the 6th annual Kelly Cup at Gateway Golf Club, near Detroit, to defeat Team Michigan and capture the 2010 championship. The event is held in honor of USGTF golf teacher Thomas Kelly, who died suddenly on the golf course “with the fellas” in 2003.

he Michigan side of 12 players, led by team captain George Paul of Belleville, Michigan, held a slim two-point lead following 10 team matches of four-ball and foursome matches on day one. But, the Ontario side came storming out of the gate on day two, winning the first three matches to take an early lead. Michigan’s players rallied to take a slight lead late in the day, but Ontario’s top-ranked players won three of the last four matches to take the Cup 16-14, the team’s second title. Team Ontario’s squad of 10 was led by second-year captain Pete Willems of Strathroy, Ontario. Twenty individual matches were played on day two – 10 match play and 10 Stableford matches.

Ontario’s 72-year-old super senior Carl Abel (McGregor, Ontario) continued his fi ne Kelly Cup play by sharing top point-earner position with fellow teammate and top international player David Belling (Sarnia, Ontario) Each won 3 points. First-year Kelly Cup player Don Smith (Hartland, Michigan) won 3 points during the two-day competition for Team Michigan.

Once again, the matches were played with utmost sportsmanship and fair play. During a match between Willems and Jack Deming, Willems announced “my ball moved” while preparing for a putt from the fringe. None of the players in the group saw the ball move, but Pete Willems took the one-stroke penalty and replaced the ball. Later in the afternoon match, Deming called a penalty on himself when his ball changed positions on the putting green after he addressed the ball. He, too, took a penalty and replaced the ball. Fair play is alive and well.

Sunday evening, Barbara Kelly, widow of Thomas Kelly, was presented with a $1,400 scholarship for her two grandchildren’s college education. Both Arianna and Edward Jr. were present, along with their father, Edward Kelly, son of Thomas and Barbara. Both of the younger Kellys are honor-roll students in the Romulus School System.

Abel and Charlie Henry were each recognized for their contributions to the tour and were awarded plaques at the Sunday dinner for their many years of dedicated service. They must have been inspired by their awards. The next day, they each led their team in Stableford points, with Henry recording 19 points (1 under par), and Abel posting a very fi ne 18 points (an even par score).

Winning team members from Ontario were Ron Christner (Grimsby), Jim Jenkinson (Markham), Paul Kelly (Leaskdale – no relation to Thomas), Kristian Kasemetes (Windsor), Jim Beaton (Tecumseh), Ted Williams (Rama), Dennis Babcock (Chatham), along with Abel, Belling and Willems.

Michigan team members were Jim Helmke (Highland), Rob Ruley (Toledo, Ohio), Mark Widman (Marine City), Mark Jednak (Jackson), Jack Black (Westland), Jack Deming (Wayland), Ken Burk (Capac), Joel Michaels (Southfi eld), and Brian Gabbeart (Westland), along with Henry, Smith and Paul.

Following the competition, Dennis Babcock was elected team captain for 2010, while Ken Burk was elected captain for Team Michigan. Jim Helmke was named his assistant.

For more information about the Michigan/Ontario Golf Teachers Tour, contact Charlie Henry, Michigan tour director (clh3@comcast.net), or Dennis Babcock, Ontario tour director (ebabcock1@cogeco.ca). Four events are being planned next summer, two in Ontario and two in Michigan, followed by the Kelly Cup in September.

Joe Janosky of Shelby Township, Michigan, won the second annual Central Region Championship in a scorecard playoff over Michigan’s Ken Burk this past August at Renwood Golf Course, just outside Chicago. Janosky and Burk finished with 31 stableford points.

Burk, who was the 2008 runnerup to region director Charlie Henry of Caseville, Michigan, held a one point lead heading into the back nine. However, the difference was Janosky’s 20-foot eagle putt on the par-4 11th hole.

Third place ended in a tie at 28 points with Dennis Dober of New Lenox, Illinois, and Katie Fulton of Peoria, Illinois. Fifth place was shared by Henry and Joe DeLorenzo of Elk Grove, Illinois, both with 27 points.

Nineteen players entered the championship, up from nine a year ago. USGTF Master Teaching Professional Mike Perez served as the host professional at Renwood. “Mike and his head professional, Brad Rouse, did a fantastic job of preparing the golf course and handling the logistics of the tournament,” said Henry.

Perez, a former USGTF Professional of the Year in 2008 and a WGTF Top 60 Teacher, had a customized scorecard designed and printed for the event. He also coordinated a reception the night before the tournament for players and spouses.

Next year, a Pro-Am is being planned for the day before the championship. Anyone interested in receiving information about next year’s event should contact Charlie at clh3@comcast.net.

One of our ongoing themes is to promote the game of golf. In order to further this goal, the USGTF now manages and promotes the content of two new websites: www.PlayGolfGlobally.com and www.GrowingJuniorGolf.com. When it comes to junior golf, it seems that much of the emphasis is on elite training academies and competitions, while efforts to get kids to simply enjoy the game tend to remain in the background. The site dedicated to junior golf aims to help the promotion of the game at the grassroots level.

As golf is not just a game played in America, www.PlayGolfGlobally.com seeks to promote the game more on a worldwide level. This is also in keeping with our mission with the WGTF. Please take the time to visit these sites and let your fellow golfers and students know that they, too, can have a hand in promoting our game and organization.

The inaugural United States Match Play Championship is scheduled for 2010, and the USGTF would like to thank the many members who contributed their ideas.

After careful consideration, it has been determined that a single location without national or regional qualifiers would best serve the championship in 2010, because the tournament infrastructure to hold these qualifiers is not in place.

Tentative dates of Tuesday through Saturday, June 29 – July 3, are being considered. Currently, negotiations are being completed to select the host course. The championship will be open to all professional and amateur golfers, with a maximum field of 128 competitors.

For more information on the championship, please log on to www.UnitedStatesMatchPlayChampionship.com.

An innovative new putting trainer was presented to all participants at our USGTF 2009 World Golf Teachers Cup. The Precision Putting Trainer was engineered to correct up to 8 aspects of incorrect putting. The result of 2 years development with 4 patents pending; this trainer will compliment personal coaching and bring your students to a new level. Please visit puttingtechnologies.com for video tutorial. Contact Kristine@puttingtechnologies.com for program discounts. Emphasize a new focus on putting fundamentals.

Congratulations to Ted Odorico from Panama City Beach, Florida, for winning the 2010 membership dues drawing! In our October e-newsletter, the 2010 dues giveaway was announced – those who renewed their membership for 2010 on or before October 25 would be entered into a drawing to have their membership fees refunded. The drawing took place on October 26 and Ted was the winner! We will give everyone a chance to enter this drawing again for 2011.

Walt Abraham, USGTF Level III member and the 2007 World Golf Teachers Cup Senior Division champion, hails from Walnut Creek, California, and is the head varsity golf coach at Athenian High School. He has lead his team to its second straight league championship, third straight league tournament win, and second undefeated season, bringing the team’s record to 23-0 over the past two years.

In addition, the team played in the Northern California qualifying tournament and qualified for the California North Coast “Tournament of Champions.” Led by Abraham’s student, freshmen Connor Dougherty who carded a team low 76, the team (a small Division 5 school) set school history as the only team in any sport at the school to qualify for a North Coast TOC.

Abraham has just recently signed on to teach at the Tri-Valley Golf Academy in Pleasanton, a short distance from Walnut Creek. He can be reached at (925) 595- 8144 or through e-mail at golfdoc4u@yahoo.com.

Pictured are Jared Tura, 9, and Nathan Etnyre, 7, with coach Jerry Seal, USGTF professional at Tanglewood Golf Club in South Lyon, Michigan, as they receive their winning medals at Rustic Glen Golf Course in Saline, Michigan. Both youths qualified for the U.S. Kids State Championship tournament, held this past August at Michigan State University’s Forest Acres Golf Course. Jared is in third grade at Hardy Elementary School, and his hobbies are baseball and golf. Nathan is home-schooled in second grade, and his hobbies are reading and practicing golf shots. Both boys’ favorite golfer is Tiger Woods.

Tanglewood has been busy producing a new generation of golfers this summer. Five junior golf camps were offered this year, each four days long, with instruction at the practice range, putting and chipping course, as well as on the championship course. All camps ended with a fun tournament and many prizes are awarded. This year each youth received a new pair of Nike golf shoes as part of their enrollment.

The junior camps were started in 1996 by head professional Brad Stedry and have grown into an award-winning program. Assistant professionals Seal and Sean McLeon concentrate on producing young ladies and gentlemen during the four days, with etiquette and sportsmanship rewarded on an equal basis with shotmaking and scoring.

For more information and photos of Tanglewood’s Junior Golf Program, contact Jerry or Sean at 248-486-3355 or visit www.tanglewoodthelion.com.

The International PGA, Ltd., based in the Bahamas, has announced that it is officially endorsing all WGTF teacher training programs. The announcement came from Glenn Pratt, president of the IPGA.

The IPGA is an organization that promotes the game of golf and the interests of the individual professional golfer. According to Mr. Pratt, “From it’s inception, the International PGA LTD has been an organization of inclusion which sanctions the very best in golf career development. This includes the certification of teaching professionals, club professionals, club managers and golf resort managers.”

For more information on the International PGA LTD, please log on to www.internationalpga.com.

USGTF level III professional Steve Auger of Newcastle, Ontario, has been receiving acclaim for his teaching methodology, “Pro Impact Golf.” In short, Auger is pinpointing impact at the main focus of his teaching.

Auger believes that the backswing and follow-through don’t matter as much as people think, and says that if the impact position is incorrect, it doesn’t matter how “correct” the rest of the swing was.

Auger teaches at Barcovan Golf Club in Brighton, Ontario, and has teamed with other accredited instructors throughout the greater Toronto area to bring his methodology to golfers all over. Auger came up with the idea of focusing almost strictly on impact after observing the struggles of new golfers. He says the methodology applies to golfers of all skill levels.

In July, The Independent newspaper of Ontario printed an article on Auger and his methods. For more information on Pro Impact, contact Auger at 613-242-GOLF or visit the website at www.proimpactgolf.com.

new strategic partnership and official endorsement of T-Golf® as our player development product. T-Golf offers a clear vision for learning the game that we’d like to share.

T-Golf® is a simple and fun player development equipment and method that immediately yields very sophisticated positive results. We can easily teach the “circular” motion of the golf swing from an upright position. Once we achieve the desired motion we begin to add spine angle by lowering a telescoping tee. Simply put, T-Golf has cracked the golf swing’s DNA code and has established the correct platform to build and retain golfers.

T-Golf® has universal appeal and works with players of all skill levels from beginners to tour stars and supports ALL SWING TEACHING METHODOLOGIES.

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“T-Golf® will revolutionize the way people learn to play.” Golf Digest

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In summary, T-Golf® is introducing a new era in golf instruction, accessibility and playability. This is all accomplished while maintaining the essence, tradition and competitive elements that have made GOLF one of the WORLD’S MOST POPULAR SPORTS!

Over the years, we’ve heard some incredible success stories from our members. If you would like to share your story with us, we want to hear it. Maybe you started a new junior program that is going gangbusters. Maybe you have a particularly accomplished student who is competing successfully at his or her level. Whatever the case, your fellow members would like to know. Simply e-mail the USGTF National Office at info@usgtf.com and give the details. You may be featured in an upcoming edition of Golf Teaching Pro.

World-famous Club Med Corporation has recently contacted the USGTF National Headquarters in Port St. Lucie, Florida requesting an affiliation with the USGTF, the WGTF and the newly formed US Golf Managers Association. The agreement will offer all USGTF & WGTF members the opportunity to utilize the Club Med facility in Port St. Lucie at greatly reduced prices. This includes accommodations, meals and use of their two championship golf courses and practice facilities. The Sinners Golf Course located onsite at Club Med Resort as well as the Eagle Marsh Golf Club located only a few miles away. For more information on this affiliation, please visit www.clubmed.us/USGTF.

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