GOLF TEACHING PRO® Magazine
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
firstname.lastname@example.org with any
questions, comments, or suggestions.
USGTF NOW ON
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.
ONTARIO TAKES KELLY CUP BACK TO CANADA
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 (email@example.com), or Dennis Babcock, Ontario tour director
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Four events are being planned next summer, two in
Ontario and two in Michigan, followed by the Kelly Cup in September.
JANOSKY WINS CENTRAL REGION
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 email@example.com.
PROMOTES NEW WEBSITES
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.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
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
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
For more information on the
championship, please log on to
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
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.
TEAM TO VICTORY
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNIORS TO VICTORY
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
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
INTERNATIONAL PGA ENDORSES
WGTF TRAINING PROGRAMS
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 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
AUGER RECEVING ACCLAIM
FOR TEACHING METHODS
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
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In summary, T-Golf® is introducing a new era in golf instruction,
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PROUD OF YOUR
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 email@example.com
and give the details. You may be
featured in an upcoming edition of
Golf Teaching Pro.
CLUB MED RESORT
TO BE OFFICIAL
HOME OF THE USGTF
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
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