I started my career in golf at The La Costa Resort and Spa in 1995. After a couple of years of learning from some of the best teachers in the world, I moved back to Utah to use what I had learned at Oakridge Country Club. I have since been part of the Utah golf scene at such facilities as: South Mountain, The Links at Overlake, and Entrada. For the last 15 years I have been here at Eaglewood Golf Course functioning as Director of Instruction and Tournament Coordinator. I hope to stay here for years to come as I have now been the Director of Golf since 2011.
The game of golf is best learned and enjoyed by integrating all aspects of the game. I therefore incorporate these Three Components in my teaching:
- The Short Game – Putting, Chipping and Pitching should be practiced, at minimum, equally to the full swing. Distance control is learned by feel which means practice, practice, practice.
- The Long Game or Full Swing. The simple laws of physics that apply to moving a golf ball to a specific target are the only things that really matter. Understanding ball flight laws is fundamental. One must first understand how the club is designed to work through a simple transfer of energy from one lever to the next from the swing center to the clubhead at impact. Once the club is moved into a proper position, the rest is a simple and balanced body rotation. The most effective swings start with a proper set-up: grip, posture and alignment. The sequences of learning a motor skill, such as the golf swing, is accomplished best through the application of feel andvisualization. This is obtained by implementing appropriate training aids and drills, and by employing video technology with instant feedback.
The Mental Game – In order to perform your best, especially competitively, you must develop a proper mental approach to the game. This includes strategy on the golf course and learning to control emotions and inhibit tension.
Here are a few of my highlights:
- All Conference Baseball Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference. UVCC 1984-85 .
- Scholar Athlete UVCC 1985-86
- Graduated from BYU in1989 with B.A. in Spanish and B.S. in Geography.
- Worked for Marriott Hotels 1989-95 where I was trained to provide world class customer service.
- Graduated from The San Diego Golf Academy in 1996 with an Associate Degree in: Golf Complex Management with Certification in Advanced Methods of Teaching and Golf Club Repair.
- Trained and Taught by AJ Bonar and Carl Welty, two of the top teaching professionals in the country.
- 2005 PGA Acushnet Scholarship winner, PGA Golf Mgmt Program.
- 2006 Utah Section PGA Pro-Assistant Champion
- 2008 Eaglewood Open Champion
- Tie 1st Place – 2009 Spanish Oaks Open