I have been coaching golf since 1991, and was elected as a Class “A” PGA Golf Professional in 1998. My experience in the golf industry goes back to my first job, at the age of eleven, washing golf carts, and picking up driving range balls at Ridgemark G & CC. I have been in my current position at Santa Teresa Golf Club since August of 2000.
I have dedicated my focus in golf to promoting and building junior golf in Northern California, in the South Bay, and at Santa Teresa GC.
The coaching philosophy that most influences my ability to successfully coach is, that when learning and enjoyment of the game are offered to a student as the first possibility, performance ultimately follows. I believe in strong fundamentals, with a focus on the development of awareness of athletic balance and power in the full swing. Alignment, target awareness, short game skill building, putting skill growth and intentional practice are key elements in all of my lesson programs.
I believe that Club Fitting is the key to being able to grow and improve as a golfer. Without correctly fitted equipment, most golfers are stuck in a cycle of compensating for their equipment and compromising their ability to make a powerful and athletic swing motion.
Fitting juniors is even more important as strength level and coordination in a growing youngster is already a challenge.
I have been certified as a Henry-Griffits Club and Callaway Club Fitter, and have been trained with the Titleist, Ping, and Nike fitting carts. I use US Kids clubs to fit all of my beginning junior students.
TPI Level I Golf
US Kids Top 50 Kids Teacher 2008, 2009, 2010
US Kids Top 50 Master Kids Teacher 2011
Northern California PGA Junior Golf Leader Award 2009
PGA of America National Junior Golf Leader Award Finalist 2010
Junior Golf Association of Northern California Board of Directors member 1995-2016
JGANC Board President 2007-2008
JGANC Chairman of the Board 2009-2010
JGANC Vice-President 2000-2001, 2005-2006
JGANC Treasurer 2010
JGANC Executive Secretary 2011-2012
JGANC Boys North Team Captain 2007-2016
JGANC Hogan Cup Co-Captain 2006-2010
JGANC All Stars Championship Tournament Chairman 2003-2016
California Junior Amateur Championship Tournament Chairman 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016
NCPGA Rules of Golf Committee member 1997-2003