Meet Our Instructors
PGA Director of Golf
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 8 years I have been here at Eaglewood Golf Course functioning as Director of Instruction and Tournament Coordianator. I hope to stay here for years to come as I have now been promoted as the Director of Golf.
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
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 and visualization. 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.
Assistant Golf Professional
My professional career in golf started right here at Eaglewood Golf Course in 1999. A few years later in 2006 my family and I moved to St. George, Utah where I worked at The Ledges Golf Club as an assistant golf professional and tournament coordinator, and then in 2009 I was promoted to Head Golf Professional. During my time at The Ledges I was fortunate enough to work and train under Doug Roberts director of instruction at The Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy where I learned valuable teaching skills.
Here are a few of my highlights:
- 1997-98 Golf Team SLCC
- 2006-2011 Trained and Taught by Doug Roberts at The Jack Nicklaus Golf Academy in St. George Utah, Doug is one of the top teaching professionals in the country.
I feel that the teaching of golf has become much too complex and mechanical. The resulting confusion and tension lead to the deterioration of the player's athleticism and ability to score. I also know that golfers want help on a more personal basis, more short game training and more time on the golf course. While there are many ways to teach and play, time has shown that simplicity is best for most. I believe that the true art of teaching golf is in helping each student to better understand their challenges and to become their own coach thereby enabling the self-confidence and self-reliance to continue learning and improving long after the formal lessons.
I want to provide the student with a solid swing platform that allows the golfer to 'have more fun' while learning and playing golf, and with the correct grip and grip pressure to fit the students desired ball flight and feel for the club head is most critical for success and consistency.
"If you want to enjoy the game of golf more, it's very simple: Learn to play better."
Eaglewood’s Practice Range has 28 grass hitting stations with laser marked yardages and an amazing view of the valley.