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Rickie Fowler played his last four holes in three-over par to lose The Barclays to Patrick Reed. Adding insult to injury, Fowler also missed out on one of the eight automatic berths to the U.S. Ryder Cup Team.

August 29, 2016
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Becoming a PGA Member: Step 6

August 25, 2016

Once you return from the Level 1 Seminar at the PGA Education Center in Florida, it’s time to get to work on Step 6: the Level 1 Work Experience Portfolio. This is where you can really start to separate yourself from your Apprentice peers because sadly, only about half of the Level 1 students who attend the Seminar will be back for Level 2. What’s more, only 20% of the…

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Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Penalty or No Penalty?

August 21, 2016

The USGA Rules Official is back! Dr. Robin Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix and is widely considered to be one of the preeminent Rules Officials in the country. In this month’s installment of Diary of a USGA Rules Official, Dr. Farran ties up a few loose ends and also dishes out a few penalty strokes. Miscellaneous Q&A 1. In which case would the…

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I think Olympic Golf would be that much more exciting if there was a team component in addition to the individual competition.

August 21, 2016
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Sewailo Golf Club

August 18, 2016

Sewailo Golf Club opened in December of 2013, the 3rd Signature Design Course by Notah Begay III with the help of Ty Butler and Landscapes Unlimited. Since completing Sewailo, Begay’s company, NB3 Consulting, has added three more courses to its portfolio: Twin Warriors Golf Course in Bernalillo, New Mexico, Indian Canyons Golf Course in Palm Springs, California, and Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. Sewailo, meaning “flower world,” is…

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Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Matt Kuchar win gold, silver, and bronze in golf’s return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904. That’s a pretty good 1-2-3!

August 14, 2016
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PGA Level 1 Seminar: Day 5

August 12, 2016

Today was our last day! And we survived what felt like a pretty long week. With Olympic Golf coverage playing out in the Education Center lobby, we continued talking about giving lessons and how to best demonstrate new skills to our students. We also discussed practice – how, when, how much, and when to stop as well as how to motivate. Here’s something I didn’t know. The right amount of practice for adults…

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PGA Level 1 Seminar: Day 4

August 11, 2016

After being cooped up in a classroom for the better part of three days, Thursday’s Introduction to Teaching Seminar was long overdue. The always energetic Bill Cioffoletti (PGA) was back, this time alongside Rafael Floriani (PGA). Both are PGA Master Professionals, which is saying something. Out of the 28,000 PGA of America Members, there are fewer than 400 Master Professionals. When it comes to teaching, they’re the best of the best….

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PGA Level 1 Seminar: Day 3

August 10, 2016

Wednesday belonged to Tournament Operations. Debbie Foley (PGA) kicked things off in the first hour with a recap of what we covered on Day 1. Debbie has worked for the PGA of America for 17 years and has evaluated over 5,000 Work Experience Portfolios, so I’m sure she’s seen her fair share of both good and bad. This was a helpful exercise because it got us thinking back to how we can…

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