PGA Level 2 Seminar: Day 5

August 25, 2017

How’s this for a “good morning?” Erik Nielsen (PGA) came to the front of the ballroom first thing this morning and suggested we check-in for our Saturday morning flights right away. My return flight takes me back through Dallas-Forth Worth (DFW), and Hurricane Harvey just happens to be a bearing down on the Texas coast. Great! I can’t help but think back to my return trip last year and the problems…


PGA Level 2 Seminar: Day 4

August 24, 2017

Day 4 is the day most of us (including me) have been waiting for. Most if not all of us here at the Level 2 Seminars this week teach lessons, and obviously, there’s a lot we still have to learn. That goes without saying. The presenters for the next two days will be Rafael Floriani (PGA), a PGA Education staff member for the last four years who was here during Level…


PGA Level 2 Seminar: Day 3

August 23, 2017

I can already tell you, after just a few days back here in Florida, that the Level 2 Seminars have a completely different feel than the Level 1 Seminars. Maybe it’s knowing what to expect or not being as stressed out about the Work Experience Portfolio, but I have to say that it’s actually been a pleasure to be here! The evenings are much more laid back, and there are…


PGA Level 2 Seminar: Day 2

August 22, 2017

Day 2 got off to a booming start with a 25-minute, high-energy breakout session on cover letters, resumes, and interviews with Bill Cioffoletti (PGA) and Michelle Hupfer (PGA) in an nearby classroom. Attendance was optional and not part of the day’s Seminar, but boy was it worth it. Leave it to Bill to make resumes sound exciting! We discussed the importance of networking and how golf professionals as a whole…


PGA Level 2 Seminar: Day 1

August 21, 2017

Today it was back to school! The school is PGA Level 2, and the place is the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida. A few things have changed since my first visit  a little over a year ago. Most notably, the longtime “principal” of the school, PGA Senior Manager of Education Helene Bell, has retired after 30 years! After a brief introduction by Erik Nielsen (PGA), we dove…


Becoming a PGA Member: Step 8

August 20, 2017

Well, it’s certainly been a while! After a nearly seven-month travel restriction due to the Zika virus, my wife and I recently had our first child, which means I’ve been cleared to return to Florida for the PGA Level 2 Seminar. I’ve been through one full season working as an Assistant Golf Professional at La Paloma Country Club in Tucson, and now I’m ready to further my PGA Certification. When you…


What’s In My (Staff) Bag?

August 14, 2017

Being on staff with Callaway has been a great experience so far. It has also meant an almost complete overhaul of my bag from one manufacturer (Titleist) to another. In case you missed it, here’s a link to my Epic fitting experience at the Ely Callaway Performance Center in Carlsbad back in March. And, as a result of that fitting, here’s what’s in my bag: Irons Specs: Callaway Apex CF…


Putter Fitting at Cool Clubs

August 13, 2017

One thing I’ve always wanted to do is to get a professional putter fitting. It’s one thing to get fitted for a set of irons or even a driver or fairway wood. A putter fitting is in a category of its own. Putting is a different animal, which is why there are teachers out there who specialize in nothing but that. It’s as much of an art as it is…


Blogger’s Update & Diary of a USGA Rules Official

August 7, 2017

Well hey there! Long time no write to. I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus celebrating the birth of my son, Asher, but I’ve dusted off the old typewriter and am ready to hop back in the writing saddle. I’ll be writing about a lot of exciting things in the coming weeks. I’m heading up to Cool Clubs in Scottsdale for a putter fitting later this week, something I’ve…


Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Ruling References

June 6, 2017

Dr. Robin Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix and is one of the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) top Rules Officials. He’s always emailing out different Rules scenarios, and I like to post them all about one a month as a little refresher. In this month’s Diary of a USGA Rules Official, Dr. Farran plays one of my favorite game shows, Okay or Not Okay?…