My Beginnings in Golf
My joy of golf started while attending Reedley College. In a college tournament I shot a 77, and after one year improved my playing by ten points.
I started teaching part time in 1980 and turned professional in 1995 when I passed the USGTF certification course and the Playing Abilities Test. In 1997 I received my Master teaching credential in San Diego, California, and finished #1 at the school. In that same year I passed the P.G.A. Playing Abilities Test in the San Francisco area.
Tournaments and Accolades
My successes in tournaments started in 1977, when I won the Mexican American Golf Association Club Championship. I came in second at the United States Golf Teachers Golf tournament, and always finishing in the top ten since 1997 competing throughout the United States. I have competed in the World Golf Teachers Championship in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007 and finished in the top 20.
So far, my lowest round of golf is a 63 and I have 7 hole-in-ones. An honor I’m proud of is that I’ve qualified as a team member of the United States 5 times as one of the top 6 players. Golf Magazine nominated me as one of the top 100 instructors in America. I was enducted in the USGTF Hall of fame.
I have given over fifty thousand golf lessons through out the U.S and in countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Spain. You can watch me on channel 47 every Tuesday morning doing the Golf Tip of the Week!
Continuing Golf Education
David Iwanaga features me in his book, “The Duffer’s Guide to Better Golf.” Personally, I’ve written 4 books, 3 of which are in the editing stage. The fourth, “Kindergarten Golf,” which is in the pre-publishing stage, has received rave reviews from John Andrisani, former senior instruction editor at Golf Magazine and best-selling author of over 30 books.
I have attended teaching seminars with the likes of Julies Richardson, David Vaught, Mike Stevens, Don Trahan, Butch Harmon, Bob Toski, Jim Flick, Jimmy Ballard, Pia Neilson and Putting Guru, Harold Swash. I’m also teaching certification classes for the United States Golf Teachers Federation for those who aspire to become golf instructors.