April 14, 2016
Learn and Compete With a Pro at Your Side: America’s Golf Coach
A tournament where amateur players are also getting coached at the same time?
It’ll happen this Sunday at Coyote Creek Golf Club in Morgan Hill, as the first America’s Coach: PGA Teaching Competition to be held in Northern California event gets underway.
Under the format of the event, each participant is paired with a PGA professional—the two becoming a team. Each participant first receives 1½-2 hours of private instruction from their pro. The lesson is then followed by 18 holes of stroke play competition, with the low net player being crowned the winner. The PGA instructors do not play during the round, but act as caddies and coaches.
Down in the Southern California PGA section, there have already been five The Tee Off Together tournaments. The popularity of those events led to a tournament being created in the Northern California section.
“It’s a very unique opportunity,” said Northern California PGA Tournament Director Cameron MacGregor. “Basically, participants are getting a lesson and then a playing lesson. They’ll spend a whole day with a golf professional, including competing in a competition. It’s been very successful in the Southern California section.”
While the event hasn’t even been held yet, it appears to be a hit in NorCal, too. According to MacGregor, all 60 amateur spots have been filled by NCGA members. The fee for the event is $345 and along with the lessons and golf includes a gift bag, prizes and appetizers.
Founded by Tim Johnson, the head pro at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, America’s Golf Coach is a PGA teaching competition looking for the best teacher in the game today.
While no future events are currently scheduled, MacGregor noted that it “most likely” will become an annual NorCal event.
For more info, please visit americasgolfcoach.com