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Leading Golf Teachers from Across the U.S. are Recognized for their
Passion, Commitment and Contributions to the Game of Golf.

The Top Instructors Program is designed to honor an acclaimed group of individuals who collectively share a passion for teaching the game and demonstrate the highest level of expertise at their craft. These elite instructors boast an unmatched willingness and excitement to teach players of all skill levels.

For inclusion on the Edwin Watts Golf Top Instructors List, candidates must have at least 12 years of full-time teaching experience; they must demonstrate a commitment to learn by attending continuing education programs, summits, etc.; they must have proven success with local and prominent students, having demonstrated the ability to develop a golfer into a successful competitive player; and they must serve as mentors in the game, using their skills to help grow the game by educating and working with up and coming instructors.

The following Top Instructors were recognized as the best-in class:

Eric Eshleman Hank Johnson Mark Blackburn Ron Gring
Tony Ruggiero Wayne Flint    
Mark Winkley Mike LaBaubve Mike Malaska Peter Kostis
Sandy LaBauve Tim Mahoney    
Billy Harmon Brady Riggs Eddie Merrins Josh Zander
Kip Putterbaugh Laird Small Tom Stickney  
Don Hurter Mike McGetrick    
Michael Breed      
Barry Goldstein Bob Toski Brad Brewer Brian Mogg
Cheryl Anderson Craig Shankland David Leadbetter Dr. Jim Suttie
Fred Griffin Gary Gilchrist Gary Wiren Jim McLean
Jimmy Ballard John Elliott Jr. Martin Hall Mike Adams
Mike Bender Mitchell Spearman Ralph Howe III Sean Foley
Tom Patri      
Charlie Sorrell Gale Peterson Jack Lumpkin Jim Goergen
Jon Tattersall Mike Perpich Scott Hamilton Todd Anderson
Tom Ness      
Brian Manzella      
Rick Rounsaville Wayne Defrancesco    
V.J. Trolio      
North Carolina
Dana Rader Scott Davenport    
New Jersey
Bill Britton Kathy Hart Wood Mark Wood  
Butch Harmon      
New York
Craig Harmon Darrell Kestner Mike Diffley Mike Hebron
Bob Kramer Ted Sheftic    
South Carolina
Carol Preisinger      
Brian Lackey Joe Hallet Rob Akins  
Bill Moretti Bryan Gathright Charles Epps Chuck Cook
Hank Haney Jackie Burke Jim Hardy Jim Murphy
Kevin Kirk Paul Marchand Randy Smith