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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:


Alabama
Eric Eshleman Hank Johnson Mark Blackburn Ron Gring
Tony Ruggiero Wayne Flint    
 
Arizona
Mark Winkley Mike LaBaubve Mike Malaska Peter Kostis
Sandy LaBauve Tim Mahoney    
 
California
Billy Harmon Brady Riggs Eddie Merrins Josh Zander
Kip Putterbaugh Laird Small Tom Stickney  
 
Colorado
Don Hurter Mike McGetrick    
 
Connecticut
Michael Breed      
 
Florida
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      
 
Georgia
Charlie Sorrell Gale Peterson Jack Lumpkin Jim Goergen
Jon Tattersall Mike Perpich Scott Hamilton Todd Anderson
Tom Ness      
 
Louisiana
Brian Manzella      
 
Maryland
Rick Rounsaville Wayne Defrancesco    
 
Mississippi
V.J. Trolio      
 
North Carolina
Dana Rader Scott Davenport    
 
New Jersey
Bill Britton Kathy Hart Wood Mark Wood  
 
Nevada
Butch Harmon      
 
New York
Craig Harmon Darrell Kestner Mike Diffley Mike Hebron
 
Pennsylvania
Bob Kramer Ted Sheftic    
 
South Carolina
Carol Preisinger      
 
Tennessee
Brian Lackey Joe Hallet Rob Akins  
 
Texas
Bill Moretti Bryan Gathright Charles Epps Chuck Cook
Hank Haney Jackie Burke Jim Hardy Jim Murphy
Kevin Kirk Paul Marchand Randy Smith