PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — For the first time in its history, the PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit will drop anchor in the heart of the showroom for the business of golf.
The 13th PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit, the game’s largest educational forum, will be conducted Jan. 21-22, at the Orange County Convention Center’s Chapin Auditorium in Orlando, Fla.
The Summit, which perennially attracts an international audience of hundreds of PGA Professionals and leading industry instructors and specialists, is the kickoff for the 60th PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 24-26.
The Summit theme, “Where Communication Meets Excellence,” focuses on the importance of coaching in today’s highly competitive marketplace.
Leading the roster of nearly 20 Summit presenters is a duo of exceptional coaches representing their respective sports – 1991 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain and two-time PGA Champion Dave Stockton; and former Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden, the all-time leader in victories in NCAA Division I.
A busy schedule also includes PGA of America President Ted Bishop of Franklin, Ind., and 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Michael Breed of Greenwich, Conn., host of Golf Channel’s “The Golf Fix.” Breed will serve as master of ceremonies and as one of the presenters.
Breed will be joined by seven former PGA Teachers of the Year: Jim McLean (1994); Chuck Cook (1996); Randy Smith (2002); Martin Hall (2008); Mike Bender (2009); Todd Anderson (2010), and Mike Malaska (2011).
“There is no doubt that the Summit is our premier event for what we do as PGA members – and that is teach and coach,” said PGA Instruction Committee co-chair Tom Henderson, the head professional at Round Hill Club in Greenwich, Conn. “I’m 55 years old, and I continue to come away from a Summit with a list of ideas that I can take back to my club. It makes me better at my trade. It makes me a better PGA member; it helps me be better as a teacher and it makes me feel proud to be a representative of my club.”
Stockton, the 2012 PGA Distinguished Service Award recipient, is president and CEO of Stockton Golf in Redlands, Calif., where he teams with sons Dave Jr., and Ron to form one of the most popular teaching combinations in the industry. Stockton Golf counts among its many clients, World No. 1 ranked and reigning PGA Champion Rory McIlroy, LPGA star Yani Tseng and many more.
Bowden, 83, coached from 1976 to 2009, and guided Florida State to national championships in 1993 and 1999. One of the country’s most entertaining speakers, Bowden guided the Seminoles to 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships and a Division I record 21 bowl victories.
Joe Plecker, the PGA director of instruction at Baltimore Country Club, joins Henderson as co-chair of the PGA Instruction Committee. Plecker said that the Summit value could be measured in several ways.
“Attendees improve one’s teaching through learning from the best teachers in the world, networking with hundreds of PGA Professionals and re-energizing one’s passion for teaching the game of golf,” said Plecker. “With so many PGA Teachers of the Year who will cover multiple topics and practical issues for teaching, a variety of expertise is the strength of the line-up. I am certain that everyone who attends will leave with great ideas from each of the speakers and strengthen their teaching, networking, and passion for golf.”
Among some unique PGA Professionals and specialists filling the Summit schedule are:
* Eric Alpenfels, PGA director of instruction at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort and Dr. Bob Christina, research and education consultant to Pinehurst Golf Academy. Christina is a nationally renowned author on the psychology of golf learning and performance.
* PGA/LPGA Master Professional Judy Alvarez of Palm City, Fla. – Author of “Broken Tees & Mended Hearts,” which outlines her career in serving both amateur golfers and Wounded Warriors. Alvarez is one of the most respected adaptive golf instructors in the country.
* Dr. Paul Schempp – A professor and the director of the sport instruction research laboratory at the University of Georgia. Schempp’s message, supported by more than a decade of research into the characteristics and development of expertise, applies to individuals and organizations in business, education, and sport.
* PGA teaching professional Will Robins of Citrus Heights, Calif. – A survivor of the 2004 Southeast Asia tsunami, Robins developed a golf academy in Northern California that is the site of remarkable success stories for students of all abilities.
* Jon Novosel Jr. of Lawrence, Kan. – Novosel has worked and consulted with golfers of all abilities, including beginners to PGA, LPGA and Web.com Tour professionals.
* Dr. Stephen Norris – The director of sport physiology & strategic planning at the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary, Norris is a consultant for Canada’s Winter Olympic sports teams. He also is an adjunct assistant professor of applied physiology within the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) at the University of Calgary. In addition to his working with several national sports teams, Norris teaches and supervises graduate students specializing in applied physiology and sport science.
* Dr. Joe LaCaze of Lafayette, La. – A former Navy Seal instructor, LaCaze is a practicing doctor of chiropractic and a popular speaker on performance enhancement and neuromuscular therapy.
* Tim Kremer of Jupiter, Fla. – A peak performance coach and consultant, who is president and founder of Spirit of Golf, LLC, a program utilizing innovative and pioneering mind/body and psychological techniques which help participants (athletes and non-athletes) learn to achieve greater success.
* David Donatucci of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – Director of the Institute of Performance, PGA National Health Club at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens.
Golf Magazine will host a reception for all attendees on Monday evening, Jan. 21 to honor its latest inductees into the biennial Top 100 PGA Teaching Professionals roster.