Rising stars: Meet GOLF Magazine’s 2024-2025 Top 100 Teachers to Watch

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Introducing GOLF Magazine's Teachers to Watch for 2024 and 2025, highlighting the rising stars in coaching from around the U.S.


Every two years, GOLF Magazine convenes an independent committee of instructors to evaluate teachers’ bodies of work and decide whether it warrants inclusion on our GOLF Top 100 Teachers list. It’s a highly competitive process and consists of months of our selection committee reviewing applications against a rigorous set of criteria.

First introduced in 2019 and expanded in 2021, our GOLF Magazine “Teachers to Watch” designation aims to highlight rising stars in the golf instruction industry. Keep your eyes peeled on this group — they’re the innovative teachers of tomorrow helping shape the way we all learn, think, and play.

How we pick our Top 100 Teachers

The biennial process is powered by the Top 100 Teachers Credentials Committee, and is the only national golf instructor search that combines outside academic and PGA peer review.

As mentioned above, the process is both rigorous and competitive, with candidates being screened against a set of criteria that evaluates a number of different guidelines. These include their teaching experience and accomplishments, student portfolio and peer ratings, along with their overall commitment to the growth of the game, both through volunteerism and their ability to use digital platforms.

Along with the public application, candidates are nominated by the PGA, LPGA and United States Golf Teachers Federation, among others. The committee reviews 250 applications, on average, before selecting the new members.

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GOLF’S 2024-2025 Top 100 Teachers to Watch

Leighann Albaugh

Magnolia Green Golf Club

David Armitage

Shell Bay Club

John Bierkan

Aronimink Golf Club

Carlos Brown

Carlos Brown Golf at Keeton Park Golf Course

Devan Bonebrake

Southern California Golf Academy – Hermosa Beach

Jonathan Buchanan

City Golf Club

Mike Bury

Eight Under By Mike Bury Golf

Cody Carter

Druid Hills Golf Club

Todd Casabella

Barrington Golf Club

Addison Craig

The Bridge

Allison Curdt

Wood Ranch Golf Club

Derek Deminsky

Forty Niner Country Club

Vincent Diroff

The Landings Golf and Athletic Club

Nick Dunn

Altus Performance – Golf Clubs at The Tribute

Meaghan Francella

Philadelphia Cricket Club

Chris George

Kingsmill Resort

Chad Gibbs

Duke University Golf Club

Daniel Gray

Head of Coaching at Lake Nona CC

Matt Henderson

TPC Las Vegas

James Hong

Harbor Links Golf Course

David Impasato

David Impastato Golf Academy

Brian Jacobs

Mill Creek Golf Club

Shawn Koch

Atlanta Athletic Club

Gayle Leslie

Rick Smith Golf Performance Center

Christy Longfield

Spanish Oaks Golf Club

Corey Lundberg

Altus Performance at Trinity Forest Golf Club

Parker McLachlin

McCormick Ranch Golf Course

Michael Neff

Gears Sports

Paxton O’Connor

Desert Mountain Club

Chris Oehlerking

The Golf Practice

Jeff Pierce

Linville Ridge Country Club

Rick Sessinghaus

Scholl Canyon Golf Course

Rick Silva

Movement 3 Golf

Chris Smeal

Stadium Golf Center

Adam Smith

The Country Club of Virginia

Doug Spencer

Spencer Golf Academy

Henry Stetina

New Mexico State Univeristy PGA Golf Management

Derek Swoboda

John’s Island Club

Monique Thoresz

Quaker Ridge Golf Club

Jake Thurm

Ruffled Feathers Golf Club

Jake Toliver

The Los Angeles Country Club

Lucas Wald

Lucas Wald Golf Studio

Matthew Wilson

Baltusrol Golf Club

TJ Yeaton

Belle Meade Country Club

Ryan Young

Chambers Bay

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