Meet GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America

March 11, 2019

Since its inception in 1991, GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers in America franchise has established itself as the industry standard for recognizing excellence in coaching. We hold ourselves to a rigorous process in a quest to highlight the most innovative, committed and accomplished teachers in the country.

2019 is a historic year for the reimagined GOLF brand. We’re delighted to mark the occasion by welcoming 16 new teachers to our esteemed list, while also inducting five new teachers into our Hall of Fame, including our long-time columnist and world-renowned short-game expert, Dave Pelz.

We truly believe each new member of the Top 100 will uphold GOLF’s mission to deliver the best instruction to golfers of all abilities. See you on the lesson tee.

How We Pick Our Top 100s

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.

Candidates are screened against 15 baseline criteria, including 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.

In addition to a 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.


*Former PGA or LPGA National Teacher of the Year

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The Top 100 list of instructors has been around since 1991.

Dale Abraham, PGA
Bighorn G.C.,Palm Desert, Calif.
Top 100 since: 2017

Eric Alpenfels, PGA

Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, N.C.
Top 100 since: 2001

Cheryl Anderson, PGA/LPGA*
Mike Bender Academy, Lake Mary, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2013

Todd Anderson, PGA*

PGA Tour Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2003

Mike Bender, PGA*
Mike Bender Academy, Lake Mary, Fla.
Top 100 since: 1996

Mike Bennett
Monarch C.C., Palm City, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2013

Jason Baile, PGA

Belfair Plantation, Bluffton, S.C.
Top 100 since: 2019

Studied under fellow GOLF Top 100 Teachers Todd Anderson, Mike Shannon and newly inducted Hall-of-Fame member Jack Lumpkin.

Mark Blackburn, PGA
Greystone C.C., Birmingham, Ala.
Top 100 since: 2013

Steve Bosdosh, PGA
Steve Bosdosh Golf Academy at P.B. Dye G.C., Ijamsville, Md.
Top 100 since: 2001

Michael Breed, PGA*
Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, Bronx, N.Y.
Top 100 since: 2003

Jason Carbone, PGA

Baltusrol G.C., Springfield, N.J.
Top 100 since: 2007

Martin Chuck, PGA

Raven G.C., Phoenix, Ariz.
Top 100 since: 2017

Chris Como

Dallas National Golf Club, Dallas, Texas
Top 100 since: 2013

Tim Cooke, PGA
Golf Learning Center at Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Top 100 since: 2017

Tim Cusick, PGA
Four Seasons Resort and Club, Irving, Texas
Top 100 since: 2019

PGA Master Professional, three-time Texas PGA Section Teacher of the Year and a two-time Horton Smith Award winner.

Dana Dahlquist

El Dorado Park G.C., Long Beach, Calif.
Top 100 since: 2019

PGA Tour coach of Si Woo Kim, Dana recently helped Charles Howell III back into the winner’s circle for the first time in more than 11 years.

Dom DiJulia, PGA
Jericho National G.C., New Hope, Pa.
Top 100 since: 2007

Debbie Doniger, LPGA
GlenArbor G.C., Bedford, N.Y.
Top 100 since: 2017

John Dunigan, PGA
White Manor C.C., Malvern, Pa.
Top 100 since: 2017

Krista Dunton, PGA/LPGA*
Berkeley Hall, Bluffton, S.C.
Top 100 since: 2011

Mark Durland, PGA
Durland Golf School at Naples Grande, Naples, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2017

Chuck Evans
Apache Creek G.C., Apache Junction, Ariz. (w); Tiffany Greens G.C., Kansas City, Mo. (s)
Top 100 since: 2009

Sean Foley
Foley Performance Academy at Eagles Dream, Timacuan G.C., Lake Mary, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2013

George Gankas

Westlake Golf Course, Westlake Village, Calif.
Top 100 since: 2019

Social-media sensation whose methods have been sought out by the likes of Masters champ Adam Scott and highly rated amateur Matthew Wolff.

Bryan Gathright, PGA
The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch, Boerne, Texas
Top 100 since: 2001

Gary Gilchrist
Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2013

Rick Grayson, PGA
Rivercut G.C., Springfield, Mo.
Top 100 since: 1996

Ron Gring, PGA
Capital Canyon Club, Prescott, Ariz.
Top 100 since: 2003

Lou Guzzi, PGA*
Talamore C.C., Ambler, Pa.
Top 100 since: 2011

Mark Hackett, PGA

Old Palm G.C., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2009

Martin Hall, PGA*
The Club at Ibis, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Top 100 since: 1996

Joe Hallett, PGA
Vanderbilt Legends Club, Franklin, Tenn.
Top 100 since: 2011

Scott Hamilton, PGA
Cartersville C.C., Cartersville, Ga.
Top 100 since: 2015

Bill Harmon

Bill Harmon Performance Academy at Toscana C.C., Indian Wells, Calif.
Top 100 since: 2002

Claude Harmon III

The Floridian, Palm City, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2015

Sean Hogan
Leadbetter Golf Academy, Orlando, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2015

Michael Hunt, PGA
Jim McLean Academy at Miami Beach G.C., Miami Beach, Fla. (w); Bayonne G.C., Bayonne, N.J. (s)
Top 100 since: 2017

Ed Ibarguen, PGA
Duke University G.C., Durham, N.C.
Top 100 since: 2001

Michael Jacobs, PGA
Rock Hill G.C., Manorville, N.Y.
Top 100 since: 2017

Eric Johnson, PGA
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, Pa.
Top 100 since: 2011

Matt Killen

Troubadour Golf and Field Club, Nashville, Tenn.
Top 100 since: 2019

Short-game coach to former World No. 1 Justin Thomas, his stable includes J.B. Holmes, Nick Watney and Bud Cauley.

Jerry King, PGA
Discovery Land Co., (El Dorado, Chileno Bay, Gozzer Ranch)
Top 100 since: 2009

Kevin Kirk, PGA

The Woodlands C.C., The Woodlands, Texas
Top 100 since: 2013

Mike LaBauve, PGA
Kierland G.C., Scottsdale, Ariz. (w); Roaring Fork Club, Basalt, Colo. (s)
Top 100 since: 1996

Jeff Leishman
Dye Preserve, Jupiter, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2017

James Leitz, PGA
Tchefuncta C.C., Covington, La.
Top 100 since: 2013

Keith Lyford, PGA
Golf Academy at Old Greenwood Truckee, Calif. (s); Whitney Oaks G.C., Rocklin, Calif. (w);
Top 100 since: 1999

Mike Malaska, PGA*
Superstition Mountain G.C., Superstition Mountain, Ariz.
Top 100 since: 1996

Brian Manzella, PGA
English Turn Golf & C.C., New Orleans, La.
Top 100 since: 2011

Lynn Marriott, PGA/LPGA
Talking Stick G.C., Scottsdale, Ariz.
Top 100 since: 1996

Cameron McCormick, PGA*
Trinity Forest G.C., Dallas, Texas
Top 100 since: 2015

Mike McGetrick, PGA*
Golf Club of Houston, Humble, Texas
Top 100 since: 1996

Susie Meyers, PGA
Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club, Tucson, Ariz.
Top 100 since: 2017

Brian Mogg
@MoggAcademy Waldorf Astoria G.C. Orlando, Fla. (w); Chambers Bay G.C., University Place, Wash. (s)
Top 100 since: 2005

Jamie Mulligan, PGA

Virginia C.C., Long Beach, Calif.
Top 100 since: 2015

Scott Munroe, PGA
Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Fla. (w); Nantucket G.C., Siasconset, Mass. (s)
Top 100 since: 2009

Jim Murphy, PGA
Sugar Creek C.C., Sugar Land, Texas
Top 100 since: 2003

Bernie Najar, PGA
Caves Valley G.C., Owings Mills, Md.
Top 100 since: 2015

Pia Nilsson, LPGA
VISION54 at Talking Stick G.C., Scottsdale, Ariz.
Top 100 since: 2001

Rob Noel, PGA
Rob Noel Golf Academy, Abita Springs, La.
Top 100 since: 2015

Chris O’Connell

The Plane Truth at Watters Creek, Plano, Texas (w); Friar’s Head, Riverhead, N.Y. (s)
Top 100 since: 2013

David Orr, PGA
Pine Needles
Lodge & Golf Club, Southern Pines, N.C.
Top 100 since: 2019

Renowned putting instructor, fitter and 3D putting researcher; founder of the Flatstick Academy.

Andrew Park

Orange County
National Golf Center, Winter Garden, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2019

Coach of numerous PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Champions Tour players during his 14 years under David Leadbetter.

Mike Perpich, PGA
RiverPines Golf, Johns Creek, Ga.
Top 100 since: 2001

Gale Peterson, PGA/LPGA*
Sea Island Golf
Performance Center, St. Simons Island, Ga.
Top 100 since: 1996

E.J. Pfister, PGA

Oak Tree National, Edmond, Okla.
Top 100 since: 2009

Dave Phillips, PGA
Titleist Performance Institute, Oceanside, Calif.
Top 100 since: 2001

Joe Plecker, PGA
Swing AI
Top 100 since: 2017

Andy Plummer
Turnberry Isle, Aventura, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2013

Carol Preisinger, LPGA*
Kiawah Island Club, Kiawah Island, S.C.
Top 100 since: 2005

Andrew Rice

Westin Savannah Harbor, Savannah, Ga.
Top 100 since: 2019

Trackman Partner, founder of Coach Camp and author of The Wedge Project, a scientific and technical analysis of the wedge game.

Brady Riggs, PGA
Woodley Lakes G.C., Van Nuys, Calif.
Top 100 since: 2007

Terry Rowles, PGA (UK)

Cool Clubs Scottsdale; Metedeconk National G.C., Jackson, N.J.
Top 100 since: 2019

PGA/LPGA Tour Coach to Kevin Streelman, Scott Langley, Steph Meadow. Teaches the golf swing to match the students body type.

Tony Ruggiero
C.C. of Mobile, Mobile, Ala.; Sheraton Bay Point Resort, Panama City Beach, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2017

Don Sargent, Jr., PGA
Scioto C.C., Columbus, Ohio.
Top 100 since: 2013

Adam Schriber, PGA
LochenHeath G.C., Williamsburg, Mich.
Top 100 since: 2009

Mike Shannon, PGA

PGA Tour Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2011

Ted Sheftic, PGA
Indian River Club, Vero Beach, Fla. (Feb.); Bridges G.C., Abbottstown, Pa.
Top 100 since: 2003

James Sieckmann, PGA*
Shadow Ridge C.C., Omaha, Neb.
Top 100 since: 2013

Laird Small, PGA*
Pebble Beach Golf Academy, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Top 100 since: 1996

Rick Smith
Trump National Doral, Miami, Fla.
Top 100 since: 1996

Jeff Smith

Course Kings; TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nev.
Top 100 since: 2019

Course Kings founder has coached numerous players, including Aaron Wise and former World No. 1 amateur Patrick Rodgers.

Todd Sones, PGA
Buffalo Grove
Dome, Buffalo Grove, Ill. (w); White Deer Run G.C., Vernon Hills, Ill. (s)
Top 100 since: 1996

Mitchell Spearman
Academies in New York, the Bahamas, London and Cabo del Sol, Mexico
Top 100 since: 1996

Kevin Sprecher, PGA
Sleepy Hollow C.C., Scarborough, N.Y.
Top 100 since: 2017

Kellie Stenzel,PGA/LPGA
Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Fla.; Palm Beach C.C.,
Palm Beach, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2009

Boyd Summerhays

McDowell Mountain G.C., Scottsdale, Ariz.
Top 100 since: 2019

Former PGA Tour player who has helped coach Tony Finau from the Tour to a high of No. 9 in the World Golf Rankings.

Jason Sutton, PGA
Carmel C.C., Charlotte, N.C.
Top 100 since: 2017

Jon Tattersall, PGA
Fusion ATL, Atlanta, Ga.
Top 100 since: 2007

John Tillery, PGA

Cuscowilla G.C., Eatonton, Ga.
Top 100 since: 2019

2015 Georgia Section Teacher of the Year; coaches Kevin Kisner, Brandt Snedeker, Scott Brown, Roberto Castro, Brice Garnett, Rick Lamb and Will McGirt.

E.A. Tischler
San Juan Oaks G.C., Hollister, Calif. (w); Olympia Fields C.C., Olympia Fields, Ill. (s)
Top 100 since: 2015

Tina Tombs, LPGA*
Arizona Biltmore G.C., Phoenix, Ariz.
Top 100 since: 2019

LPGA Tour tournament winner, two-time LPGA National Teacher of The Year and current member of LPGA Tour’s Top 50 Best Teacher list.

V.J. Trolio, PGA
Old Waverly G.C., West Point, Miss.
Top 100 since: 2015

Jeff Warne, PGA

The Bridge G.C., Bridgehampton, N.Y.
Top 100 since: 2019

Met PGA Teacher of the Year in 2014, director of instruction at The Bridge Golf Club, and a former member of GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers.

Suzy Whaley, PGA, LPGA

C.C. at Mirasol, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Top 100 since: 2019

Current president of the PGA of America; in 2003 became the first woman in 58 years to qualify for a PGA Tour event.

Kevin Weeks, PGA
Cog Hill Golf & C.C., Lemont, Ill.
Top 100 since: 2013

Gary Weir
Westchester C.C., Rye, N.Y.
Top 100 since: 2017

Dr. David Wright, PGA
Arroyo Trabuco G.C., Mission Viejo, Calif.
Top 100 since: 2005

Jonathan Yarwood, PGA (UK)
International Junior Golf Academy, Bluffton, S.C.
Top 100 since: 2019

Coach of five USGA champions, including 2005 U.S. Open winner Michael Campbell. Oversees the IJGA.

Josh Zander, PGA
Stanford G.C.,
Stanford, Calif.; Sharon Heights Golf & C.C., Menlo Park, Calif.
Top 100 since: 2013


John Elliott, Jr., PGA
Ocala, Fla.

David Glenz, PGA*
Long Valley, N.J.

Fred Griffin, PGA
Orlando, Fla.

Craig Harmon, PGA*
Delray Beach, Fla.

Peter Kostis
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Tim Mahoney, PGA
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Rick McCord, PGA
Kissimmee, Fla.

Bill Moretti, PGA
Austin, Texas

Dana Rader, LPGA*
Charlotte, N.C.

Craig Shankland, PGA*
Daytona Beach, Fla.

Randy Smith, PGA*
Dallas, Texas

T.J. Tomasi
Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Hall of Fame

Mike Adams, PGA*
Township, N.J.

Chuck Cook, PGA*
Austin, Texas

Hank Haney, PGA*
McKinney, Texas
[Class of 2019]

Jim Hardy, PGA*
Houston, Texas

Butch Harmon
Henderson, Nev.

Michael Hebron, PGA*
Smithtown, N.Y.
[Class of 2019]

David Leadbetter, PGA*
Orlando, Fla.

Jack Lumpkin, PGA*
St. Simons Island, Ga.
[Class of 2019]

Jim McLean, PGA*
Miami, Fla.

Eddie Merrins, PGA
Los Angeles, Calif.

Dave Pelz
Austin, Texas
[Class of 2019]

Dr. Jim Suttie, PGA*
Naples, Fla.
[Class of 2019]

Bob Toski, PGA
Coconut Creek, Fla.

Gary Wiren, PGA*
West Palm Beach, Fla.