Scottsdale, Ariz. (November 6, 2017) – Sixteen golf instructors from 15 Troon-affiliated facilities have been named “Best in State” by Golf Digest in the publication’s 2017/2018 ranking of America’s Best Teachers. In addition, two instructors, Andrew Rice from the Club at Savanah Harbor (34th) and Mike LaBauve from Westin Kierland Resort & Spa (T-50), were named among America’s 50 Best Teachers.
“We congratulate and celebrate all of the talented golf instructors recognized by Golf Digest,” said Bruce Glasco, executive vice president and COO, Troon. “Whether it’s through one-on-one instruction, golf academies or a Troon player development program like Get Into Golf, these incredible golf instructors are an integral part of growing the game and helping current golfers have more fun while playing.”
The following golf instructors from Troon-affiliated facilities were named “Best in State” by Golf Digest (with in-state ranking included):
4.) Wayne Flint, Highland Park Golf Course in Birmingham
6.) Mike LaBauve (T-50), Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale
7.) Sandy LaBauve, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale
8.) Donald Crawley, Boulders Golf Academy in Carefree
13.) Michael Lamanna, The Phoenician Golf Club in Scottsdale
17.) Ron Gring, Capital Canyon Club in Prescott
25.) Tim Mahoney, Troon North Golf Club, Whirlwind Golf Club and The Club at Cordillera
42.) Chris Mayson, Maderas Golf Academy in Poway
45.) Jarut Padung, PGA Tour Academy at World Golf Village in St. Augustine
2.) Andrew Rice (34), The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah
3.) Ben Hongo, Kapalua Golf Academy in Lahaina
5.) Claude Brousseau, Maui School of Golf at Kahili Golf Course in Wailuku
2.) Randy Syring, Salina Country Club in Salina
5.) Skip Maiwald, Ironhorse Golf Club in Leawood
13.) Jason Baile, Belfair in Bluffton
2.) Doug Roberts, Entrada at Snow Canyon in St. George
"Congratulations to all of the recognized instructors,” said Tim Mahoney, a Golf Digest top instructor and Troon’s Global Director of Education and Coaching. “All of our Troon Golf coaches continue to lead the market place in growing the game of golf; creating enjoyment and enthusiasm on and off the golf course."
Every two years Golf Digest recognizes the “Top Golf Instructors in America” in their November issue. In 2017/2018, a total of 571 golf instructors were honored by Golf Digest as “Best in State” with the top 50 highlighted as “America’s 50 Best Teachers.” Instructors are ranked by their peers with results tabulated by Golf Digest.
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with more than 270 golf courses in its portfolio. Troon also specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 150 restaurants located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities around the world. The company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf, Troon Privé (the private club operating division of Troon) and Troon International with properties located in 36 states and 31 countries. Additionally, there are 57 Troon affiliated properties featuring 79 courses that have been recipients of a “Top 100” ranking by national and international publications. Troon properties include Lake of Isles Golf Club in North Stonington, Connecticut; Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii; Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Coast on Hawaii; The Centurion Club in London, England; Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples in Florida; Els Club Desaru Coast in Malaysia; and Palmilla Golf Club in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. For additional news and information, visit www.Troon.com.