Mike LaBauve - Biography

Mike
  • Class A member of the PGA
  • Articles Published in Golf Digest Magazines:

    "Your Short Game Basics" (cover story) - February, 1997
    "3 Weeks to Optimum Golf" (cover story) - March, 1998
    "How Good is Your Short Game?" - December, 1992
    "Learn Pitching with Your 5-iron" - May, 1993 "Line Up Your Power Sources" - February, 1994
    "The Golf Primer" - March, 1995
    "Your Angle for Distance" (cover story) - September, 1995

  • Director of Instruction - Kierland Golf Club - Scottsdale, AZ
  • Outstanding Student Achievements:

    Grace Park - 1998 U.S. Women's Amateur Champion
    Keith Clearwater - Former PGA Tour Rookie of the Year
    Chris Johnson - LPGA Professional
    Howard Twitty - Won 1993 Hawaiian Open, PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year
    Teach other PGA, Senior PGA and Nike Tour Players

  • Southwest Section Teacher of the Year - 1993, 1987
  • Served on National PGA Teaching Committee - 1993, 1994
  • Voted Top 50 Instructors in the Country by Golf Magazine - 1991, 1995
  • Advisory Board Member for Titleist and Footjoy
  • Southwest Section Player of the Year - 1989
  • Southwest Section Champion - 1989
  • Qualified for and played in 2 Phoenix Opens and 2 Tucson Opens
  • Speaker at the 1994 and 1996 National PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit in New Orleans - PGA Workshops and Business Schools


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