Director, The Ty Andersen Golf Academy
Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305
Hi, I am Ty Andersen and I am proud to say I am a member of the PGA and I have been for the
last fifteen years. Prior to that I am also proud to say that I served my country in the United
States Air Force for over twenty years. I was very fortunate to retire as a Lieutenant Colonel,
but when it came time to retire I went with my second love which is the game of golf. I
love working with people and I love being around the game of golf and I can play the game
of golf pretty well so becoming a PGA Professional was the next step for me.
About eight years ago I got involved with a very special project just outside of Cleveland,
Ohio, it is called Little Thunder. Little Thunder was the first eighteen hole championship
caliber golf course built in the United States specifically for kids six to twelve years old.
That is where I first learned how to work with kids. It was a great project. About for years
ago I came down here to Naples, Florida to work on the growth of the game initiative in
support of the PGA of America and World Golf Foundation’s efforts to grow the game of
golf, and that is where I have been ever since. My passion is working with kids. I have
seven programs registered with Play Golf America, six of them involve kids. I have an in
school program, an afternoon program, and I do private lessons, and last year I did clinics
and worked with over 39,000 kids here in Collier County. That is a lot of kids and I have
had a lot of experience doing that.
I have also been very fortunate by working with the
kids that within the last two years I won several awards. I have been appointed as the
South Florida PGA Junior Golf Leader of the Year two years ago, last year I was the first
recipient of the PGA President Plaque here in South Florida, the last two years I have
been appointed to the PGA President’s Council on the Growth of the Game, an the top honor
of all as far as I am concerned is that I have been selected as one of the Top 50 Kids
Instructors in the United States by the US Kids Golf Company. To me those are big things,
but more importantly than just receiving those awards, whenever I get an award I say the
same thing. I appreciate it but what it does is that it lends more credibility to what
I am doing, and that is grow the game of golf through the kids. The kids are our future
and I am going to continue to work with them and I would love the chance to work with
your son or daughter.