St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
3N441 Route 59
West Chicago, IL 60185
Country Club of Ocala (winter)
6823 SE 12th Cir
Ocala, FL 34480
Player, teacher and innovator of learning drills and aids, John is a very creative golf professional. An instructor with Golf Digest Schools from 1976-1998, he is currently the Director of Instruction at the Country Club of Ocala, Florida, and teaches during the summer at St. Andrew's Golf and Country Club in West Chicago, Illinois. John is a member of the Taylor Made Professional Staff.
In the August 2000 issue of Golf Digest Magazine, John was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Teacher's (29th) by his peers. John was also named one of the Top 100 Teachers in America by Golf Magazine in January 1996.
On April 19, 2000, John was the opening performer for comedian and host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno, at a corporate conference in Napa Valley, California.
John attended Austin Peay State University. While earning a degree in Business Administration, he was named first team Junior College All-American in golf. John was also the Florida State High School Champion, both as and individual and with his team.
As a player on the Canadian Tour from 1971-74, John was the winner of the Manitoba Open and leading American money winner during that time. John has been a P.G.A. member for 30 years, during which time he has won the South Florida P.G.A. (1983), participated in two P.G.A. Championships (1984 and 1985), and represented the United States in Scotland in 1984.
John has worked with a distinct group of tour professionals, including Julie Piers, Sandra Post, Kim Williams, Steve Lowery, Missie Berteotti, Gary Koch and Tom Gardner. He has also worked with several amateur players including Clarence Moore and Bo Williams (U.S. Senior Amateur Champions), Moot Thomas (North-South Senior Champion), Maria Jemsek (member of the 1996 Curtis Cup Team) and Daniel Owens (1998 Florida State Amateur Champion).
John appears in three instructional videos produced by Golf Digest, "Hit it Longer and Straighter," "Getting Started...Right!" and "Trouble Woods for Trouble Shots," released in fall of 1998. He is featured in two volumes from the Golf Digest Learning Series: "Saving Par From Sand" and "Driving for Distance." John also appears on other instruction videos including "Putting is and Attitude," "Natural Golf" with Moe Norman, and his most recent, "Playing The Game Right!" released to tremendous reviews for its clear explanations of the golfing basics.
In 1997 John was the guest instructor on The Golf Channel's "Academy Live" program for two evenings. In January 2000, John returned to the "Academy Live" program for what was called one of the most successfully produced shows in the history of the series. He also appeared in instruction videos for Taylor Made, Kallassy Sports and a segment on the American Airlines in-flight video.
John was named the eleventh honoree of the Memorial Golf Tournament in Ocala, Florida. This award is given to and individual whose commitment to the community. And dedication and contribution to the game of golf go well beyond the course. A Vietnam veteran awarded the Bronze Star, John is very diverse in his interests. Along with his dedication to teaching golfers, he, his wife, and their two children, are owners and breeders of thoroughbred racehorses.