Jack Lumpkin - Biography


Jack Lumpkin has been an instructor with Golf Digest Schools since 1976. At the beginning of his career he was the Head Professional at Echo Lake Country Club in New Jersey and then on to Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, site of the 1968 U.S. OPEN. He was the Head Professional at Cherokee Town Country Club in Atlanta, GA when he joined the Golf Digest Schools staff. He has also served as a teaching director at Pinehurst and Amelia Island Plantation and is currently the Director of Instruction at Sea Island Golf Club, site of the Golf Digest Learning Center.

The 1995 PGA Teacher of the Year, Jack is currently instructing PGA Tour Professional Davis Love III, LPGA Tour Professional Donna Andrews (3rd on LPGA Money List in 1998) and PGA Tour Professional Loren Roberts. He teaches many young and inspiring Tour Professionals as well as Amateurs of all handicap levels.

Jack played on the PGA Tour in the late 50's, including three U.S. Opens and the PGA Championship. He was Player of the Year as a club professional in New York in 1970-71 and was named Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Section PGA in 1993. He is listed among the 1999 Top 100 Teachers by GOLF Magazine.

During the past three years Jack has presented golf clinics at business and charity events with Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Lee Janzen, Brad Faxon, Fred Couples, Lee Trevino, Greg Norman and Davis Love III.

He served on the committee for the Professional Golf Association Teaching Manual and is featured in "Hit It Longer and Straighter" an instruction video and "When The Chips Are Down," part of the GOLF DIGEST Magazine including "Playing the Utility Wood" in the October 1998 issue, "Swing-Plan," part of your Cure Your Slice special section of the May 1998 issue and, with Davis Love II, "How You Can Hit Every Green: in June 1998.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Jack played for four years on the golf team and was captain for two years.

Jack and his wife Sherry have a golfing family. Their son Jay won the 1987 National PGA Club Professional Championship. Their daughter Sandy is a teaching professional in Scottsdale, Arizona and is married to Mike LaBauve, also a Golf Digest School instructor. Their daughter Susie is married to Eric Smith, the teaching professional at The Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.

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