Comprehensive Program Designed to Further the Knowledge of Local Golf Professionals


            SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (February 27, 2007) – Just like any other business, the sport of golf needs to keep pace with new technology, improved teaching methods and available resources to assist the teaching professional.

The 11th annual Southwest Section – PGA of America Teaching Summit will be held on March 20 at Camelback Golf Club and will feature some of the country’s finest golf professionals including current PGA of America Teacher of the Year Bill Forrest. Forrest, of Troon Country Club is a four-time Southwest PGA Teacher of the Year recipient (1992, '95, '96, and 2004) and has also won two SWSPGA Horton Smith Awards, in 1997 and 1998 emblematic of the PGA golf professional that displays on- going contributions to the golf pro’s education.

                “This year’s Teaching Summit will provide golf professionals with essential teaching tools to better equip them as they enhance their overall strategies,” said Forrest. “We’ll be represented with off the course training as well with outstanding fitness experts as they better inform our attendees with ways in which to improve the golf swing mechanics with proper exercise routines.”

                Forrest will be joined as Coordinator of the Teaching Summit by Michael Haywood of Tucson Country Club. Haywood is the reigning SWSPGA Golf Professional of the Year who has been instrumental in the development of the educational and apprentice programs with the SWSPGA. “Our job is to promote the game of golf and to keep our members updated with the very latest tools and resources that are available to make them better golf teachers,” said Haywood.

                Other featured presenters include Mike Malaska of Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club and the Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools who will focus on putting techniques and new technology; Michael Bentley and Tim Suzor of the Bentley Kinetics Golf Academy; Bobby Foster who will discuss the mental aspects of the game and whose mental profile has been utilized by numerous golf companies around the country including the Titleist Performance Institute and Hank Gardner, 2006 SWSPGA Teacher of the Year who teaches at Whisper Rock GC in north Scottsdale and at Forest Highlands in Flagstaff.

                The SWSPGA Teaching Summit will get underway at 2:00 p.m. and run till 6:30 p.m. Nearly 300 golf professionals and amateurs are expected to attend representing 8 PGA sections and four countries. Cost is $50 per person which will include all program materials, snacks, appetizers and beverages.

Forrest earned PGA Master Professional status in 2004 and remains today a member of the Master Professional faculty. He is a teacher of teachers having conducted more than 50 teaching education seminars in six PGA Sections and five countries internationally. Forrest's other honors include being named to GOLF Magazine's "Top 100 Teachers" and Golf Digest's "Best Teachers in Your State" and recipient of the 1992-93 National Golf Foundation Public Golf Achievement Award.

For more information on the 2007 SWSPGA Teaching Summit, call the Southwest Section – PGA of America office at (480) 443-9002 or visit their web site at

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