Michigan PGA Spring Meeting/Teaching & Coaching Summit Well Attended

East Lansing, MI -The Section held its Spring Meeting on Monday, March 23 with over 280 members and apprentices in attendance. President Doug White welcomed everyone to Eagle Eye Golf Club. He also welcomed special guests Paul Levy, PGA, Vice President, Frank Chieppa, PGA, Player Development Regional Mgr, Tim Marks, PGA, Employment Services Consultant, Tiffany Eckert, Patriot Golf Day, and all Past Presidents in attendance. Jim Dewling delivered the invocation and remembered deceased members Jeff Sanborn and Tom Talkington.

Vice President Ron Osborne, along with Executive Director Kevin Helm, reviewed the Section’s investments as well as year-end financials.

Secretary Kevin McKinley explained the MSR requirements needed by June 15, 2015, and acknowledged and welcomed new members and quarter century members. He also congratulated Michigan Golf Hall of Fame inductees Scott Hebert and Dave Kendall.

President White and Secretary McKinley oversaw a candidate’s forum with Bob Bales talking about his desire to run for Secretary, and John Lindert for District 5 Director, respectively.

Business discussions included chapter/committee reports, as well as information from

PGA Employment Consultant Tim Marks who gave a brief statistical overview of consultations and resume critiquing he gave through the winter with Section Members. He also urged those that have not completed the compensation survey to do so.

Frank Chieppa, PGA of America Player Development Regional Manager, talked about Growing the Game of Golf through strategic initiatives and National programming.

PGA Vice President Paul Levy talked about the PGA’s long term strategic plan and mission statement which is to serve the Members and Grow the Game. He emphasized the initiatives of the plan: Employment, Education, Properties, Player Development, PGA Reach, Sections, Championships and Global Leadership.

Special Awards Chair Doug Kreis presented the 2015 Special Awards winners in attendance their plaques. TaylorMade Sales Rep Tracy Withey was on hand to present the Assistant Professional of the Year Award to Kyle Horton.

Tiffany Eckert

Tiffany Eckert

As part of the Patriot Golf Day report, Chair Kevin McKinley introduced Tiffany Eckert, whose son Myles found $20 in a parking lot and gave it to a soldier that reminded him of his deceased father.

Thanks to PGA National Resort & Spa for hosting the meeting and WholesaleGRIPS.com for sponsoring the luncheon.


In conjunction with the Spring Meeting the 2015 Michigan PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit took place. We had over 150 Michigan PGA Members attend the Summit over the two days.

On Monday afternoon the Summit featured Dennis Sales and Jon Sinclair. Jon Sinclair is the owner and lead instructor at Sinclair’s Golf Training Center in Euless, TX. Dennis has been a golf coach for 13 years. He owned his own academy in Rhode Island before moving to Texas to become a coach at Sinclair’s Training Center.

Jon talked about different technology including 3D swing analysis and Trackman and how to integrate those components into your client’s games. Dennis spoke about the juniors that he coaches and what he is currently working on with them.

On Tuesday the Summit’s featured presenter Michael Breed spoke. Michael was the 2012 PGA of America National Teacher of the Year and current host of The Golf Fix on the Golf Channel. Michael’s recent announcement of the opening of the Michael Breed Golf Academy at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point is the latest highlight of one of the world’s premier golf instructors.

Michael Breed

Michael Breed

Michael delivered a very passionate and motivational presentation that not only talked about some of his teaching philosophies and beliefs but shared some of his personal stories and practices that that has helped get him to where he is today.

Michael Johnson, the Senior Equipment Editor from Golf Digest, spoke on Tuesday afternoon and provided some nice insight on the process that goes into the annual Golf Digest Hot List.

James Ridyard, a leading golf instructor, researcher and co-owner of Short Game Secrets was the final presenter on Tuesday afternoon. James has spent a lot of time working with elite players and shared some of the insight on what he is working with them on in regards to the short game and wedge play.

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