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College of Golf March 2019 Events

Keiser University College of Golf Students Welcome Bobby Clampett

Keiser University College of Golf professors and students recently welcomed Impact Zone Golf founder, author, Champions Tour player and television broadcaster Bobby Clampett to campus.

Along with his most recent transition into the field of teaching, Clampett joined students to detail his experiences on the PGA Tour, while also sharing his insights as a broadcaster at The Masters, a golf course designer, an author, and a competitive 2011 Champions Tour golfer. Following his presentation, he conducted a demonstration at the Keiser University College of Golf Outdoor Training Area, hitting a variety of shots with different clubs.

Keiser University and The Impact Zone™ have a partnership which allows College of Golf students to achieve Impact Zone Player Certification and Impact Zone Associate Instructor Certification.

Students enjoyed the opportunity to ask questions both in a group environment and individually. Also, in attendance were Dr. Eric Wilson, PGA Legacy Master Professional, and Impact Zone Golf Master Instructor and Ken Martin, PGA Professional Certified in Instruction and General Management and Impact Zone Golf Master Instructor.

 

 

Keiser University College of Golf Students Fill Important Role at Honda Classic Pro-Am

Forty students from Keiser University College of Golf recently caddied for amateur players in The Honda Classic Pro-Am event.

In addition to carrying their player’s golf bag, caddies were responsible for charting yardages, reading greens, raking bunkers, advising players on shot selection, and more. They were thankful to receive training prior to the event from Brian Hughes, PGA Master Professional and Golf Program Director, and Ken Martin, PGA Professional Certified in Instruction and General Management and Keiser University College of Golf Professor.

“While the old adage of how to caddy successfully may apply in certain situations (show up, keep up, and shut up), it is not the suggested method of earning a player’s trust during a round of golf,” said Keiser University College of Golf Director Dr. Eric Wilson.

The session covered the basic requirements of caddying and the many nuances and tips that Hughes and Martin had acquired during their stints on the bags during professional tour events. While caddying is not as large a part of the game as it was historically before the introduction of golf cars, it is still an integral part of the great game of golf. Caddies abound on the professional tours, and those who work for the top echelon of professional players earn a handsome income and share in an exciting partnership during Tour competitions and in major championships.

Hughes caddied for Bobby Clampett in the 2013 Honda Classic Qualifying event and for Martin in the 2014 U.S. Senior Open, and Martin looped for Masters Champion Sandy Lyle at Augusta National.

 

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Keiser University College of Golf Students
Qualify for NCCGA Club Team

After a week of qualifying, the Keiser University Seahawk National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) team has been finalized for the first Regional Tournament to be held at the Remington Golf Club in Kissimmee, Florida later in March.

There, the Seahawks will compete against Florida State University, the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida and Florida Atlantic University. Twenty-one students attempted to qualify for eight spots on the traveling team. Cam Kelley and Nick Chabot led the qualifying at even par, followed closely by Royce Hunsberger at one-over par.

Coach Frank Longabucco explained, “Our goal is simple – Win or place high in  the Regional Tournaments and qualify for Nationals, which will be held in West Lafayette, Indiana in April 2019.”

Fans can follow the Seahawks at www.nccga.org as well Go Seahawks!

Keiser University College of Golf Student Qualifiers Brad Patton (L) and Ryan Prellwitz (R)

 

 

College of Golf Faculty Member Earns PGA Coach Certification
By David Wixson, PGA Master Professional
Golf Program Instructor
Keiser University College of Golf

David Wixson, PGA Master Professional, and College of Golf Faculty Member, recently became certified in the PGA of America’s new PGA.Coach program. The PGA.Coach initiative is touted as “The Future of Coaching” and is an offshoot of the American Development Model (ADM) translated to golf.

The American Development Model is a proven, long-term athlete development model that has been successfully applied to USA Hockey, US Olympic Committee, USA Basketball, and USA Lacrosse. Applied to golf, the ADM will create positive experiences early and will keep more players engaged and retained in the game. Introducing the right aspects of play in a structure that is fun, engaging, and progressively challenging, the ADM allows golfers of all ages to experience the challenges and joys of the game of golf.

PGA.Coach training is available to anyone seeking to develop golf coaching skills. Students enrolled in Mr. Wixson’s Principles and Science of Coaching class at Keiser University College of Golf will also be completing the PGA.Coach training during the current term.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.pga.coach/

https://www.teamusa.org/About-the-USOC/Programs/Coaching-Education/American-Development-Model

 

Seahawks National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA)
Team Finishes 3rd in Florida Regional Tournament #1

The Keiser University Seahawks National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA) Golf Club Team recently finished third in the Florida Regional Golf Tournament #1 at Remington Golf Club in Kissimmee, Florida.

The Seahawks struggled on day one, but made a spirited comeback, improving 21 strokes on day two to finish third behind winner Florida State University and second place University of Florida. They overtook the University of Central Florida, Florida Atlantic University, University of Miami, and the University of South Florida with their third place honors. Royce Hunsberger led the Seahawks with rounds of 79-73 = 152, followed closely by Cam Kelley, who shot 79-74 = 153.  

Coach Frank Longabucco was happy with the Seahawks. “The team performed well, regrouping after a disappointing first round. It’s nice to see them get this experience in competition, and everyone enjoyed the weekend.”

Next, the Seahawks look forward to Regional #2 on April 6th and 7th at Colony West Golf Club in Tamarac, Florida. Regional #3 will be played April 13th and 14th at Heritage Isle Golf Club in Tampa, Florida.

Front Row L-R: Hong Im, Royce Hunsberger
Back Row L-R: Justin Wilson, Nick Chabot, Cam Kelley,
Craig Galbreath, Patrick Mitchell, Mitchell Bland

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