Longleaf Golf & Family Club Instructor to be Recognized at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, for his Contributions to Junior Golf
Southern Pines, NC – Jim Hardy, Longleaf Golf & Family Club Professional and U.S. Kids Golf Academy Director, has been selected to join an elite list of golf professionals and coaches for the 2016 Top 50 Kids Teachers Award. Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has honored golf’s best junior golf instructors with this annual award that will be presented during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, on January 25th. The award presentation is cohosted by U.S. Kids Golf and The Golf Channel.
The winners of the award are chosen based on their contributions to junior golf including time devoted to teaching young golfers; innovation, creativity and fun in their programs; communication; parental involvement; and overall effort to grow the game of golf. Award recipients include teachers who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.
Hardy has been the Director of the U.S. Kids Golf Academy at Longleaf Golf & Family Club since 2015 and has been instrumental in developing the instruction programs for the Academy. He has also been directly involved with development of the practice and learning facilities at Longleaf including the short game area, driving range and the new learning center building that will be constructed later this year. Jim is active around the country in the U.S. Kids Golf coach certification program which recognizes those coaches that are experts in teaching golf to kids ages 12 and under.
“I’m excited for Jim to receive this recognition which he clearly earned,” explained Dan Van Horn, the Founder and President of U.S. Kids Golf. “Jim Hardy had outstanding credentials as a junior golf leader long before he came to the Sandhills area. Looking at the success he had at his last program in Houston, (Texas) and what he’s done here at Longleaf, it’s obvious he has a talent and passion for coaching young players. He’s simply taken it to another level now. When Jim came here to Longleaf, we had zero students at the Academy. Today, we have over 100. That’s the kind of success golf needs everywhere and why Jim’s success is being recognized within the industry. It’s well deserved, and Longleaf and the Academy are better because of his efforts.”
Hardy moved to Southern Pines from Houston, Texas, in 2015 and has over 21 year of experience in the golf industry. He is a member of the PGA of America, has been a coach for the First Tee and has served as an instructor and Board Member of the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Program.
“I am humbled to be recognized by U.S. Kids Golf and included among the top junior golf instructors and coaches in the United States,” said Hardy. “It is a great feeling to be able to make positive changes in the lives of kids who like to play golf. I’m just doing what I love to do.”
About U.S. Kids Golf
U.S. Kids Golf, LLC is based in Atlanta and manufactures equipment and related golf products designed for kids. It was created in 1997 when Founder/CEO Dan Van Horn found that his children were losing their interest in golf due to not having the proper equipment.
In addition to more than 4,000 golf shops and retail locations in the United States, the company's products also are available in over 75 countries worldwide.
The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation, a Georgia non-profit recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity, was created in 2001 and provides services that include competition and instruction. The Foundation organizes more than 900 golf tournaments for kids each year with over 12,000 individual players ages 5-18.
These tournaments include Local Tours in over 60 cities worldwide, nine U.S.–based Regional Championships, seven international multi-day tournaments which includes the prestigious European Championship, and the pinnacle events held each year in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and Teen World Championship.
The vision of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation is to provide kids and their families the opportunity participate in the game of golf through instruction and competition. They believe that family interaction is critical in the development of young golfers and encourage parents to serve as caddies for their kids during tournaments and to develop positive coaching techniques.
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