Golf Professional of the Year McAuliffe Joins Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf
(Ann Arbor, Mich.) Two of the Michigan PGA’s top award-winners for 2010 are joining forces at Kendall Academy in Ann Arbor, MI, in 2011. Longtime head pro Frank McAuliffe, the 2010 Golf Professional of the Year, is joining the acclaimed instructional team of Kendall Academy headed by Dave Kendall, the 2010 Horton Smith Award recipient.
After 29 years at Ann Arbor Country Club, McAuliffe is excited about continuing his passion and commitment for golf and teaching at Kendall Academy. “To be able to continue what I love to do—teach and coach golf—is a tremendous opportunity,” said McAuliffe, a 16-year veteran as the boy’s golf coach for Dexter High School as well as the new men’s and women’s golf coach for Marygrove College in Detroit.
“Knowing Dave for a long time and realizing what a top-notch facility Kendall Academy at Miles of Golf represents, I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said McAuliffe.
“Kendall Academy is known for its great teachers who really care about their students and I’m honored to be joining the team.”
“Having someone of Frank’s stature and experience be a part of Kendall Academy is a huge plus for all involved and most especially for area golfers,” said Kendall, a two-time Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year. “In the Michigan Section where he serves on the Board of Directors, Frank is widely respected not only as a golf professional and player but also as an outstanding teacher and coach.”
While at Ann Arbor CC, McAuliffe was lauded for exemplary membership service while also giving back to the PGA Section via numerous leadership positions and to the local community in his coaching and volunteer stints.
“I want to thank the membership of Ann Arbor CC for its support and kindness shown to not only me but my entire family over those many years,” said McAuliffe. “I will always be indebted to the club for giving me my first head golf professional start.”
In addition to his teaching and coaching stature, McAuliffe is an accomplished player. Three times with partner Jeff Gniewek, McAuliffe won the prestigious Shanty Creek Classic but he’s most proud of another team victory at the 2007 Michigan PGA State Pro-Am at Boyne Highlands. There he partnered with his son Frank IV, a standout player for Oakland University, and the duo took home the trophy for the 36-hole better-ball event.
In regard to his teaching philosophy, McAuliffe believes fundamentals govern every golfer’s game. “But not everyone can swing the club the same way, so it’s my job to evaluate and work with the player and see what he or she can do with it,” said McAuliffe.
“I’m also a proponent of listening to and assessing a player’s goals and aspirations. A player who wants to improve but who can only practice once a week is much different than a high school or college player wanting to get to the next competitive level.”
Offering year-round instruction, Kendall Academy is located at Miles of Golf, a comprehensive golf operation offering a retail store, practice and teaching facility, and club-fitting center. (Another Kendall Academy location is at the Great Lakes Golf Center in Auburn Hills.) Miles of Golf is located at 3113 Carpenter Road in Ypsilanti, just 1.5 miles northeast of the US-23/I-94 interchange. Miles of Golf can be reached toll-free at 877-973-9005 or visit www.kendallacademy.com and www.milesofgolf.com
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