YPSILANTI–Representing one third of the top 15 teachers in the state as ranked by Golf Digest, Kendall Academy of Golf is feeling proud yet humbled by its success as one of Michigan’s premier teaching centers. In the November issue of Golf Digest, five Kendall Academy instructors are listed among the 15 Best-in-State teachers for Michigan as ranked by fellow PGA teaching professionals. They are: Paul Haase (ranked # 5); Founder Dave Kendall (#8); Jeff Goble (# 13); Jack Seltzer (#14) and Tom Harding (#15.)
“It’s gratifying to be recognized again by Golf Digest,” says Kendall, a two-time Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year. “But most of all, we’re thankful to our students and customers who entrust their game to us. We share this recognition with them knowing our success is really the result of their success out on the course.” Included in Kendall’s packed lesson book are Matt Harmon, former All-Big Ten player from Michigan State and last year’s Player of the Year on the Hooters Tour; and Henry Do, the 2011 Michigan State Junior champion and medalist at the Division 4 state high school golf finals.
Haase remains one of Kendall Academy’s busiest instructors, highly regarded for his work with high school, college, and elite amateur competitive players. The Michigan PGA Teacher of the Year in 2008, Haase counts among his many students Bill Zylstra, the state’s top-ranked senior amateur.
As Director of Instruction, Jeff Goble was especially active this past season as he oversaw the opening of a new Kendall Academy center at the Great Lakes Golf Center—boasting the world’s biggest golf dome– in Auburn Hills. “It’s a terrific facility and one ideally suited for students wanting to improve their game over the long winter months,” said Goble, who’s also certified as a Titleist Performance Institute instructor.
Returning to Michigan only this past May from Florida where he had been managing a public golf course as well as teaching, Jack Seltzer promptly found a home at Kendall Academy and an eventual return visit to Golf Digest’s prestigious rankings. This summer Seltzer was instrumental in the piloting of Kendall’s Elite Junior Development Program that combines instructional offerings with a full mentoring program.
Rounding out the ‘high five’ of honored Kendall Academy teachers is Tom Harding, a former Canadian and Michigan PGA champion who has taught at Kendall Academy for the past nine years. Harding enjoys working with a variety of players all striving to shoot lower scores while enjoying the game’s challenges. As evidence of his teaching ability, Harding watched three of his students place first, second and fourth at this month’s high school girls regional tournament.
Offering year round instruction and with ten instructors overall, Kendall Academy is located at Miles of Golf, a full-service golf operation offering a retail store, practice and teaching facility, and club-fitting center in Ypsilanti. Located on 3113 Carpenter Road, it can be reached at (734) 973-9004 or toll-free at (877) 973-9005. Additional information is available at www.milesofgolf.com and www.milesofgolf.com/lessons/