U.S. Kids Golf recently named PGA of Canada member Doug Lawrie as one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers for 2013.
The PGA of Canada’s 2012 Jack McLaughlin Junior Leader of the Year Award winner was the only Canadian to be named to the list.
“The fact I’m the only Canadian on this list, which includes some of the top junior leaders in the United States, recognizes the hard work of PGA of Canada professionals like myself continue to do to grow the game,” Lawrie said.
“The work the PGA of Canada has done for junior development has only inspired me to continue to be the best coach and instructor for those I am fortunate enough to work with,” he said, adding, “I hope this internationally recognized award inspires other PGA of Canada professionals to grow this wonderful game as passionately as I have.”
Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has honored golf’s best teachers with the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award. Applicants complete an online survey and winners are chosen based on their contributions to junior golf, such as: time devoted to teaching young golfers; innovation, creativity and fun in their programs; communication; parental involvement; and overall effort to grow the game. Award recipients include teachers who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.
“The award was created to help parents find the best coaching for their kids,” said Dan Van Horn, President and CEO of U.S. Kids Golf. “The mission of U.S. Kids Golf is to make the game fun for kids, and the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award is an important part of encouraging golf professionals who are key in supporting us and achieving this mission.”
The 2013 Top 50 Kids Teachers and Master Kids Teachers will be recognized Thursday, Jan. 23, at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla