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30 V1 Sports-affiliated instructors named to Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers List for 2021-2022

Novi, MI – V1 Sports (V1), industry leaders in video analysis, technological and game improvement offerings for golf instructors and consumers, congratulates the nearly three dozen teaching professionals who were recently named to Golf Digest’s list of Best Young Teachers for 2021 – 2022.

In all, 30 distinguished, under-age-40 teaching professionals who use V1 Sports technology were singled out on the prestigious list. Hailing for celebrated properties from all over the country, these stand-out teachers represent the current and future generations of game improvement. According to Golf Digest, “We believe there are more talented golf instructors under the age of 40 than ever before. Back in 2008, when we debuted our biennial list, we identified 20 teachers in their 20s and 30s who were worthy of national recognition. Our latest group of award winners stands at 178. It’s a diverse group, and a creative one, too.”

The V1-affiliated professionals on the Golf Digest Best Young Teachers include:

Bill Schmedes, Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township, NJ
Andrew Brewer, Bayville GC, Virginia Beach, VA
Nick Iacono, Chester Valley GC, Malvern, PA
Alana Swain, Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Andy Patnou, Starfire Golf Club, Scottsdale, AZ
Mitchell Moore, Mitchell Moore Golf Academy, Hopkinsville, KY
Steve Buzza, Bonita Bay Country Club, Bonita Springs, FL
Brian Zeigler, Dallas National Golf Club, Dallas, TX
Justin Foster, Ridgewood Country Club, Danbury, CT
Ryan Smith, Marc Lapointe Golf Academy, Fort Mill, SC
Christopher Ardolina, Cove Cay GC, Clearwater, FL
Kyle Morris, The Golf Room, Dublin, OH
Ryan Rody, Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, OK
Devan Bonebrake, Rolling Hills Country Club, Rolling Hills, CA
Steven Chalmers, Saucon Valley Golf Club, Bethlehem, PA
Ben Pellicani, Westhaven Golf Club, Franklin, TN
Alexandra Braga, Denver Country Club, Denver, CO
Katie Finney, GolfTec The Woodlands, Woodlands, TX
Brandon Ray, Lowcountry Lessons at Patriots Point Links, Mount Pleasant, SC
David Armitage, La Gorce Country Club, Miami Beach, FL
Iain Highfield, The Leadbetter Golf Academy, Acworth, GA
Andrew Lanahan, Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
John Tillery, Cuscowilla Golf Club, Eatonton, GA
John Perna, TPS Player Service, Naperville, IL
Craig Trahan, Jr., Houston Country Club, Houston,TX
Jordan Dempsey, Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Luke Beniot, Interlachen Country Club, Edina, MN
Jon Reigstad, Keller Golf, Maplewood, MN
Robert Scott, Royal Oaks Country Club, Houston, TX
AJ Avoli, Omni La Costa Performance Institute, Carlsbad, CA

“It’s a validating statement that so many of the pros Golf Digest has recognized as the game’s Best Young Teachers trust V1 technology in their day-to-day work. More importantly, for us, it’s gratifying to see people we’ve built great relationships with through the years get the credit they deserve,” says V1 Sports CEO Bryan Finnerty.

Golf Digest Best Young Teacher honorees react to the news:

Jordan Dempsey, Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass
“To be singled out like this is awesome and to share the distinction with (fellow Performance Center at TPC Sawgrass instructors Alana Swain and Andrew Lanahan) means people have taken notice of our hard work developing these players and growing the game of golf. V1 Sports’ platforms are really good and continue to get better too. It just makes it very easy to send swings back and forth with my students like European Tour Scott Jamieson. He's in Saudi this week and used to sending a swing on Monday or Tuesday at practice rounds to check in what's going on. With V1, I’m able to analyze and it sends him a voiceover back from all the way across the world.”

Alexandra Braga, Denver Country Club
“I feel very honored to be on this list with a lot of people that I respect and thanks to great mentors. I pride myself on being able to find something in every lesson that's going to elicit desired change. And I feel like I'm pretty good at communicating that to each student. I’m a bit of a tech nerd. I definitely do tend to use a lot of technology like the use of the V1 app and V1 Pro in conjunction with BodiTrak and apply to each lesson on a person-by-person basis. These tools make me an even better communicator with my students.”

Devan Bonebrake, Rolling Hills Country Club
“To be recognized by Golf Digest is wonderful. I love how they use their media reach to recognize how much young talent there is out there and showcase the people who are really working hard and doing all they can to be very good. If there was one tool that I had to have and I could only have one, it would be V1 Pro video. It's absolutely critical for me and my students to see what they're doing and to be aware of what their feel is actually creating. It builds trust between the student and teacher because they're seeing what you're saying is true. Video with voice overs are a great way to reach people remotely. People are visual learners, so they see it visually and then you make them feel what they're doing.”

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About V1 Sports 
Founded in 1995, V1 Sports (V1) is the leader in golf swing analysis software. The V1 golf teaching software and golf training apps deliver top instruction by connecting golf professionals and golfers to improve performance. V1 is recognized as the pioneer in delivering seamless video lessons with integrated telestration and voiceover. V1 products capture, review and analyze swing video for the creation and sharing of golf lessons and instruction content. To date V1 has delivered over 4 million internet video lessons by its more than 10,000 PGA golf professionals, including many Top 100 instructors. V1 Pro software is used by the most respected coaches, instructors, athletes and training facilities around the world. The V1 Golf and V1 Game apps also enjoy worldwide leadership among consumers as evidenced by millions of downloads. Visit Follow V1 on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @v1sports.

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