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Golf Magazine reveals latest list of Top 100 Teachers in America

Biennial list compiled by Golf's Top 100 Teachers Credentials Committee is the industry standard for recognizing excellence in coaching

New York, NY July 29, 2021 – GOLF Magazine has announced its Top 100 Teachers in America, continuing its legacy of leadership in highlighting America’s most innovative, committed and accomplished teachers.

First introduced in 1991, GOLF’s biennial ranking is the only national golf instructor search that combines outside academic and PGA peer review. GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers Credentials Committee is an independent committee of select teaching professionals who undertake the comprehensive selection process. The selection committee uses a number of criteria to determine each candidate’s worthiness, including teaching experience and accomplishments, student portfolio and peer ratings, and commitment to growing the game through volunteerism and digital platforms. 


This year’s edition of the Top 100 Teachers also identifies emerging Teachers to Watch, a group of innovative rising stars. And new to GOLF’s list for 2021 is a list of Top 100 Lifetime Achievement designation, highlighting teachers who have remained on the Top 100 list for 20 consecutive years or more.

“GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers in America list is the industry standard for recognizing excellence in coaching,” said Hoyt McGarity, President of 8AM Golf, GOLF’s parent company. “This legacy guides us in our pursuit of creating what we believe is the most thorough list of top teachers in the country.”

“Few aspects of the game are as important as sound and effective instruction,” said Kellie Stenzel, Advisor to 8AM Golf and a Top 100 teacher herself. “For many, knowing where to turn for reliable instruction is a daunting task. With each new Top 100 Teachers list, GOLF makes it easier for students of all skill levels to find the quality instruction they deserve.”

As part of the new Top 100 ranking, twelve first-time teachers to make the list shared their personal stories of student success – from working with some of the top professionals on the PGA and LPGA tour to helping the youngest golfers in the game foster an environment of fun and accomplishment. 

More information and a full listing of GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers in America can be found here

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About GOLF and
Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019, GOLF – including GOLF Magazine,, and associated digital, video and social media platforms – is the premier media brand for all-things golf. GOLF Magazine reaches an audience of 4.2 million people, while more than 6 million people engage with the brand across our and GOLF social channels. GOLF’s celebrated franchise includes the GOLF Top 100 Courses (including World and U.S. editions); GOLF’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play; GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers in America; the GOLF Fix Finder app; and GOLF Films productions. With innovative content covering equipment, instruction, travel and lifestyle, GOLF is the definitive voice of the sport on and off the course, dedicated to enhancing every golfer’s enjoyment of the game.

About 8AM Golf
GOLF Magazine and are part of the 8AM Golf family. 8AM Golf was created by golf entrepreneur and GOLF publisher Howard Milstein as the holding company that oversees his golf companies—all of which are dedicated to helping golfers at every level enjoy the game more. In addition to GOLF and, other 8AM Golf companies include the Nicklaus Companies (in partnership with Jack Nicklaus); legendary club maker Miura GolfTrue Spec Golf, a brand-agnostic club-fitting company that has fit more than 30,000 golfers worldwide; GolfLogix, the most-downloaded GPS app in golf; Club Conex, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of adjustable golf club adapter systems; Fairway Jockey, which provides golfers with the ability to buy custom clubs online; and Chirp, a free-to-play gaming app that lets golfers wager on the outcome of pro golf tournaments, rounds, and shots.

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