Northeast PGA Golf Instructors Conference
April 25-26, 2017 - Hartford Golf Club
The 2017 Northeast PGA Golf Instructors Conference will be held April 25-26, 2017 at Hartford Golf Club.
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Stan Utley is one of the most well-known and sought after short game instructors in golf. He is a PGA TOUR winner and currently ranks 14th according to Golf Digest’s “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers”. After graduation from the University of Missouri, where he was a three-time All-Big Eight selection and two-time All-American, Utley turned pro in 1984 and joined the PGA TOUR winning the 1989 Chattanooga Classic. He also holds the PGA TOUR record for fewest putts in nine holes with six at the 2002 Air Canada Championship.
Currently, Utley focuses most of his time on teaching. His list of current and former students reads like a who’s who of golfers on the PGA, Web.com, Champions and LPGA Tours including: Jay Haas, Scott Piercy, Bill Haas, Paige Mackenzie, Amanda Blumenherst, Kevin Streelman, Darren Clarke, Brandt Jobe, Sergio Garcia, Rocco Mediate, Alex Noran, Inbee Park, Paul McGinley and many more.
Utley’s passion is watching people “light up” when they have the experience of understanding and executing better golf through his instruction and encouragement. Utley begins each session by asking a series of questions to better comprehend a student’s playing history and goals. He then calls on his experience as a PGA TOUR player and instructor to share proven techniques for shooting lower scores in a simple, understandable way. Utley has also written four instructional books – The Art of the Swing, The Art of Putting, The Art of the Short Game and The Art of Scoring – and developed a subscription-based video instruction website called Stan University (Stan U). Utley resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his family and plays out of Grayhawk Golf Club.
For more than 30 years, Fred Shoemaker has been quietly transforming the way the game is thought of and taught. Fred has spent most of his career—over 41,000 lessons, and thousands of golf schools and workshops—helping people overcome the obstacles that prevent them from discovering and expressing their potential.
In 1990, he founded Extraordinary Golf to provide an environment where golfers could know their remarkable ability and learn to unfold it moment to moment. The school has been named One of America’s Top 25 Golf Schools in America (GOLF Magazine) on numerous occasions and has been a life-changing experience for many participants. To many, Extraordinary Golf has become a learning community, a resource for their ongoing development.
Fred has authored Extraordinary Golf: The Art of the Possible, a book widely praised and described by the editor of a national golf magazine as "the future of golf instruction.” He has also written Extraordinary Putting: Transforming the Whole Game.
Committed to furthering the development of golf teachers and coaches, Fred has presented his unique instructional approach at over 1000 programs from Africa to Japan and has conducted numerous PGA/LPGA and coaches seminars, including training and development programs for the national coaches of Canada, Belgium, Argentina, Finland, Ireland, and Sweden. He is also an educational consultant to The First Tee.
Fred believes that sports can be a practical venue for distinguishing new possibilities that allow for professional and personal transformation. He has worked with federal agencies such NASA and The Treasury Executives Institute; professional organizations such as The Young Presidents Organization and The World Presidents Organization; and corporations such as Oracle, Pfizer, Genentech, Apple, Clear Channel, Lucent Technologies, Monsanto, Hyatt, Polycom and All State, among others.
Like so many aspiring golfers, his goal in life was to play on the PGA Tour. When it became clear that wasn’t going to happen, he shifted his attention to golf instruction and earned the status of Class “A” PGA professional.
In 2003, he took the opportunity to caddie for a friend on the PGA TOUR to expand his knowledge and teaching ability by observing the best players in the world work on their games. His understanding of the golf swing and what was necessary to develop the athletic motion of a rhythmic, balanced swing improved greatly.
Most amateurs, and many pros, are very concerned with the positions of the club during the swing, therefore losing the feel of an athletic motion. This tension leads to an attempt to hit at the ball rather than swing ‘through the ball’ to achieve power and accuracy, which leads to poor results. Taking the focus away from “position” and the desire to hit the ball, put it squarely on the motion, and by doing so the results (and positions) greatly improved.
It was this shift in philosophy that led to the development of a tool that could help the player feel and learn the golf swing motion, a device that would provide golfers with dynamic feedback, helping them to feel their body swinging in a tour pro motion. After years of research, experimentation and collaboration he was confident that he had created the perfect tool. The Orange Whip Trainer is the swing aid and golf fitness product for a new generation.
Hallet is the Director of Instruction at the Vanderbilt Legends with previous experience including PGA Education faculty Lead Instructor & Presenter, and PGA Director and Chairman of the 2011 PGA Teaching Coaching Summit. In 2015 he was voted #8 best instructor by tour pro vote and #44 on the Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor list.
He is a PGA Certified Member in Instruction. Highly regarded for his expertise in PGA member education, golf instruction, media relations and the golf industry, Hallet’s career achievements have been as diverse as serving as a PGA Lead Instructor of the PGA Professional Golf Management Program and the PGA Master Professional Checkpoint Faculty; and a former Host and Producer of the popular “The Golf Show” on Sportstalk Radio Network. Hallett has also been a part of the PGA Faculty Team for the PGA Certified Professional Program, serving as a Subject Matter Expert in golf instruction, teaching technology and development programs, and a mentor for his fellow PGA members.
While working with players of all levels, he is heavily sought after by LPGA touring professionals and teaches numerous players out on tour including Hall of Famer Julie Inkster and 2012 Rolex Player of the Year and former world #1 Stacy Lewis. During the 2009 PGA Championship, Hallett appeared on PGA.com as an expert PGA Professional instructor and commentator. Previously, he has served as a PGA teaching professional at Ricefields Golf Club at Hampton Island (Ga.) Preserve, where his students included 2008 U.S. Women’s Open Champion Inbee Park.