Battlement Mesa Golf Club
970-285-7274 Golf Shop
I have been at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club in Colorado for over twenty years as a PGA Golf Professional. I was introduced to the game at an early age and was named after the last amateur to win a major, Johnny Goodman, 1933 US Open Champion. My Dad was a golf professional and as a youngster I was able to observe the great swings of his generation including Bryon Nelson and Sam Snead. Golf has been my life's passion and I have been fortunate to observe those great players from the past to the present generations. I have studied the swing for many years and although they may look quite different individually they all have common fundamentals. Therefore I want to spend the rest of my career teaching and coaching the game I love.
My competitive days included playing with Tom Watson in Kansas City Junior Golf to qualifying and playing in two PGA tour events. I spent a year on the mini tours and although I didn’t meet my expectation I loved the competition and challenges. My best finish in a PGA Section Championship is third and I have a low competitive round of 63.
Golf has been good to me and I have been a PGA member the since 1973. I spent time working at Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, Illinois where I began to learn my instruction skills from Hubby Habjan, Nation PGA Pro of the Year. My favorite place working was at the LaJolla CC in California where I was fortunate to have as a member Gene Littler, and as a junior golfer, Craig Stadler. It was a real joy to observe and play with those players. I then spent fourteen years in Tucson working and developing golf courses in Green Valley Arizona before my move to Battlement in 1992.
I have developed a teaching philosophy that coaches you in developing the motor skills necessary to play the game competently. My favorite quote is from Albert Einstein, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Therefore I have developed golf instruction programs to improve your skills in all areas of the game one step at a time. I use the V1 coaching system for video analysis and internet communication. We assign you your online locker so you can track and see the improvement in your golf.
Battlement Mesa has the facilities to help you perfect your game. Our driving range offers natural grass tees and a scenic back drop that will inspire you to stay on the range until you get it right. For your short-game skills, we offer a putting green, as well as a complete chipping and sand-practice area.