Only Seventh Golf Instructor in Colorado to Earn Certification
DENVER – PGA Professional Steve Atherton, vice president of instruction for Denver-based GolfTEC, was recently accredited as a Master Professional in Instruction by the PGA of America. He joins Andy Hilts as GolfTEC’s second Master Professional on staff and becomes the seventh PGA Professional in the state to hold this certification. Nationally, only 167 of the PGA’s 28,000 members are Master Professionals in Instruction.
"We’re very proud of Steve’s accomplishment," said Joe Assell, a fellow PGA Professional and president of GolfTEC. "Master Professional status is a very significant achievement and having two Master Professionals on our staff will help ensure that we continue to be the best golf instruction company in the country."
In his role as vice president of instruction, Atherton is responsible for training all new GolfTEC instructors nationwide. He also oversees ongoing quality control of golf instruction at the company’s (##) learning facilities. Prior to joining GolfTEC, Atherton was an instructor at Sankaty Head Golf Club on Nantucket Island, Mass.
In order to become a Master Professional, one must be a PGA Member for a minimum of six years and submit a Certification Kit for approval by The PGA of America. Once the written request is approved, a formal exam must be passed. The exam consists of a 30-minute oral presentation to a panel, a 30-minute live lesson to a random golf student in front of the panel, and a 100-question written test.
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