I grew up in Southcentral Pennsylvania and learned to play golf at Carlisle Country Club. I went on to win a couple junior club championships there in my age group. In 1983, I finished second in the Pennsylvania High School golf championship, losing in a playoff to future PGA Tour player, Ted Tryba.
I went on to compete in the college ranks, earning a scholarship to play at the College of William and Mary from 1984 to 1988. The star of those teams was John McHenry, a Walker Cup player from Ireland, who went on to become director of golf at the renowned K Club before forming his own golf consulting business.
I twice won the club championship at Carlisle Country Club, one year in stroke play competition and one year in match play. In 1985, I made it through local qualifying to earn a spot in the sectional qualifier for the U.S. Open. I played 36 holes at Bethesda Country Club with Chip Beck, currently on the Champions Tour. In 1991, I had the opportunity to play 36 holes with Jim Furyk in a U.S. Amateur qualifier while Jim was still a student at Arizona.
My competitive days essentially ended in the mid-1990?s as parenthood became my first priority. Following the lead of my oldest daughter who was 6 at the time, I enrolled at the Harrisburg Kung Fu center to study the art of Pai Lum Kung Fu. In 2007, after seven years study, I earned my blackbelt.
In 2008, I decided to resume my passion for golf by becoming an instructor. I attended my first Hank Haney Teaching the Teacher seminar in Dallas, Texas in February 2009. During that seminar, I had the good fortune to receive personal hands-on instruction from Hank. I attended Hank’s seminar again in 2010, and was one of the first participants in the Haney Associate instructor program.
Later in 2010 I took my instruction to Olney, Maryland where I worked with former tour player Jim Estes. Jim was named 2010 PGA Patriot award winner that year for his work with wounded military veterans through his non-profit Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA). This experience provided valuable experience in teaching golfers who may struggle to advance their game due to physical issues.
Over the years I continued my research, and came upon the work of Geoff “Slicefixer” Jones, who is heavily influenced by the teachings of Ben Hogan. Geoff has worked players such as David Toms and is located in Texarkana, Arkansas.
I’ve now developed my own approach to teaching which involves significant focus on teaching my students to focus more on the athleticism of the golf swing, rather than specific positions. In my view, there is no one perfect golf swing that we should strive for, as we all have different physical abilities and limitations. My teaching incorporates this view, along with attention to specific detail when it comes practice and tracking your improvement.
I have recently moved back to Maryland, and offer instruction part time. Have a look at the Lessons page for more information.
Scott with Hank Haney
WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT AND WHY I CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR GAME
If you have visited a few golf instructor sites, many say the same thing. The instructor will treat each student as an individual and help them do the best with their own ability. Sure, we all have different physical talents and abilities. However, I believe it is also my job to help motivate you to improve. Why? Because this game is so much more fun when you get better!
I believe I am a different sort of instructor because I have not been in the business for most of my adult life. I’ve participated in a wide range of athletic endeavors from baseball to bowling, swimming, skiing and the martial arts. Therefore, I bring the added perspective of a well rounded athlete to my teaching.
I am also highly motivated to help my students improve! Why? Because I did not have access to top flight instruction when I was in my prime golf development years, and I feel like I did not achieve my potential. I know this because I actually gave up playing golf for a long time, since my game had completely fallen apart. I had no clue how to get it back together, until I had the good fortune to receive instruction from Hank Haney and his staff at his seminars. I now hit the ball better than I ever have, and with more consistency…that is, when I do find the time to work on my game.
My experience indicates that anyone can improve, and improve pretty quickly, if they are dedicated. I was smart enough and motivated enough to seek out the best training available for instructors in this business. Combine this ongoing education with my athletic perspective, and I feel I can offer the best golf instruction available anywhere!
With that in mind, I invite you browse my site and continue to visit it for more information. I will be offering a variety of game improvement products for both local and internet students. I look forward to helping you!