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    Jay Ewing, PGA Member

    Jay’s unique and modern style of teaching is the result of more than 30 years as a golf professional. An accomplished player, having played the Australian and Asian Tour in the early 1980’s, and more recently the winner of the World Pro Am at Pebble Beach in 1998, Jay also served on the Colorado Section PGA Board of Directors. The founder of the Rocky Mountain Junior Tour and the founder of the Colorado PGA Teach-A-Thon, Jay’s teaching background working with Juniors is extensive, as it is with players of all skill levels. The host of “Golf Tips with Jay Ewing”, and the author of two books, Jay has written for both trade and mainstream publications. Jay founded Bird Golf in 1999 and is the Academy’s CEO and Director of Instruction.

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    Shirley Furlong, LPGA Member

    Shirley was an All-American at Texas A&M University in 1983, and after graduating she met with immediate success as a professional. The leading money winner and winner of four events on the Women’s Professional Golf Tour, Shirley joined the LPGA Tour in 1984. Shirley recorded several Top 5 finishes in her fifteen year career on Tour which was highlighted with her victory in the 1988 Keystone Open. Shirley was also the runner up in the 1989 McDonald’s Championship and a year later the runner-up in the Nabisco Dinah Shore. A lifelong student of the game, Shirley has studied and worked with some of the game’s greatest instructors (Betty Dodd, Chuck Cook and De De Owens). Shirley believes that a good golf swing comes first with good fundamentals and stresses the importance of having a good “pre-shot routine”. She also believes that teaching her students to manage themselves and the golf course are keys to becoming a successful player. Shirley is passionate about teaching and it shows in her students. Shirley’s upbeat and charming personality will make your golf school with her memorable. Shirley was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

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    Jim Samsing, PGA Member

    Jim’s career as a golf professional spans 30 years. A competitive player since 1970, and the winner of the 1973 Montbello Open Pro-Am, Jim also recorded top 10 finishes in several state opens. Jim was also the Head Professional at Mission Hills C.C. in the mid 70’s. His teaching philosophy is to keep the swing as simple as possible, developing strong fundamentals and swing skills, and using the brain as the major tool in the development of these skills. He is the foremost expert in the theory of the “Double Connexion”, a mental discipline used on the PGA tour. Jim is a true master and student of the game, who’s style is successful with players of all abilities. Jim is also an accomplished club fitting specialist. We are proud to have Jim as our West Coast Director of Instruction.

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    Tim Peightal, PGA Member

    Tim began his 35 year career as a PGA professional at the Disney World golf resort in Orlando where he had the opportunity to observe and study with some of the legends in golf instruction; Davis Love Jr., Jim Flick, Bill Strausbaugh and Bob Toski. Tim would later work with 1928 US Open Champion, Johnny Farrell and 1935 PGA Champion, Johnny Revolta. Tim served as the Head professional at Indiana Country Club for 7 years before returning to Florida where he was the Director of Instruction for The United States Senior Golf Academy for six years. Tim’s goal is to find as many ways as possible to make learning fun and feels that since every golfer is different, then each of his students should be taught, differently. His enormous skill as a teacher comes from his understanding of several different methods, and being able to identify, the perfect method and style with each of his students. We are proud to have Tim as our East Coast, Head Professional.

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    Craig Waryan, PGA Member

    In an incredibly distinguished career, Craig has earned most every honor that can be bestowed upon a PGA professional. Craig was the Minnesota Section PGA, Teacher of the Year in 2004, twice the Golf Professional of the Year, and four times the recipient of the Bill Strausbaugh award. He has been teaching for 35 years and was only the 87th person to achieve PGA Master professional status. In addition to which, Craig was the Club Fitter of the Year and has appeared on both Golf Digest and Golf magazines’ Top 10 (in Wisconsin and Minnesota) Teachers lists, several times. Craig has topped Golf Digest’s annual list of “Best Teachers By State” for the last 3 consecutive years and was inducted into the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame in 2014. Craig’s students have won over 30 State Championships, a National title and a National runner-up finish. We are very proud to have Craig as a Senior West Coast instructor and know with certainty, that your golf school with him, will be extraordinary.

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    Amy Benz, LPGA Member

    Amy’s idol was LPGA Hall of Famer, Amy Alcott, who her father took her to watch when she was 12 years old. From that moment on Amy knew that she wanted to be a professional golfer. They became friends and were even paired together in the final group of the U.S. Open one year. Amy was a star in college at SMU where she was an All American and also the winner of the AIAW National Championship in her sophomore year. Amy was the medalist and the runner-up in the USGA Junior Girls and a member of both the victorious Curtis and World Cups in 1982. Amy would go on to have a very successful career on the LPGA Tour where she won the 1988 Mixed Team Championship and recorded 6 runner-up finishes and two wins on the Japanese Tour. Amy credits teaching legends Craig Shankland, Bob Rotella and David Love Jr. as being major influences in both her game and for giving her the knowledge as she began teaching. And it is with teaching that Amy has found her calling for which she is passionate. Amy’s objective when working with her students is to keep the learning simple and she believes that a sound swing is made up of the entire body, working in unison.

    We are very proud to announce that Amy was inducted in the SMU Athletic Hall of Fame on May 6, 2016, at Moody Coliseum. Congratulations Amy!

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    Mary Mills, LPGA Member

    Winner of the 1963 U.S. Open, Mary’s career as a player and teacher is second to none. A member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Mary enjoyed 18 years on the LPGA Tour, during which time she won 9 tour events, including three major championships (the LPGA Championship in 1964 and 1973, as well as the U.S. Open). Now an accomplished golf course architect, Mary’s first love remains teaching. A member of the LPGA Teaching Division since 1980, Mary prides herself on working with players of all skill levels. As a student of the game, Mary has studied and worked with some of the game’s legendary teachers: Johnny Revolta, Tommy Armour, Paul Runyan, Bob Toski, and Ángel de la Torre to name a few. Mary’s extensive background allows her to evaluate each student differently and individually – and makes a golf school with Mary a “once in a lifetime experience.”

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    Lee Maiden, PGA Member

    Lee turned professional in 1973 after serving in the US Navy. His career began at the Wigwam where he had the opportunity to study and learn from golf greats, Hale Irwin, Dale Douglas and Dave Marr. In 1977, Lee was at the Vail Golf Club (where he started the Gerald Ford Pro-Am), where he stayed for two years before becoming the Head Professional at Park Hill GC where he spent extensive time with another PGA legend, Dave Hill. While at Park Hill GC, Lee founded the Colorado Junior Golf Association in 1981. Lee then went on to be the Head professional at Eagle Country Club, Cattails GC and the Heritage Hills GC in McCook, Nebraska. Lee was the Head Golf Coach for the Adams State University from 1995-2000. Throughout his career, Lee’s passion has always been teaching and it is as a teacher that he truly shines. In his 33 years as a professional, he has helped thousands of his students not only improve their games but also to enjoy it! There are several reasons why Lee’s nickname is “The Swing Doctor”. We are proud to have Lee as a Senior West Coast instructor for the Bird Golf Academy.

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    Jim Terry, PGA Member

    Jim has been a member of the PGA of America since 1982. In the early 1980’s Jim was the Teaching Professional at fabled Hazeltine National in Chaska, MN.  Jim would then be the Head Professional at the Brainerd Golf Club before spending a decade at Rolling Green Country Club.  Jim’s priority has always been teaching and helping others which he does so brilliantly.  Jim founded the very successful Mobile Golf Schools and was also the host of the “Rub of the Green” TV shows.  A very fine player throughout his career, Jim finished in the Top 10 money list of the Minnesota Section PGA, 5 times, and was the winner of several Pro-Ams and Section events.  Jim served on the Minnesota Section PGA’s Board of Directors on two occasions and has been very active in helping youth programs and local charities.  Jim’s ready wit and calm and patient approach to his craft are indicative of the man himself.  Jim believes that those ingredients are essential in achieving the best results with all of his students and says that: “I love this game.  I love to play and I bring that passion to my teaching because I want everyone to feel the way that I do.”

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    Sandra Palmer, LPGA Member

    Sandra Palmer is a legend. The winner of 19 LPGA titles in her playing career, including the US Women’s Open, the Colgate Dinah Shore and the Titleholders Championship (used to be one of the LPGA’s Major titles); her storied playing career was extraordinary. Sandra was the 1975 LPGA Player of the Year and also won the Tour’s Money title in the same year. Sandra was inducted into the Texas Sate Golf Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Hall of Fame. Early on in her career Sandra met the iconic, Harvey Penick (author of the “Little Red Book”), regarded by many as the Game’s greatest teacher. Mr. Penick would be her mentor and teacher for the next 30 years. Their special bond would lead to Mr. Penick writing a chapter of his book, “For All Who Love the Game”, dedicated to Sandra called “Our Daughter Sandra”. Since her retirement from competition, Sandra has taught her students with the same skill and passion that she played the game with. Your golf school with her, will mirror the very principles and philosophies Sandra learned from Mr. Penick, and be in all ways, an unforgettable experience.

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    Mike Passmore, PGA Member

    A member of the PGA since 1972, Mike has had a distinguished life in golf. Mike began his career working with the legendary Sam Snead. Through his friendship and relationship with Mr. Snead, Mike studied and learned his craft with some of the greatest teachers in the game; Bob Toski, Johnny Revolta, Carl Lohren, Tommy Fonseca and Bill Strausbaugh. Mike played briefly on the PGA Tour during the 1970’s, and has won several Pro-Ams and strokeplay events, but his passion has always been teaching. Mike founded the Mike Passmore Junior Golf School, in 1986 that had an enrollment of more than 400 students. One of Mike’s great skills as a teacher is that he teaches several different styles and methods and he puts the right one, with the right student. Mike prefers to work with each student as an individual on their specific strengths in order to allow each student to develop their own unique swing and style of play. We are proud to have Mike as a Senior West Coast instructor.

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    Sharron Moran, LPGA Member

    Sharron was an outstanding amateur golfer who was the Illinois state Champion and also the number 1 player on the University of Arizona’s golf team for four years. After college, Sharron joined the LPGA Tour where she distinguished herself immediately by being the 1967 Rookie of the Year. After competing successfully for ten years on the Tour, Sharron dedicated herself to teaching. Sharron was a broadcaster for ABC television, for whom she covered several major Championships in addition to being an author and the Women’s golf editor for Golf Digest magazine for three years (Sharron also has her own line of sportswear!). Sharron studied with the legendary Bob Toski for 14 years and has hosted clinics all over the world. She has been the Director of Instruction at La Costa, Thunderbird, Lakeside and Crested Butte Country Clubs and been the featured professional for the Tommy Armour Golf Company for ten years. Sharron is familiar with several teaching styles and believes in matching her students to the style best suited for them. Her relaxed and friendly manner ensures that your golf school with Sharron is not only an invaluable learning experience, but you will have fun doing it! Sharron is our Palm Springs Director of Instruction.

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    Sharon Miller, LPGA Member

    Sharon Miller has made her career in golf since 1966 when she joined the Ladies Professional Golf Tour, won three tournaments, and retired in 1981. From there, she joined the LPGA Teaching Division and continues to teach all ages with a passion. She helped start and wrote for Golf for Women magazine as their Teaching Editor in Chief until 1994. In 1989, she received the LPGA National Teacher of the Year award. She has remained active in tournament competition and won the 1985 National Teaching Division Championship, the 1986 Women’s Colorado Open, and is a three time winner with partner Kathy Farrer (1995, 1996, 1997) in the SQUARE TWO LPGA T & CP team championship. In 2003 Sharon was inducted into the Western Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame. Sharon is the only athlete in the university’s history to have lettered in 5 sports! The Bird Golf Schools are proud to have Sharon as our national head professional.

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    Steve Godley, PGA Member

    Steve has been a “class A” member of the PGA of America since 1986, Steve is an accomplished player, having won several PGA pro-ams in the Georgia Section and recording good finishes in both the Georgia State Open and Georgia Section Championship. Having been taught and coached by Davis Love, Jr. (the father of PGA Tour player, Davis III), Steve’s teaching style is very much in line with other teaching luminaries such as Harvey Penick, Davis Love Jr., Jim Flick and Bob Toski. A great believer in making sure that the student understands the fundamentals of the golf swing. Using his simple approach, Steve tries to eliminate the “checklist” that most players seem to go through before executing a swing. Using the “clear key” and target awareness most players can get their brain out of the way in order to make golf more fun. Steve is our Georgia Head Professional and was recently named the 2011 Georgia PGA East Chapter Golf Professional of the Year.

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    Tom Sims, PGA Member

    A class A member of the PGA since 1983 Tom started his golf career in Colorado and was a graduate of the SDGA. Tom played the Golden State Tour for five years, winning two events, and recording a series of high placed finishes. He was the Head Professional at Escondido CC in San Diego where he began distinguishing himself as an outstanding teacher. His many students included San Diego Senior and Junior champions and various players who won both city and state championships. In 1998 Tom became the Director of Golf at Hiddenbrooke GC where he was the host professional for the LPGA Samsung Tour championship. A disciple of Bob Toski who Tom studied extensively, Tom’s teaching style is now “feel oriented”. He believes in keeping learning simple and not overly mechanical. Tom’s students feel immediately at ease with his relaxed and friendly manner. The newest member of the Bird Golf Academy faculty, we are thrilled to have Tom as our California Director of Instruction.

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