Hometown: Portales, New Mexico
Home Course: Lacantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio Texas
College: Eastern New Mexico, Golf Scholarship
Certification: PGA member
Accolades: 2008 Harvey Penick Teacher of the Year, South Texas
Years Experience: 32 Years
Mike was born in Clovis, New Mexico in July 1962. He began playing golf at the age of five and had a very successful junior golf career. In high school, Mike was district medalist three times, named to the New Mexico All State Team three times, and tied for medalist honors his senior year. In 1980, Mike received a golf scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales New Mexico. He played on the golf team for four years while studying business and physical education.
In 1985, Mike moved to Dallas Texas to work at the TPC Course home of the Byron Nelson PGA Golf Tournament. Mike organized and led teaching operations of the junior golf programs as well as ladies and men’s clinics for six years. Mike gained a great deal of knowledge and experience from such instructors as Byron Nelson, Ken Venturi, Bob Toski, Mike Dunaway, and Dr. Gary Wiren.
Mike moved to Austin, Texas in 1992 to help start the Harvey Penick Golf Academy as the Head Instructor under Bryan Gathright recognized as Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Instructor’s. Mike gained a great deal of invaluable teaching experience under the guidance of Harvey Penick. At Golfsmith, Mike also taught the Advanced Club Fitting Schools as the Head Instructor under the direction of Tom Wishon, world renowned golf club fitting and design expert. Mike specialized in “Teaching the Golf Swing as it Relates to Clubfitting.”
In 1996, Mike moved to San Antonio Texas to begin operations at the Academy at La Cantera, home of the Texas Valero Open. As the Head Instructor from 1996 to 2006 at the Academy at La Cantera, Mike was also Head Instructor for Golf Digest Schools for five years. Mike was honored to spend time with Tim Mahoney, Mike LaBauve, and Gale Peterson, all Golf Digest Top 100 Teachers.
In 2007 Mike was named Director of Instruction of The Golf Academy at LaCantera. Mike teaches private lessons, golf clinics, Team building exercises and corporate clinics as well as club fitting with Callaway and Titleist. In 2008 Mike received the Southern Texas Harvey Penick teacher of the year award. Mike has written articles for Golf Digest, Asian Golf Magazine, Texas Golfer and other magazines. Mike also did golf tips for local TV Kens. Also Mike cohosted a Radio Golf morning show on the Ticket 760. Mike is a PGA member and loves to spend time with his family and working out.
Notable students: Local good College and High school players
Philosophy: I believe in a strong fundamental foundation to start with and that the golf club should be swung on a good Plane with a square to slightly closed clubface. (Impact has to be good in order to control your golf ball)