I am a PGA golf teaching professional, a daddy, and a caddy to our son Alex. Born and raised in Florida, I grew up on a golf course, played junior golf, middle school golf, and led my high school golf team as the Volusia County Golfer of the Year for two years. I won numerous junior golf tournaments, including the 1974 Florida State Junior PGA Championship. I received scholarship offers to other universities, but I wanted to play at the University of Florida, where I played my way onto the team. After graduating, my teammates went on to the PGA Tour, and I got a “real” job in Boston.
Following a 22-year business career in research, computer programming, technical writing, and marketing, I returned to my passion of golf in 2001 and became a Class A PGA member. Now I am a PGA teaching professional and co-owner of the Don Law Golf Academy in Boca Raton, Florida. The academy specializes in teaching juniors, and we have hundreds of junior golfers in its classes and camps in four South Florida locations. I love teaching junior golfers, and I am a U.S. Kids Master Kids Teacher, a U.S. Kids Certified Instructor, and a HeartMath Certified Coach-Mentor.
I am also a co-founder and partner with ParKit Golf, which creates innovative teaching tools and materials to make junior golf classes and camps both fun and educational. I was president of the Southeast Chapter of the South Florida Section PGA for six years ending in 2012, and was awarded the chapter’s Golf Professional of the Year award for 2010. Prior to that, I won the chapter Junior Golf Leader award and twice won the Horton Smith education award.
Having “been there”, I understand the world of the junior tournament player. As a skilled player, I understand how to play high-level golf. As a parent, I understand the challenges of coaching and developing your own child. And, as a PGA teaching professional, I understand how to teach kids to love the great game of golf.
One of my passions is the so-called “mental game” of golf. I’ve studied the psychology of golf and sports, and have developed a new program I call the Golf MasterMind coaching program that we are integrating into our elite academy.
My goal is to help my fellow “daddy caddies” survive these challenges with their children and, ultimately, to help them become golfers for life. Whether or not they become great players is irrelevant. What matters is that they love golf and become the best they can be.