I had the privilege of playing more than 150 rounds of golf and spending three times as many hours on the range with Mike during my six year stint in San Diego. Every round was a valuable learning experience in course management and shot selection, as well as lots of fun! My time with Mike produced some of the best rounds of my life, including a 10-birdie 67 in the first round of the Northern California Valley Amateur Championship, leading the way to the eventual win. I was also able to take full advantage of his competitive playing experience when he all but carried my bag in the NCAA Super Regional Championship in Albuquerque, NM where I finished -4 and t5 for the tournament, qualifying me for the NCAA Division II National Championship.
Golf instructors who possess Mike’s combination of teaching ability and experience are extremely rare. His knowledge of the golf game and all of its components is unparalleled. In addition, Mike possesses the unique ability to cater to his students, whether they be young, old, beginning, or with professional aspirations. He understands every swing is unique and that everyone learns in a different way at their own pace. This understanding may be the most valuable trait in a golf instructor because it allows him to present his instruction several different ways to ensure it is understood. Many instructors can tell you what you are doing wrong, very few can show you the proper way to fix it, and even fewer possess the knowledge to do it multiple ways, as Mike does.