Gurus 2014 Top Teacher Twitter List

downloadAnother great year has flown by and I hope you have had time for reflection and have taken some time off to recharge. For me its been a great year of learning, growing in many areas of my life and hard work. New relationships were formed and current ones were made stronger which is what it’s all about. When my time on this earth is finished, I hope that my legacy wont be remembered by the material things, awards or lists that I might have made BUT by the relationships that I have built and other people who I have affected in a positive way. As Zig Ziglar says,”If you can help as many other people get what they want, you can have everything that you want…If you are interested” We don’t do nice things for other people to get something in return or for what you GET but because it is the right thing to do as a person and for what you BECOME. So many of you on this list I can now call a good friend and it all started here on “twitter.” I have learned so much and it has created so many opportunities for all of us. Before I get to the new inductees of the Top Teacher Twitter List I want to give a shout out to my amazing staff for without you I would be nothing. Maggie Simons, who just made top 50 US Kids instructor has done an amazing job this year stepping in as junior golf leader. I am so proud of your growth as an instructor and big things are ahead.  Hard to believe that we could grow anymore but we did. With the help of Ryan Dailey and Matt Reagan, IGROW junior golf has taken our program to another level. I recommend you check this out as it is a definite game changer. Also congrats to Matt Reagan for winning the Youth Development Award for the Carolinas PGA section. Back to back for the IGROW team. Great to see your hard work paying off. Secondly, my addition of Josh Spragins has been a home run. If I haven’t learned anything over the years it been how to hire great people and Josh is no exception. He is going to be a superstar and brings a wealth of knowledge to our team with a great work ethic. If you are down at the show or visit the club, I hope that you get to meet Josh. Now I have to get him tweeting more :)….which is job requirement when you work for me.images (1)


To highlight individuals that are ACTIVE on twitter and doing the following: 1) sharing quality content 2) engaging with other coaches and golfers…which means answering tweets, using debate in a healthy way (no bashing other teachers) 3) promoting and lifting up other coaches to improve and recognizing good work

Requirement to qualify for the list You must have at least 3000 tweets. Next year it will be 4000 so if you didn’t make the list, get to tweeting. Make it a goal next year to reach out to these people and learn from them. Click on their names, follow them and add them to your lists. Thanks for all your support this year and I hope to see everyone in Orlando for #tweetup15!twitter 4

Congratulations to our 16 new inductees to this years list. There were a few that were just short that I feel will make it next year and will receive honorable mention……. Also there were a few that were on last years list that didn’t make the 3000 that are on probation:)

  • James Hong                         @jameshonggolf                 5461
  • Brandon Roby                      @brobypga                          4090
  • Allen Burton                          @docattherock                   3015
  • Preston Combs                      @pcombs21                        5016
  • Rodd Slater                              @roddslaterpga                  5071
  • Brandi Jackson                      @bjacksongolf                  5512
  • Jeff Pierce                                @thejeffbhf                      4329
  • Martin Park                             @parkythepro                 17,100
  • Jason Birnbaum                     @birnbaumgolf               3247
  • Jason Guss                                @jasongussgolf              3381
  • Phil Kenyon                              @swashputting               6552
  • Tom Motley                               @motleygolf                   12,300
  • Sarah Bennett                           @sbennettgolf                3396
  • Peter Brown                               @zippybrown2               9976
  • Frank Guastella                        @fgcards                        6314
  • Maggie Simons                         @maggiesimons            3071


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  • Steven Giuliano                                        4216
  • Mark Russo                                                6454
  • Jeff Smith                                                  4137
  • Mario Bevilacqua                                     3617
  • Jim Ragland                                             4800
  • Kandi Comer                                           5158
  • Mark Strong                                             3363
  • Virgil Herring                                           5466
  • Brad Myers                                               18,400
  • Bill Devore                                                8210
  • Andrew Steep                                           13,900
  • Steven McDaniel                                     6914
  • Joe Jezzard                                             6474
  • Steven Aumock                                        4985
  • Martin Chuck                                           3738
  • Steve Dresser                                           5710
  • Bill Schmedes                                           3442
  • Todd Halpen                                          22000                                                                                                
  • John Graham                @johngrahamgolf                   68.6K
  • Sara Dickson                 @sara_pga                               28.2k
  • Jason Helman              8219
  • Rob McGill                     @golfprorob                           12.7K
  • Kirk Oguri                      @kirkoguri                              24.4K
  • Andrew Marr                 @andrewmarrgolf                 10.8K
  • Dennis Sales                   @dennissalesgolf                   14.5K
  • Andrew Rice                   @andrewricegolf                   8115
  • Mike Fay                          @mikefaygolf                       15.4K
  • James Ridyard                @jamesridyard                    14.2K
  • Vikki Vanderpool           @vvanderpool                      7168
  • Mark Sweeney                 @aimpointgolf                      5933
  • Brad Redding                  @bradreddinggolf                   7268
  • Ed Bowe                            @bowegolf                              7392
  • Mark Durland                  @durlandgolf                         4503
  • Andy Griffith                    @andygriffiths1                      7574
  • Ryan Chaney                     @oraclerio                              15.6K
  • Rick Grayson                    @rickgraysongolf                   5977
  • Ryan Crysler                      @ryancrysler                       21.5K
  • Josh Boggs                         @boggspga                           4004
  • Hugh Marr                          @hughmarr                        6000
  • Erik Barzeski                     @iacas                                   8538
  • Mitch Walz                         @walzygolf                            8455
  • Robert Campbell               @rcampbellgolf                     2779
  • Petri Parviainen                 @piiter77                              11000
  • Ian Peek                               @ianpeekgolf                        9269
  • Jamie Donalson                 @golfdonaldson                    9675
  • Keith Stewart                      @kjpga                                  4270
  • Matt Diederichs                  @mattdgolf                        24.5K
  • Blake Graham                     @blakegrahampga               19.6K
  • Denise Hastings                  @hastingsgolf                       2729
  • Brett Packee                         @brettpackeegolf                6610
  • Joe Mayo                             @trackmanmaestro             10.8K
  • George Connor                   @connorgolf                        4098
  • Denis Pugh                          @Dpugh54                         5803
  • Derek Hooper                     @derekhoopergolf              3173
  • TJ Yeaton                             @tjyeatongolf                    3597
  • Chris Gibson                        @chrisgibsongolf               5094
  • Jesse Struebing                   @jstruebs                             7700
  • Kate Tempesta                     @KTUrbangolf                 3390
  • Andy Gordon                       @andygordongolf              4821
  • Martin Park                          @parkythepro                   17100
  • Kevin Flynn                          @kflypga                            8494
  • James Martin                       @James_W_martin         3106
  • Meindert Jan Boekel          @BKLGolf                           6030
  • Donal Scott                           @donalscott                        5723
  • Michael Balderstone            @mjbalderstone           3274

Here are a few amateurs that are doing a great job of growing the game through social media:

google plus1. Ricky Lee Potts@rickyleepotts aside from the many talks that he has given at PGA shows and such about how to use social media, he is leading the way with his incredible Google + Golf (almost 15,000 members) group. He utilizes the group to promote teaching professionals with his Friday Foursome hangouts as well as sharing information with golfers all over the world

golf progress2. Nick Chertock –  @golfprogress. Nick is an avid golfer that has started several groups on Facebook including the most popular (Golf Teaching Professionals) group which attracted over 3000 members/teaching pros to the first LIVE forum at the PGA show. This year is number 3 and should be worth checking into.  You don’t want to miss this years as it is going to be awesome.

top_dplane_3002. Rich Hunt – @richie3jack  Rich is doing some incredible analysis on PGA tour stats that is changing the way golfers and pros are thinking about different parts of the game. Make sure you get his 2014 golf synopsis that can be found on his twitter page.

Sports Psychologists – Dr. Bhrett McCabe, PHD , Andy Morrison

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Up and Coming Twitter Coaches (Guys and Girls that have alot to share and need to tweet more)

Josh Jeffers, Corey Lundberg, Megan Padua, Josh Spragins, Eric Corgorno, Tim Cooke, Scott Chisholm, Tom Stickney, Cameron McCormick, Adam Ohsberg

Thanks so much for reading and feel free to share!

Guru             @golfgurutv                  17.6K


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