Arizona Biltmore and J.W. Marriot Wildfire Golf Clubs Receive Master Kids Coach Award

Peachtree Corners, Ga. – Tina Tombs of The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club and Alex Fisher of the J.W. Marriott Wildfire Golf Club have been named to U.S. Kids Golf’s annual list of Master Kids Coaches. The Award recognizes the world’s most outstanding youth golf instructors, and Tombs is part of a select group that earned Top 50 accolades three times, earning the Master Kids Coach Award.

Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has honored the best youth golf teachers with the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award. Applicants complete an online survey and winners are chosen based on their contributions to youth golf, including: experience and time devoted teaching young golfers; innovation, creativity, and fun in their programs; communication; parental involvement; use of a well-organized instruction program and an overall effort to grow the game.

In 2008, U.S. Kids Golf introduced the Master Kids Coach Award which honors those who have been awarded the Top 50 Kids Coach Award three times. Tombs joins the elite list of 167 Master Kids Coaches along with 11 others who are being recognized this year.

“The teachers and coaches who win this award play an important part in our corporate mission to make the game of golf for kids,” said Dan Van Horn, President and CEO of U.S. Kids Golf. “Our goal in recognizing these youth golf coaches is to both recognize their accomplishments and also to help parents find  quality golf instruction for their kids.”

The Top 50 Kids Teacher Award is administered by the U.S. Kids Golf Coaches Institute, a division of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation. For more information about the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award, please contact U.S. Kids Golf at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


2018 HONOREES:

MASTER KIDS COACHES – CLASS OF 2018

Matt Barton… Oakhurst G.&C.C… Clarkston, Mich.
Todd Casabella… Barrington G.C… Aurora, Ohio
Alex Fisher… Wildfire G.C… Phoenix, Ariz.
Mary Hafeman… Missing Links G.C… Mequon, Wis.
Jim Hardy… Longleaf G.&F.C… Southern Pines, N.C.
Michael Herzog… Hawktree G.C… Bismarck, N.D.
Jeffrey Hirose… Jucchou Golf… Chino Hills, Calif.
Blake Jirges… Henry Brunton Golf Academy… Irvine, Calif.
Wade Martin… The Villages Golf Academy… The Villages, Fla.
Maria Palozola… Big Bend Golf Center… Valley Park, Mo.
Ryan Smith… Marc Lapointe Golf Academy… Fort Mill, S.C.
Tina Tombs… The Arizona Biltmore G.C… Phoenix, Ariz.

TOP 50 KIDS COACHES – CLASS OF 2018

Zoe Allen… Lurgan G.C… Lurgan, Northern Ireland
Leslie Andrews… Nehoiden G.C… Wellesley, Mass.
JP Bedard… Niagara Falls C.C… Lewiston, N.Y.
John Bierkan… Aronimink G.C… Newtown Square, Pa.
Tasha Bohlig… El Caballero C.C… Tarzana, Calif.
Kerry Bower-Herr… Victoria Hills G.C… DeLand, Fla.
Christine Brembs… Mt. Freedom G.C… Randolph, N.J.
Richard Brown… Richard Brown School of Golf… Missouri City, Texas
Emily Burns… Cantigny Youth Links … Wheaton, Ill.
Mark Caldwell… Canyon Springs G.C… San Antonio, Texas
Linda Campbell… The Peninsula Club… Cornelius, N.C.
Frankie Chan… Tuen Mun Golf Centre… Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Anna Diletta Daffan… G.C. Ca’ Daffan… Arzignano, Italy
Deac Dawson… Cabarrus C.C… Concord, N.C.
Richard Degree… Royster Memorial G.C… Shelby, N.C.
Leon Faulkner… Golf Rocks Kids Academy… Sydney, Australia
Christine Felton… Sea Island Golf Performance Center … St. Simons Island, Ga.
Suzie Fisher… The G.C. of Oklahoma… Broken Arrow, Okla.
Lauren Gates… Summit Golf School… Spring, Texas
Michael Gervais… Bridgeport C.C… Bridgeport, W. Va.
Andy Griffiths… M.I.G.A… Shanghai, China
Katie Hanneman… Pioneer Creek G.C… Maple Plain, Minn.
Billy Hoffman… Westwood C.C… Vienna, Va.
Paul Kaster… Paul Kaster Golf Coaching… Little Silver, N.J.
Josh Kendall… Lomas Santa Fe C.C… Solana Beach, Calif.
Susie Kirk… The Woodlands C.C… The Woodlands, Texas
Justin Klemballa… Paradise Valley C.C… Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Travis Lynch… The Trails of Frisco… Frisco, Texas
Mackenzie Mack… Rogers Park G.C… Tampa, Fla.
Jordan McKelvy… Rolling Hills C.C… Wichita, Kan.
Cameron Milton… Polson Bay G.C… Polson, Mont.
Brian Moose… RiverCrest G.C. & Preserve… Phoenixville, Pa.
Janean Murphy… Oakhurst G.C… Porter, Texas
Daniel Neben… T.P.C. Potomac at Avenel Farm… Potomac, Md.
Ed Oldham… The Ranch C.C… Westminster, Colo.
Michael Phillips… Los Alamos G.C… Los Alamos, N.M.
David Pocock… Bryn Meadows… Ystrad Mynach, United Kingdom
Boykin Powers… City of Charleston Municipal G.C… Charleston, S.C.
Chip Ranco… Haworth C.C… Haworth, N.J.
Martin Rentenberger… G.C Marco Polo… Vienna, Austria
Rico Riciputi… Wentworth By The Sea C.C… Rye, N.H
Kathleen Robinson… Skywest G.C… Hayward, Calif.
Jane Rosenberg… Black Gold G.C… Yorba Linda, Calif.
Evan Sales… Angel Fire Resort… Angel Fire, N.M.
Abigale Schepperle… Fox Creek G.C… Marietta, Ga.
Dan Shea… Michelle Holmes School of Golf… Norfolk, Va.
Hoppy Smith… Diamondhead C.C… Diamondhead, Miss.
Andrew Spaulding… Broadlands G.C… North Prairie, Wis.
Bob Usher… Grey Oaks C.C… Naples, Fla.
Brody Whetham… Academy at Sawmill G.C… Fenwick, Ont.


ABOUT U.S. KIDS GOLF

U.S. Kids Golf is the world’s leading organization for growing, promoting and enhancing golf among youth and families. Founded in 1997, U.S. Kids Golf offers three distinct lines of clubs in up to nine sizes, hosts more than 1500 tournaments – including the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship held annually in Pinehurst, NC, and has over 1400 members as part of its Coaches Institute. Additionally, the organization is active in several projects and campaigns designed to grow the sport among important demographics. In 2018, U.S. Kids Golf was recognized by the National Golf Foundation as one of the “Top 100 Businesses in Golf” based on influence, innovation, and social good among other criteria.