Atlanta, Ga. (Dec. 15, 2020) – Bobby Jones Golf Course’s Director of Instruction, Jason Kuiper, has been awarded the title of 2020 Georgia PGA Teacher of the Year. The award is the second highest award the Georgia PGA Section gives and recognizes a PGA professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf in the given year.
The Georgia PGA Teacher of the Year award was inaugurated in 1986 to honor outstanding teachers of golf among the ranks of the PGA of America membership. The award is based on the professional’s overall performance in teaching, innovative and special teaching programs they have played a key role in implementing, and articles they have contributed to in books and magazines.
“I am honored to earn the title of Georgia PGA Teacher of the Year,” said Jason Kuiper, Director of Instruction at Bobby Jones Golf Course. “I'm truly lucky to get to spend my time teaching the joy of golf, and I plan to continue using my expertise in the sport to help others for years to come.”
This is not the first time Kuiper has been recognized for his exceptional coaching abilities. The highly regarded golf instructor was awarded the Top 50 Kids Coach Award by U.S. Kid’s Golf in 2020, recognized as the North Florida PGA Section Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 2014 and received honorable mentions as a US Kids “Top 50” Teacher in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Kuiper has 15 years of industry experience. Prior to his current position at Bobby Jones Golf Course, he served as the Director of Instruction at the Woodloch Golf Performance Academy in Pennsylvania and the Head Teaching Professional at the McCord Golf Academy in Florida. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Moravian College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.
“Jason continues to bring pride to our course with his extensive list of accolades,” said Brian Conley, General Manager of Bobby Jones Golf Course. “Jason has brought a strong presence to our team. His positive attitude and ability to create an encouraging environment for all students have helped make our program all it can be, and we are fortunate to have him on our team.”
Kuiper teaches through Bobby Jones Golf Course's Grand Slam Academy, a state-of-the-art instructional program that offers indoor and outdoor lessons and clinics and teaches golfers of all ages and skill levels and abilities. The program utilizes the latest teaching and club fitting technology through The Bandy Instructional Center, which is equipped with state-of-the-art cameras, hardware and software technology that allow instructors to provide students instant feedback.
The Georgia PGA is one of the 41 Sections of The PGA of America. Its membership includes over 890 PGA Professionals working at over 260 golf courses, clubs and ranges throughout the state. In keeping with the fundamental objectives laid down by its founders, one of the Georgia PGA’s primary goals is promoting the game of golf through clinics, junior and minority golf programs, consumer programs, and print and television media.
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