By GolfTEC Digital

As the world leader in golf instruction, GolfTEC takes a lot of pride in helping people play better golf.

So, when major golf publications like Golf Digest release surveys like The Best Teachers In Your State â€“ an honor voted upon by golf instructors themselves â€“ it’s a nice reminder we’re doing things right when our own Coaches are included.

We’re therefore proud to announce the following SEVEN GolfTEC PGA professionals made it onto this year’s list, including four from our home state of Colorado! Congratulations to our honored Coaches and keep up the great work.

COLORADO
Andy Hilts Andy Hilts
Vice President of Instruction and Education
Driving factors to become a golf instructor: “I love golf and I love helping people play it better. I enjoy the challenge it provides me personally, and also the exciting opportunity to help people play better than they ever thought they could. As a golf professional, helping people this way is the most important thing I can do to help grow this great game.”

Andy Hilts is the Vice President of Instruction & Education at GolfTEC. He is a PGA Master Professional in Instruction and author of the book The Par Plan, Thirty Days To A Better Golf Game. With over 12,000 lessons taught, Andy was named to Golf Digest’s Top 20 Instructors in America Under 40 list from 2009 to 2013 and Golf Ranges Association of America Top 50 Growth of the Game Teachers in 2012 and 2014. He has trained more than 1,500 GolfTEC Coaches worldwide.

Ty Walker Ty Walker
Regional Manager, Director of Instruction
Advantage of teaching at GolfTEC compared to anywhere else: “The fact that there’s 100% focus on the student in our bays, and that our industry-changing technology makes such a big impact on how effectively our students learn.”

Ty Walker was the first employee at GolfTEC in 1996. He is a Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year 2002 award winner, Horton Smith Award Winner 2005, National Top Coach in 2015, multiple MVP Trip winner Coach of Champions, Boss of the Bunker. Ty has taught over 45,000 lessons.

Kevin Cubbage Kevin Cubbage
Center Manager, Director of Instruction
Most memorable moment as a golf instructor: “Watching one of my students who I coached since he was 10 years old qualify for the U.S. Open at the age of 16. To be able to watch him play at that level and share the experience with his parents is something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life!”

Kevin Cubbage has been with GolfTEC since 2001. He has been the Director of Instruction and Center Manager for GolfTEC Cherry Creek since 2002. Kevin is proud to have taught over 20,000 lessons with GolfTEC and counting. A PGA Member since 1995, he was also a 2013 Golf Digest Top 10 Instructor in Colorado.

Patrick Nuber Patrick Nuber
Manager of Teaching Quality and National Director of Instruction
Biggest client success story: “A young student of mine who went from shooting over 100 to posting a 74 in competition within 10 months of starting lessons, before later going on to receive a college golf scholarship.”

Patrick Nuber is GolfTEC’s Manager of Teaching Quality and National Director of Instruction based out of GolfTEC’s headquarters in Centennial, Colo. He has taught over 14,000 golf lessons and trained over 600 GolfTEC Coaches. He is a PGA Certified Professional in Instruction and General Management. In 2011 he was awarded the Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year by his fellow PGA Professionals.

INDIANA
Toby Baldwin Toby Baldwin
Certified Personal Coach
The most important thing learned a golf instructor: “The importance of building solid relationships through trust and effective communication.”

Toby Baldwin has taught over 14,000 lessons with GolfTEC since starting in 2007. A PGA member since 2006, he is a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Instruction award, and was also on the 2014 Golf Digest Best Teachers In Your State list.

NEBRASKA
James Kinney James Kinney
Center Manager, Franchise Owner, Director of Instruction
Driving factors to become a golf instructor: “It all started from working with junior golfers at my first job at the Omaha Country Club. I just loved seeing them improve, and it’s such a rewarding thing to watch them progress and be part of their lifelong journey with the game of golf.”

James Kinney is the Center Manager, Franchise Owner, and Director of Instruction at Golftec Omaha. He provides golf instruction to all levels of golfers from beginner to advanced. He is a 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 Nebraska PGA Teacher of The Year winner.

OHIO
Nick Paez Nick Paez
Franchise Owner, Director of Instruction
The most important thing learned as a golf instructor: “To figure out exactly what a player wants before you develop a Game Plan for them. I want them to dream big and then go chase it, and have their desires and goals be oriented and measured.”

Nick Paez has been on Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Your state list multiple times, as well as their Best Young Teachers in America list for the past four years straight, and has been awarded GolfTEC Teacher of the Year, Northern Ohio PGA Teacher of the Year, a Top 50 Instructor by US Kids, and is Spirit of Golf Certified Level 1.

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