PGA YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
exclusive partner of the PGA of America in Greater China
ABOUT THE PGA OF AMERICA
Founded in 1916, the PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organisations, composed of nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals who work daily to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.
The PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position by conducting premier spectator events, such as the PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup, as well as significant philanthropic outreach initiatives and award-winning golf promotions.
PGA Professionals bring energy to the game all around the world through engagement at their clubs and in their communities, inspiring individuals of all ages and diverse backgrounds to learn and play the game of golf.
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AT A GLANCE
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director of golf
Kevin Smeltz, our Top 100 Golf Magazine Director of Golf, oversees all of the instructional programs and is dedicated to hiring and training an elite group of coaches that supports the PGA of America Academies. Kevin, along with the PGA, has fined tuned the training curriculum for our programs and fit them to best suit the youth golfers needs in China.
Working with some of the best in the game including Nick Price, Charles Howell III, and Na Yeon Choi, Kevin knows what it takes to produce a winner. Although he still works with several professional tour players, Kevin’s heart is in junior golf.
While under his instruction, Kevin’s students have achieved 22 wins on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, and Champions Tour. In addition to that he has also coached many top amateurs and top-ranked juniors in the world rankings. Kevin has taught two U.S. Walker Cup team members, two No. 1-ranked college players, a No. 2-ranked college player, and many top-ranked juniors. Kevin has been awarded many accolades including voted one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers (2012-Present) and regularly contributes to golf magazines around the world.