Sandhills Times – Thursday, 24 October 2013

The PGA of America is pleased to announce that Eric Alpenfels, PGA Director of Instruction at Pinehurst (N.C.) Country Club, and Mike Adams, PGA Director of Instruction at both Hamilton Farms Golf Club, in Gladstone, N.J., and Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Fla., are the first PGA Professionals to ever graduate from the new PGA Master Professional Program 2.0 (PGA MPP 2.0).

With this honor, they have achieved the highest educational designation that can be attained by a PGA member.

Alpenfels and Adams both achieved PGA Master Professional status with a certification in Teaching & Coaching. Since the program’s inception, 352 PGA Professionals have earned PGA Master Professional status.

The PGA of America recently updated its member education curriculum to ensure PGA Professionals are prepared to meet the growing demands of the current marketplace. The PGA Master Professional Program was established in 1969, to recognize PGA members who have made a significant effort to improve as golf professionals and maintain the highest degree of excellence for themselves and their operations.

Alpenfels, who has been part of the Pinehurst family for 27 years, was the 2012 and 1995 Carolinas PGA Teacher of the Year. A highly acclaimed PGA Professional, Alpenfels is recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Teachers in America”; by Golf Digest as one of “America’s 50 Greatest Teachers”; and by U.S. Kids Golf as one of the “Top 50 Teachers for Kids.”

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