Meredith Kirk, 36, an LPGA teaching pro based out of Blackmoor Golf Club in Murrells Inlet, is one of 40 instructors under the age of 40 named by Golf Digest as the “Best Young Teachers in America 2014-15.” The list appears in the magazine’s November issue.
In addition to her instruction, Kirk launched last December the Junior Golf Exchange, a program that provides clubs free of charge at participating golf courses and facilities to junior golfers ages 14 and younger through club donations and purchases through the program. She is also a National Golf Management spokesperson and the reigning Mrs. South Carolina.
Kirk is one of 11 instructors who are new to the list this year and is one of four from South Carolina, joining Tim Cooke, 39, of The Golf Learning Center at Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head Island, Megan Padua, 29, of Belfair Plantation in Bluffton, and Abby Welch, 35, of Kiawah Island Resort. Kirk’s also easily the most affordable instructor on the list with a listed price of $60 per hour.
Potential Golf hosts demo day
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Instructor Dale Ketola is hosting a TaylorMade demo day his of Potential Golf location at Farmstead Golf Links from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
It is free to the public and will include a 30-minute fitting session for participants, who must call Ketola at 843-833-3332 to set up a time slot.
TaylorMade is promoting the “loft up” initiative to help amateurs gain distance through technology. New drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons will be available to test including SLDR, SLDR S, Tour Preferred and Speedblade models.
New SwingThought event
The SwingThought.com Tour (formerly the NGA/Hooters Tour) has partnered with the Magnolia Bluffs Casino and Beau Pre Country Club in Natchez, Miss., to conduct a special 60-player 36-hole pro event and pro-am to take place Nov. 3-7.
The Magnolia Bluffs Casino Beau Pre Bayou Bash will take place the same week as the Sanderson Farms Championship in nearby Jackson, Miss., to provide players who aren’t able to play their way into the PGA Tour event an alternative event to compete in during the week. It will give players preparing for the Second Stage of Web.com Q-School a place to compete as well.
The event will include housing opportunities for players; complimentary meals throughout the week for players and their guests; practice rounds; a pro shootout; player welcoming party; pro-am pairings party’ sponsors’ pro-am; pro long drive contest; and two-day, 36-hole tournament with no cut.