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4 current or past Colorado instructors among Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers in America

by Gary Baines

Two instructors who work in Colorado at least part of the year, along with two former Coloradans, are included among Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers in America, which was published recently.

Golf Magazine ( online) compiles the Top 100 Teachers list biennially. It debuted in 1991. Nominees are submitted by the PGA of America, LPGA, the United States Golf Teachers Federation, industry executives and Golf Magazine readers.

Among those included on the 2017-18 list are Mike LaBauve, who teaches at the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt during the summer and Kierland Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., during the winter; and Tim Mahoney, an instructor at Cordillera in Edwards in the summer and at Troon North in Scottsdale during the summer.

LaBauve and Mahoney have both been part of Golf Magazine's Top 100 since 1996 and are PGA of America members.

In addition, former Colorado residents Mike McGetrick and Eric Alpenfels made Golf Magazine's Top 100 list again.

McGetrick, who now teaches at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, also first appeared on the Golf Magazine list in 1996. Alpenfels, on the Top 100 ranking since 2001, is an instructor at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina.

LaBauve and McGetrick are also on Golf Digest's 50 Best Teachers in America.

Golf Magazine says its Top 100 is the only national golf instructor ranking "that combines outside academic and PGA professional peer review. In addition, candidates are judged on their willingness to give back to the game and to the PGA and LPGA through one of the following: apprentice education, member continued education, research or lesson programs."

For the complete Golf Magazine list, CLICK HERE.

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