HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. - BOYNE Golf Academy Director of Player Performance, Mike Fay, has been named among U.S. Kids Golf's Top 50 Kids Teachers. The award was announced earlier this month and annually recognizes the world's most outstanding youth golf instructors. Fay, a 17-year PGA Professional, was honored for his expertise and commitment to developing the game of golf in youth. For the past six years, he has served as the Head Golf Professional of The Monument golf course at Boyne Mountain Resort.
"The award was created to help parents find the best coaching for their kids," said Dan Van Horn, president and CEO of U.S. Kids Golf. "The mission of U.S. Kids Golf is to make the game fun for kids, and the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award is an important part of encouraging golf professionals who are key in supporting us and achieving this mission."Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has honored golf's best teachers with the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award. Applicants complete an online survey and winners are chosen based on their contributions to junior golf, such as: time devoted to teaching young golfers; innovation, creativity and fun in their programs; communication; parental involvement; and overall effort to grow the game. Award recipients include teachers who work at public, private, resort, and municipal courses.The 2013 award recipients included golf professionals from 21 states, Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico. With a record 747 applicants, Fay is the only golf professional in Michigan to have received the honor."Bringing smiles to children through the game of golf has always been a passion of mine," said Fay. "Our programs are designed to grow the game through family participation, which is essential for growth."Fay was honored at an award ceremony on Thursday, January 23, at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.To contact Fay or for more information on the BOYNE Golf Academy, call 231.526.3848 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.