Members Learn Adaptive Teaching from One of the Best

Judy Alvarez, PGA/LPGA Highlights Seminar

The Colorado PGA was thrilled to welcome PGA National Trainer and PGA/LPGA Master Professional, Judy Alvarez to Castle Rock this past month to train PGA Professionals on the finer points of adaptive golf instruction. 


“Hands down, this was the best seminar I've ever been to.  It exceeded my expectations by a ton,” noted Kyle Voska, PGA Instructor at The Links Golf Course in Highlands Ranch, CO.  “As a PGA Member, whether you teach or not, attending this seminar needs to be at the top of your list.  Not only will you learn a lot, you'll come away with the knowledge to be able to handle any future situation with an adaptive golfer that will make them feel welcomed and comfortable.”   


In support of the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program, Colorado PGA REACH invited Judy to share her lifetime of experience and passion for teaching golfers with disabilities. 


The session, hosted at Plum Creek Golf Course, featured a morning of classroom instruction that provided PGA Professionals guidance on understanding limitations, terminology, equipment, and principles for teaching adaptive golf.  Breaking down barriers of discomfort, fear of the unknown and embarrassment were shown to key to engaging with the adaptive golf community. 


The 15 PGA Professionals and Apprentices in attendance were joined by Wounded Warrior Veterans from Ft. Carson and Craig Hospital who provided unique insight into teaching and learning golf in the physically and mentally challenged world. 


The afternoon session took place at on the practice range where students got hands on experience on both sides of the lesson tee, as instructors and students. 


Judy set up several live teaching stations where students played the role of sight impaired, amputee, hearing impaired, and mobility impaired students as the instructors attempted to adjust their teaching styles to best help the students enjoy the game.  


“Every adult at one point or another will be a caregiver to someone to some degree in their life,” said Lakewood Country Club Instructor Andrew Tucker, PGA.  “There is great humanity in being a caregiver and providing someone their dignity. If we as PGA professionals can offer a disabled person, be they a veteran or not, an opportunity to engage in golf, at whatever skill level, we can feel a great sense of personal pride and satisfaction in opening that door.”