The Richmond Register

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October 1, 2013

GLENMORE: Top 50 golf instructor coming to Richmond

LEXINGTON — The Professional Golf Management Program at EKU has booked Top-50 golf instructor Joe Hallett for two days of golf instruction this week.

The first session will be at the Colonels Driving Range and Learning Center on Wednesday from 3 from 6 p.m. On Thursday he will be at Golf Management classrooms at EKU.

Seeing Joe Hallett again will be a great thrill to me. I organized and coached a golf team at St. John’s Lutheran School in 1977-78 and Joe was my No. 1 player on that team.

I have been trying to keep track of him since then.

He started instruction not long after graduating from high school at St. John’s Lutheran School in Ocala, Fla. His first endeavor was a Learning Center at Black Bear Country Club in central Florida in the early 80s.

I lost track of Joe for a while but in a January 2010 issue of Golfweek I ran across an article on club fitting and how important it is to a golfer’s success. The PGA of America has a center for golf learning and performance in Port St. Lucia, Fla., that is dedicated to this premise. The general manager of that center was none other than Joe Hallett.

Wow!

In 2011 I stopped and visited with Joe on my way home from Fort Lauderdale. Joe was a gracious host and gave me a tour of the facility. While at St. Lucia, Joe started working with LPGA player Stacy Lewis in 2009 and Stacy won four times in 2012 to become the first American since Beth Daniel to win the Rolex Player of the Year Award.

Later in 2012 she was the No. 1 player in the world.

Joe has also coached Ryann O’Toole, Brittany Linicome, and Jacqui Concolino. While working with players of all levels, Joe is heavily sought after by LPGA touring professionals and teaches numerous players out on tour including Hall of Famer, Juli Inkster.

Joe is now director of instruction at the Vanderbilt Legend Club in Franklin, Tenn., and is happy to be doing what he loves best — teaching golfers to play better.  

My hats off to PGM Director Kim Kincer and her staff for booking an instructor as capable as Joe Hallett for their      students.

I am looking forward to seeing this fine young man again.

Mahalo!

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