Steve has been a PGA Member since 1993. He earned Certified Professional status in 2008 in the areas of golf instruction and golf operations. Less than one percent of PGA Golf Professional have earned this PGA certification. Steve teaches at Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen.
In 2000 while serving as the PGA Head Golf Professional at Winnetka Golf Club, Steve was awarded the Bill Strausbaugh Award by the Illinois PGA Section for the dedication he committed to increasing employment opportunities for his fellow PGA members.
His passion for junior golf was recognized as he was selected for the 2001 Illinois PGA Section Junior Golf Leader award. This award was given for the accomplishments performed at Winnetka Golf Club in developing one of the top junior programs in the Chicago area.
He has instructed players that have won state and club championships and many juniors who have gone on to earn college scholarships. He also served as an assistant high school golf coach for the top program in the Chicago area, New Trier High School. During this team New Trier teams finished either 1st or 2nd in the high school state championships.
Steve currently is assisting in the development of the Golf in Schools program offered by the Colorado PGA Foundation, Colorado Golf Association and the Colorado Open Foundation. He has been selected to the Curriculum Committee and will help develop program guidelines as they expand into additional Colorado schools. Over the past two years Steve has introduced golf to over 3,000 elementary students in the Golden, CO school district.
Through many years of experience he is adept at working with each student as an individual. His philosophy of improving his student’s game begins with establishing goals with each student regarding an approach that encompasses a mutual commitment to the learning process. His mentors in the field of golf instruction are many, but most notable are David Leadbetter, Dr. Rick Jensen, Jim McLean, Hank Haney, Dr. Bob Rotella, Stan Utley and Jim Hardy.
Steve is on the Professional Golf Staff with Titleist. He proudly uses Titleist club, gloves, caps, bags,golf balls and he also wears FootJoy shoes.