These events are open to all members of the United States Golf Teachers Federation and World Golf Teachers Federation.

Regional Tournaments

Northeast Region Championship

Regional Director: Bob Corbo
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Date:              June 21, 2019

Location:      Mercer Oaks – West Course, West Windsor, NJ

Champion:    W. Douglas Pierce

2019 NE Region Champion

USGTF NE Region Director Bob Corbo and Champion W. Douglas Pierce

Pierce Takes NE Region Title

Doug Pierce from Middletown, NY, survived a three-way sudden-death playoff to capture the USGTF Northeast Region Championship on June 21 at Mercer Oaks West Course in West Windsor Township, New Jersey.  On a wet and very windy day, Pierce, Pete Palmisano of East Windsor, NJ, and Gerard Ecker of Athens, NY, all fired an 18-hole score of 81.  Pierce, playing out of the 70+ division, won the title on the fourth hole of overtime.

Lisa Monaco of Stormville, NY, won the Ladies’ division; Matt Maronski of Philadelphia, PA, won the 20-49 division; Tom McCallister captured the 50-59 division, and Ecker captured the 60-69 division.  Bob Corbo, Northeast Region director, remarked on the playoff, “This was a very exciting finish to a great tournament.”

For more information on the USGTF Northeast Region and its activities, please contact Corbo at (609) 520-0040 or

Past Champions:
2018 – Frank Petry
2017 – Andrew Pierson
2016 – Bob Helm
2015 – Chris Carroll
2014 – Martin Nolletti
2013 – Ed Williams
2012 – Ed Williams

Southeast Region Championship

Regional Director: Mike Stevens
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Date:               May 18-19, 2019

Location:        Glen Lakes Country Club, Weeki Wachi, FL

Champion:     Mark Harman

From left to right: Mark Harman, Ron Cox, Richard Crowell and Rich Lively.

Harman Back on Top in Southeast

Mark Harman made a statement that he is still a force to be reckoned with at Glen Lake CC in Weeki Wachee, FL this past weekend. The reigning World Cup Champion from Ridgeland, SC, set a Southeast scoring record of seven under par to best Ron Cox of Henderson, TN by 5 shots. Richard Crowell from Pensacola, FL and Rich Lively of Rockledge, FL, took 3rd and 4th grabbing the balance from the $1,200 purse. Thanks goes out to Glen Lakes head pro Tom McCrary who has hosted us for several years and to our Regional Director, Mike Stevens.

Past champions:

2018 – Eric Hammer
2017 – Melvin Blair
2016 – Carlos DeBarros
2015 – Jim Peters
2014 – Mark Harman
2013 – Mark Harman
2012 – Mark Harman
2011 – Carlos DeBarros & Mark Harman (co-champions)
2010 – Mark Harman
2009 – Mark Harman
2008 – Mark Harman

Central Region Championship

Regional Director: Brent Davies
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Date:               August 4-5, 2019

Location:        Pheasant Run Golf Course in Canton, Michigan

Champion:     Hunter Huang

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Hunter Huang (left) and Brent Davies

Huang Wins Central Region Title

A “southern invasion” intruded upon the USGTF Central Region Championship August 4-5 at Pheasant Run Golf Course in Canton, Michigan.  Hunter Huang of Atlanta, Georgia, held off Mark Harman of Ridgeland, South Carolina, by two strokes to claim the title.  Matt Smith of Columbus, Ohio, the defending champion, finished third.

Huang opened the first round with a 72, good for a one-shot lead over Smith and Ron Cox from Nashville, Tennessee.  Smith was at 73, and Harman was another stroke back at 74, along with new USGTF member Mike Chism of Xxxx, Xxxxx.  Huang continued his fine play with an opening nine of 35 to start the final round, with Smith hanging in there at 36.  Cox was still a factor after a 37, and Harman carded a 34 to close the gap to one.  Harman birdied #10 to forge a tie, which lasted through the 15th hole.  Huang then went birdie-par to Harman’s par-bogey, sealing the deal.

Region director Brent Davies hosted the event, and all competitors agreed it was a great tournament. For more information on the Central Region events, please contact Brent Davies at (248) 701-6843 or

Past champions:

2018 – Grant Gulych
2017 – Matt Smith
2016 – Charles Henry
2015 – Jim Peters
2014 – Jim Peters
2013 – Nate Deakin
2012 – Event Cancelled
2011 – Keith Dunkelbarger
2010 – Mike Sidlinger
2009 – Joe Janosky
2008 – Charlie Henry

Northwest Region Championship

Regional Director: Nathan Guerrero
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Date:            2019 Event Cancelled

Location:     San Francisco, California

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The 2019 USGTF Northwest Region Championship has been cancelled. The date for the 2020 event will be posted once confirmed. Please contact region director Nathan Guerrero at should you have any questions.

Southwest Region Championship

Regional Director: Bruce Sims
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Date:                May 4-5, 2019

Location:         Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club, Plano, Texas

Champion:      Cole Golden

Brent Davies and Cole Golden

Golden Repeats as Southwest Regional Champion

Cole Golden shot an opening round 69 against a strong field that featured several current and past USGTF champions at a windy Ridgeview Ranch Golf Course, which hosted the USGTF Southwest Region Championship May 4-5 in Plano, Texas. Tough, tricky greens and somewhat wet conditions after several days of wet weather had hit Texas earlier in the week greeted the competitors. Southwest Region director Bruce Sims and Master Lee carded 76, while Brent Davies and Chris Tyner shot 77. Grant Gulych, Jeff Kennedy, and D.B. Merrill came in with 78.

Golden continued his fine play on day two and was never threatened, as only Davies was able to get within three shots on the back nine before Golden responded with a birdie on the next hole. Golden finished with a 69-74 – 143 for a 1-under-par total. Davies finished in second place after shooting 70, which was the low round of the day, for a 147 total. Lee played solidly all day after shooting a fine round of 74 for a 150 total, coming in third place. Canadian Gulych finished in fourth place 78-77 – 155; Texas’ Tyner finished in fifth place with 77-80 – 157; Ruben Ramirez finished sixth with 83-75 – 158; Merrill finished seventh with 78-82 – 160, and Jeff Kennedy finished eighth at 161.

Thanks goes out to all USGTF players who participated, especially Jim Peters, Craig Johansen, Jaejin Kim, Kevin Kim, Jihun Yang, Scott Lundgren and J.D. Winkle.

Sims also hosted a very nice pre-tournament dinner on Friday night, where there were lots of camaraderie and discussion about our great game. USGTF players came from Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Michigan, Ontario Canada, and several parts of Texas to play in this fine event.

Past Champions:
2018 – Cole Golden
2017 – Craig Johanson
2016 – Bruce Sims
2015 – Cole Golden and Carlos DeBarros (co-champions)
2014 – Randy Beeney (Senior Division Champion) Walt Abraham (Super Senior Division Champion)