Monday May 13th
Dakota Dunes Golf Links
The PGA OF SASKATCHEWAN Presents:
Teaching golf is Mike LaBauve’s passion and has been for 30 yrs. He is currently the Director of Instruction for LaBauve Golf at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. He has a clientele from all around the world that comes to take private and small group instruction.
Mike got his start in golf instruction with his father-in law, Jack Lumpkin, a long time Golf Digest instructor and PGA National Teacher of the Year. Mike worked in a number of Golf Digest Schools and also worked 3 yrs with Hank Haney in the Pinehurst Golf Advantage Schools. It was Hank who introduced Mike to Jim Hardy in 1982. While learning Jim Hardy’s teaching methods, Mike’s golf game made a drastic turn around. He was blessed with a great short game, but his full swing falterer under pressure. Jim Hardy did some magic. Mike became Player of the Year in the Southwest Section of the PGA and played in a number of PGA Tour events. Mike recognizes the changes necessary to play championship golf and he is driven to help all students play to a top level.
Mike currently works with PGA Tour players Bryce Molder, Jeff Quinney, a host of Nationwide players. He has coached a number of LPGA Tour players including Grace Park and 3-time college Player of the Year Amanda Blumenherst. He has multiple winners on the Gateway Tour and a number of College stars including Cheyenne Woods and a daughter, Lindy who recently graduated from LSU. She is now the head women’s golf coach at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort. He has coached a PGA Rookie of the Year, a PGA Comeback Player and an LPGA Comeback Player.
In 1991, Mike went to work full time with the Golf Digest Schools. LaBauve has frequently been seen on the cover of the magazine and has written countless articles for Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. He has been in the Golf Digest Top 50 and the Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructors since inception. You can also see his popular internet tips on Golflink.com.
Married for 30 yrs to Sandy LaBauve, another top ranked golf instructor, Mike has two daughters that enjoy the game. Mike continues to share his love for the game with students, fellow professionals and family alike.