About

 

Daniel has been PGA Professional since 2004, currently he is an Elite Instructor at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center in Sea Island, GA. During his career he has taught at the Wildcat Golf Academy in Chicago through Northwestern University as well as several top private clubs around the country.  He has been voted to the Golf Digest Best Young Teacher twice, once in 2017 and again in 2019.  He was also the recipient of the 2016 Illinois PGA Horton Smith award that recognizes individual golf professionals for their continuing contributions in developing and improving education opportunities for PGA professionals in the Illinois PGA Section.

Daniel’s time with the Wildcat Golf Academy was between 2009-2016 in Chicago.  WGA is a developmental program for high school players striving to play collegiate golf.  While at the WGA he worked with Jeff Mory, Sam McKinney, and Pat Goss, the Director of Golf for the Northwestern University Men’s and Women’s programs.  Daniel also traveled around the country to obverse some of the best minds in the country, such as Cameron McCormick, Scott Fewcett, and Mark Broadie.  He has also worked with golf biomechanics Dr. Robert Neal, Mike Duffy, Mark Bull, and Dr. Young Kwon.  Daniel has also trained under instructors such as Todd Anderson, Jack Lumpkin, Mike Shannon, Gale Peterson, Dr. Morris Pickens, and Randy Myers at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center in 2008 and 2009.

Daniel currently coaches predominantly tournament players looking to improve their mechanics, practice efficiency, and long term progress planning.  Since being back at Sea Island since 2016 he has created the Player Development Program (PDP), this is a program for developmental players that are looking to take their game to the collegiate and professional levels. For more information click on the following link. Sea Island PDP

Current Position
Elite Instructor
Sea Island Golf Performance Center
100 Retreat Ave
St Simon’s Island, GA 31522
912.638.5119

Home Town
Albemarle, NC

Education
Methodist University

PGA Member
2004

Professional Players
Jonathan Byrd: PGA Tour
Multiple Mini Tour Professionals: PGA Tour China, PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latin America

College Players
University of Georgia
Clemson University
University of Tennessee
University of Alabama
University of Kansas
Augusta University
Georgia Southern University
Additional University around the country

Past Experience
Skokie Country Club, IL
Wildcat Golf Academy, IL
Sea Island Golf Performance Center, GA
Ocean Forest Golf Club, GA
RedStick Golf Club, FL
National Golf Links of America, NY
Misquamicut Club, RI
Onwentsia Club, IL
Highlands Falls Country Club, NC

Awards and Nominations
Illinois PGA Section Horton Smith Award 2016 (Winner)
Golf Digest Best Young Instructor 2016-2017 and 2018-2019
Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year Award 2013, 2014, 2015 (Nominee)

Certifications
SamPutt Lab Level 2 / NG 360 Fitness Certification / Trackman Level 2 / Penn State Golf Biomechanics Program Level 1 / Dr. Kwon Golf Biomechanics Program Level 2 / 4D Motions Level 1 / Swing Catalyst Level 1

PGA Tour Player Instructional Observations
Charles Howell:  Todd Anderson/Randy Myers
Brant Snedeker:  Todd Anderson/Randy Myers
Billy Horschel:  Todd Anderson
Davis Love III:  Jack Lumpkin
Luke Donald:  Pat Goss
Zach Johnson:  Dr. Morris Pickens
Tadd Fugikawa:  Todd Anderson/Mike Shannon