July 13, 2009

The Best Teachers In Your State

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To identify the best teachers in each state, we distributed ballots to more than 1,000 instructors, asking them to rank their peers on a grade-point scale from 1 to 10. Each state list shown here comprises a representative number of teachers -- that state's proportion relative to the total teaching population of about 20,000. Teachers offering lessons to the public have their phone number listed in their entry. The teachers highlighted in red are on the list of America's 50 Greatest Teachers, with their national ranking in parentheses.

ALABAMA

1. Hank Johnson (44); Greystone G. & C.C., Birmingham; 205-529-8546

ALASKA

ARIZONA

__ 1. Stan Utley (6)__; Grayhawk G.C., Scottsdale; 573-489-2268

__2. Pia Nilsson (18)__; Legacy Golf Resort, Phoenix; 602-305-5550 __3. Peter Kostis (22)__; Grayhawk Learning Center, Scottsdale; 480-502-2656. __4. Mike Malaska (24)__; Superstition Mountain C.C., Gold Canyon; 877-654-5644 __5. Mike Labauve (30)__; Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale; 480-451-8070 __6. Lynn Marriott (T-37)__; Legacy Golf Resort, Phoenix; 602-305-5550

ARKANSAS

CALIFORNIA

1. Jim Flick (8); Taylormade Learning Center, Carlsbad; 888-546-3542

2. Mac O'Grady (26); Palm Springs

3. Laird Small (T-32); Pebble Beach Golf Academy; 831-622-8650

__ 4. Ben Doyle (34)__; G.C. at Quail Lodge, Carmel; 831-624-2526

5. Dave Phillips (T-35); Titleist Performance Institute, Oceanside; 888-874-2004

6. Phil Rodgers (T-37); The Palms G.C., La Quinta; 858-449-5244

7. Dean Reinmuth (T-48); Dean Reinmuth School of Golf, San Diego; 858-756-2240

COLORADO

1. Mike McGetrick (23); Colorado G.C., Parker; 303-840-5400

__ 2. Don Hurter (42__); Castle Pines G.C., Castle Rock; 303-814-6243

CONNECTICUT

DELAWARE

FLORIDA

1. David Leadbetter (3); David Leadbetter Golf Academy at Championsgate, Orlando; 407-787-3330

__ 2. Jim McLean (4)__; Jim Mclean Golf School at Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami; 800-723-6725

3. Mike Bender (9); Mike Bender Golf Academy, Lake Mary; 407-321-0444

GEORGIA

1. Todd Anderson (T-20); Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island; 888-732-4752

2. Jack Lumpkin (T-20); Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island; 888-732-4752

3. Gale Peterson (T-40); Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island; 888-732-4752

__ 4. Mike Shannon (45)__; Sea Island G.C., St. Simons Island; 888-732-4752

5. Tom Ness (47); Affiniti Golf Academy, Roswell; 770-596-2213

HAWAII

IDAHO

ILLINOIS

__ 1. Jim Suttie (T-15)__; Cog Hill G. & C.C., Lemont; 800-765-3838

2. Todd Sones (T-40); Todd Sones Impact Golf School, Vernon Hills; 847-549-8678

INDIANA

IOWA

KANSAS

KENTUCKY

LOUISIANA

MAINE

MARYLAND

MASSACHUSETTS

MICHIGAN

1. Rick Smith (11); Rick Smith Golf Academy at Treetops Resort, Gaylord; 800-881-0765

MINNESOTA

MISSISSIPPI

MISSOURI

MONTANA

NEBRASKA

NEVADA

1. Butch Harmon (1); Butch Harmon School of Golf at Rio Secco G.C., Henderson; 702-777-2444

NEW HAMPSHIRE

NEW JERSEY

NEW MEXICO

NEW YORK

__ 1. Mike Hebron (27)__; Smithtown Landing C.C.; 800-444-0565

2. Craig Harmon (29); Oak Hill C.C., Rochester; 585-381-1900

__ 3. Darrell Kestner (T-48)__; Deepdale G.C., Manhassett; 516-627-7880

NORTH CAROLINA

1. Peggy Kirk Bell (T-35); Pine Needles Lodge & G.C., ; Southern Pines; 910-692-7111

2. Dana Rader (46); Dana Rader Golf Academy; Charlotte; 704-542-7635

3. Eric Alpenfels (T-48); Pinehurst Golf Academy; 910-295-6811.

NORTH DAKOTA

OHIO

OKLAHOMA

OREGON

PENNSYLVANIA

RHODE ISLAND

SOUTH CAROLINA

SOUTH DAKOTA

TENNESSEE

1. Rob Akins (28); Spring Creek Ranch, Collierville; 901-359-4669

TEXAS

1. Hank Haney (2); Hank Haney Golf, Lewisville; 972-315-5300

2. Chuck Cook (5); Chuck Cook Golf Academy at Dallas National G.C.; 512-422-7979

3. Jim Hardy (7); Jim Hardy Golf, Houston; 866-731-6777

4. Randy Smith (13); Royal Oaks C.C., Dallas; 214-691-0339

5. Dave Pelz (19); Pelz Scoring Game Schools, Spicewood; 800-833-7370

UTAH

VERMONT

VIRGINIA

WASHINGTON

WEST VIRGINIA

WISCONSIN

__ 1. Manuel De La Torre (T-15)__; Milwaukee C.C.; 414-352-5876

WYOMING