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Brief Bio

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  • ‘Director of Instruction’ Pelican’s Nest GC (present)
  • Ranked ‘Top 25 Teachers’ in the state of Florida – ‘Golf Digest Magazine’
  • Contributing Instructional writer for ‘Golf Illustrated Magazine’
  • Twice featured on the cover of ‘Golf Illustrated Magazine’
  • Voted ‘Top 10 Golf Professionals of Naples’ (FL) – by ‘Gulfshore Life Magazine’
  • ‘Director of Instruction’ for one of GOLF Magazine’s ‘Top 25 Schools in America’  (Rick Smith Golf Academy @ Tiburon, Naples, FL) for 10 consecutive years
  • Has instructed players on the PGA, Champions, LPGA and Nationwide Tours
  • Founder / inventor of the Inside Approach ‘Slice Correction Trainer’ – Awarded the ‘Swing Trainer of the Year’ by ‘Golf Digest Magazine’ two consecutive years (2004 and 2005)
  • Co-developer of the ‘Powerchute’, a swing trainer currently used by several tour players, hundreds of golf instructors and thousands of recreational golfers
  • Featured golf instructor for several large corporate outings, most notably: Ford Motor Company, Pepsi, PepsiCo/Yum, and Merrill Lynch
  • Multiple appearances on the ‘Golf Channel Academy’
  • ‘Nicklaus-Flick’ Golf School instructor
  • Played professional golf (various tours)
  • ‘Design Coordinator’ for ‘Nicklaus Design’ (golf course design and on-site coordinator for Jack Nicklaus’ golf course design company)
  • Member of  ‘The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’ Men’s golf team (4 year letterman)

– Andy Hacskaylo Award – ‘Low Stroke Average Award’ (1988)

– All America (Pre-Season) Honors (1988)