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Christopher Smith earns PGA Master Professional designation

The PGA of America has announced that Christopher Smith, the PGA Director of Instruction at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club, has earned status as a PGA Master Professional. It is the highest educational designation a PGA member can obtain. Smith is one of just six PGA Professionals nationally who earned this status this year.

Christopher Smith, PGA

Smith is an award-winning PGA Teaching Professional, Adjunct Faculty Member with the PGA of America, and has been featured in articles in GOLF Magazine, Golf Digest and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on Golf Channel. He was the lead PGA instructor at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club for 18 years, a longtime consultant with Nike Inc. and Nike Golf, and the Guinness World Record Holder in Speedgolf (shooting a 65 in only 44 minutes with just six clubs at the Chicago Speedgolf Open in 2005).

Smith authored the book, “I’ve Got 99 Swing Thoughts but ‘Hit the Ball’ Ain’t One,” created the neuroscience-based audio CD “Better Golf,” and has been selected as one of Golf Digest’s top instructors in Oregon from 2003-2022. His list of students includes tour players, professional athletes, CEOs, top-ranked juniors and recreational hackers. His coaching blends tools, technology and vast experience, all geared to creating a learning experience that is enjoyable, insightful and performance-based.

The PGA Master Professional Program was established in 1969 to recognize PGA Members who have made a significant effort to improve as golf professionals and maintain the highest degree of excellence for themselves and their operations. The program is available to any PGA Professional with at least 10 years of PGA Membership who has achieved advanced certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program.

“Attaining PGA Master Professional status is a crowning career accomplishment for PGA members as they ascend to the highest educational designation bestowed by the PGA of America,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “It is rewarding to see members commit to continuing education, which further elevates a program that represents the very best of our Association.”

There are currently over 400 PGA members who have achieved PGA Master Professional status.

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