Dave Malone, from Pine Lake Junior Golf Academy in Lincoln, has been honored as a Top 50 Kids Coach by U.S. Kids Golf.
The award recognizes coaches who have excelled in developing players, fostering a positive environment and using the best available resources to help advance their students.
The Top 50 Kids Coaches of 2020 includes golf professionals from 24 states and three international countries. Each year, award recipients include coaches who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.
“A good coach teaches golf. A great coach instills a love of golf. These are great coaches, the best,” said Dan Van Horn, president and founder of U.S. Kids Golf. “To make learning exciting and fun is a gift, and we’re excited to honor these coaches as the best of the best in bringing young players into the game.”
U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Coach awards have been presented to junior golf coaches worldwide since 2004. Candidates are evaluated by a selection committee from among the certified coach candidates based on a variety of factors. These include innovation, creativity, retention, communications, parental engagement, organization and the ability to instill a passion for the game in young golfers. Award recipients will be recognized in a variety of ways, including being featured in various media platforms sharing their expertise.