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Kris Kroetsch Named 2016 Teacher of the Year

November 4, 2016

The 2016 Teacher of the Year is Kris Kroetsch of Fargo Country Club in Fargo, North Dakota. Designed to recognize a PGA Professional who is an outstanding teacher of golf among the ranks of membership in the Section, this is arguably the most competitive and sought-after award the Section offers. The award is based on a professional’s overall performance in teaching; innovative and unique teaching programs implemented, articles published and success of golfers the professional has instructed.

Other criterion used to measure a candidate’s worthiness of the award include: performance as a golf professional, service to the Section and Association, leadership ability, image and ability to inspire fellow golf professionals and promotion and growth of the game of golf.

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Since becoming the Director of Instruction at Fargo Country Club in 2012, Kroetsch has had an immense impact on the facility and community. Not only that, he created Kris Kroetsch Golf Academy shortly thereafter, blossoming in both roles.

“That [becoming Director of Instruction at Fargo and creating Kris Kroetsch Golf Academy] was built on 4 key areas that I believed would help me succeed; knowledge, education, advertising and relationships,” said Kroetsch. “I believe that I will have a successful career doing what I love if I stay focused on these 4 areas.”

His performance as a PGA Professional, service to the Section and leadership has been tremendous, especially in the North Dakota area. Kris has participated in 4 national championships during his playing career: 2 Assistant PGA Professional Championships and 2 PGA Professional Championships.

Unselfishly, he has a willingness to give back to the community and the Section. He was the Dakota Chapter Treasurer from 2006-2010 and currently serves on the Tournament Committee. Kroetsch had a stint on the Minnesota Section Board of Directors as the Dakota Chapter Representative from 2010-2012. His tenure on the Section Board of Directors helped influence and establish the George Waters Memorial Grant Program benefiting player development programs with an emphasis on youth.

What this award truly recognizes is Kris’ incredible gift to teach the game of golf. His philosophy focuses on three prongs; impact, skill development and performance.

“Impact tells the golf ball what to do but it alone does not guarantee success,” reiterated Kroetsch. “We must learn to perform in the moment. My coaching focuses on developing a correct and repeatable impact, developing those skills and transferring those skills to performance on the course.”

A key principle of Kroetsch’s teaching philosophy is to understand that golf is a game of inconsistency and is a poorly practiced sport. It is important to practice on the course and simulate situations.

“I see far too many players hit from a single lie with a club to the same target,” he stressed. “They hit until they are happy and then leave believing they have found the answer. Then, they go on the course and wonder why they are not hitting the ball very well.”

His goal is to change this habit and the way people practice to make golf a better practiced sport which will translate to more success for his students.

Practices for his students include three stages; warm-up, foundations and performance. Foundations are what the student feels he or she needs to do to improve a particular skill. Kris will then show them what they need to do to improve the skill and strike the ball solidly; the foundation portion usually lasts for 15 minutes. Last comes performance, where the student is tested in on course simulations and situations. During this aspect of the practice, there is always a score they are striving for and trying to beat. The goal is for the player to have a focused, elaborate plan for their improvement, typically lasting 45 minutes to an hour. Kris uses this format for all areas of the game.

In addition to his teachings, Kris promotes the game of golf with great passion. He does this by participating in golf programs for the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley and serving as a coach and ambassador for PGA Junior League Golf to name a couple. Kris also writes articles for Fargo Country Club and contributes to WDAY radio weekly on a broadcast throughout the Red River Valley.

Kris has an innovative and specific philosophy that has allowed him to succeed as a teacher and player at both the Section and National levels.

Congratulations and thank you for your services to the Section, Kris.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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