Russ Herndon, PGA
Russ Herndon is a dedicated member of the Learn Play Laugh team and is the coordinator of the Patriot Golf Academy at Freedom Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona.
I am highly experienced PGA career professional with over 28 years of teaching experience working with men, women, and juniors of every skill level.
Most recently I was selected by Nick Faldo's senior instructor to join His teaching academy in Palm Desert, California. For the last couple years I've spent my winters teaching full time utilizing The Faldo Method, a program of teaching philosophies and fundamentals created by Sir Nick, throughout every aspect of teaching.
As a veteran I have a tremendous passion for working with our wounded warriors. I've led numerous teams of instructors working with the On Course Foundation - an organization dedicated to integrating golf and job related experiences to Wounded Warriors. Over ¾ of the participants are amputees. This incredible challenge has led me to volunteer with Wounded Warrior and Adaptive Golf groups in California, Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, and Maryland.
I've competed on numerous professional tours including the Heartland Tour, Southern Senior Tour, Adams Tour, Pepsi Tour, and continue to compete in PGA Sectional Events.
Student successes include Top 25 in the Provincial Mid-Amateur and Canadian Mid-Amateur, city championships, club championships, successful passing of PGA Performance Ability Test, high school team, and 1st female to earn full golf scholarship to college ever out of their respective golf facility.