Ed Oldham, the director of instruction at The Ranch Country Club in Westminster, has been named one of U.S. Kids Golf's 2018 Top 50 Kids Coaches of the Year, which was announced this week.
Among the golfers for whom Oldham has been a longtime instructor is Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster, the reigning Women's NCAA Division I individual champion and currently the No. 2-ranked women's amateur in the world, who will become a member of the LPGA Tour in the late spring.
Oldham has earned the Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year Award in 1999 and 2013, was the Section's PGA Professional of the Year in 2001 and 2002, and is a PGA Master Professional.
The Top 50 Kids Coaches list features outstanding youth instructors from across the U.S. as well as Europe, Asia and Australia. U.S. Kids Golf has presented this honor since 2004. Applicants complete an online survey and a committee selects the winners based on factors including innovation, creativity, communication, parental engagement, organization, experience, and the ability to instill a passion for the game in young golfers.
The award winners will be honored on Jan. 23 during the PGA Show in Orlando, Fla.
This group of the Top 50 Kids Coaches hails from 28 states and nine countries.
"These coaches are honored as more than teachers of the game," Dan Van Horn, the president and founder of U.S. Kids Golf, said in a release. "They create outstanding opportunities for young golfers to learn in a fun and rewarding environment that instills a love for the game and engages the entire family. Their ability to connect with students and fully engage them in the learning process sets them apart."
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