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Charlie King, Director of Instruction
Not everybody can win the Masters. There’s only that select one each year. For Charlie King, golf instruction is about helping golfers win their Masters, whatever that personal goal may be. It’s a distinction that guides the veteran instructor and 18-year PGA of America member through the development of programming for Reynolds Golf Academy.
“The foundation of the academy is to take the mystery out of playing golf. We’ll focus on personal strengths and weaknesses to build a core of essential golf skills that will improve any golfer’s game.” - Charlie King
Director of Instruction, Reynolds Golf Academy, GOLF Magazine “Top 100 Instructor”
Ranked among the Top 100 Golf Instructors by GOLF Magazine, Charlie King joined Reynolds Plantation in March 2006 as Director of Instruction. Founder and CEO of UnCommon Golf, King has authored three books – “You’re NOT Lifting Your Head”, “Golfs’ Red Zone Challenge”, and the e-book, “The New Rules of Golf Instruction.” He has consistently been named among the top instructors by golf magazines such as Golf Digest (2000, 2001, 2004). King is a GOLF Magazine “Top 100 Instructor.” He’s appeared on The Golf Channel’s regular Monday night special, “Your Game Night.”
“Every two years we dedicate a lot of time and research to recognize the golf industry’s best teachers by naming them to our Top 100 list. These individuals are selected because of their commitment to broaden the appeal of golf by helping their students understand and enjoy the game. To be considered for the Top 100 list, nominated teachers submit extensive information about their teaching careers to a committee of our editors and staff from the University of Georgia’s Sports Learning Lab for review. Final decisions are made based upon criteria such as technical knowledge, exceptional communications skills, innovative teaching ideas, published works, well-known golfing pupils, lesson volume, and additional teaching awards won by the instructor.”
- Lorin Anderson, Director of AMF Instructor Division
Charlie King grew up in Decatur, Tenn., and was bitten by the golf bug as a student at Tennessee Tech. Charlie began his golf career in 1988 as an assistant pro, then as a teaching pro at Swing’s the Thing Golf Schools at Orange Lake Country Club. In the 1990′s, he taught at The Golf Academy of the South where he took great pride in helping students achieve their own dreams in the golf industry. Author of the first golf instruction book written in novel form, “You’re NOT Lifting Your Head,” the book marks the beginning of Charlie’s efforts to see fundamental change in the way golfers approach learning golf. He believes that more people could enjoy this game more fully if they only knew how. In 2005 he co-authored “Golf’s Red Zone Challenge” – a results-oriented approach to improving the short game. In 2009, he wrote the free e-book, “The New Rules of Golf Instruction” detailing nine standards for teaching professionals.
Charlie’s “short game”:
- Ranked as one of America’s top 100 instructors by GOLF Magazine
- Appeared as a guest instructor on Golf Channel’s Academy Live
- Recipient of the prestigious NFPGA Horton Smith Award for contributions to education in 1997 and 2002
- 18-year member of the PGA of America
- Writes instructional articles for GOLF Magazine
- Featured instructor for the CNN Airport Channel
Rob Bowser, Lead Staff Instructor
Rob reunited with Charlie King at Reynolds Plantation in the Spring of 2011. Rob and Charlie have worked together on a full or part-time basis since 2002.
Rob is both an accomplished player and teacher.
- Worked with 5 Top 100 Teachers.
- (Most notably, Rob was Jim McLean’s Personal Assistant at Doral Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida.)
- Nominee Golf Magazine Top 100
- Worked with: Senior Tour, PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour, LPGA, and College Players
- Teaching Golf for 15 Years
- Competed Professionally on the Gateway Tour
- Captain of the University of Maryland Men’s Golf Team
- Ranked as one of the top 50 junior golfers in the United States
Shawnee Resort (Pennsylvania)
Doral Resort (Miami, FL)
PGA National Resort (Palm Beach Gardens, FL)
Miacomet Golf Club (Nantucket, Ma)
Redstick Golf Club (Vero Beach,Fl)
Bunky Henry, Staff Instructor
Bunky turned professional in 1967 and attended the PGA Q-School in Palm Beach Gardens. He earned playing privileges on the Tour by finishing 19th in the 144-hole tournament. The low 30 earned a card.
Henry played on the Tour for 12 years winning the NATIONAL AIRLINES OPEN INVITATIONAL (currently the Honda Classic ) in 1969. He finished in the top ten in the U.S. Open and PGA Championship the same year. He qualified for the PGA Senior Tour in 1995 and played for two years. Henry’s best finish was third place in the Boone Valley Classic in 1996, where he led after two days, but finished one shot out of a playoff.
OTHER HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:
Played in two Masters tournaments.
Played in seven U.S. Opens finishing top ten at the Champions Club, Houston in 1969
Winner of the National Airlines Open, Country Club of Miami in 1969
Played in the PGA Championship, NCR Course, Dayton, Ohio finishing top ten in 1969
Elected to the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame for football and golf
Elected to the Lowdnes County Sports Hall of Fame, Valdosta, Ga.
Elected to the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, Augusta, Ga.
Southern Amateur Champion , at match play in 1962
Southern Amateur, Top 15 finisher at stroke play in 1967
Georgia State Amateur Champion, 1964 winning by five strokes over Jerry Greenbaum at Athens Country Club
Georgia State Amateur Runner-up to Billy Key at Green Island in 1967
Winner of the Golden Isles Invitational, 1961
Winner of the Okeefeenokee Invitational, 1961
Runner-up Jack Oliver Invitational, 1962
Consecutive winner of the Peach Blossom in 1966 & 1967 two man team tournament Idle Hour Country Club, Macon, Ga., with partner Tommy Malone
Canadian Amateur Champion at match play in 1965, defeated five-time and defending champion, Nick Weslock, in the semi-finals and reigning U.S. Amateur Champion and Walker Cup captain, Bill Campbell, in the finals
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