David La Pour named “Best Teacher” by Golf Digest Magazine

Wilton, CT – October 23, 2017 – David La Pour of Colleton River Club in Bluffton South Carolina, has been named one of the ‘Best Teachers in South Carolina 2017-2018” by Golf Digest magazine. He has received this honor, that is through a peer review process, every year since 2013. Additionally he was selected as the PGA Teacher of the Year for the Carolina Section/HHI Chapter in 2013.

The article, which appears in the magazine’s November 2017 edition, lists the top golf instructors in the country, along with their affiliations and hourly lesson rates. Golf Digest prepares the list every two years, polling more than 1,000 teaching professionals for their opinions on their peers. It is the only list of top teachers voted on by the teachers themselves.

“I’m very honored to be named among the top golf instructors in South Carolina, and especially proud that this recognition is a show of support from my fellow golf instructors,” La Pour said.

David has been a PGA Golf Professional for 26 years including eight years with Dave Pelz, created the WP Golf Institute in St. Paul Minnesota (5 yrs.), and currently is the Director of Instruction at Colleton River Club (9 yrs.) in Bluffton South Carolina.

About David – As a class A PGA Member since 1991, David has worked in several different positions in the golf industry including Assistant Golf Professional, Head Golf Professional, and Director of Instruction (Colleton River)/ David started teaching exclusively with David Pelz in 1996, and after 8 years with Pelz, created the WP Golf Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota (2003). In 2008, David accepted the position of Director of Instruction for Colleton River Club.

David has appeared on The Golf Channel six times, as well as ESPN. He has published numerous instructional articles, 12 “Managing Your Golf Game” instructional shows and has worked with tour players such as Bill Glasson, K.J. Choi, Ty Tryon, John Harris, Miguel Angel Martin, Mike Sullivan, Tom Shaw, Wayne McDonald and Melissa McNamara.

Acquiring his TrackMan Masters status in 2014, David also uses Titleist Performance Institute (Level 2 Golf Fitness Instructor), Apple/JC-Video and Tour Tempo to help his students success.

Welcome Home, Mark

Colleton River Club welcomes Mark Reilly back to our Golf team as our Head Golf Pro. For those of you that have not met Mark, take a look at his bio.

Mark grew up in Farmingville, NY located in Central Long Island, and attended college at Campbell University in Raleigh, NC where he received his MBA and became a Class A PGA Professional in 2008.

Mark joins us with many years of experience from some of the nation’s most prestigious clubs: Interlachen Country Club in Minneapolis, MN, Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, FL, Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, NY, Floridian Golf Club in Palm City, FL, the Jim McLean Golf School in Miami, FL, Adios Men’s Club in Boca Raton, FL and Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, NY.

Mark has become certified in TPI Level 1 and Junior Golf, as well as Level 1 & 2 of The Golfing Machine. Mark prides himself on his ability to teach beginners and professionals alike. With a strong focus on fundamentals and delivering a clear uncluttered message he strives to see each student succeed at improving their golfing abilities.

Mark and his wife Shayna currently reside in Bluffton with their Golden Doodle “Palmer.”  When not playing golf he and his family love all things outdoors!

Colleton’s Lifelong Learning Group Hosts Author, Angela Williams

Lifelong Learning Group Co-Chair, Peg Roedel is always on the lookout for speakers who will interest Colleton members. When she met Angela Williams, whose book, Hush Now Baby, tells the moving story of the African American woman who raised her, Peg knew that she had found an engaging speaker.

On October 13th LLG was pleased to present a luncheon and talk by Ms. Williams. She told the story of Eva Aiken who came to work for Angela’s family soon after she was born. Young Eva worked on the family’s cotton farm until she became a nurse’s aide and midwife at Berkeley County Hospital. Childless and having lost two husbands, at forty-two, she left the hospital and became a part of the Williamses’ household for twenty-five years.

The book emanates from the author’s urge to tell the story of Eva’s wisdom and compassion. Her talk resonated with the passion of an acquired understanding of this remarkable woman’s life. Ms. Williams shared personal reflections of Eva’s influence on her life, of civil rights issues, and the subsequent embarrassment that she knew so little about the consequential woman who remained the central figure in her life until the day she was married.

Over forty Colleton members enjoyed the lunch and presentation and the author sold every copy of the books she brought.