Golf has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve had several accomplishments that I am very proud of including:
· In college, I played golf at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
o In my first college tournament, as a freshman, I finished in the top 5 which helped me earn C-USA Golfer of the Week honors
o I won my first college tournament my sophomore year, and was once again named C-USA Golfer of the Week
o At the end of my sophomore year, I was named C-USA Co-Most Improved Golfer
o In my junior year, I placed in the top 5 on three different occasions, with 6 rounds under par
o At the C-USA Championship, I finished tied for 4th and earned All-Tournament honors
o At the end of my junior year, I was named to the 2017 Third Team All-Conference Team
o I was a member of the 2017 and 2018 C-USA All-Academic Teams
o I currently hold the individual 54 hole record at UAB with a 213
· In high school golf, I was a part of 2 State Championships and was the first girl to be named All-State in West Virginia which I did 3 times
· In my last home high school match, I shot 8 under, 28, which is the lowest 9 hole score in West Virginia high school history
· In 2013, I won the West Virginia Women’s Amateur and was named the Women’s Player of the Year
· At the age of 12, I shot 71 to win a statewide junior event in my home state of West Virginia where I competed against boys and girls
As you can see, golf is a passion of mine that I take seriously. Throughout my golf career, I have gained knowledge from various people in the industry. I want to use this knowledge to help you reach your golf goals!
In my opinion, golf is the most difficult sport. One week you may be hitting the ball where you want and scoring well, and the next week may be the complete opposite. I guess we keep coming back because we never know what kind of day it is going to be. I enjoy helping golfers fix bad habits that come out of nowhere, turning swing flaws into strengths, and watching the passion and enjoyment each golfer has for this wonderful game.
Sydney is very knowledgeable about the golf swing. She doesn’t try and make everyone have the same swing. After working with Sydney my game became much more consistent and enjoyable. Thanks Sydney!
Very understanding! She communicates very well! Knowledgeable!
Sydney is dedicated to the game and a wonderful person! A great instructor!
Typically, I take approximately the first 10 minutes of the session and talk to the new student. First, I do an introduction. Normally the student does not know what to expect, so an introduction is a good place to start. Next, I want some background information such as previous golf and sports history, previous injuries, previous instruction history, occupation, and goals for golf. Third, I ask more golf specific questions. For example, strengths and weaknesses, practice habits, motivation for playing golf, and motivation for taking lessons. Finally, together we will set an objective for the session.
I have helped with various golf camps and have been around golf for 19 years.
1 Hour Lessons:
Adult - $45 Junior - $35
30 Minute Lessons:
Adult - $25 Junior - $20
*If I travel to you, it is an additional $10.
Teaching golf has always been an interest of mine. I have always been a player myself, so I haven’t had the opportunity to teach. But things have changed, and now I have that opportunity.
Most of my students have been juniors, but I enjoy working with all ages. Additionally, I do have experience working with adults.
A few months ago, I went back to my home state of West Virginia for a week and while I was there I played in a scramble with a group of older gentlemen. One of my partners for that day came up to me before we got to the first tee and told me he had been shanking it. So, I had him grab a club and we worked on a few things, and thankfully I never saw a shank all day! I was proud that I was able to help him and he didn’t even hit a golf ball to make the fix.
Finding the correct golf teacher or swing coach is an important choice. Years ago when I was searching for my swing coach, I wanted someone that had successfully played the sport. I thought it was important that the person had experience being in my shoes as a student. Also, I wanted to feel comfortable around my swing coach. I felt that if I wasn’t comfortable, then my lesson was not going to be successful.
I think the most important thing for a student is to know the reason(s) for getting a lesson. The student should be able to answer questions regarding golf goals and why they chose to get a lesson.