Congratulations are in order for Bobby Clampett, who has earned the distinction of becoming the first PGA TOUR player to achieve certification through the advanced PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0 (CPP 2.0).
There was a time when touring professionals spent their down time running pro shops and giving lessons. Those times are long gone, so it’s a bit of a surprise to see that Clampett has gone to teaching at the highest levels.
“I always had a passion for teaching,” said Clampett, who won the 1982 Southern Open and is a golf author, television commentator, course architect and founder of Impact Zone Golf in Bonita Springs, Fla. “It is not tradition any more for Tour players to become instructors and to do it while you are still playing [is something I am proud of]…Becoming a PGA certified Professional is a very good thing to do. I look at it as a partnership. I want to work with The PGA of America. I believe we are going to really improve instruction, and we are going to make a difference.”
Note that this post is in no way meant to diminish the others in this year’s class of instructors (Nathan Ollhoff, Youngju Park, Amanda Arciero, Thomas Barksdale, Joshua Coccanga, Brad Hansen and Paul Vasquez). It’s just that Clampett has pulled off a first.
The full press release follows: