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Golf Coaches Bios

Andrew Dawes

Andrew Dawes

Director of Instruction

  • Recognized by Golf Digest as one of their Best Young Teachers (2010-2015)
  • Member, British PGA since 1999
  • Certified TPI Fitness, Professional, Golf Coach and Junior Certified
  • Certified TOMI Instructor
  • Participated in Big Break series on The Golf Channel
  • Produced a series of golf tips for the CNN Airport Network
  • Appeared numerous times in Golf Digest, which included a special instructional series in 2004
  • Turned pro at 19, played various mini-tours including the MasterCard, TearDrop, Europro and Challenge Tour
  • Taught at golf schools in Arizona, California, Nevada, Virginia, Massachusetts, West Virginia and Florida
  • Director of Instruction for Golf Digest Schools in 2003 at Mirasol Country Club and PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Director of Instruction for The Greenbrier from 2004 - 2008
  • Director of Instruction at Adios Golf Club in Florida from 2005 - 2008
  • Director of Instruction at Hershey Country Club in Pennsylvania from 2008 - 2013
  • Owner and Operator of the DawesGolf Academies 2013 - Present
  • Named one of the "Top 40 Instructors Under Age 40" by Golf Digest six years in a row
  • Joined Saddelbrook Golf Academy, July 2014
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Randy Keck

Randy Keck

Senior Instructor

Randy Keck comes to Saddlebrook after a 16 year coaching career. His last coaching assignment was as the Head Women's Golf Coach at The University Of Tulsa.

In his seven seasons, Keck has led the Golden Hurricane to eleven tournament titles, including two Conference USA Championships, four NCAA regional appearances and one NCAA Championship Finals appearance.

In year one, Keck led the Hurricane to four team titles, the school's first Conference USA Championship and back to the NCAA Championship finals for the first time since 2006. Tulsa won its four tournament crowns all in the spring season with victories at the Fresno State Invitational, Samford Invitational, UALR Invitational and the C-USA Championships. The Hurricane placed 19th at the NCAA Championships.

In 2009-10, Tulsa claimed two tournament crowns while placing among the top-5 five times. The 2010-11 campaign saw the Hurricane win one tournament title and advance to the NCAA West Regional.

The 2011-12 season saw the Hurricane women win its' second Conference USA Championship, while Keck earned C-USA Coach of the Year accolades. He also coached two first-team all-conference performers in the likes of Kristina Merkle and Marita Engzelius, while Merkle was crowned the C-USA Golfer of the Year. Keck led Tulsa to seven top-5 performances in 10 tournaments, including six finishes among the top-3.

Keck came to Tulsa after three years as the head coach at Redlands (Okla.) Community College, where his team placed among the top-three at the NJCAA national championship in each of those three seasons.

Keck's 2006 Redlands team was crowned national champions, while his first squad in 2005 finished in third-place and this past season's team placed as the national runners-up. In his three years, Redlands CC has captured 13 tournament titles and placed either first or second in over 50-percent of its tournament appearances.

Keck coached the individual NJCAA national champion in both 2005 and 2006, as current TU golfer Woori Shin captured one of those individual crowns. He was named the 2006 NJCAA Golf Coach of the Year after his team won the national title.

Prior to his stint at Redlands, Keck spent two years as the head coach at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. He coached both the men's and women's golf teams in that capacity, and was named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2004.

Before that, he spent four seasons as the head golf coach at Altus (Okla.) High School. In his final season, his Altus team placed second at the 2002 state tournament, while he earned Oklahoma High School Golf Coach of the Year accolades.

"It's exciting to join a program with such great tradition," said Keck, when he was announced as the Senior Instructor at Saddlebrook. "It will be exciting to recruit to an academy that has enjoyed outstanding success and so many fantastic alums that have been through the golf program."

From 1994-99, Keck was a touring professional as he played the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour having great success. He also taught more than 500 golf lessons during that time span.

A native of Lindsay, Oklahoma, Keck and his wife, Sheryl, have three sons: Clayton, Deacon and Sawyer.

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Mark Hirschey

Mark Hirschey

Class A PGA Member

Mark is a Class A PGA Professional elected to membership in 1988 by the Professional Golfers Association of America. He is still recertified each certification period by the PGA, by attending continuing education classes, by the PGA. He served as an apprentice at Summit Chase Country Club, later a Head Professional at Metropolitan Golf and Tennis Club and Cross Creek Golf Club for ten years. In 1998 he came to Saddlebrook Resort, became a certified Arnold Palmer Instructor teaching juniors and Adult classes, working for the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy. In 2004 he was appointed the Director of the Saddlebrook Prep Junior Golf program. He has developed numerous nationally ranked players, in 2003 his student Martin Ureta was the number two ranked junior player in the country by Golfweek, he graduated from the University North Carolina, and now plays on the Nationwide Tour. Mark has had many players go on and play at the Division 1 level and obtain scholarships He also worked three years under the Bannlynch Teaching program as a Master Instructor, run by the coaching team of Steve Bann and Dale Lynch. Mark has well over 20 thousand hours of golf instruction, at all levels from beginner to the advanced player.

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Mike Tali

Mike Tali

Certified Instructor

Michael has been a golf professional since 1988 and has been employed at Saddlebrook Resort since 1990. He was a certified Arnold Palmer Instructor for 18 years, and 3 years as a Master Instructor with Bann Lynch Golf. Mike is looking forward to working with Andrew Dawes voted by Golf Digest top 40 Instructors under 40, who is the director of instruction at the Saddlebrook Golf Academy. Michael started his teaching career at the age of twenty when he became a professional ski instructor. Mike was born in Flint Michigan and grew up in the Detroit area where after playing four years on his high school team he attended Northwood University. Mike started playing competitive golf at the age of 12 and still is very competitive today, finishing runner up in his playing ability test for the P.G.A. In addition to providing adult instruction at our academy, Mike has coached multiple district and regional champions in both the boys and girls divisions, along with nationally ranked juniors and collegiate players. Michael enjoys teaching golfers of all skill levels and has over 20 thousand hours of golf instruction at all levels, from the beginner to the highly advanced player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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