Kevin Telford, PGA
Professional Golf Coach
Graduate from the Golf Academy of America in San Diego, CA with a degree in Golf Complex Operations
Seven years as an Assistant Golf Professional at TPC River Highlands, Cromwell CT
Five years as Connecticut Section PGA Member
2020 TPC River Highlands Employee of the Year
2021 Connecticut Section PGA Merchandiser of the Year
Merchandiser for the PGA Tour at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera CC, WGC – Dell Match Play at Austin CC
Golf Operations at TPC Sawgrass in Florida
Obtaining Level 1 Certification with the Titleist Performance Institute
Get to know Kevin
What are some of your earliest experiences in golf?
As a child growing up in Massachusetts, I participated in summer clinics and vividly remember struggling to develop skill but being ecstatic anytime I made contact with the golf ball. I enjoyed watching and playing most sports, but I knew I had a deep passion for the game of golf from that point on.
When did you know that you wanted to become a teacher and focus on instruction?
I’ve worked in the public, private and resort markets with a focus on the overall operation, exposing me to all facets of the game and industry. I started teaching when I joined the TPC Network and immediately realized this is what I wanted to focus on in my career. There is no greater satisfaction than enabling someone to play at a level they know they are capable of.
What is your best golf memory?
Being able to caddy for Len Mattiace in the 2018 Travelers Championship. We were paired with Major winners Mike Weir and Vijay Singh. The way they can recover after a bad swing is remarkable. They made the game look effortless.
Who has had the greatest influence on you in the game of golf?
My grandfather played a large role in my younger years from enrolling me in junior clinics, to walking the grounds at Crestview Country Club when the LPGA Tour was in town. When I was old enough to work, E.J. Altobello gave me a job at Tekoa Country Club, and I’ve been working in the golf industry ever since.
How has technology impacted your role as instructor?
While I don’t ‘lean’ on technology, Trackman has absolutely assisted the student in understanding the game on a different level. Being able to see and understand what is happening when applying new moves allows the student to quantify the changes and witness the impact of the new “feels.”
Do you feel you can help anyone play better golf?
While there are plenty of “unknowns” in the game of golf, there are proven ways to get the ball in the air, which helps lead to a successful round. I take an initial physical assessment of the player and show them what their body is capable of. Once the student understands what/why certain things are happening, improvements can be made both mentally and physically.
What makes you so passionate about teaching?
The game has brought me across the country and taught me more about myself (and others) than I could have ever imagined. It’s given me so much in life and I enjoy passing that on to others.