Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Michigan PGA Section Awards BOYNE Golf Academy’s Mike Fay 2019 Player Development Award
“To receive the recognition for player development from my peers means everything to me. My fellow PGA professionals understand the long hours that go into building a successful instruction business and serving a loyal clientele,” Fay says. “We have an amazing staff at the BOYNE Golf Academy and unmatched support from our management and ownership, so it’s a blessing to share this honor with them.”
This is the second time the Michigan PGA Section has awarded Fay the Player Development Award, having also singled him out in 2016. This award also considers the PGA Professional’s growth of the game leadership, commitment at the Section and National levels in the player development arena, and the meaningful impact made at the facility. Fay, a three-time Northern Michigan Teacher of the Year, is a tireless educator and is prolific across video, social media and interactive platforms. His weekly “Mike Fay Golf Show,” which is promoted as “Golf’s Most Interactive Online Show,” can be seen live at 9pm Eastern on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.
Fay has been named one of the best teachers in Michigan by Golf Digest, a U.S. Kids Golf Top-50 Lifetime Master Kids Teacher, a Future Champions Golf Top-25 Junior Elite Instructor. In 2012, he was Michigan’s first and only “Golf Channel Swing Fix” instructor.
The Michigan native has 25 years of teaching experience and has become a leader in the world of golf instruction. Fay received a degree in professional golf management the University of New Mexico in 1996 and become a PGA member in 1997. One of Fay’s many special interests is in developing junior golfers. He serves on the board of The First Tee of Northern Michigan and runs year-round programming for young golfers, including a beginning “Learn the Game” program, a Drive, Chip & Putt Training Camp, an advanced Nike junior Golf Camp and the Boyne Mountain Junior Cup, a unique tournament series that is driven by a season-long points race.
“Getting entire families to play golf is important to me. If kids get hooked on the game, there’s a good chance they’ll influence their parents and siblings to play with them,” Fay says. “I want kids to have so much fun in our programs that they don’t even realize they’re learning golf. The game should always be fun first, so that’s a huge emphasis in our programs.”
Fay and the BOYNE Golf Academy can improve every aspect of a golfer’s game from short game to the long game utilizing the top state of the art teaching technology including Trackman and GEARS Club and Body Tracking System. Guests can also learn from the best instructors through weekly resort clinics and customized private and group lessons.
“Mike Fay is the consummate golf instructor and an exemplary ambassador for the game,” says Boyne Resorts’ Vice President of Golf and Resort Sales Bernie Friedrich, recipient of the Michigan PGA Section’s 2019 Bill Strausbaugh Award. “We’re very proud that Mike has spent more than a decade building his teaching career here at Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands and continues to be the kind of leader the golf industry needs.”
The BOYNE Golf Academy, one of the leading golf instruction schools in the country and part of Boyne Resorts, has been named an Editor’s Choice Award by Golf Digest as one of the Best Golf Schools & Academies. The BOYNE Golf Academy has been one of the top golf schools in the country since 1986. Based at both Boyne Mountain and Boyne Highlands, the academy features nationally recognized professional instructors who have developed a variety of programs for juniors, adults, and ladies of all skill levels.
For more information, visit BOYNEGolf.com.