PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- "Sunrise to Sunset: A PGA Professional's Life," a personalized profile of special PGA Professionals, will kick off PGA Free Lesson Month by celebrating the 95th anniversary of The PGA of America and its 27,000 men and women professionals' passion to teach, grow and promote the game of golf. Presented by CBS Sports, Sunday, May 1, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET, the program takes viewers coast to coast behind the scenes to meet premier PGA golf instructors who guide major champions, the occasional golfer and the next generation of players.
Hosted by CBS Sports commentator Bill Macatee, "Sunrise to Sunset" features national award recipients with their students from all levels of the game; along with collegiate coaches who extend their mentoring off the course to many of the finest young players, including today's Tour stars.
PGA Professional vignettes include:
* Todd Anderson, the 2010 PGA Teacher of the Year and PGA director of instruction at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga., shares some of his innovative work in developing the complete golfer, including equipment, fitness and mental training. Anderson's students span from NBC TODAY co-host Matt Lauer to winners on the three major U.S. tours – PGA, Champions and Nationwide.
* Ann Finke, the PGA director of instruction at the Country Club of Colorado at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, is the 2010 PGA Junior Golf Leader and the first woman professional in Colorado PGA Section history. Finke gives 1,000 annual lessons, including 350 to juniors and 50 hours of junior golf clinics. Finke is a guest lecturer at the University of Colorado as part of its PGA PGM curriculum.
* Rick Grayson, one of the most decorated golf instructors in the Midwest, is PGA director of instruction at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo. Grayson is a five-time Midwest PGA Teacher of the Year and a four-time Section Junior Golf Leader. His student roster includes more than 25 college scholarship recipients and actor Lucas Black, who will be starring in the upcoming motion picture "Seven Days in Utopia" this August alongside Academy Award winner Robert Duvall.
* Craig Harmon, a member of one of America's foremost PGA Professional families, is the PGA head professional at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., and coach to students that include 1988 PGA Champion Jeff Sluman and current PGA Tour standout Jeff Overton. Harmon was the 2004 PGA Golf Professional of the Year and is part of the only father-son tandem (with late father, Claude Sr.) to be inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.
* Bill Lewis, PGA director of instruction at The First Tee of Atlanta and head men's golf coach at Morehouse College in Atlanta, has guided aspiring PGA Professionals along with leading Morehouse to a Division II men's title in the 2010 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.
* Jim McLean, the 1994 PGA Teacher of the Year, is owner of 10 Jim McLean Golf Schools worldwide, including his flagship facility at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. McLean has worked with more than 100 Tour players and currently mentors 70 PGA and LPGA Professionals.
* University & College Golf Coaches comprise one of the unique segments of PGA of America membership. Four coaches who wear the PGA badge include Devon Brouse, head men's and women's coach at Purdue University; Mike Small, head men's coach at the University of Illinois; Pat Goss, head men's coach at Northwestern University; and Kim Evans, head women's coach at Auburn University. Many of the premier PGA Tour stars, such as Northwestern graduate Luke Donald, attribute their success to their PGA Professional college coaches.
About The PGA of America
Celebrating its 95th year, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission of its founders: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.
By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in a multi-billion dollar golf industry.
By creating and delivering dramatic world-class championships and exciting and enjoyable promotions that are viewed as the best of their class in the golf industry, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. The PGA of America brand represents the very best in golf.