Coach Portrait

Jay Cottam

Golf Professional


PGA Crest

Kearney, NE
Meadowlark Hills Golf Course, Kearney, NE

About Jay

Jay Cottam is the Assistant Professional, PGA Class A-8. Jay was elected to PGA Membership in February of 2021 and started at Meadowlark Hills in February of 2022. Jay was the Assistant Professional at Awarii Dunes in Axtell, NE from 2020-2022 before coming to Meadowlark Hills. He attended both UNL and UNK on golf scholarships and holds the All-Time Lowest Season Stroke average at UNK as well as the Lowest 36 Hole Tournament Score. Jay was selected to the MIAA All-Conference Team Twice before transferring to UNL to finish his eligibility where in his final college tournament he finished Top 15 at the Big 10 Championship. Jay continues to compete in local and national PGA Section events where he has won multiple times already. A lot of Jay’s teaching style revolves on how an individual’s body moves. Not everyone is going to swing the club the same way, and my job is to find out how to maximize your potential within your physical limits. In order to do so, we must start with solid fundamentals and create a foundation around your grip, stance, and a properly aligned setup. I preach a lot of slow-motion drill work in order to help feel swing changes. There’s a difference between ‘feel’ and ‘real’ and breaking things down piece by piece will help you become more consistent over time. Jay holds the course record at Meadowlark Hills with a 9-Under Par 62!





Jay's Experience

Helping players achieve their goals.

Getting Started

Learn the basics

Get comfortable for business golf

Avoid embarrassment on the first tee

Having More Fun

Connect with golfers of similar age

Have more fun on the course

Connect with golfers of similar skill

Improving Your Game

Break 100

Break 80

Break 90

Add 10 yards

Improve your Short Game

Make the high school golf team

Get swing diagnostic testing

Prepare for Tournament Golf

Earn a college golf scholarship

Students & Lessons

Coaching Services

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Jay's Facilities

Meadowlark Hills Golf Course

Kearney NE

*Coaching available to public

3300 30th Ave, Kearney, NE 68845-2288