V1 Sports Instructors Recognized Among Golf Digest’s “Best Young Teachers”

Posted on: Nov 14 2018 | Blog


At V1 Sports, we are passionate about helping golfers improve. We believe better teachers make better students which is why we are especially proud to recognize 11 V1 Pros who have been named Golf Digest 2018-19 ‘Best Young Teachers in America.’

The sixth biennial list of top teachers under the age of 40 can be found in the November 2018 issue of Golf Digest and online at Golfdigest.com. To determine the list, Golf Digest editors surveyed nominations from tour players, and reviewed previously recognized teachers and instructors on their state and national rankings. They also looked at accomplishments of the instructors, who they have learned from, their continuing education, and the methods they use to improve amateur golfers.



The top V1 Pros, listed below, work in the country’s six regions as broken down by Golf Digest: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and West. V1 Pros, Joe Compitello and Devan Bonebrake, were also selected among the group to provide “Tips From the Best Young Teachers In America.”

  1. David Armitage – La Gorce Country Club, Miami Beach, FL
  2. A.J. Avoli – Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, CA
  3. Jeff Barton – Preston Trial Golf Club, Dallas, TX
  4. Devan Bonebrake – Southern California Golf Academy, Carlsbad, CA
  5. Joe Compitello – Plainfield Country Club, Edison, NJ
  6. Matt Denzer – Leadbetter Golf Academy at PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  7. Justin Foster – Ridgewood Country Club, Danbury, CT
  8. Robbie Fritz – Greensboro Country Club, Greensboro, NC
  9. Ben Pellicani – Westhaven Golf Club, Franklin, TN
  10. Jake Thurm – Ruffled Feather Golf Club, Lemont, IL
  11. John Tillery – Cuscowilla Golf Club, Eatonton, GA

“We are very excited to have 11 V1 Pros recognized on this prestigious list,” Bryan Finnerty, CEO for V1, said.

“It has always been the mission of V1 Sports to invest in the future of golf by empowering instructors to become better teachers through our video instruction platform. This recognition by Golf Digest is testament to that commitment on both fronts.”

Congratulations to all of the instructors who made this year's list!

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