(Savannah, Ga.) – Nicole Weller of Savannah, Ga., was among the class of the Top 50 Kids Teachers for 2011, as announced by U.S. Kids Golf.

Weller has been a junior golf instructor for 16 years and is currently the Head Teaching Professional at The Landings Club. This is the second time that she has been named a Top 50 Kids Teacher by U.S. Kids Golf.

“I'm grateful each day that I have the opportunity to provide creative and educational golf activities for juniors ages 3-18,” Weller said. “Being recognized as a U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher is thrilling and I appreciate being included amongst so many talented professionals who also dedicate their lives to growing the game of golf!”

The award, in its eighth year, recognizes golf professionals across North America who focus much of their time and energy on developing young golfers in their communities. The instructors are judged on several criteria, including percentage of time devoted to kids programs, creativity, communication and efforts to grow the game.

This year’s class represents 25 states and Canada and includes teachers who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.

“The Top 50 Kids Teachers represent a group of professionals who are dedicated to helping kids develop their skills and their love of the game,” said Dan Van Horn, founder and president of U.S. Kids Golf. “We are pleased to recognize their talents and commitment.”

The 2011 Top 50 Kids Teachers will be recognized Friday, January 27, at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.

U.S. Kids Golf
U.S. Kids Golf, LLC is based in Atlanta, Ga., and manufactures equipment and related golf products made especially for kids. In addition to more than 4,000 golf shops and retail locations in the U.S., the company’s products also are available in over 75 countries worldwide.

The U.S. Kids Golf Foundation, a Georgia non-profit recognized as a 501(c)(3) charity, was created in 2001 and provides services that include competition and instruction. The Foundation organizes more than 400 golf tournaments for kids each year, including Local Tours in more than 40 cities, ten Qualifiers across the nation, six Regional Championships, a European Championship and the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and Teen World Championship, which are held each year in Pinehurst, N.C.

In partnership with the PGA of America, the Foundation also supports the U.S. Kids Golf Family Course program, which provides guidelines that help courses make the game easier to learn and more fun for kids and their families.

The Landings on Skidaway Island
The Landings Club on Skidaway Island is a private membership club located less than 10 miles south of historic Savannah, Georgia. Members enjoy six championship golf courses, four elegant dining clubhouses, miles of walking and biking trails, 34 tennis courts, two deep-water marinas and a variety of other coastal amenities. Any non-member using Club facilities or services must be a guest of a current Club member.

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