A native of Toronto, Ontario and a graduate of Long Island University, Matt Wilson is the Director of Instruction at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, California and the co-founder of Curious Coaches. Matt specializes in creating and executing comprehensive elite player development programs.
Scott Fawcett’s golf career has been nothing short of unique.
He graduated in 1996 from Texas A&M University, notching one victory. Upon graduation he briefly joined the workforce before deciding to pursue his dream of playing professional golf. During his initial professional golf stint Scott won twice on the NGA Hooters Tour, played in the 1999 U.S. Open, and won ten other mini-tour events.In 2001 Scott was sidelined with a shoulder injury. During his downtime he almost accidently started an electricity company when Texas deregulated its market. He spent the next six years working full-time and playing very little golf. In 2008, Scott was filled with renewed enthusiasm, and more importantly, time, and thus decided to get his game in shape for a run at elite amateur golf.As a formerly great ball-striker Scott decided to focus his practice time on putting and mindset. He knew that improvement in those areas were all it would take him to become a world-class amateur. That summer he had several strong finishes in a limited schedule. The highlight was an opening nine 29 at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships, setting the USGA nine hole scoring record.Then the fun started, again. On somewhat of a bet Scott entered that year’s PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament as a 35 year-old amateur. He became only the second amateur to make it to Final Stage, and remains the oldest by 13 years! He spent the next three years playing part-time professional golf which it turns out isn’t as easy as it sounds with a full-time job and a newborn at home.In 2014, armed with his amateur status again, Scott decided to gear up for another run at amateur golf. This time he decided to use his math, economics, and poker background to “solve” golf strategy. He combined TrackMan data with PGA Tour scoring statistics to create a system to easily optimize target selection during a round.This is what led to the creation of the DECADE Course Management Seminar. The target selection system Scott used while caddying is taught in great detail in one afternoon. Using innovative technologies the seminar distills decades of experience into one concise lecture. It covers almost everything there is to know about playing golf at the highest levels. Scott’s unique background gave him the idea that proper course management not only could be taught in a classroom setting, it should be! No clubs = no emotions. Just unencumbered learning.For more, visit www.playinglesson.com
Lars Anderson is a Senior Writer at Bleacher Report. He’s also an instructor of Journalism at The University of Alabama and a contributor to the SEC Network. Lars is a New York Times best selling author. He travels the world meeting people and telling their stories. He listens to stories of heartache, triumph, and failure. He then tells their stories in a way that allows readers to feel the same emotions he had while conducting the interviews, and these are interviews that can leave you heartbroken and asking how those things happened to such amazing people.
They are the deciding factor of a touchdown or interception, but what is it really like inside the mind of an Official? Are there tricks to slowing down the game mentally? Is there a right mindset before calling a big game? The SEC Director of Officials, Steve Shaw, shares some insight with us on this week's MindSide Podcast with Dr. Bhrett McCabe.