Here are a few snapshot stories
of successful golf students Tom has helped develop
in his over four decades as a PGA Teaching
Dr. Leo Malin Ė When Leo
began he was shooting well into the 100ís. After two
winter 10-hour sessions he came in with a 76 the
Tom Gullikson - Former
United States Davis Cup Tennis captain lowered his
handicap index from 6.0 to 1.0
Paul Poehling - Started in
the middle 80ís and after a winter of work, shot
many rounds in the middle to high seventies.
Dr. Bill Boyd - Found his
game in year-long sessions that took him from the
90ís to the low 80ís.
Claudia Pilot - Started
with Tom when she was 40 years old, carrying a solid
6-handicap, yet not achieving the success she wanted
when playing in state competitions. Two years after
working with Tom, Claudia won the Minnesota State
Womenís Amateur and repeated in the following year.
She also won the Minnesota Publinx and was player of
the year four out of five years. Claudia also has
qualified and reached the Quarter finals of the
United States Mid-Amateur Championship. She recently
was introduced into the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame.
Bruce Lenio - After winter
sessions, Bruce lowered his handicap from 22.0 to an
8.0, with scores now consistently in the mid 70ís.
Dr. Scott Rathgaber -
Lowered his scores from the 90ís to lower 80ís after
one winter session.
Dan Arndt - Increased his
driving distance and turned in his first scorecard
with a high-70s round.
Andrew Casabonne - After a
year long session, Andrew played rounds that were 10
shots lower than previous years. He now consistently
shoots in the low 80ís.
Karen Brezicka - went from a total beginner to
shooting 9-hole scores in the low 50ís the first
summer of instruction.
Bonnie Rank - Another
beginner who became an accomplished player shooting
in the high 80ís to low 90s.
Paula Berry - Shot scores
in the 100s and now shoots around 80.
Shar Selinger - Prior to
working with Shar, she was in the high 90ís. She now
has moved into regular slots in area tournaments and
is carding rounds in the 80ís.
Ken Ackerman - Suffered a
stroke that delivered very little hope that he would
ever play the game again. Student-Teacher
persistence won out, allowing Ken to not only play
again, but to also shoot remarkable scores.