Success Stories

Here are a few snapshot stories of successful golf students Tom has helped develop in his over four decades as a PGA Teaching Professional:

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 second summer.

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.