GOLFTEC CEO & VP of Instruction Take Top Honors in Colorado PGA Section Awards

Golftec Joe Assell

Throughout GOLFTEC’s 25 year history, there have been many milestones and achievements we’ve been recognized for-Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in SportsInc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing CompaniesPGA National Patriot AwardBest Teachers in your StateTop Clubfitter in North America and many more.

And now, there are two incredible honors we can add to that list. Vice President of Instruction, Nick Clearwater, was named the 2020 Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year and CEO Joe Assell was awarded the prestigious Warren Smith Award.

Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year

Nick Clearwater, Vice President of Instruction for GOLFTEC, received the 2020 Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year award. Clearwater has been a speaker, presenter, and instructor all over the world and has been awarded every honor offered to teachers by Golf Digest. The Golf Channel has shown over 300 videos he has scripted, been featured in, and produced as well as another 300 he produced for other coaches. Clearwater also spearheads GOLFTEC’s free lesson program for aspiring PGA Professionals to help them pass their PAT with any of their 400 corporate coaches, his team, or himself.

In addition to leading the education of all of our 700+ GOLFTEC Coaches across the globe, Nick Clearwater makes regular appearances on Golf Channel with drills and tips on instruction, equipment, and club fitting. He’s also contributed to multiple Golf Digest articles along with different content efforts on all of the GOLFTEC media channels.

Warren Smith Award

Joe Assell, GOLFTEC CEO and Co-Founder received the Warren Smith Award – the Colorado Section’s lifetime achievement award. The Warren Smith Award is given to a PGA Professional for his/her outstanding contributions to the game and to the Section. Assell has served two, three-year terms on the Colorado PGA Board of Directors and has been on the Colorado PGA Finance Committee for over 15 years, giving back to the Section and the organization as a whole that means so much to him.

25 years ago, Joe Assell, a Mississippi State PGA Golf Management intern and aspiring PGA Professional saw the future of golf instruction in the basement of Cherry Hills Country Club in Denver– where an idea about how to bridge the gap between golfers, golf lessons, and technology was born. Watch the video to the right to see Assell’s journey from an intern at Cherry Hills Country Club to the Warren Smith Award winner.


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