PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia section of the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) recently met to decide which of the many special award nominees would be honored at the Section's Spring Meeting on Monday, April 1 at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill, Pa. For the third time in his career, University of Pennsylvania women's golf coach Mark Anderson will be recognized as a leader in his field.
Anderson -- who is a PGA Teaching Professional at The Philadelphia Cricket Club and recently became Director of Golf Instruction at the Maple Zone Sports Complex in Boothwyn, Pa. -- was named PGA Philadelphia Section's 2012 Teacher of the Year. He has served his role at the Cricket Club for more than five years, growing a client base through innovative programs such as his "Breakfast Club" which provides early-morning instruction during the week. This marks Anderson's third PGA Philadelphia Section award, having previously won the Bill Strausbaugh Award (2007) and the Horton Smith Award (2008).
In addition, Anderson was recently awarded Trackman University Master status. He joins a select group of 22 professionals around the world and only 11 in the United States to achieve the Master level through Trackman University. Of the 11 in the United States, four are Top 100 Teachers. Click here to learn more about Trackman.
Anderson is in his fifth season coaching the Penn women. He led the Quakers to their only Ivy League Championships team title, in 2010, and last year the women placed second at the Championships. This fall, Penn won the team title at the Sacred Heart Fall Classic, and junior Olivia Chang was the individual co-medalist at the ECAC Championships.