Breed named 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year

In an honor that’s like sinking a hole in one, Greenwich resident Michael Breed has been named recipient of the 2012 PGA Teacher of the Year Award.

A Metropolitan PGA Professional and Golf Channel host instructor, Mr. Breed is in his 12th season as PGA head professional at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. He will be honored during The PGA of America Awards ceremony Jan. 24 during the 60th PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center’s Chapin Theater in Orlando, Fla.

In announcing the award, the PGA praised Mr. Breed, saying his, “telegenic instruction skills through his signature Golf Channel program, The Golf Fix, has motivated countless viewers to enjoy the game.”

Mr. Breed follows Michael Hebron as the only Metropolitan PGA members to receive The PGA of America’s highest honor for a golf instructor.

“It is so humbling,” Mr. Breed said. “It is always what I’ve been doing; what I have been given a gift to do. Golf and The PGA of America have done so much for me. To be recognized in any way is special, but I didn’t get into this business for recognition. I got into this business to try to help people to play the game, to enjoy it. There are a lot of great instructors in The PGA of America, and to be recognized in this way is very humbling.”

A native of Greenwich, Mr. Breed began his athletic career in baseball as a shortstop, and was introduced to golf at age 13 by his father.

“My dad was the greatest teacher I ever had,” said Mr. Breed. “The greatest memories of golf I have are playing with my dad and my brothers.”

Mr. Breed made his venture into golf broadcasting at Golf Channel in 1999, appearing on numerous Golf Academy Live programs as both a guest instructor and host. Mr. Breed also contributed numerous golf tips for CBS, Turner Sports, and Cablevision.

In 2009, Mr. Breed was selected to host The Golf Fix, elevating it into one of golf’s most popular instruction programs on cable television. He also serves as host instructor for the Golf Channel’s Big Break Academy.

Mr. Breed is among Golf Digest’s Top 50 instructors in the U.S., and since 2003 has been listed as a top 100 instructor by GOLF Magazine. Mr. Breed’s worldwide travels include trips to Canada and China to promote PGA education and has appeared before more than 15 PGA Sections nationwide. Additionally, he’s co-author of Picture Perfect Golf Swing: The Complete Guide to Golf Swing Video Analysis and The 3-Degree Putting Solution.

He and his wife, Kerri, live in Greenwich, and are parents of a son, William.

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