Golf Digest has just released its list of the 50 Best Teachers in America and Rick Smith, one of the instructors at the Rick Smith/Jason Guss Golf Academy at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, is No. 20. He was also ranked No. 1 in Michigan, while fellow academy instructors Jason Guss and Henry Young were ranked No. 4 and No. 6, respectively.
Smith works with PGA Tour players Sang Moon Bae, Rory Sabbatini, Jerry Kelly, Rocco Mediate, Brendan Steele and Tim Petrovic. He has also worked with golfing greats Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman.
Also ranked on the Best Teachers in Michigan list:
#5 – Edward Laprade of Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville
#9 – Brian O'Neill of the Boyne Golf Academy, Harbor Springs
#10 – Adam Schriber of The Kingsley Club, Kingsley
#14 – Brad Dean of Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville
Both lists can be viewed in their entirety here.