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Dennis Hillman
PGA Director of Instructon

Dennis began playing the game of golf at a very young age growing up in Rye, NY with a father who was an avid golfer and two older brothers who both went on to play Division 1 college golf. Dennis began competing in tournaments at eight years old and went on to receive AJGA All-American honors two years in a row and became one of the top amateurs golfers in the country. After receiving All-American honors as a senior at The University of Tulsa, Dennis turned professional in 1996 and competed on various mini tours for a few years. These tours included the Golden Bear Tour, The NGA Hooter’s tour, The Tear Drop Tour, and the South Florida Tour. Throughout his amateur and professional days of competing Dennis played with many of the great players in the game today. He was the medalist and runner-up in The US Junior Championship in 1990 which included a win against Tiger Woods in the semi-finals.

Dennis began his teaching career in 2002 at 303 driving range in Blauvelt, NY. He then went on to become an assistant professional at Pelham CC in 2004 eventually becoming the head teaching professional. Dennis has used his vast playing experience, knowledge of the golfing machine principles, fitness expertise, and short game talents to become a complete instructor for golfers of all skill levels.

Teaching Influences
Ben Doyle – Dennis received countless hours of instruction from Ben Doyle, the first authorized instructor of The Golfing Machine. It was during these years that Dennis learned the essential laws of geometry and physics that must be learned to have an efficient golf swing.

Evan Schiller – Dennis worked on his game for many years with Evan Schiller, an instructor with Fred Shoemaker’s Extraordinary Golf Schools. During these years Dennis developed his game by improving his awareness and concentration which helped him to compete at a high level.

Phil Ritson – Dennis spent many hours working with Phil Ritson on his game during his mini-tour days. Phil Ritson is a golf instructor from South Africa who has taught some of the legends of the game including Gary Player, Ian Woosnam, and Seve Ballesteros.

Dennis also took lessons from many other world renowned instructors including Peter Kostis, Peter Croker, and Buddy Antonopoulos.

Playing Experience
2009 – Competed in a Nationwide Tour Event – The Northeast Pennsylvannia Classic
2006 – T-2nd Connecticut State Open
1995 – Dixie Amateur Champion – defeated Chris Couch and Ryuji Imada en route to win.
1994 – Metropolitan Amateur Champion – defeated JJ Henry in the finals
1994-1995 – ranked 3rd amateur in the country by Golfweek for many months
1990 – USGA Junior medalist and runner-up – defeated Tiger Woods in the semi-finals