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Fri Feb 1 2013
SNAG Golf Captures Industry Award at PGA Show

SNAG® Golf (‘Starting New At Golf’), a proven first touch player development program designed for new learners of all ages, was the winner of the International Network of Golf (ING) 29th Industry Honors Awards at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando last week.  SNAG Golf captured the Player Development Award, and was chosen over the PGA’s Tee It Forward and PGA Professional Rick Grayson.

Called by some the "Academy Awards of the Golf Industry," the ING Industry Honors program recognizes outstanding achievement in the golf business. Master of Ceremonies was former LPGA Tour star and golf course designer Jan Stephenson.

Nominees in a dozen categories are submitted throughout the year from members of the golf industry. Sub-committees that include experts in each category then trim the entries to the top three in each category. ING members vote electronically to determine the winners, who are announced and recognized at the Industry Honors Presentation Press Conference at the annual PGA Show.

“We were honored to be recognized by ING and our peers in the industry for taking the lead in developing future golfers through our SNAG coaching and teaching programs around the world,” said Terry Anton, CEO and co-founder of SNAG Golf.  “The growth of the game will be dependent on creating the best feeder system into the growing golf infrastructure and I believe we are accomplishing that every day.  This prestigious award further validates that we are making a significant difference.”

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Grant GarrisonGrant Garrison began his career as a PGA Golf Professional in 1984 and won a dozen professional events throughout the following 6 years.  He left his playing days behind to became a Golf Club Director and managed 2 exclusive country clubs in Southern California from 1990-2000. During this period, Grant was elected as a board member of the Professional Golf Association of America and managed several "Grow the game" projects.

In 2000, Grant accepted a position with Nike Inc. and created over 100 Nike Golf Learning Centers throughout the United States.  His responsibility was to create and implement new programs and provide on-going training to over 400 golf teachers.  This program became the largest and most effective player development program in America.

In 2006, He started his own business in Los Angeles, California. The company specialized in high tech golf instruction using the latest bio-feedback learning systems. The company also provided custom equipment and repair. The company was sold in 2009.

In 2010, Grant became the National Golf Team Coach in the countries of Bhutan and Nepal and is the designer of the highest golf course in the world located between Bhutan and Tibet. He now resides permanently in Australia.

Fun facts:

  • Was involved in the Disney movie “Greatest Game Ever Played”. He provided golf scene ideas and opened the movie on the Red Carpet in Hollywood,  subsequently introducing the movie in Hollywood for the first week of its premier showing.
  • Was actor Will Smith’s golf coach during the Robert Redford movie “The Legend of Bagger Vance”.

  • Was the private golf coach for several Hollywood actors including Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, and Don Johnson. 


  • Member of the Professional Golfers Association of America
  • Fitness trainer with the Titleist Performance Institute
  • Trainer with the Michael Josephson Institute of Ethics
  • Speaker with the Bill Gove institute of public speaking
  • Club Fitter for 5 different golf equipment manufactures.

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