Mike Bender Named Among Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers for 2009-2010

Mike BenderLAKE MARY, FL - Mike Bender of the Mike Bender Golf Academy at Timacuan G.C. in Lake Mary, FL, is again listed among the Top 100 Teachers by Golf Magazine, the world's most widely read golf publication. Bender has appeared on the Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers list since 1996. The 2009-2010 Top 100, which has eight new names, appears in the magazine's February issue.

Bender also operates satellite academies at Stoneybrook East G.C. and Stoneybrook West G.C. in metropolitan Orlando and an elite level training center at Sarabande G.C. in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL with another to open in Seoul, South Korea this spring.

Bender's extraordinary technical knowledge of the golf swing has made him one of the most sought after instructors in the game today.

He currently coaches many of the game's top professionals including 2009 Sony Open champion Zach Johnson, Jonathan Byrd, Mark Hensby, Lee Janzen and LPGA star Seon Hwa Lee.

Over the past 15 years, Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers list has become the industry gold standard, not only because it was the first such list ever issued, but because of the diligent selection process that Golf Magazine created to assemble the list.

Every two years, the magazine starts from scratch to determine the best 100 teachers in the nation. More than 800 nominations are accepted from among 32,000 golf professionals. Each nominee must complete a thorough questionnaire. The final decision is made by the publication's instruction editors based on a combination of 10 criteria.

The Mike Bender Academy's host course, Timacuan was purchased by Kitson & Partners in 2006, and has been one of Central Florida's most popular courses since opening in 1988. It has garnered many statewide awards, being ranked as high as No. 14 in Florida by The Florida Golf Reporter Magazine. The challenging par-4 second hole has been named the toughest hole in the region by Orlando Magazine.

"Timacuan is a semi-private golf club with a private-club feel," said Timacuan General Manager Tony Johnson. "Our guests receive the same first-class treatment as our members. That's one of the reasons we see the same players return year after year during the season. They seem to love the service, and the uniqueness of the layout at Timacuan."

The course is located near Interstate 4, just minutes from downtown Orlando. For more information visit www.golftimacuan.com, or call  407-321-0010  to book a tee time.

For more information on Bender's lesson programs and the unique training facilities at the Mike Bender Golf Academy in Lake Mary, FL visit www.mikebender.com or call  407-321-0444.


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