Kevin Smeltz’ passion is the development of junior golfers and as such he was thrilled to bring his wealth of experience to BGGA. Since joining, he has set about building the team of highly skilled professionals he is proud to introduce to you today.
Working with some of the best in the game including Nick Price, Charles Howell III and Na Yeon Choi, Kevin knows what it takes to produce a winner. Although he still works with several professional tour players, including Rolex Women’s Golf Rankings No. 8 Amy Yang, Kevin’s heart is in junior golf.
After graduating from the University of North Florida, where he received All-American Honors, and playing professionally for a brief time, Kevin decided to pursue a career in golf instruction. Kevin has held positions previously at the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and International Junior Golf Academy.
While under his instruction, Kevin’s players have won 22 tournaments on the PGA Tour, Champions Tour and LPGA Tour. He has coached players who have won on the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, the KLPGA Tour as well as 20 wins on the JLPGA Tour. He has taught both men and women in the top 10 in the Rolex World Rankings including a major champion. Kevin coached five players who have qualified for the PGA tour who had no prior status on that tour as well as six on the Web.com Tour who also gained status after not having any status on that tour.
Kevin has taught two U.S. Walker Cup team members, two No. 1-ranked college players, a No. 2-ranked college player, two NCAA champions, two Curtis cup team members, as well as three players in the top 5 in the World Amateur Golf rankings (WAGR) and many top-ranked juniors.
Kevin has been awarded many accolades including voted one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers (2012-Present), Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Florida (2007-Present), Golf Digest’s Top 20 Teachers Under 40 (2007-2009) and Golf Digest’s Best Young Teacher (2010). He also regularly contributes to golf magazines around the world.