South Dakota native Todd Kolb was recently named the 2014 Dakota Chapter PGA Teaching of the Year. It’s the second time the lifelong Sioux Falls resident has been honored by his fellow PGA members. He was also selected as the teacher of the year in 2010. The Dakota Chapter covers both North and South Dakota.
“It is an honor to be recognized by my fellow PGA Professionals,” Kolb said via email. “We all know that any success on the golf course is a true partnership between the player and the coach. Over the years I have been fortunate to work with some highly motivated and talented students.”
Kolb has been a member of the PGA since 1993. Prior to the start of his teaching career, Kolb played collegiate golf at New Mexico State University. Since then, he’s dedicated his professional life to developing young golfers through advanced teaching methods and personal instruction. Kolb eschews lessons. Instead, he prefers implementing what he calls “the process” in his students. Kolb runs the Todd Kolb Golf Academy at the Willow Run Golf Course, a relationship he credits with pushing his career to new heights.
“I have been blessed to be part of the Willow Run team for over 20 years,” Kolb said. “None of this would have been possible if not for Dave Hanten, my family, parents and so many great students.”
Those great students include several collegiate players, many of whom played or will play at the Division I level. Kolb has sent players to the University of New Mexico, Arizona, South Dakota State, Creighton, Nebraska, and Minnesota. Kim Kaufman, a student of Kolb’s since she was six, recently completed her rookie season on the LPGA Tour.
In addition to his two Dakota Chapter awards, Kolb was also named the Minnesota PGA Section Teacher of the Year in 2008. He runs Team 605 in conjunction with his academy and has conducted numerous workshops in both the Sioux Falls area and across the country, including at his alma mater.