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Wiren and Young Headline Grand Rapids Golf Show

Gary Wiren and Henry Young continue the tradition of outstanding teachers being headliners at the West Michigan Golf Show, set for Feb. 23-25 in Grand Rapids. Both will provide clinics all weekend at the 8th annual Show located at Ford Fieldhouse at G.R. Community College. In addition, more than 100 exhibits will be on display including golf retailers, resorts, golf schools, apparel, and free golf lessons from area pros.

Wiren possesses one of the most impressive golf resumes in the game. He is an accomplished educator, speaker, PGA Master Professional, businessman, collector and player. His teaching prowess is recognized around the world. In 1987, he was recognized as "Teacher of the Year" by the PGA of America. He authored the definitive "PGA Teaching Manual" for the PGA of America as well as the best-seller "PGA Manual of Golf." In all, he has written seven books and over 150 magazine articles. Most recently, he released a study, co-written with Randy Myers, concerning the importance of overall fitness in improving one's game.

Wiren also has 13 film credits and four videos on the market, the last being "Good Golf for Bad Backs." He is president of his own teaching and training aids company, Golf Around the World, Inc.( 800-824-4279) located in N. Palm Beach, Fl. "For a long time I deluded myself by thinking that I could effectively teach just about anyone simply by words," said Wiren. "But when I started using teaching aids I got better results and it was more fun for both the pupil and me."

Henry "Hy" Young is the Director of Instruction at the highly acclaimed Rick Smith Golf Academy at Treetops Resort in Gaylord. A PGA professional for over 25 years, Young was named the 1994 Teacher of the Year by the Michigan Section of the PGA. Co-captain and four year letterman at Duke, Young spent most of his early professional years in Pennsylvania. During this time, his experience included head professional at Rolling Hills CC and Director of Golf & Instruction at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort where he conceived and designed the $850,000 Golf Academy. Like Wiren, Young is a specialist in the development and marketing of learning/teaching aids for golf. He personally has developed 14 such products.

Young has been an active in PGA sectional endeavors. He was elected Secretary of the Tri-State PGA and a member of its Executive Committee. He was also honored as the Horton Smith Award Recipient for his outstanding contributions to education for the Tri-State PGA.

Long-time friend of the celebrated teacher Rick Smith, who grew up in western Pennsylvania where he was a standout junior golfer, Young was named Director of Instruction at Smith's Golf Academy at Treetops (800-444-6711) in 1990. Since then, Smith and Young have developed the Golf Academy into one of the premiere instructional programs in the country. Along with a number of PGA TOUR stars, hundreds of new and experienced players make their way to Treetops each season to improve their games. In addition, Young is regularly seen as a teacher on ESPN's Rick Smith's Signature Golf Series.

Wiren and Young will be providing clinics at the West Michigan Golf Show on Feb.23-25. Show hours are 5 pm-9 pm on Friday; 10 am-5 pm on Saturday; and 11am -4 pm on Sunday. Wiren is appearing courtesy of the Cascade Golf Center (616-954-7866). Sponsors for the show are the West Michigan GMC Truck Dealers, Michigan Golfer, Century Cellunet, WZZM TV-13 and Orson E. Coe Pontiac/GMC.

For more information, call 616-247-1931.

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