Mike Davis, DragonRidge Country Club director of instruction, has earned more accolades than we can track and now a protege, Liam Hunt, has followed in his footsteps. Hunt earned the the PGA of America, Southwest Section Youth Player Development Award. The honor will be awarded in a February during a ceremony in Arizona. –By Brian Hurlburt, Founder, LasVegasGolfInsider.com
Hunt, originally from England and a recent UNLV Professional Golf Management graduate, didn’t see the award coming.
“I was honestly shocked to have won it since I’m young,” Hunt says. “I’m still in disbelief, but I’m extremely happy to have won it.”
Hunt assists Davis with a burgeoning junior golf program at DragonRdige Country Club that also includes overseeing several PGA Junior League teams. The program is so popular that it has expanded to Legacy Golf Club. Davis, a member of several Halls of Fame and the winner of the 2021 Section development award, was thrilled for Hunt.
“Liam is working his dream,” Davis says. “In high school in San Jose, he was an assistant helping with the First Tee program, and that’s all he is ever wanted to do is teach golf to juniors. He has been with me for five years and he is now a PGA member. He is just great with the kids, especially the younger players. He really has a patience for it and wants to help. It’s just unbelievable that his accomplishments got him this award at this point and it is well deserved. He has worked hard for it.”
Hunt, who has lived in three countries, has found a home in Southern Nevada. Hunt has learned plenty from Davis and now organizes most of the group clinics for Davis’ program.
“I have learned his philosophy and he’s given me many books that I’ve read or listened to over the years,” Hunt says. “He has taught me almost all of my knowledge related to golf and life, in general. He’s been my role model for years and has truly taken care of me since I started working for him. He’s helped me improve myself and build my business. Without his guidance, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
The program that Davis and Hunt oversee includes seven PGA Jr. League teams and plenty of other clinics, lessons and instruction, ranging from beginners to elite players. There is additional information on how to get junior golfers involved at MikeDavisGolf.com
Hunt sees the big picture when it comes to making a positive impact on young golfers.
“The first thing that comes to mind for me, which might be cliché, it they are the future, so it’s important to keep them interested in golf,” Hunt says. “I love teaching juniors. It’s the reason I wanted to become a PGA Member. Teaching juniors is fun and challenging because you have to be super creative and have the ability to teach each of them differently.”