About Michael Wheeler

Michael has just recently been named by Golf Digest as one of "America's Best Young Teachers" in the November 2016 issue of the publication. This list is comprised of 100 teaching professionals across the country under the age of 40. Michael is one of only 3 professionals listed from the state of Pennsylvania. Michael is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Old York Road Country Club in Ambler.

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Michael spent most of his youth playing soccer and baseball. Golf has always been in his life, but it wasn't until high school when he started competing. He became a successful junior golfer, winning many local events. He also competed on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT), and the Allstar Junior Golf Tour (AJGT) winning one national event at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia.

From 2004-2007 Michael attended Stetson University and played NCAA Division 1 golf for the Hatters. During his three years at Stetson, he recorded several Top 25 finishes. While at Stetson he also played in a one day mini tour event in Orlando, Florida, winning with a one under par 71. In 2006 Michael was invited to compete in the prestigious Palmetto Amateur and had the opportunity to play with Scott Brown, who now is a PGA Tour member. Some of the other current PGA Tour players he has played with or against includes; Fabian Gomez, Jonas Blixt, Russell Knox, Matt Every, and Billy Hurley. After college, Michael played the mini tour circuit for two seasons as a member of the NGA Hooters Tour, Florida Professional Golf Tour, and the Moonlight Golf Tour. Maryland was still in his blood however he ended up moving back to Maryland to become a State Trooper for the Maryland State Police before getting back into the golf business as a club professional.

Many teaching professionals have served as inspirational, but the most prominent of these instructors has been GOLF Magazine TOP 100 Teacher, Ted Sheftic. It was with Ted that Michael first realized his love for teaching and knew this would be a career. In addition to learning from Ted, he has taken time to observe as many other teaching professionals and golf biomechanists as possible. Some of these include GOLF Magazine TOP 100 Teachers, Mike Adams, Dr. David Wright, Cheryl Anderson, Steve Bosdosh, Jason Carbone, Mike Malaska, and EA Tischler. Michael has also spent time with some of the best biomechanists in the world including; Dr. Young-Hoo Kwon (mentor to Chris Como - Tiger Woods swing coach), Dr. Sasho Mackenzie, and Dr. Robert Neal. All of these instructors have had an impact on how he works with all of his students.

Teaching Highlights/Credentials

  • Golf Digest - "America's Best Young Teacher"
  • PGA Certified Professional – Teaching and Coaching (one of only 18 in the Philadelphia PGA)
  • Certified BioSwing Dynamics Instructor
  • Certified Wright Balance Instructor
  • Trackman Level 2 Certified Instructor
  • Certified Golf Biomechanist Instructor by Dr. Young-Hoo Kwon
  • Completed PSU Golf Biomechanics Course
  • Certified Swing Catalyst Level 1 Instructor
  • K Vest Level 2 Certified Instructor
  • Philadelphia PGA Instruction Committee - 2014-2016
  • Philadelphia PGA Education Committee - 2014-2016
  • Philadelphia PGA Education Committee - 2016-2018
  • Philadelphia PGA Education Committee - 2018-2020
  • Stage Presenter for the North Coast Golf Show in 2016 & 2017
  • Speaker at several Philadelphia PGA Education Events
  • Attended multiple PGA National Teaching and Coaching Summits

Competitive Record

Low Competitive Round – 63 (2006), Southridge Country Club, DeLand, Florida
Low Round – 62 (2012), Manor Golf Club, Sinking Spring, PA
Junior Record
  • Never finished out of the top 10 in any local event
  • Played on the AJGA and FCWT
  • Won a National event at the Kingsmill Resort in 2003
Collegiate Record
  • Stetson University, NCAA Division 1A, Atlantic Sun Conference
  • #1 Player, freshman year, and never missed qualifying for an eligible event
  • 10th– 2005 BCC Spring Invitational
  • 23rd – 2004 ECU Pirate Fall Intercollegiate
Amateur Record
  • Second Alternate for the 2004 Junior Amateur Championship (Qualifier at Naval Academy Golf Club)
  • Won Central Florida professional mini-tour event as an amateur at North Shore Golf Club
  • Invited to the prestigious Palmetto Amateur (2006) at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, South Carolina.
Professional Record
  • Medalist – 2012 PGA PAT – Geneva Farms – 66-74
  • Selected to audition for the 2014 season of the Big Break on the Golf Channel
  • 1st – 2013 Titleist Pool – Philadelphia PGA Assistant Championship
  • 5th – 2013 PAO Conestoga Classic – 71
  • 9th - 2015 GALV Lehigh Valley Open - 71-69
  • 9th – 2013 Taylormade Top 100 - 72
  • 9th – Philadelphia PGA Volunteers of America – 70; 3rd Place Team – 44 (-26)
  • 10th– Middle Atlantic PGA Northern Chapter Championship – 78-36 (27 holes)
  • 12th – 2011 USGA US Open Local Qualifying – 73
  • 13th – 2012 PAO Bent Creek – 75
  • 14th – 2013 USGA US Open Local Qualifying – 74
  • 15th - 2015 Burlingtion Classic - 72-70
  • 16th – 2013 PAO Delaware Valley Open – 75
  • 20th – 2013 28th Burlington Classic – 75-68
  • 22nd – 2013 Drexel Morgan and Co. Classic - 74
  • Qualified for Middle Atlantic PGA Tournament of Champions in Rookie Season(2011)
  • Drexel Morgan and Co. Player of the Year Race – 22nd out of 278(as of July 10, 2013)
  • 2013 Season - Player of the Year Standings - 39th

Contact Michael Wheeler

Michael Wheeler
Learning Center, LLC

Old York Road Country Club
Ambler & Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

(443) 841-5438 (cell)

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