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Bio

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Name: RJ Wiegand
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 173 lbs
Birthdate: May 28, 1971
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Residence: Boulder, CO
Children: 2 daughters & 1 son
Level of education: Masters

Who is RJ?
RJ is a Class A PGA Teaching Pro with over 12 years teaching experience now serving Colorado’s Front Range and the Metro Denver area including Boulder, Louisville, Longmont, Erie, Lyons, Lafayette, Westminster & Broomfield.  My strength as a teacher is my patience and my ability to communicate and effectively relate to a wide range of individuals and experience levels. My laid back teaching style puts my students at ease and creates an open and trusting learning environment.

Education and Credentials
I am a PGA Professional Golf Management graduate and a Class A PGA Teaching Professional in good standing. My formal education includes an Occupational Associates degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management with Honors from the Golf Academy of the South (formerly San Diego Golf Academy); a Masters of Business degree (MBA) from the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business & a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lafayette College.

Teaching Business
In Boulder, CO I teach individual and group lessons including golf academies and short game classes for players of all levels including women and juniors year round. It has been my privilege to continue to work under RMU Director of Golf and mentor Jim Cichra, the 2001 & 2004 Tri-State PGA teacher of the Year and 1991 Tri-State Player of the Year.  From 2010-2012 I really enjoyed my partnership with Master PGA Professional and 1997, 2000 & 2002 Tri-State PGA Teacher of the Year Matt Kluck at the Mt. Lebanon Golf Course.

Working with the Pittsburgh Youth Golf Foundation has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to coach at-risk youth of the inner city designed to use golf as a medium to improve a child’s self esteem, self discipline, and development of responsibility and perseverance. From 2009-2011 I was the golf instructor for The Woodlands Foundation which is committed to enriching the lives of children and young adults with disability and chronic illness.

Prior to RMU, I was a top instructor nationally for GolfTEC – a fast growing retail franchise specializing in golf instruction. My career as a golf professional started with the two years I spent as an Assistant Golf Professional at Treesdale Golf & Country Club in Gibsonia, PA.

Background and Formative Years
My father introduced the game of golf to me at the age of 8. We grew up vacationing in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island, SC home of Harbor Town Golf Links. It is on the sun-drenched range of the Sea Pines Ocean and former Marsh courses where I began to learn the game from a well-respected Carolinas Section PGA teacher, the late, Bob Donaldson, PGA.
Athletics have always come naturally to me, particularly anything to do with hand-eye coordination. Initially, I played more tennis and baseball than golf. I guess you could say it runs in the family as my father was a world-class squash player at Harvard; Captain of the team in ‘62 & ‘63 winning the national championship in ‘63. Three of my uncles won numerous national championships in squash for Harvard as well including Bruce in ’68 & ‘69, Andy in ’71, ’72, ‘73 and Jeff as Captain in ‘76.

Bob Donaldson, PGA was the only instructor I had until I decided to turn professional. Playing by feel with a primarily self-taught swing I was able to play to a single-digit handicap by the end of high school.

A Foray into the Business World
It took me some time to realize what I wanted to do in this world. A classic late bloomer, I spent the better part of 5 years in the high net-worth sales world of corporate America. My career included stints with two large American banks, a hospitality management company and an internet based start-up company. My experience and exposure in dealing successfully with high-level executives, CEO-type personalities, gives me a sense of confidence and puts me at ease when confronted with a difficult situation or new student who may otherwise be a challenge. Teaching is a people business and corporate America prepared me well.