Jan. 24, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - Villanova head golf coach James Wilkes has been named a U.S. Kids Golf Master Kids Teacher Award recipient, as announced by the organization on January 8th. The award annually recognizes the world's most outstanding youth golf instructors and the recipients were honored in a ceremony on Thursday, January 23rd in Orlando, Fla.
"Being named a Master Kids Teacher is the highest honor an instructor can receive from U.S. Kids Golf," said Dan Van Horn, President and CEO of U.S. Kids Golf. "These individuals are vital to helping U.S. Kids Golf improve kids golf and ensure a bright future for the game."
Wilkes added, "As the leader in all aspects of youth golf, U.S. Kids Golf continues to be one of the most important organizations in growing the game world-wide. I am so honored to have been named a Master Kids Teacher, and I look forward to helping US Kids achieve its mission for years to come."
Teachers who are named a Top 50 Kids Teacher three times are recognized with the Master Kids Teacher Award. Since the award was introduced in 2007, 78 instructors have earned this distinction, including 10 teachers in 2013. Wilkes received this distinction in 2013 for his outstanding contributions to the game at the youth level.
The class of 2013 includes golf professionals from 21 states, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico, with recipients chosen from a record 747 applicants.
The 2013-14 season marks the third as head coach for Wilkes at Villanova and his fourth year overall with the program. Wilkes has pushed the Wildcats to unprecedented success in just three short years as head coach. In 2012-13, Wilkes led the Wildcats to two team championships at the Lehigh Invitational and the Yale Spring Invitational which marked the third team championship for the Wildcats under Wilkes' tenure.