Saturday, April 21, 2007

Zach Johnson's Teacher Joins Lakewood in Dallas

The new teaching professional at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas is the instructor of Masters champion Zach Johnson:

Pat O’Brien, one of America’s top golf teachers, is the new Teaching Professional at Lakewood Country Club in Dallas.

O’Brien’s best-known students are Ryder Cup teammates Zach Johnson and Vaughn Taylor, both of whom have won twice on the PGA Tour. Johnson won the Masters two weeks ago.

"Pat O’Brien means a lot to me as an instructor," said Johnson, "and even more as a friend."

O’Brien, 37, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. He first came to prominence as the Tour representative for the SeeMore Putter Company in 2000. He’s been teaching at The Practice Tee in Richardson, Texas since 2002.

"Pat’s knowledge of the game—particularly the short game—is extremely impressive," said Lakewood Head Professional Gilbert Freeman. "And he has the ability to communicate it, which is just as important.

"Plus he’s such a solid, likeable guy. We’re very happy to have him at Lakewood."

O’Brien lives in Plano with his wife Reagan and their young daughter, Carys.

Lakewood, founded in 1912, is one of the most historic clubs in Texas. It hosted the first Dallas Open in 1944 won by Byron Nelson, and has hosted the Texas Amateur twice and the Texas Mid-Am. Lakewood is also the home of the EDS Byron Nelson Junior Championship.

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