NORMAN, Okla. – Acclaimed golf instructor Henry Brunton will be the featured instructor at the GCAA national conventions held Dec. 9-11 in Las Vegas.
Brunton is one of the most recognizable names in Canadian golf and world’s leading golf coaches and educators - a PGA of Canada Master Professional and the only Canadian listed among GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America. He was the Royal Canadian Golf Association’s National Golf Coach from 1999-2011 and the creator of the PGA of Canada’s Teaching and Coaching Certification Program.
A graduate of the University of Ottawa, Brunton has been a member of the PGA of Canada since 1984. In 2008, the PGA of Canada honored him with its highest standing – Master Professional. He was also named as the fourth Most Influential Person in Canadian Golf in rankings by Canada’s National Post.
Brunton has a passion for developing elite golfers. During his time as Canada’s National Coach, teams led by Brunton won the 2001 Four Nations Cup Championship and the 2003 Americas Cup and have competed for Canada around the globe. He coached the Canadian National Men’s Team to a Silver Medal finish at the 2006 World Amateur Championship in South Africa and the Canadian Junior Team to a Bronze Medal finish in the 2010 World Junior Championship in Japan.
Brunton is a leader in coach training and education. In 1999, he was hired by the PGA of Canada to design and develop a national teacher and coach education program. The result was the highly acclaimed Teaching and Coaching Certification Program (TCCP). The TCCP is a mandatory training program for all PGA of Canada Professionals. He was a member of the task force that created the PGA of Canada/Golf Canada Long-Term Athlete Development Guide. Brunton and Dr. Rick Jensen from Boca Raton, Fla., have been contracted by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) to develop and deliver a new TPI Education Track-Certified Golf Coach – this three level program is being conducted worldwide.
Brunton is an accomplished author, speaker and consultant. In 2009, he published Journey to Excellence: The Young Golfer’s Complete Guide to Achievement and Personal Growth and in 2012 High Performance Golf was released. Brunton has been a featured presenter at golf conferences throughout Canada as well as in Australia, Germany, England, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago and in the United States for various PGA Sections and at the prestigious “Better Golf Through Technology” Conference at MIT. In 2009 he was a keynote speaker at the PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit in Port. St. Lucie, Fla. In 2010, Brunton was a featured speaker at the World Golf Fitness Summit in Orlando, Fla., as well as the British PGA Junior Golf Summit at The Belfry. In 2011 he delivered keynote addresses at the PGA of America Inaugural Junior Golf Summit at Pinehurst Resort and at the English Golfing Union Coaches Summit in Birmingham, UK. In 2012, he presented his research paper at the World Scientific Congress of Golf VI in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2005, Brunton was the first, and only, Canadian recognized by GOLF Magazine as one of America’s “Top 100 Teachers,” the publication’s survey of teaching excellence. In 2008 he became the first Canadian to be included among the U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Junior Teachers list. In 2009, he was named National Junior Leader of the Year by the PGA of Canada. In 2010, Brunton was the first Canadian recognized by the PGA’s of Europe – an alliance of PGA’s of 37 countries with its most prestigious honor – the Five Star Professional Award. In 2012, Brunton was named US Kids Golf Master Junior Teacher – the first Canadian to be so recognized. In 2013, Brunton was honored by the Coaches Association of Ontario with the Andy Higgins Lifetime Achievement Award.
Henry Brunton Golf is based at Eagles Nest Golf Club near Toronto - winter programs are conducted at The Metro Golf Dome in Toronto and at the PGA Center for Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla.