Tasha is a PGA Teaching Professional at El Caballero Country Club in the Los Angeles area. While learning the game as a teenager, Tasha fell in love with golf whether it was playing in competition or enjoying a round out with her Dad. She was a Los Angeles City Amatuer Champion, the first player, male or female, to compete in the NCAA Championships three straight years at WSU, and played in an LPGA event. Tasha’s discovery that teaching was her passion came after competing in college at Washington State University and professionally on various mini-tours. As an Academic All-American, an All PAC-10 Conference player and a Psychology major, Tasha felt as though she was built for problem solving while her successful playing experience only bolstered her knowledge to help others and grow the game.
Currently, Tasha teaches full-time and has over 350 students at her club. She oversees all instructional programs from men’s and ladies clinics to junior golf camps throughout the year. Tasha is also a certified fitness instructor, which aids in her ability to work with students who have physical limitations and/or injuries.
Tasha takes to heart her responsibility to grow the game in as many ways as possible. She loves hearing from a student that she has made golf “simple”, “cool”, “pain-free”, and “fun”. It is so important that she represents the PGA with class and work hard at her craft to change the student’s golf experiences. It is critical to have the correct information but more importantly, convey it in a way the student can understand.
Tasha's philosophy is to use her love of instruction, strong interpersonal skills, and background in Psychology to develop a rapport with each student, teach in as simple of a manner as possible, and determine how each student learns. She does not believe in one specific method but rather customizing each lesson to each student. Her teaching style could be defined as a holistic approach that is centered around the student’s needs. In order to teach simply, she feels she should remove more than add from a student’s swing.
“I have been working with Tash since Feb 2012. I was a 9 handicap with terrible back pain. Now, I am a 4 handicap, won the Founder’s Cup tournament, and can swing with NO pain! Thanks Tash for helping me and also for making golf fun again!”
“I am a PGA Class A Professional and know many different teaching pros. I work with Tasha because she knows what makes you a good player to begin with. She strengthens my weaknesses, keeps it simple, and does this without changing what makes me a good player.”
“Tasha, thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your encouragement and support in my journey to learn this crazy game. You make golf fun and simple and I really appreciate that. I have taken lessons before and never loved golf as much as I do now, thanks to you. You are El Caballero’s most gifted professional and a treasure!”
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