About Gina Higbee
Gina grew up in Highland, Utah as Gina Poulsen and unlike many young golfers of today who start hitting while in diapers, didn't begin golfing until the age of 12. Her father took her golfing one day and she was hooked. Before long she had her own set of clubs and was playing in every junior tournament in the state.
Gina was twice named golfer of the year by the Utah Junior Golf Association and was a member of the Jr. America's Cup team three times. After playing high school golf for American Fork High, Gina went to school down the road at Utah Valley State College. Following two years there, she accepted a full ride scholarship to Idaho State University where she was captain and played No. 1 for the Big Sky Conference championship team and received a Bachelor’s Degree.
During her first year there, she married her high school sweetheart, Wes Higbee and they lived in Pocatello for the first year and a half of their marriage. After graduating from college, Gina decided she wanted to pursue golf as a career and turned professional in 1994. She moved back to Utah and worked at Thanksgiving Point and Hidden Valley Country Club. The Higbee’s then decided to start a family and had four beautiful children, three daughters and one son.
In July of 2002 she was hired at Cedar Hills Golf Club and closely watched the young course take shape. She actually put the first cut on most of the greens, tees and fairways. Gina served as the Director of Golf, at Cedar Hills Golf Club until March 2005. In September 2008 she attended her LPGA Teaching Recertification and graduated with honors and the highest in the school. She now teaches private lessons, golf camps and clinics and is the Head Girls Golf Coach at Lone Peak High School.
Gina is currently a member of the LPGA and runs the only LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program in the state. She continues to play with great passion for the game of golf and loves to teach and share that passion with others.
About John Geersten
John Geertsen, Jr. loves to teach golf and does it just about as good as anybody in the world.
John has earned the Northern California PGA Teacher of the Year and is one Golf Magazine,s Top 100 golf instructors. He schooled Mike Reid since Mike was 14 and has had a hand in teaching many other PGA professional players. John's passion runs deep. His father was the professional at the San Francisco Golf Club where he hosted and played with some of the top golfers who ever played the game, including Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Ken Venturi. John took up golf early and was a league champion in golf all four years, capable of shooting a 69 on any given day.
When John got out of school, his first professional job was at Alpine Country Club which had just opened. He later moved over to Monterey Peninsula, California and was there for 22 years. He then came back to Provo to Riverside Country Club for two years, and he returned to California as head pro at Poppy Hills and served as director of instruction at Pebble Beach, California for nine years.
Private lessons with John call 801-722-9432
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