LEARN GOLF TECHNIQUES FROM OUR TEAM OF PROFESSIONAL GOLF INSTRUCTORS
Competitive Players • Beginners • PGA Training • Juniors • Groups
MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
- 3 Time 1st team NCAA All-American
- Ranked #1 Amateur Golfer in the World 1967,1968
- Played PGA Tour 1968 – 1974
- Inducted into TEXAS GOLF HALL OF FAME 1991
- Member of University of Houston National Championship Teams 1967,1968
- Played with and learned from Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Jackie Burke Jr.
- Has taught over 1,000 male and female golfers in 11 different countries
- Has assisted over 30 students to reach the PGA Tour
PGA TEACHING PROFESSIONAL
- Over 25 years of experience in teaching the game of golf to all skill levels
- In addition to several Club professional positions in his career, Bear has served as Head Golf Coach at McNeese State, has been an instructor of the Jim McLean Golf School, Director of Instruction at Gray Plantation Golf Academy, Served on the Board of the SWLA Junior Golf Association and started the SWLA Bear Suarez Junior Golf Academy
- Bear is an accomplished teacher who works with players of all skill levels.
- Turned professional 2016, USGA Handicap Index 0.1
- Four-time member of Puerto Rico National Team; represented commonwealth in seven competitions across Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, St. Croix, and Costa Rica.
- Coached men’s and women’s golf teams at Saint Leo University, providing guidance that enabled women’s team to compete in regionals and helped one player win her first tournament.
- 17 years of experience playing and competing at junior, amateur, and college-level events.
- Served as team captain at Texas A&M International University, offering informal coaching, helping to schedule practices, and liaising between team and coach on any issues.
- Stroke leader at TAMIU for Spring 2007, 2008, and 2009.
- Placed 2 nd in University of Texas at Dallas Spring Classic.
STPGA VOLUNTEER, PGA ASSISTANT, & PLAYER AND COLLEGIATE RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT
CERTIFIED LPGA TEACHING PROFESSIONAL - LAMAR WOMENS GOLF COACH
- Only LPGA professional serving the Beaumont and Lake Charles region
- Nine years of NCAA Division I coaching experience
- Competitive collegiate player at the University of Miami, ranked 33rd in the country at best
- Earned card for the LPGA Futures Tour (now Symetra) for the 2008 season
- Experience with all ages and abilities, from advanced competitors to beginning golfers
COACH, MENTOR, AND RECRUITMENT
Over 30 years of experience playing Junior, Collegiate and Amateur Golf. In addition to working in the golf business for over 16 years in his career, Austin learned the game of golf under the “who’s who” of instructors. Austin has worked with or taken lessons from the following:
Late great Dick Harmon, Butch Harmon, Paul Marchand, Hal Underwood, Brian White, Kevin Kirk, Brian Mogg at David Leadbetter Academy, Rob Noel, Randy Smith, Stan Utley, Babe Hiskey, John Ankenbrand and putting guru Mike Shannon. In addition he worked with mental coaches Dr Richard Coop and Dr. Bob Rotella.
As a proven competitive player, former NCAA collegiate golfer and assistant coach, Austin offers junior golfers and parents the opportunity to learn from his experiences in Junior and Collegiate golf so they can effectively navigate junior golf and manage the college placement process.
By regularly meeting with current coaches, attending college tournaments. Several college coaches seek Austin as an college golf adviser, and I provide recruiting feedback to coaches. Austin has undergraduate degrees in Economics and Finance from Lamar University and University Louisiana of Lafayette