Ed has been a coach to high school, state, collegiate and tour champions. Ed has coached two different golfers into the top 20 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings including Jennifer Kupcho who spent much of 2018 ranked #1 in the world. Jennifer Kupcho won the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019 and is now competing on the LPGA Tour winning three times in 2022 including the Chevron Championship. You don’t have to be a great player to learn and improve with Ed. He enjoys teaching and helping players of all abilities.
Ed has been a teacher of teachers through speaking at education programs through the Colorado PGA and Proponent Group Teaching Summits. Ed has been a lifelong learner and continues to learn and improve every day.
A native of North Platte, Nebraska, Ed grew up learning the game from his father who was a college golf coach and later, a PGA Member and from Rich Skinner who was the Head Golf Professional at North Platte Country Club and has been inducted into the Nebraska Golf Hall of Fame.
PGA Member since 1986
Director of Instruction at The Ranch Country Club in Westminster, CO
Golf Magazine Top 100 Teachers in America, 2024-25
PGA Certified Master Professional in Golf Instruction
2023, 2013 and 1999 Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year Award
2020 Colorado PGA Player Development Award
2001 and 2002 Colorado PGA Golf Professional of the Year
1997 and 1998 Horton Smith Award for contributions to education
Named as one of the Best Teachers in Colorado by Golf Digest
US Kids Golf Top 50 Coach, 2018 and 2019
Member, TaylorMade Professional Advisory Board – Emeritus
Philosophy and Approach
My passion is your game!
My mission is to help you achieve your goals. Through methods that are simple yet effective, I will work with what you have and enhance your motion for improved performance.
Instruction and coaching tailored to the needs of the student.
Every person is different, different body types, different priorities, physical strengths and limitations. I don’t believe that there is one way for everyone to swing a club but there is one best way for each individual to swing the club. My job is to solve the puzzle in front of me to help that person to play better golf and shoot lower scores. The golf swing is only a small part of the overall game and student’s potential success. I have often asked students “If someone were to pay us a million dollars to lower your scores by five shots, what would we work on?”
Skill trumps technique
If you look at the swings on the professional tours, they are all different but they are all very skilled. My approach is to help players improve their skill level, not just their technique.
Why guess when you can measure
I utilize the latest technology to measure what the student is doing and to help to build a roadmap for improvement. I currently use a Trackman Launch Monitor and K Vest 3D technology.
Long term beats short term every time
I think it is rare for someone to improve after just one lesson. It happens but it is rare. I have often quoted part of a commercial for a drug company that said “if only one pushup can make you stronger”. One lesson can sometimes help but I have learned that the golfers who truly get better are the ones who take multiple lessons and then practice what we worked between the lessons. The frequent feedback and repetition are key to the learning process.
What do you want?
Before we begin, I want to know what the student wants to accomplish in the short term and the long term then I do everything that I can to accomplish those goals.