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Meet Eric Wilson, The Local Golf Expert Behind Stuart Magazine's New 'Tee It Up' Column

Welcome to “Tee It Up,” a column that will provide insights into the challenging game of golf.

I’m Dr. Eric Wilson, a PGA legacy master professional in instruction and executive director of golf operations for Keiser University College of Golf and Sport Management. My goal with this endeavor is to provide you, the reader, with information that will add to your golf knowledge, improve your golf game and increase your enjoyment of the overall golf experience.

I’ve been playing golf for 56-plus years—27 of those as a PGA professional—and have taught the game for almost 30 years. Through trials, training, research, reading and experimenting, I’ve experienced almost every concept and emotion one could imagine on the driving range and on the golf course. I’ve been overjoyed when shooting a course record (three times) and have been devastated when double-bogeying the last hole to lose a tournament (more than once).

I’ve found that golf is amazingly complex when you are struggling to execute properly, yet unbelievably simple when you “allow” your natural talents to assume control.

How many times have you played the front nine in horrendous numbers and, without a care in the world, “lit it up” on the back nine? Or shot your personal best on the front nine, only to have the wheels come off on the back nine? Why does this happen? This question has been around for as long as the game itself. I hope you will join me in future issues of Stuart Magazine as we explore this phenomenon, and many others centered on the game of golf.