For the second time in five years, Travis Becker — the director of instruction at Ironworks Golf Academy and Beloit Club — has been named the 2019 WPGA Teacher of the Year. Becker is being recognized for his outstanding services as a golf teacher, innovator and coach.
The Holmen native and graduate of the Golf Academy of San Diego has been mentored by two of the best teachers in WPGA history, Dennis and Larry Tiziani. Becker worked at Cherokee Country Club in Madison from 1999 through 2015 and discovered his passion for teaching, coaching and club fitting under the legendary teaching professionals.
A move to Beloit and the creation of the Ironworks Golf Academy have allowed him to put his own touches on instruction and fitting.
The former top 100 club fitter for Titleist (2008 and 2009), Becker teaches more than 1,200 individual lessons per season. His eight different junior programs reached over 400 kids in 2018.
Becker uses the best technology available to assist with his lessons and fittings. He has taught an impressive list of students whose accomplishments range from playing on a professional tour to improving their handicaps significantly.
“The Wisconsin section has so many fantastic PGA Professionals, so I am truly humbled and honored to win this award," Becker said. "This is one of my greatest accomplishments in my career. Thank you to all my fellow professionals, students, and family. This award means more than words can say!”
This is the third WPGA special award for the Sun Prairie resident. Previously, Becker won the WPGA Teacher of the Year award in 2015 and also was named Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 2009.