About John

John Rawdon is at the top of his Industry, a lifetime member of the PGA and a “Certified Professional”, which is one step away from the ultimate achievement ……MASTER PROFESSIONAL, PGA.

Born in 1964 in Wichita, Kansas, he played golf every day possible from the early age of 5 years old. He attended Plattsburg High School in Missouri and then on to William Jewel College. He also studied abroad at Harlaxton in Grantham, England before graduating at Northwest Missouri State University in 1987. He received a B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Coaching.   In 1986 he started his career at Paradise Pointe Golf Course in Smithville, Missouri and was elected to membership of the PGA in 1991. John later leased a facility in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and further honed his skills as a golf professional. He became the Head Golf Coach for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blue Gold Women’s Golf Program, and twice received Coach of the Year Honors in his collegiate division. While in Wisconsin, he also became the Lead Instructor at the Nike Camp in Stephens Point.

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Helping others enjoy the game has always been his ultimate goal. And throughout his life, John has always been especially proficient with the younger generation of golfers. Juniors are his true passion, they are a key part of his motivation and drive for the game. He has coached, taught, and mentored countless students in District, Sectional, and State Competition. He has taken pride in seeing those students succeed in golf, and also succeed in life.

JOHN’S FAVORITE QUOTES ON GOLF:

  • “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated

    – Arnold Palmer
  • “See it, Feel it, Trust it.”

    – Dr. David L Cook, PHD
  • “Act – Don’t React…. You have the power to choose.”

    – Unknown

Qualifications and Accomplishments

  • Lifetime Member/ “Certified Professional” –PGA
  • Lead Instructor Nike Golf Camp- Stephens Point, Wisconsin
  • Head Coach- University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Women’s Golf Program
  • Third in the Nation at UW-EC
  • Scoring Average dropped from 380 to 320
  • Coach of the Year twice
  • Largest Jr Golf Program at EVERY Facility as Professional
  • 100’s of State High School Qualifiers
  • Multiple State Champions
  • Multiple NCAA All- Americans
  • Freshman of the Year in the Country NCAA
  • Pepsi Little Peoples 2nd Place finisher

Influential Instructors in his life:

  • Stan Thirsk
  • Manuel de la Torre
  • Mike Malaska
  • Bob Toski
  • Craig Harmon
  • Bob Hickman, Master Professional
  • John Marquardt
  • Sam Snead
  • “I can learn more about a person on the golf course than in a church service.”

    – John Rawdon
  • “We know that practice is the key to our success in anything we do.”

    – John Rawdon
  • “If you’re not as good as you want to be , look in the mirror.”

    – John Rawdon
  • “There is a 3 to 1 ratio between practicing and playing.”

    – John Rawdon
  • “8 to 80, insane or crazy, golf is a game of a lifetime.”

    – John Rawdon
  • “Golf is Life, Life is Golf.”

    – John Rawdon
  • “Golf is hard.”

    – John Rawdon