By Ken MacLeod
Long-time Tulsa-based PGA professional Michael Boyd will become an independent contractor focused on providing instruction while Ben Benton will assume his former duties as director of golf at The Club at Indian Springs in Broken Arrow, including ownership of the pro shop.
Boyd, 39, will operate Michael Boyd Golf out of a new 1,500-square foot indoor practice facility that will be constructed on the driving range at Indian Springs. The club will own the facility and Boyd will serve as director of instruction for membership in addition to providing outside lessons.
"This is a great transition for all of us and one we have been working toward for a long time," said Boyd, the PGA South Central Section Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015. "I’m excited about it. I’ll be able to use the entire practice facility and the course for playing lessons."
Boyd’s arrangement will be similar to that of another prominent area teacher in Tracy Phillips, whose teaching center at Cedar Ridge Country Club services the club’s members while Phillips also has outside clients including professional golfers.
Boyd has been working nationally with PGA Tour veteran Scott Piercy since last June. In that time, Piercy won the Barbasol Championship, finished third in the BMW Championship and finished the year 22nd in Fed-Ex Cup points.
"Scott and I have known each other since I played the Hooters Tour and he’s a very talented guy," Boyd said. "He won $9 million before we worked together, so it’s not like I’m teaching him anything new. We’ve just worked on alignments that produce consistent golf shots. Our work is very much a conversation about what he feels and what needs to happen to so you can own and repeat your motion."
Boyd, a former University of Tulsa All-American and PGA Tour golfer himself, is working with several young professionals including former TU golfers Chris Worrell, Stephen Carney and Colton Staggs, as well as some talented collegiate and high school players.
Mostly, Boyd just loves teaching, from junior clinics to top professionals. His teaching website, found here, is currently free to join and has all manner of tips. The indoor facility will boast TrackMan and other advanced teaching technology but mostly it will be Boyd’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of the game that will make this arrangement work for both Boyd and Indian Springs.
"We think this will be great for both of us," said Mark Barrett, general manager of The Club at Indian Springs. "This is his passion and what he wants to do more than anything and it was time for him to take that leap of faith. He’s already brought membership to the club through bringing other students out here who have stayed and we’re hopeful this will do the same.
"Michael is very smart and he gets it. He was a psychology major in college and I think that helps him tremendously when he’s teaching. I expect nothing but the very best for him on this."
Benton, who had experience at The Oaks Country Club and The Canyons at Blackjack Ridge before coming to Indian Springs in 2014, will also thrive in his new role, Barrett said.
"Ben will be a great director of golf and is one of the best pros I’ve seen in working with the membership," Barrett said.
Barrett said he expects the indoor facility to be completed in March. Meanwhile, anyone interested in setting up a lesson plan with Boyd can contact him at email@example.com, call the pro shop at 918-455-9515 or to through his new business site at www.michaelboydgolf.com.