BELOIT, Wisc. (Feb. 26, 2019) – For the second time in five years, Travis Becker, director of
instruction at the Beloit Club and Ironworks Golf Lab, has been named the Wisconsin PGA
(WPGA) Teacher of the Year.
The Teacher of the Year award recognizes individuals who provide outstanding services as a
golf teacher, innovator and coach. Because of his teaching success, Becker is the only coach in
Wisconsin to lead PGA Junior League All Star teams in two different regions to a state
Becker’s junior golf programs now reach more than 400 kids annually, and he has performed
more than 15,000 golf lessons. Additionally, he previously received the WPGA Teacher of the
Year honor in 2015, and was also named Assistant Golf Professional of the Year in 2009.
“I am thrilled yet humbled to be selected as the 2019 Wisconsin PGA Teacher of the Year,”
Becker said. “I’m passionate about developing relationships with golfers and helping them
improve their game, and I’m thankful to be able to do that through my work at the Beloit Club
and Ironworks Golf Academy.”
He has also been recruited by the NBC Golf Channel Academy and acts as one of two lead
instructors in the state.
Becker joined Beloit Club, Beloit’s premier private golf club and entertainment facility, and
Ironworks Golf Academy, Wisconsin’s state-of-the-art indoor golf performance and
entertainment facility, in 2016 as director of instruction. Previously, Becker spent 17 years at
Cherokee Country Club in Madison, Wisconsin, as head golf professional under the tutelage of
Larry and Dennis Tiziani, two of the state’s most decorated teachers.
“We are proud of Travis and all he has accomplished,” said Jeff Whiteman, chief operating
officer at Geronimo Hospitality Group. “His passion for teaching – coupled with the top-notch
staff, facilities and technologies available at the Beloit Club and Ironworks Golf Academy – is
unmatched in the Midwest.”
The PGA of America is the world’s largest working sports organization, with more than 28,000
expert golf professionals who are dedicated to growing, teaching and managing the game. The
Wisconsin section is one of the 41 affiliated regional sections, with more than 500 members and
associates from the upper peninsula of Michigan to nearly the entire state of Wisconsin.
Becker will be officially recognized on March 4 at the 2019 Special Awards Reception held at
the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
About Travis Becker
Travis Becker joined both the Beloit Club and Ironworks Golf Academy teams in 2016 as
director of instruction. Previously, Becker spent 17 years at Cherokee Country Club in Madison,
Wisconsin, and served as the club’s head golf professional from 2010 to 2015. A PGA of
America member, Becker was named the 2009 Wisconsin PGA Assistant Golf Professional of
the Year. He was the head coach of the Wisconsin PGA Junior League State Champions, was
named 2015 and 2019 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year and was the 2015-16 Golf Digest State
Top Teacher. Becker is a five-time Top 100 Club Fitter for Titleist and has extensive experience
with various launch monitors and teaching software.
About Beloit Club
Regarded as one of the best country clubs in Wisconsin, the Beloit Club offers an
award-winning 18-hole golf course, recently named “Most Improved Golf Course” by Golf Inc.
Magazine. Located in Beloit, the region’s premier private golf club and entertainment facility
offers a full service clubhouse, multiple dining and entertainment options, a retail apparel shop,
private meeting areas, banquet space, outdoor pool complex and more. To learn more about
the Beloit Club, visit www.beloitclub.com.
About Ironworks Golf Lab
Ironworks Golf Lab is Wisconsin’s state-of-the-art indoor golf performance and entertainment
facility, offering world-class instruction and party space year-round. Ironworks’ HD Simulators
allow players to choose from 80+ golf courses from around the world, while the Visual Sports
Simulators offer 14 other games, including baseball, football, basketball and zombie dodgeball.
Ironworks Golf Lab is one of only eight facilities in the Midwest that’s affiliated with the Golf
Channel Academy, offering technology and a level of instruction not found anywhere else in the
state. To learn more about Ironworks Golf Lab, visit www.ironworksgolflab.com.