With a background in both journalism and golf, Kim Kleinle brings a unique perspective to sports writing.
Kim is a Class A member of the PGA of America and a Class A-2 member of the LPGA. She is one of a select group of PGA professionals who have completed the PGA's Certified Professional program, with her certification in instruction. And, as of January 2012, she was one of only 11 Certified Instructors in Pennsylvania, where she works as head professional of a small private club in the Pocono Mountains. Only 2 percent of the entire PGA membership have attained the status of Certified Professional. She also teaches with the prestigious LPGA Golf Clinics for Women, which are conducted throughout the country.
Her background in journalism has spanned more than 30 years. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications from Point Park University, Pittsburgh. Her work has been published in the Northeast Golfer and the Scranton Times, among others.
Kim has served as director of the Pocono Junior Golf Tour since 2009. Her work with juniors led to her nomination for Junior Golf Leader of the Year in the Philadelphia Section of the PGA in 2009. She was previously nominated for the Arthur W. Brosius Assistant Professional Award in the Philadelphia Section and received two Titleist/FootJoy merit scholarships through the PGA's Professional Golf Management program, from which she graduated in 2001. She also successfully completed the LPGA's National Education Program Series I & II.
Kim uses a student-centered approach to teaching, working with individual students and the golf swings that are unique to them. She believes that a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching does not benefit the golfer, so each lesson is as unique as the individual.
Kim loves to travel, read and listen to music, especially roots music, foremost being the blues.