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Faults & Cures

VISA’s touring golf instructional program, ‘Faults & Cures’, announced Friday it will add eleven new cities to the tour next year and will add a program for female golfers. VISA will also expand the stay in some major cities for up to three weeks. The program is run by the Nicklaus/Flick Golf School, a division of Golden Bear Golf, Inc.. Other improvements for the ‘1998 Faults & Cures’ include a new mobile video unit for instant on-site analysis of each student’s swing and a reduced student-teacher ratio of 6-to-1.

More golfers than ever will have the opportunity to benefit from the Nicklaus/Flick Golf School’s renowned teaching methods as the Faults & Cures presented by Visa touring instructional program kicks off 1998 with eleven new tour cities and significant program enhancements.

Overwhelming interest from golfers nationwide led to the school’s decision to expand its tour schedule and make the golf program available to as many golfers as possible.

“So many golfers are looking for a proven method of improvement, a way to take their game to the next level without having to start from scratch,” said Charlie Ricks, vice president of the Nicklaus/Flick Golf School, a division of Golden Bear Golf, Inc. “As a result of this high demand, we have added new cities to the 1998 Faults & Cures program and increased the stay to three weeks in several larger markets.”

New cities on the Faults & Cures tour for this year include San Diego and San Bernardino, Calif.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Washington, D.C./Baltimore, Md.; Dayton, Ohio; Portland, Ore.; Lanai City, Hawaii; Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando and West Palm Beach, Fla; and Tucson, Arizona.

Cities which will be hosting the program for three weeks include Atlanta, Houston, Washington/Baltimore, Dallas, Boston, Long Island, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

“To further enhance our programs in 1998, we have added a mobile video unit, which allows instant on-site video analysis of each student’s swing, and improved our student-teacher ratio from 8-to-1 to 6-to-1, to ensure that each student has the optimum amount of personal, one-on-one instruction,” said Ricks.

A new program designed for female golfers, Faults & Cures For Women Only, will also be launched in 1998.

“A key objective for Nicklaus/Flick is to continue to be a leader in providing quality services and instructional products designed specifically for the growing market of women golfers,” said Ricks, who reported that 22 percent of golfers enrolled in Nicklaus/Flick programs last year were women.

Lead instructors for the For Women Only programs are Jackie Bertram Kaufman, who heads instruction for the Golf for Women Magazine Golf School by Nicklaus/Flick in Boca Raton, Fla., and Kathy Hart Wood, a member of the Nicklaus/Flick staff since 1994 and instructional editor for Golf For Women magazine.

Other instructors include three-time U.S. Women’s Open champion Susie M. Berning and four-time LPGA Tour winner Janet Coles.

The Faults & Cures program is presented by Visa, the world’s largest consumer payment system. Visa plays a pivotal role in advancing new payment products and technologies to benefit its 20,700 member financial institutions, their cardholders and the global economy. Visa’s 561 million cards are accepted at 13 million locations worldwide. The Visa Global ATM Network consists of more than 342,000 ATMs in 113 countries. For more information on Visa, visit Visa Expo at

The Nicklaus/Flick Golf School is a division of Golden Bear Golf, Inc. Golden Bear Golf is a diversified, international brand name golf products and services company engaged in the development, marketing and management of golf-related business including golf practice and instruction facilities, golf instructional schools, golf-related consumer products, and the construction of golf courses and resort-related facilities. For more information on Golden Bear Golf, please visit the website at

To reserve a spot in the school in your city, call 1-800-642-5528.

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