When Rick Sellers was named a Golf Channel Academy lead instructor two years ago, the Bloomington-based teaching professional knew that could involve some national television time on the network.

That time will come on Aug. 22 when Sellers appears on Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" show for an instruction segment that probably will last about 10 minutes.

"I'm flattered," said Sellers, 61. "I'm happy to be here in Bloomington doing what I'm doing, but to be recognized more on a national level is kind of fun."

"Morning Drive" runs from 6 to 8 a.m. Sellers isn't sure when his segment will run during the program.

Sellers flies down to Orlando, Fla., on Aug. 21 and will meet and have dinner with the show's producers to decide what they will discuss in the segment.

"Because it's the start of the FedEx Cup (playoffs the next day), it might be related to something they might see and how would you advise someone to hit this shot," said Sellers, who has instructed PGA Tour members D.A. Points and Peter Jacobsen.

In addition to the "Morning Drive" appearance, Sellers said they will shoot other instruction spots to be used later on Golf Channel.

"The information that I have I think I can share well," said Sellers. "It's flattering your peers and people who judge golf teachers think enough of what I do and say that they think it's worthwhile to have me on." 

Sellers is the owner of Rick Sellers Golf, based out of the Rick Sellers Indoor Golf Center in Bloomington, which is a Golf Channel-branded facility. He is a three-time Central Illinois Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year (2007, 2010, 2016) and the 2004 Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year.

After serving as club pro at Lakeside Country Club, Crestwicke Country Club and Bloomington Country Club, Sellers went into full-time teaching in 2000. A year earlier, he met renowned instructor Jim Hardy of Houston.

Sellers calls Hardy his "mentor ... when I'm around him, I'm like a first grader."

"He says, 'I'll teach you what you need to know then I want you to leave the nest and learn the rest on your own. I'll give you the foundation and fundamentals of what I believe in then develop your own way and style of saying things,'" said Sellers.

Golf: PGA Championship (CBS, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sunday): This will be the last PGA Championship in August as this major moves to May next year. Narrow fairways at Bellerive probably won't help Tiger's chances of No. 15. 

MLB: Nationals at Cubs (ESPN, 7 p.m. Sunday): A juicy matchup featuring Washington's Max Scherzer against new Chicago acquisition Cole Hamels. This once looked like a playoff possibility, but Nationals need to get going. 

NFL preseason: Steelers at Packers (WMBD, 7 p.m. Thursday): Green Bay has made several changes in effort to make another push for a Super Bowl try with Aaron Rodgers still in his prime.

Contact Jim Benson at jbenson@pantagraph.com.



Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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