As a 5-time LPGA majors champion, Se Ri Pak was a star before meeting Tom Creavy, but her game was in shambles when she turned to him for help following a winless 2000 season. Under Creavy’s guidance, Pak captured five tournaments in 2001, including her third major at the Women’s British Open.
Pak won five more times in 2002 (including the LPGA Championship) and added another three victories in '03. Under Tom's tutelage, Pak won her 5th major in 2006.
Creavy was 22, Tiger was 18, and the tournament was the 1993 Monroe Invitational in Pittsford, N.Y. Woods would capture the first of his three straight U.S. Amateurs the following month, but he couldn’t master Creavy that day.
Four straight birdies on the back nine resulted in a 3-and-2 semifinal triumph, and Creavy, who was raised in Orleans and graduated from Nauset Regional, went on to win the prestigious amateur tournament.
Tiger's match play loss at Monroe was his only match play loss over a five year period beginning with his three consecutive USGA Junior Championships and ending with his three consecutive United States Amateur Championships.
In 2012, Tom was inducted in to the Stetson University Hall of Fame. He began golf at a young age and competed at the U.S. Junior Amateur, the U.S. Amateur, and multiple other events at the national level. At Stetson, he was named Player of the Year in the Trans-America Athletic Conference in 1992.
In 1996, Creavy switched his attention and became a golf instructor. In 2000, he established his own golf schools where he teaches full swing, short game, and course management.
The Creavy family has a rich golf history. Tom’s grandfather, Joe, played on the PGA Tour in the 1930s and was instrumental in establishing the LPGA. His uncle, Bill, was a club pro, and another uncle, Jack, played in the U.S. Open. And then there was his great-uncle, also named Tom Creavy, who defeated Gene Sarazen to capture the 1931 PGA Championship.
Tom, on his Uncle: “His career ended young because of back problems, but I read about him and my father told me lots of stories,” Creavy said. “He must have been incredible. I’ve seen pictures of his swing and it looked great!”
As first assistant to famed golf guru David Leadbetter in Orlando, Fla., for 4 1/2 years, Tom provided tips to Nick Faldo, Nick Price, Greg Norman and Ernie Els.
Now director of instruction at the Metrowest Golf Resort in Orlando, Creavy coaches a number of touring pros.
Hailing from Westchester, New York, Tom has a long line of golf ancestry dating back to his uncle, also Tom Creavy, who was victorious at the 1931 PGA Championship defeating greats like Gene Sarazen in the match-play format. The final match was refereed by Bobby Jones.
Tom was introduced to the game at an early age and played in the US Junior Amateur, the US Amateur, and several other events on the national level. After graduating from Stetson University in May of 1992, with a degree in Finance, Tom continued his pursuit of a career in the golf industry. Tom was the Player of the Year in the Trans-America Athletic Conference in 1992 and in 1993 defeated Tiger Woods 3 & 2 en route to a victory in the Monroe Invitational Championship in Rochester, NY.
After working with the Golf Digest instructional schools on Cape Cod, Tom decided to completely turn his attention to golf instruction in 1996. Through extensive training, Tom became a certified instructor at the David Leadbetter Academy. Tom worked as Leadbetter’s first assistant for over four years. His experience included working with tour players such as Nick Faldo, Nick Price, and Ernie Els.
In September of 2000, Tom began conducting his own golf schools, and corporate outings. Upon leaving the Leadbetter Academy, Tom began working as Se Ri Pak’s full time coach. Since working together, Se Ri has won 18 LPGA events, including three LPGA major championships. Se Ri was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in November 2007. Tom also spent several years coaching Amy Yang, LPGA Superstar, as well Beatriz Recari. Amy has finished in the Top 5 in various Majors in the last 2 years. Several other PGA and LPGA Tour winners, as well as some of the nation’s top collegiate and amateur players, seek Tom’s advice.
As the Director of Instruction at Metrowest Golf Club, Tom’s programs include lessons on the full swing, short game, and consultation on golf course management. Tom has been highly ranked by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. He enjoys instructing players of all abilities.
Tom has been a resident of Orlando since graduating from Stetson University. He is very involved with the Orlando community and is married to his wife, former Leigh Anne Hardin, a Duke University All-American.