Mike's Bio



Mike Abate is a PGA Class "A" Golf Professional in the Carolinas Section. Mike turned Professional in 2000 and has played in numerous PGA sanctioned and section events. Not only is Mike an accomplished player, but has also completed his PGA certification in 2006.

Mike’s passion, knowledge, and continuing education for golf has allowed him to be a well respected teacher and mentor of the game. With his ability to cultivate the game of golf, teach the game of golf to youth, and operate the Youth Golf Foundation of North Carolina Sponsoring the Lake Norman Junior Golf Association is one of the unique features that differentiates his youth programs from many other successful youth programs.

Mike grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania and was captivated by the game at the age of 14. Following High School golf, Mike was a two time NJCAA All-American and then played his final two years of College Golf at Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. While playing for the Queens University golf team, Mike was the teams MVP for two seasons, team Captain his Senior Year, and medalist at one event. The experience and time Mike spent at Queens University has given him the knowledge and confidence needed in today’s business world.

Mike began his golf career in 2000 as an assistant golf professional, then as the Director of Golf with the NIKE Golf Learning Centers. Following this advancement Mike was the Director of Golf for The First Tee Program of The Lake Norman Region. In late 2009 Mike became the co founder of the Youth Golf Foundation of North Carolina which now sponsors the Lake Norman Junior Golf Association at Mooresville Golf Club.

With his ability to promote and cultivate the game of golf, operating The Youth Golf Foundation of North Carolina sponsoring the Lake Norman Junior Golf Association is an inspiring step in his career. Michael currently resides in Concord with his wife Allison, daughter Caroline and son Nicholas.

Mike is a current member of the Nike Golf Staff.

Mike Abates Coaching Philosophy

Every student is different
Sound fundamental are important for skill development
Effective practice to maximize improvement
People learn at different ages and rates of speed
We learn through experience and mistakes
Strength training and nutrition are keys for maximizing performance
Correctly fitted equipment is an integral part of skill accomplishment
The impact zone is the most important part of the golf swing
The aim point is the most important line in golf
Practice for the right reasons, practice like you play