Derrick Payne began his golf career back in his home state of Maryland. After completing an all conference baseball career, his attention turned to golf. In the summer of 1998, Derrick met his mentor, PGA professional Andy Loving. Under his tutelage, Derrick developed not only his personal golf game but his teaching style as well. Derrick believes in introducing the game to people of all ages through a solid base of fundamentals. Derrick has been teaching golf in the Miami area since 2002. As the owner and founder of the Derrick Payne School of Golf, he established an elite junior academy from scratch. Beginning with just a summer camp, DPSOG has grown by leaps and bounds. As of Jan 1st 2016, DPSOG students have earned 97 US Kids local tour victories, 19 player of the year awards, and 12 trips to Pinehurst for the US Kids World Championship. A proud recipient of the 2012 US Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher Honorable Mention, Derrick is now a member of the Palmetto Golf Academy and a certified US Kids Golf Coach.