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Women in Golf Wednesday! – Anne Cain

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Name: Anne Cain

Where you live?

Amelia Island, FL

Where you work & what you do?:

The PGA TOUR Academy at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1995

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was fun and educational; I think it is even much better now

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

I feel I am part of bigger organization and have the support of the LPGA.  When I joined, there were so few women in the golf industry it was easy to feel isolated.  I really like how the LPGA education system has prioritized teaching and coaching.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The friendships, professional relationships, and education

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Most LPGA members are willing to mentor and support each other. Reach out to as many people as you can and seek guidance and advice.

Words of Wisdom:

I encourage everyone to be involved and serve the organization either on a sectional or national level.   I hope the LPGA organization will continue to offer opportunities for people with areas of expertise to contribute to the education curriculum moving into the future.

Louise Ball wins Jeri Reid Spirit Award

Midwest Section President and Class A T&CP Member Louise Ball has been awarded the LPGA Midwest Section Jeri Reid Spirit Award.

After joining the LPGA in 1997, she built her career in golf, starting as a teaching professional and owner of Tennessee Golf Academy at Gettysvue Polo Golf and Country Club in Knoxville, TN, where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of instruction, programming, bookkeeping, lesson scheduling, and branding. And she served as EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) Teaching Professional for Greater Knoxville Chapter, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Academy Lead Instructor, and LPGA Leadership Academy Instructor.

“Jeri Reid was a fantastic member of our organization, and a great friend and confidant to so many.” Ball said upon learning she had been selected for the award. “In one word, she was inspirational!  She never missed a teachable moment.  She battled cancer 7 times in her life, and even towards the end of her life when referring to others going through challenges, she was quoted as saying ‘if they just gave a little more effort or a little more concentration towards what they want to do be doing, instead of what they don’t want to do, they would be better off.’ Jeri had a positive influence on everyone she touched, I’m so glad the MW section has named The Spirit Award in her name; it personifies Jeri perfectly.  I am truly grateful to be chosen in 2017 for this honor.”

Jeri Reid became a member of the LPGA T&CP in 1985. She was an active Tour Player whose playing career was cut short as a result of an injury sustained in a car accident.

She then picked herself up and started putting the pieces back together and began on a successful career path of teaching and inspiring golfers to play the game she loved so dearly.

But she never gave up, and, in Jeri’s words, “You have to pick yourself up and move on.”

Unfortunately, Jeri dealt with these numerous health issues until she lost her long, courageous and inspirational battle with cancer in April of 2016.

The Jeri Reid Spirit of Golf Award was established in 2014 and will be awarded annually to a Midwest Section member who inspires others by their actions just as Jeri Reid has touched countless lives throughout her career.

Women in Golf Wednesday – Dawn Pentesco

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Name: Dawn Pentesco

Where you live? 

Venice, FL

Where you work & what you do?

Plantation Golf & Country Club, Sales and Marketing Director

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2009

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Life transforming!  I have met so many wonderful people. It was a long road but worth it.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

It is a huge feather in my cap. I am proud of this accomplishment and being one of few Class A LPGA Professionals in the world. The LPGA has helped me become a better golf professional and a better person.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The people you meet and sharing best practices.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

Do it! The LPGA is the best organization in the world to help you with your golf career and personal development.

2017 LPGA Western Section Pro-Pro

What a terrific day at the beautiful Stanford University Golf Course for the 2017 LPGA Western Section Pro-Pro!

An absolute honor to have Dr. Condoleezza Rice do a Q&A before our round – what an inspirational and such a class act.

Thank you to all that participated and the Tournament Committee and Host, Kathryn Imrie!

Results

Place Pro-Pro Team Score Purse
1st Pat Hurst and Wendy Ward 61 $850 per team
T – 2nd Alison Curdt and Rebecka Heinmert 64 $700 per team
T – 2nd Dana Bates and Keri Arnold-Langley 64 $700 per team
T – 4th Heather Drew and Allison Finney 65 $450 per team
T – 4th Kristen Walla and Jessica Reese-Quayle 65 $450 per team
T – 4th Malia Folquet and Kelley Spooner 65 $450 per team
7th Daniela Recla and Staci Cortez Patterson 66 $250 per team

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Women in Golf Wednesday! – Charlotta Sorenstam

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Name:  

Charlotta Sorenstam

Where you live?

Orlando, FL

Where you work & what you do:

Charlotte Harbor National Golf Club as Director of Instruction

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

Tour member since 1997 and T&CP member since 2008

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Since I had been a Tour player, I was already qualified with the PAT. I did some studying about the membership requirements and was well prepped for my evaluations and for the questions, I thought it was fairly easy to tell the truth.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

LPGA has a good credibility around the world for a high educational organization where they focus on the students and that is what I like.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Feels I have an extended family and if I need any help from another member, they are always there and willing to help and share their experiences.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

That you seek advice from someone who has done the program themselves so that you can get advice or even have them evaluate you before you take the tests.

Karen McMeekin Proclaimed “Certified Humane Animal Investigator”

by Ken Steadman and others

Not Only is Midwest Section Class A Member, Karen McMeekin a great teaching professional, she also has taken on a passion of hers in fighting cruelty to animals.

When Karen moved to Tennessee from South Florida in 2004, she learned the plight of the homeless pets in the area. Her original intention was to move to Crossville to teach golf. She relocated to the mountains after teaching school for 11 years following her graduation from the University of South Florida.

She eventually began playing amateur golf across the State and then climbed to the ranks of the LPGA Class “A” status. While building a golf business in Fairfield Glade at the former 4 Seasons Par 3, she became more involved in animal welfare.

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