Alexander to Receive 2018 LPGA T&CP President’s Award

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‘This is an incredible honor,’ says U.S. Air Force veteran Alexander

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 7, 2018 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership announced today that U.S. Air Force veteran Jennifer Alexander will receive the 2018 President’s Award during the LPGA T&CP National Awards ceremony at next year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

The President’s award is awarded by the LPGA T&CP National President to a member or a non-member who has provided exceptional service, contributions, and/or leadership to the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional membership.

This person is chosen for his or her:

  • Significant contributions to the LPGA or LPGA T&CP
  • Long-term service or leadership to the organization
  • Serving as a member of the Executive Committee or T&CP National Committees

“I believe I am the messenger of many who will wholeheartedly agree that Jennifer is an excellent choice for this special award,” said LPGA T&CP National President Deb Vangellow. “Jennifer is a tireless and passionate LPGA T&CP member who has given so much to the Association.

“Her mentoring role with new members matriculating through our Teacher Education Program is truly inspirational and her incredible work with development and implementation of two very successful Girls Golf Programs (in San Francisco and Las Vegas) speaks volumes about this beloved teacher who simply gives, and gives freely of her time and talent. We are lucky to have ‘the Colonel’ in our LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Membership. Congrats, Jennifer!”

Alexander, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, became an LPGA Class A Teaching & Club Professional in October 2008 and is now a site director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf at Las Vegas Golf Club. When she first moved to Las Vegas in 2012, she learned there was no Girls Golf program in the area and decided to start her own program. After successfully launching a site at Las Vegas Golf Club, she helped fellow LPGA Teaching Professionals start three more sites in Southern Nevada.

“To be honored with the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals Presidents Award is an incredible honor,” said Alexander. “I was truly surprised when Deb Vangellow called to inform me. I love being an LPGA T&CP member and take great pride in representing our organization with professionalism and supporting my colleagues. We have so many talented members who continually inspire me and I am thankful to be in a position working to grow our membership.

“My Girls Golf program in Las Vegas has grown to more than 70 girls (and a few boys). When I first moved to Las Vegas, my goal was to touch the lives of 1,000 girls through golf within 10 years. I easily achieved that mark a few years ago.”

Before moving to Las Vegas, Alexander ran a successful LPGA*USGA Girls Golf site in San Francisco where she had 74 girls in her program. “In California, I gave about 1,200 hours of golf instruction every year to adults and juniors,” she said.

Alexander was honored with the 2017 Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award for her work with the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program. She is also a four-time recipient of the LPGA T&CP Western Section Junior Leader Award (in 2012, 2014, 2014, 2015).

Past recipients of the President’s Award have been: Karen Stellick (2018), Nancy Henderson (2014), Malia Folquet (2010), Amy Fox (1999), Executive Committee (1998), Kay McMahon (1997) and Marion Walker (1996).

 

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics, and the LPGA Lesson Zone.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Media Contact

Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA

mark.lamport-stokes@lpga.com, +1 386-274-6260

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Tombs, Brooke, Teno and Mack Receive 2018 LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Awards

Tina Tombs is Teacher of the Year, Kelley Brooke is Professional of The Year, Christa Teno is Coach of the Year and Mackenzie Mack is Junior Leader of the Year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 24, 2018 – The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership today announced the following members as winners of the 2018 national awards in acknowledgement of their dedication and achievements: Tina Tombs, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, Phoenix, Arizona, Teacher of the Year; Kelley Brooke, Bethpage Black Golf Course, Farmingdale, New York, Professional of the Year; Christa Teno, Seminole State College of Florida, Stanford, Florida, Coach of the Year; Mackenzie Mack, The First Tee of Tampa Bay, Tampa, Florida, Junior Golf Leader of the Year.

The national award winners were selected by the LPGA T&CP membership’s Executive Committee from the pool of the section award winners voted on by officers of the six regional sections: Central, International, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Western.

 

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The LPGA established the National Teacher of the Year Award in 1958. The award is given annually to the female golf professional who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments related to the teaching of golf during the year.

A former LPGA Tour player whose only career win came at the 1990 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, Tombs has been an LPGA Resident Instructor at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club since 2003 and Director of Instruction there since 2009. She has developed a ‘state of the art’ educational system at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club where she implements programs at all levels, ranging from youth to amateurs, and from women and businessmen to professionals.

“I am both completely shocked and totally honored to be the 2018 recipient of the LPGA National Teacher of the Year Award,” said Tombs. “My professional career began on the LPGA Tour, but I have been the most fulfilled by this sport and my career during my time as an instructor and member of the LPGA T&CP. This game has given me so much, and because of this, I will continue to give back to it in any way I can. I can’t think of any profession that I have had that is more rewarding than what I get to do out on the course with my students, mentors, teachers and family each day. Further, I am endlessly grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn from my esteemed colleagues. Thank you for bestowing me with this great honor.”

Tombs was ranked among Golf Digest’s top-10 amateur golfers in 1984 and while a collegiate player at Arizona State University, she won two tournament titles and was a two-time NCAA All-American. She played on the LPGA Tour from 1988-1999, her best results coming with her victory at the 1990 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic and a runner-up spot at the 1993 Sara Lee Classic, where she posted a career-low 64 during the final round before losing to Meg Mallon on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff.

A member of the LPGA for more than three decades, she has trained with the best psychologists, coaches and instructors the game can offer and in 2001 she decided to take this wealth of knowledge and share it with the community around her. In 2008, she joined the LPGA T&CP Membership and in 2010 she gained her Class A through the fast-track Certification process.

During her time in the golf industry, Tombs has been the recipient of several prestigious awards. In 2014, she was voted the LPGA National Teacher of the Year and the LPGA Central Section Teacher of the Year. She was ranked among Golf Digest’s Best Teachers in Arizona for 2017-2018 and was listed in the T&CP’s Top 50 LPGA Teachers for 2017-2018.

 

Professional of the Year, Kelley Brooke

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The LPGA T&CP Professional of the Year was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member primarily engaged in a golf operation, golf association or industry position, promoting the game through player development, growth of the game initiatives and other golf related activities.

A veteran of three decades in the golf industry as a player, golf instructor and businesswoman, Kelley Brooke was awarded a 20-year contract in November of 2017 to operate Bethpage Golf Course and its five 18-hole layouts, winning that contract ahead of the PGA Tour and 10 other male-owned golf management companies. During a varied career in the sport, she has given 40,000 golf lessons, made multiple television appearances, and owned or co-owned several golf and entertainment venues.

“I was in shock when I received the call,” Brooke said of being named Professional of the Year. “The LPGA T&CP is filled with hundreds of talented and revered professionals. Being recognized as the Professional of the Year was not something that I even dreamed about. This is truly the highlight of my 30-year career.”

After moving to New York City in 1992, Brooke began transforming golf programming in that area from a relatively unorganized leisure activity to a highly organized and highly participated sport. Due to her dedication, thousands of women, men, juniors, seniors, children with special needs and economically disadvantaged children have learned the game and participated in leagues and programs.

The highlights of Brooke’s time in NYC include the formation of The Police Athletic League Golf Program for 4,000 economically disadvantaged kids, the NYC Dept of Ed District 75 Golf Programs for children with severe disabilities, the NYC Junior Golf Club for children who seek instruction and tournament play, The Brooklyn Women’s Golf League and the Kelley Brooke/Golf Channel Junior Golf Camp.

In 2004, Brooke was awarded the federal concession of managing Brooklyn Golf Center (the only driving range in Brooklyn) and Riis Park Golf Course. In 2006, she formed North Shore Golf Group and put in a bid to operate the busiest driving range in the country, successfully winning the contract for Alley Pond Golf Center and starting operations there in June 2007.

Brooke has also spent three decades increasing public exposure for women in golf, proving that women can compete in an industry dominated by men. In the early 1990s she created, produced and hosted an instructional golf television program called ‘On the Tee with Kelley Brooke’ which aired in NY. She currently appears as a guest on The Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible”, acting as the golf expert when the show remodels a hotel with a golf course.

 

Coach of the Year, Christa Teno

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The LPGA T&CP Coach of the Year Award was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member who is actively engaged in teaching and/or coaching golf at the collegiate or high school level.

A former LPGA Tour player, Christa Teno has been the head women’s golf coach at Seminole State since 2007 and has coached the Raiders to one National Championship (in 2015), four runner-up spots and two third-place finishes. She was named Southeast Section Coach of the Year by the LPGA Membership in 2008, 2012 and 2015.

“This is an incredible honor for me, my family, my players and Seminole State College of Florida,” said Teno. “Yes, I love what I do, I’ve worked very hard, but this is also a chance for me to say thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. Every day I wake up excited to spend time with my team and my co-workers, so being recognized by the LPGA for simply doing what I love makes me blessed beyond belief!”

Teno went to North Texas State University on a golf scholarship from 1981-1985, graduating from there as a playing professional on the Futures Tour (1985-1997) and the LPGA Tour (1988-1991, 1996). She joined the LPGA Teaching Division in 1997 and won the LPGA Teaching National Championship in 1998. Teno was an LPGA National Evaluator from 2003-2013 and worked as an LPGA Teacher at several locations from 1988-2005.

She was the Head Professional and General Manager at Bainbridge Country Club from 1997-2000, and went on to become the head coach at Seminole State in 2007. Teno was inducted into the Windsor Essex County Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, and into the NJCAA Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017.

 

Junior Golf Leader of the Year, Mackenzie Mack

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The LPGA T&CP Junior Golf Leadership Award was established in 2012 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member who excels in teaching and promoting golf for juniors.

A stellar youth player who was recognized as one of GolfWeek’s top 100 junior golfers in the United States, Mackenzie Mack has been working since 2014 as Program Director for the First Tee of Tampa Bay, which reaches more than 60,000 students each year. She has created an affordable junior golf tour, developed curriculum to teach golf to middle school students with clubs in Hillsborough County, and brought a ‘Drive, Chip and Putt’ regional qualifier to Tampa Bay.

“There are so many talented women in the LPGA T&CP,” said Mack. “To be recognized amongst these women is exciting and is truly an honor.”

As a junior golfer, Mack played for and was a member of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), the International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT), Teens on the Green and the Western States Golf Association (WSGA). She was awarded a full golf scholarship to Indiana State University (ISU) where she became the first black woman to compete as a member of the women’s golf team.

During her time at Indiana State, she spent one season as assistant coach with the ISU women’s golf team and co-founded a non-profit organization called Tee it Up – a conduit to grow the game of golf and share her passion with underserved communities. In 2011, Tee it Up was awarded a grant that allowed Mack and her team to teach golf to children in Bitburg, Germany.

Mack has since become a teaching professional member of both the LPGA T&CP and PGA of America. She is TPI certified, US Kids certified, First Tee certified, and High School Coach certified. She is a site director with the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program and has held status as a playing professional on the Suncoast Ladies and LPGA Symetra Tours.

 

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics, the LPGA Lesson Zone presented by Volvik, and LPGA Golf Clinics for Women.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla.  For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Stephanie George

Where do you live:

Wellington, Florida

Where do you work & what you do:

The Club at Ibis. First Assistant Golf Professional

How long have you been an LPGA member?:

Since 2008

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Excellent! It was wonderful being able to trade ideas and meet new people in the golf industry.

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

To this day, have not run into one LPGA Professional who doesn’t bend over backwards to make someone feel welcome that’s new to the organization or to help with advice.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

How much the LPGA organization cares about their instructors and players of the game. It’s all about the person and their overall enjoyment of playing golf.

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

Go through the classes and take as many educational seminars as possible. It only helps you grow as an instructor.

What do you love most about the game of golf?:

Anyone can play it at any age. And you don’t have to be good at the sport to enjoy it.

Favorite Golf Tip:

Feet together drill! This helps a student focus on controlling their body and their tempo.

Lynn Marriott Named 2018 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award Recipient

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 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 15, 2018 – The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals announced today Lynn Marriott as the recipient of the 2018 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award, which recognizes an LPGA professional who gives back to the game in the spirit of Nancy Lopez.

The Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award was created in 2007 and is given to an LPGA professional who emulates qualities valued by Lopez: Leadership, Passion, Giving, and Approachability. Lopez is a 48-time LPGA Tour winner and four-time Rolex Player of the Year. She was inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame in 1987 and captained the victorious 2005 U.S. Solheim Cup Team.

“I am grateful and humbled to receive the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award,” Marriott said. “Nancy has done so much for the game and her spirit, passion and leadership has inspired me since I was a young player and later as a teacher and coach. Golf is better because of Nancy Lopez. It is truly an incredible honor to receive her award.”

Marriott is globally recognized as co-founder of VISION54, and together with Pia Nilsson, has coached players to well over 100 victories on the LPGA Tour, PGA Tour, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and Japan Tour. They’ve coached nine different major winners and four top-ranked players in the world, including current Rolex Rankings No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn.

As a Class A LPGA and PGA teaching professional, Marriott is one of the highest ranked female instructors in America and is regularly featured among Golf Digest’s Top 50 Greatest Teachers. Marriott is also a best-selling co-author and has been previously honored as the 2008 LPGA Ellen Griffin Rolex Award winner and was inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame in 2016.

Marriott believes it is a coach/teacher’s responsibility to help students find their best swing and their best way of playing and nurturing their unique spirit of the game. Based on that belief, VISION54’s Golf Schools, 54GOLF, have been named the “Best Golf School in America” and VISION54’s Coach Programs, 54COACH, have repeatedly received the highest marks by peers.

Past recipients of the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award are: Debbie O’Connell (2007), Troy Beck (2008), Patti Benson (2009), Lynn Stellman (2010), Malia Folquet (2011), Suzy Whaley (2012), Marvol

Barnard (2013), Angela Aulenti (2014), Teresa Zamboni (2015), Donna White (2016) and Sandy LaBauve (2017).

 

About Nancy Lopez Golf

The Nancy Lopez Golf (NLG) line provides unprecedented choice to the woman golfer in the selection of golf equipment and apparel. The four-step NLG Match Play Process also provides selection in club configuration to best fit the game of each woman. Nancy Lopez Golf embodies the spirit and energy of women’s golf and of its namesake, Nancy Lopez, who captured the imagination of people everywhere with her remarkable playing career and the genuine warmth of her charm. For more information about Nancy Lopez Golf, visit http://www.NancyLopezGolf.com.

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.

Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

 

Media Contact

Brianne Wigley, Tour Media Official, LPGA brianne.wigley@lpga.com, 386-341-7331

Jane Frost Receives 2018 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award

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Frost honored after a 36-year career as a teaching professional

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 15, 2018

Jane Frost, a member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals (T&CP) who has coached LPGA Tour legends such as Jane Blalock, Nancy Lopez, Sandra Haynie and Pat Bradley, joins an elite group of her peers as the recipient of the 2018 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award.

The Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, instituted by the LPGA T&CP Membership in 1989 to honor the late teaching professional Ellen Griffin, recognizes an individual, male or female, who made a major contribution to the teaching of golf and who emulates Griffin’s spirit, love and dedication to students, teachers, teaching skills and the game of golf.

“I am humbled and extremely honored to be recognized as the recipient of the 2018 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award,” Frost said. “Along my journey in the LPGA, I have always been inspired to contribute all I can to the Association and to be a better teacher every day I step on the lesson tee. Ellen Griffin certainly was one of my key spark plugs that ignited a passion for teaching that has brought so many incredible opportunities around the world. I am grateful for all of the gifts that teaching has provided and I will continue to plant the seeds for future generations so that they too will be touched and invigorated by the spirit of Ellen Griffin. Thank you to Rolex for contributing and supporting Ellen’s joy for this great game we all love. Her legacy lives on.”

Frost has donned several hats during a 36-year career as a golf teacher, including assistant professional, teaching professional, director of instruction, director of golf, general manager and head professional. In 2002, she established the Jane Frost Golf School “to better provide a variety of programs for golfers of a wide range of abilities and economic levels” and in 2014 the school transitioned into The Jane Frost Golf Performance Center. One year later, the Center opened a state-of-the-art Golf Studio affectionately called ‘The Barn’ – a direct inspiration from Miss Griffin’s ‘The Farm’.

The Center’s coaches provide club fitting, youth programs, adult new golfer programs and family programs, while the Center has also established a tradition of organizing charitable benefits for organizations such as The Sandwich Food Pantry, Breast Cancer Research, The American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s and Lupus Foundation.

Kathy Murphy, an LPGA T&CP Master Life Member who was the recipient of the 2013 LPGA Ellen Griffin Rolex Award said of Frost: “For three decades I have witnessed Jane’s development becoming one of the most well-known instructors in the golf industry. She always exhibits great passion for her student’s learning and for her own learning. She carefully chooses her support staff and has welcomed other instructors to utilize the benefits of an indoor/outdoor first-class facility. Growing the game of golf is a key motivation of her business. It doesn’t matter if you are new at the game of golf or a seasoned veteran, Jane’s dedication to golfers and the promotion of the game is always evident.”

Past recipients of the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award are: Peggy Kirk Bell, 1989; Linda Craft, 1990; Shirley Englehorn, 1991; Harvey Penick, 1992; Goldie Bateson, 1993; Carol Clark Johnson, 1994; Joanne Winter, 1995; Ann Casey Johnstone, 1996; Dr. DeDe Owens, 1997; Shirley Spork, 1998; Betty Hicks, 1999; Gary Wiren, 2000; Penny Zavichas, 2001; Annette Thompson, 2002; Dr. Barbara B. Smith, 2003; Marjorie Burns, 2004; Pat Lange, 2005; Donna White, 2006; Betsy Cullen, 2007; Lynn Marriott, 2008; Kay McMahon, 2009; Mary Beth McGirr, 2010; Dr. Debbie Crews, 2011; Dr. Betsy Clark, 2012; Kathy Murphy, 2013; Kerry Graham, 2014; Dana Rader, 2015; Pia Nilsson, 2016; and Sandy LaBauve, 2017.

 

About Rolex

Rolex is the official timepiece of the LPGA and sponsors many of the LPGA’s annual awards, including the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, Rolex Player of the Year and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year awards. Rolex honors the LPGA Tour’s Rolex First-Time Winners and is a supporting sponsor of the annual LPGA T&CP National Championship. At tournament sites, Rolex has a presence by providing the official time at selected tournaments and advertises in many event programs.

 

About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla., the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing more than 30 countries. With a vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while the Symetra Tour, the official development and qualifying tour of the LPGA, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Additionally, LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management.

The LPGA demonstrates its dedication to the development of the game through The LPGA Foundation. Since 1991, this charitable organization has been committed to empowering and supporting girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives, such as LPGA*USGA Girls Golf.

Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via www.LPGA.com. Join the social conversation at www.facebook.com/lpga, www.twitter.com/lpga and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo, and on Instagram at @lpga_tour.

 

Media Contact

Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA

mark.lamport-stokes@lpga.com, +1 386-274-6260

Hands First Method Wins Hands Down

 

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – Minnesota native, Barbara Moxness, won the Senior Division of the 2018 T&CP National Championship, held on Pinehurst No. 8 in August.  It wasn’t her first win in that division – she also won in 2012 – and it probably won’t be her last.  But in some ways, it may just be her most satisfying.  Not only did Moxness outplay everyone in the Senior Division, which includes competitors age 50 and over, but she beat every player in every division in the entire National Championship, finishing with the lowest 54-hole total, a 4-under-par 212!

Moxness is no stranger to tournament play.  She qualified for the LPGA Tour in 1978, finishing in the top ten in all LPGA Majors including the USGA Women’s Open, The Nabisco Dinah Shore, The LPGA Championship and The DuMaurier Classic. She had three second-place finishes and ranked 18th on the money list in 1982.  But something was missing.  “Why didn’t I compete better?” lamented Moxness.  “I was frustrated and started to lose my love for the game.”   She left the tour in 1986 to raise her family.

Shortly thereafter, she met San Diego golf teacher, AJ Bonar, whose unconventional approach to teaching the golf swing turned her game around.  She shot a 67 in the first competitive round she played after using what he taught her.

“You need to understand how the brain works,” explains Moxness.  “Forty-two percent of brain allocation goes to your hands.  What are your hands going to do with this club?”

The “Moxie Process,” which involves focusing on your hands vs. hips or other body parts during the swing, is explained in her book, Golf from the Inside Out.  “The book defines the physical, psychological and spiritual parts of golf,“ says Moxness.  “The athlete is there; it’s a matter of bringing it out.”

The Shirley Spork Super-Senior Award

Moxness’ 2018 Senior Division win included another accolade: she also picked up the coveted Shirley Spork Super-Senior Award, which recognizes players aged 65+.  The award was established at the 2009 T&CP National Championship by LPGA Founder, Shirley Spork.

“Creating the Super Senior Division allows more active coaches and teachers to participate,” said Spork.  “I would even like to see a Super-Super Senior category for ages 66+ or 70+.  We have to recognize all our coaches and teachers, no matter what age, and encourage them to keep playing in our tournaments.”

This dual win was the first occurrence since the inception of the Super-Senior award, which is a strong testimony to the effectiveness of the “Moxie Process,” perhaps proving that anyone of any age can play to their potential by using Moxness’ hands-first method.  “It’s fun to teach this way!” adds Moxness.

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Monique (Mo) Gesualdi

Where you live:

Raleigh, NC

Where do you work & what you do?

TPC Wakefield Plantation, Assistant Golf Professional

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2015

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was great. It gave me an opportunity to meet some highly successful mentors along the way.  Attending the various classes located all-over the country allowed me to visit places I had never been as well as meet other fellow lady professionals, some who remain my great friends today.

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

It is an honor.  I’ve had to endure and overcome many life-challenging obstacles to get to this point, so having that LPGA letters by my name symbolizes achievement to me.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The network it provides. Getting connected with so many knowledgeable, skilled, and successful ladies is a huge asset.  You’re able to learn from fellow LPGA members who completed the process before you and reach out whenever you have questions.

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

Write down all of the Pros & Reservations you might have about joining.  Seeing it written down on paper usually helps you decide.  Once you initially start the program, don’t think about how long you have to go or how much work/studying you need to do, rather, break-up your “to-do” list into smaller chunks, and give yourself small rewards upon completing.  It will help you cruise along and you’ll be done with the process before you know it!

What do you love most about the game of golf?

I love the challenge.  I played several sports before I picked up golf as a kid, but golf I found to be the most challenging of them all, and it really grabbed hold of me.   I remember wanting to work so hard and being so determined to get better.  I love how it always challenged me! To this day 23+ years later, it still challenges me every day!

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Brittny Lott

Where you live:

Fayetteville, GA

Where you work & what you do:

The First Tee of East Lake as the Girl’s Golf Coach

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Almost 4 years

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Exciting!…not too difficult, either.

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

It means a lot! I am able to maximize my talent, helps others enjoy the game, be a role model to the young people I teach and have a network of amazing women to connect with.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Honestly, the credentials that come from a quality education and an accredited organization.

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

Just do it! Assess what it is you actually want to accomplish…if helping others flourish in the game is a part of it, then you need to join the LPGA!

I consider it an honor to be a part of this organization and I am appreciative of your consideration of me!

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Mary Hafeman

Where do you live:

Jacksonville, Florida and West Bend, Wisconsin

Where do you work & what you do:

I am the Owner of Fore in One Golf Services / Mary Hafeman Golf Experience.  MHGE provides an overview of the golf experience from exceptional golf instruction, inclusive player development programs, customized travel, tournaments and outing series and social networking opportunities for the inexperienced player to the professional golfer. I have two locations, Deercreek Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida and Missing Links Golf Club in Mequon, Wisconsin.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2001

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I was one of the first PGA members to fast track to LPGA Class A membership.  At that time, you could apply to fast track, but you must complete and pass the writing and teaching test within 3 months. I was fortunate to be able to accomplish that task within the timeframe. I am very happy that I decided to become a LPGA member.

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

It is very rewarding being associated with an active association promoting golf, especially to women and girls. I enjoy networking with fellow professionals and mentoring new apprentices.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The networking and LPGA Girls Golf program

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

I would encourage them to get involved, network, find a mentor and advocate that will help them navigate not only the LPGA but the golf business.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

Golf is a lifetime activity that can be played with family and friends. It’s always changing which challenges you to never give up.

Additional Information:

I have grown my golf travel portion of my business which travels within and without the USA. It has been very profitable. I’d like to share my experiences with my fellow LPGA professionals and help them to grow their travel business with their members and guests. Traveling with your clients is not only rewarding by building long term relationships but is ancillary revenue source for you. If you’d like to know more about travel and golf, contact me at mhafe@aol.com