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Women in Golf Wednesday!

denise.pngName: Denise Lavigne

Where do you live? 

Boca Raton, Florida

Where do you work & what do you do?

I work in two places, Florida and Canada.

Deerfield Beach, Florida: Deer Creek Golf Club

Montreal, Canada: Golf Club Pinegrove and Club de Golf Le Mirage.

I am a golf teacher and coach that teaches at all levels. I coached the Quebec amateur junior team and was the ladies golf coach for the first “Canada Games” in 2009. I had the opportunity to teach 16 Years in Switzerland where I became the National Ladies Coach in 2010. I have trained a few players to play at the professional level such as Maude-Aimée Leblanc, Raphael de Sousa, and others.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1982.

How was the process of becoming a member for you? 

Very nice, and I felt I was welcomed.

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

I am proud to be a member of a women’s organization that seems to care about our needs and that opens up doors to different populations. I can see a huge growth of the game through the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals division and I am glad that over the years we got closer to the LPGA touring division.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

It is nice to be recognized as an LPGA Member.  LPGA is a great name and brand to be associated with.

At this stage of my life, I would say social, informative, fun meetings, networking and helping grow the game together in a fun way.

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

Do not wait!  Join the LPGA as soon as possible!

I feel that the LPGA is the association that helped me the most in my structure as a teacher and teaching style over the years. They are also good communicators where you feel like you are part of a big family exchanging and learning.

Words of Wisdom:

Let’s keep being proactive and make the game of golf a fun experience!

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Dona Lerner

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Name: Dona Lerner

Where do you live?

Cary, NC

Where do you work & what do you do?

Dona Lerner Golf Academy, Director of Instruction

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2000

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I loved it; the education and the interaction with experts was exactly how I hoped I would be trained and mentored. Kathy Murphy, Dr Debbie Crews and Jane Frost inspired me and I knew from the start I had made the right choice.

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

I am a member of an organization of highly competent, qualified and passionate women who share the same respect for the game of golf as I do. It means everything to me.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The interpersonal relationships I have been able to develop and the opportunities to learn from so many incredible women.

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

Find a mentor…….seek someone to help guide, inspire and support you through the certification process and beyond. Invest in yourself so you are worthy to be invested in.

Words of Wisdom:

I am a proud member of the LPGA T&CP. This is a second career for me, and one I have never regretted choosing. I immersed myself in the process, respect those who came before me, and am grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization. I welcome the newer members who ask my advice or guidance and hope to give back as I was given to.

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name: Abby Welch

Where do you live?

Charleston, SC

Where do you work & what do you do?

LPGA, Certified PGA Golf Instructor at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2007

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was amazing! The testing process was a very educational experience for me. I had first gone through the PGA, which was over the entire golf business. Going through the LPGA helped me become a better instructor. I loved learning that you have to understand your student so that you can cater your instruction to them personally. I felt after the education process, it really added value to my instruction.

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

I feel that I am a part of an elite group of women specifically who enjoy the game themselves and want to grow the game to other people so that they can enjoy this wonderful game too.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

A place to go to teach with other women like myself who want to grow the game but also meet new women who we can learn from to grow our own businesses/teachings.

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

My first question would be “Why Not!?!” There is nothing that the LPGA hasn’t helped with, supported, me with, or given me an opportunity with. It is just like a family. If you are just beginning the process it is a great place for support, education, and opportunity. If you have been in the business awhile the LPGA can only increase your business by these attributes. The beginning is hard with going through the education and testing, but it only makes you a better member, teacher, golfer in the end. That is why it is here!

I am a member of both the LPGA and PGA and I am a proud member of both. But it is a great privilege to be a member of an all-women’s association dedicated to golf.

Abby Welch
abby_welch@kiawahresort.com
www.abbywelchgolf.com

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name: Megan Younkman

 

Where you live: St. Petersburg, Florida

 

Where you work & what you do: I am the Owner/Director of Instruction of MYPRO Golf School in Tampa, Florida. I also work for the LPGA Global Education Team as an Evaluator, an LPGA PTE Workshop Leader and Chair for the LPGA National Continuing Education Committee.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I’ve been an LPGA Class A Member since 2007!

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

My process went smoothly, yet challenging.  The Education Team served as my textbook, by biggest supporter and my largest critic.  I was well prepared to teach upon completion.

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

For me, being an LPGA member means that I have a power within golf’s global community to be an effective teacher, both introducing and keeping a club in the hands of many players. The LPGA makes me so proud as it continues to grow.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part about the membership is being a part of a women’s organization where women support women. I know I can call any other LPGA member if I need assistance or advice.

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

I would encourage a future candidate that the LPGA provides you with a platform to succeed, supplies you with an opportunity to continue growth throughout your career and surrounds you with other successful and inspirational women in the industry.

 Fun Fact: “SnowBalls to GolfBalls”. I decided to focus on golf at age 16 after spending 8 years training as a downhill mogul snow-ski racer. My knees thank me now for making the right choice!

Member Profile – Shannon Kneisler

We all get into the golf business for different reasons. We find our passion and somehow destiny takes us on a journey. Shannon Kneisler is no different but she has had some of the most unique and interesting experiences that I have heard of in a long time. Take a few minutes to meet her. Wait until you see how she is bringing caddies back to the game, and how she has been giving golf lessons all over the world!

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Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:  Brianne Murphy

Where you live?

St. Petersburg, Florida

Where you work & what you do:

Director of Instruction at Feather Sound Country Club

How long have you been an LPGA member?

2002

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was great!  My advisor was there to answer questions whenever I had them.  The education and schools were fun, extremely informative and have several friendships all over the US because of traveling to attend.

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

It is an absolute honor to be a part of this organization!  I feel that we have made a growing impact and name in women’s sports. The LPGA maintains a “Cheers” feel where everyone knows your name throughout the membership  🙂

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Feeling like I am a part of something that matters and makes a difference.  I value the playing opportunities and continuing education as well.

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

Take advantage of all the opportunities, the knowledge of the members, and don’t be afraid to get involved.

 

 

Final Round Summary – 2017 LPGA T&CP Team Championship

Place Golfer Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Total Purse
(per Team)
1 Dormann, Dana 67 59 126* $6,000
Hurst, Pat
2 Bartholomew, Jean 65 61 126* $5,000
Neumann, Liselotte
3 Bonhurst, Joy 70 58 128 $4,000
Grimes, Lisa
4 Ferguson, Stefanie 69 60 129 $3,000
Andonian-Smith, S.
T5 Umeck, Gina 71 59 130 $2,250
Curdt, Alison
T5 Johnston-Forbes, C. 71 59 130 $2,250
Palli, Anne-Marie
7 DePaulo, Lisa 69 62 131 $1,500
Alcott, Amy
8 Hennessy, Julie 70 62 132 $1,200
Jones, Marjorie
9 Jacobs, Mary 71 62 133 $1,000
Walla, Kristin
T10 Samp, Kristen 71 63 134 $ 850
Atsedes, Lori
T10 Cusimano, Dede 70 64 134 $ 850
Brower, Laurie
12 Finney, Allison 73 62 135 $ 700
Drew, Heather
T13 Preisinger, Carol 74 62 136 $ 550
Tombs, Tina
T13 Folquet, Malia 68 68 136 $ 550
Imrie, Kathryn
T15 Gustafson, Peggy 71 66 137 $134
Teno, Christa
T15 Cully, Jennifer 72 65 137 $134
Bozarth, Marci
T15 Salmon, Bobbi 75 62 137
Palmer, Sandra
18 Rule, Shelly 74 64 138
Fischer, Jamie
T19 Hill, Carolyn 72 67 139
Austin, Sally
T19 Davis, Marlene 72 67 139
Tyler, Laura
Place Golfer Name Rd 1 Rd 2 Total Purse
           
T21 Hanley, Shannon 75 65 140
Zamprelli, Debbie
T21 Kirsch, Peggy 74 66 140
Edelen, Cathy
T23 Bates, Dana 75 66 141
Lawrence, Mary
T23 Quayle, Jessica 74 67 141
Heinmert, Rebecka
T23 Holt, Jennifer 76 65 141
Lehmann Vatcher, C.
26 Spooner, Kelley 75 67 142
Ishiguro, Teresa
T27 King, Elena 76 67 143
Ritchie, Mary
T27 Davis, Beverley 73 70 143
Nevatt, Linda
T29 Milord, Rio 79 65 144
Nelson, Audrey
T29 Gatherum, Carol 74 70 144
Furst, Judy
T31 Quinn, Christie 76 69 145
Young, Loretta
T31 Bradley, Rebecca 76 69 145
King, Debby
T31 Schindler, Kiernan 80 65 145
Palacios-Jansen, K.
34 Zamboni, Teresa 76 70 146
Henderson, Nancy
35 Clark, Kerri 77 70 147
Arnold-Langley, Keri
36 Graham, Gail 81 70 151
Moore, Mindy
37 Eckes, Dixie 81 71 152
Szekely, Erin
T38 Marquis, Patti 80 74 154
Dunphy, Karyn
T38 Lynd, Julie 87 67 154
Chamberlain, Marge
T40 Coleman, Kimberly 80 77 157
Kern, Jennifer
T40 McCammon, Cherie 79 78 157
Hillyard, Laurie
42 Rundell, Rachelle 83 75 158
Jeffries, Nicola
43 Ekfeldt, An Marie 94 69 163
Katsumata, Mie

 

 

* One Hole Sudden Death Playoff – Dormann/Hurst won