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Women in Golf Wednesday!

jamie taylorName: Jamie Taylor

Where you live?

Orlando, FL

Where you work & what you do?

LPGA Foundation, Event Coordinator

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2011

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was great! I was a head pro for the Cleveland Metroparks in Cleveland, OH and was blessed to have my certification paid for as part of my job benefits. I was the first female golf professional to work for them, so I educated them and my male counterparts on the process as well. I’m glad that I took my time and did each level over a one-year period because it really allowed me to mature in how I taught.

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

Being a member of the LPGA is special because I get to do what I love and have done since the age of 7 every day. This membership is such a unique certification and has opened doors for me that I could not have been able to do with my MBA. I’ve also met other women who share my passion and are doing amazing things in this industry. Since coming to work for the Foundation, my eyes have been open to so many opportunities that other members are doing and that is why I joined the LPGA T&CP family.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part of the membership is being able to represent a group of women that are doing their passion and breaking barriers. I meet at least one person every week, who tells me they have never met a female golf pro before. To be the first contact someone has with a certified pro makes my membership even more valuable. I feel like I get to break stereotypes without really doing a lot.

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

I would advise a newbie to find their niche. A lot of people think they must go the traditional route and be an assistant pro, then head pro. But our options in this industry are limitless. In fact, if I started all over again, I think I would consider being a contractor for a least the first year or two of my career, so that I could really figure out my passion. Fortunately for me, I broke away from what I thought was the best route and chose to do work that gives instant gratification every day!

Words of Wisdom:

As a former site director and current member of the LPGA Foundation, I am compelled to encourage members new and seasoned to get involved with the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program. This is our program and its focus is to purely get more females into the game. Who doesn’t want that??? So, volunteer, donate, or darnit run a site!

2017 Section Of the Year Awards

Congratulations to our Section Of The Year Award Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Oct 9, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has selected the recipients of annual section Teacher, Professional, Coach and Junior Golf Leadership awards. Each of the six sections of the LPGA T&CP—Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Western, and International—winners are selected by the Section Officers and Section Nominating Committee Chair annually in each of the four categories.

The LPGA T&CP National Awards Selection Committee will select the overall national award winner in each category from among the section award winners. The national winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2017 LPGA T&CP Section Of The Year Award winners are as follows:

Central Section
Teacher – Sandy LaBauve
Professional – Kristie Fowler
Coach – Jessica Steward
Junior Leader – Kristen Samp

International Section
Teacher – Stephanie Yu
Professional – Jiyeun Seo
Junior Leader – Yoshie Koyama

Midwest Section
Teacher – Louise Ball
Professional – Sally Collins
Coach – Therese Hession
Junior Leader – Martha Mallott

Northeast Section
Teacher – Joy Bonhurst
Professional – Lynne Hunter
Coach – Patricia Frohna-Post
Junior Leader – Tarah Miller

Southeast Section
Teacher – Carol Preisinger
Professional – Jane Broderick
Coach – Kelley Hester
Junior Leader – Dona Lerner

Western Section
Teacher – Alison Curdt
Professional – Kim Coleman
Coach – Christie Quinn
Junior Leader – Jennifer Alexander

Sandy LaBauve receives Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf founder wins both LPGA T&CP national awards, marking the first time one individual has received both honors in the same year.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 4, 2017 – For the first time in history, the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Membership announces one winner of both the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award in the same year – LPGA*USGA Girls Golf founder and national ambassador Sandy LaBauve.

“Sandy’s dedication to the LPGA and her accomplishments speak for themselves, but it is nice to see her contributions acknowledged through these awards,” said Nancy Henderson, the LPGA’s Chief Teaching Officer. “Sandy had the vision for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and is still a driver for the unquestionable success it is today, and for that I am thankful. If anyone deserves to win both awards, it is Sandy.”

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.

“Winning the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award is surreal,” LaBauve said. “Like Ellen was, I am passionate about growing the game by empowering others. I am especially grateful to the LPGA Foundation and our members that have grown my initiatives like LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. I celebrate this award in their honor.”

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Women in Golf Wednesday! – Sue Powers

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Name:  Sue Powers

Where you live?

Venice, Fl

Where you work & what you do?

I have several, golf-related jobs.  I am the financial Controller and LPGA Teaching Professional at Pelican Pointe G & CC.  I am co-owner of Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures. I wear many different hats, which makes my career interesting and challenging at times.

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

Member since 2003

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Since this was my second career (corporate/ manufacturing for first career), it was a new and exciting process for me.  I had envisioned learning all about the mechanics of the golf swing and to my surprise, the first educational session I attended was all about ME! and how we learn and process information.  I was fortunate to fast track through the NEP program and became a Class A member in three years.

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

I am so proud to be a member of our elite group and thank my lucky stars every day that I was introduced to the game of golf and the LPGA. Because of my LPGA educational, mentoring, and hands-on experience, I am very fortunate to be in a position where I can give back to the game that has given me so many wonderful memories throughout my life. I love what I do and enjoy sharing my passion, energy and positive attitude with others. One of the most satisfying things in my life is helping my students—especially children and females—appreciate the game and the joy that it brings as their skills and accomplishments develop.  There is nothing more rewarding than the energy and enthusiasm of your student as they tell you about a great golf shot, their best round of golf, an “ah-ha” moment, or a new golfing buddy.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Friendships, networking, and energy after attending events and educational seminars/summits.

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

JOIN and GET INVOLVED!  Having come from a male-dominated industry, it was so refreshing for me to find the place I belonged that was female friendly.  We all have many things in common, and you will get so much support from other LPGA members and staff at LPGA headquarters.  Don’t wait for someone to ask you to something; put yourself out there, get involved and great things will happen.

Words of Wisdom

Be yourself and don’t be afraid to try something new or different. Play Happy!

Marci Bozarth Wins 2017 LPGA Central Section Marilynn Smith Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., October 2, 2017 – Marci Bozarth, an assistant golf professional at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, is the 2017 recipient of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Central Section Marilynn Smith Service Award.

This prestigious award is given to the Central Section member who best exemplifies Marilynn Smith’s renowned spirit of giving and generosity. Previous honorees were Penny Zavichas, Peggy Gustafson, Marvol Barnard, Tina Tombs, and Kristie Fowler.

Bozarth currently serves as an assistant golf professional at Golf Club of Houston where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of two 18-hole courses, one public and the other private. She is also an instructor at the on-site Mike McGetrick Golf Academy.

An LPGA Class A member since 1998, Bozarth conducts more than 145 golf events each year for various charities and companies on the public Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston while she also organizes and manages more than 20 member golf events there annually. Bozarth served two terms as Central Section Vice-President from 2008-2011 and two terms as Central Section Secretary from 2004-2007.

“I am humbled and honored to even be nominated for such an award!” said Bozarth, who was LPGA Central Section ‘Professional of the Year’ in 2004, 2005 and 2013. “I do what I do out of my passion for the game of golf, and I don’t think twice about it. I work long hours and long weeks, as many of us do, because I love it. I have always approached my work with a servant’s heart, and I always do my best to find a way to say: ‘Yes—I can do that for you!’”

Congratulations, Marci Bozarth!

The Marilynn Smith Service Award was established in 2012 by the Central Section in recognition of the unlimited and outstanding service, time, and dedication demonstrated by Marilynn to the LPGA Central Section, the LPGA and the game of golf.

One of 13 LPGA Founders, Smith earned the nickname “Miss Personality” on the LPGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. She served as president of the LPGA from 1958 through 1960 and was instrumental in founding the teaching division in 1959 (now known as the LPGA T&CP) along with Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks and Barbara Rotvig.

Smith helps organize the all-women’s Marilynn Smith Golf Classic, which benefits the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and the Marilynn Smith Scholarship. In 1999, she established the Marilynn Smith Scholarship within The LPGA Foundation.

Suzanne Noblett wins LPGA Midwest Section Goldie Bateson Service Award

Goldie Bateson was an active member of the LPGA and the first President of the Midwest Section. She was one of the original T&CP members who helped to provide the structure for our organization by developing the Constitution and By-Laws, the testing of teachers, establishing the different sections, and everything else to get the T&CP started.

The Goldie Bateson Service Award was established in 1992 in recognition of the unlimited and outstanding service, time and dedication demonstrated by Goldie Bateson to the LPGA Midwest Section, the LPGA, and the game of golf.

“I am truly honored to receive this high honor,” Suzanne Noblett said. “Goldie was a pioneer, not only in our Midwest Section, but also nationally for the LPGA.  Thank you to my peers and the LPGA for this honor; I have enjoyed serving my section and the LPGA, and I look forward to continuing to serve in the spirit of Goldie Bateson along with the many talented previous recipients of the award which bears her name.”

Suzanne Noblett has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Goldie Bateson Service Award.

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