Ohio Women’s Open Presented by Credit Adjustments, Inc.

The 11th Annual First Federal Bank Ohio Women’s Open Presented by Credit Adjustments, Inc. was contested recently and Ohio State University graduate, Jessica Porvasnik  put together rounds of 70-68 for a four-under 138 total to win her first event as a professional. The OWO was contested in Defiance, OH  at Eagle Rock Golf Club and 65 professionals and amateurs competed for top prizes. Porvasnik took home $6000 for her first place finish!

Symetra Tour player, Brooke Baker, from Oklahoma, was runner-up with her rounds of 72-71 for a one over total of 143.

Sue Ertl, a current Legends Tour member and former LPGA touring pro, won the senior event with a two-day total of 148 with rounds of 75 and 73. LPGA member, Karen Bennett, was runner-up with a 149 two-day total.

Danielle Sawyer was the low amateur with her total of 151 with rounds of 77-74. Sawyer is a freshman at Central Michigan University.

 

 

Winners for the Ohio Women’s Open in Defiance, Oh at Eagle Rock Golf Club include, from left: Jessica Porvasnik (Professional winner, 138); Danielle Sawyer (low amateur, 151); Brooke Baker (Professional Runner-up, 143); and Sue Ertl (Senior Professional,148)

LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Partner with Mobipaid

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program to benefit from new alliance

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 21, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership announced today a new partnership with payment technology provider Mobipaid.

As part of this partnership, Mobipaid will be an Expo sponsor for the LPGA T&CP Teaching Summit, a national golf conference in Des Moines, IA., from August 20-22, 2017 and the Welcome Reception Sponsor for the LPGA T&CP National Championship at Mid-Pines Resort in Southern Pines, NC., from September 4-6, 2017.

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Quiet the Chatter for Peak Performance

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The amount of chatter we have going on in our brains during a round of golf can truly limit us in attaining a peak performance state. Even when I’m giving golf lessons, the student will reveal how many thoughts and conversations they have running through their mind. We use different parts of our brain when we switch between conscious thoughts and executing athletic motions. That’s why I’ve experienced so many players who have just hit a ball out of bounds, then proceed to rip their next one straight down the fairway. They often are so irritated and mad that they just make a good thing without thought which results in a wonderful outcome!  Be aware of the chatter you have running through your mind before your shot, during your shot, and after the shot.

Sometimes the chatter can turn into negative self-statement which may lead to self-doubt. Before your shot is a great time to use neutral statements and facts in regards to target, distance, and club selection. Over the shot, quiet the chatter and let your body perform the athletic movement. Feel what it is like to just swing the club around your body with judgment or analysis. After the shot you can become analytical and assess how to make the next shot better or take in data for future learning.  Monitor your brain chatter to get into a peak performance state.

Alison Curdt is a PGA Master Professional and LPGA Class Professional at Wood Ranch Golf Club. She is the 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year. For golf instruction and mental coaching contact her at alison@alisoncurdtgolf.com or visit www.alisoncurdtgolf.com.

Golf Experiences for Her – Gia Bocra

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LPGA member Gia Bocra thinks outside the box when it comes to being a female golf instructor. Partnering with fellow professionals from different clubs, Gia offers women an enjoyable customized experience around their favorite sport, golf.
Read below about Gia’s Golf Experiences for Her.

Since accepting my first golf job as a teenager 24 years ago, I’ve been blessed to have grown in the industry and to have taught professionally alongside some of the best instructors the game has to offer. Today, I’m heading into my 8th season as the Teaching Professional at Hamilton Farm Golf Club—a beautiful course nestled in the quiet countryside of Gladstone, NJ.

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Building Your Golf Confidence

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At some point in our golf career, we have all felt a lack of confidence in a certain aspect of our game. Perhaps after a few poor putting rounds we lose confidence over three-footers. The chipping yips is a sign of a loss of confidence also. We have even seen professional tour players lose confidence right in front our eyes when we spectate in person or watch their performance on television. Although confidence may be temporarily lost, it can be restored. It will take some work and mental effort, but rebuilding confidence is a possibility.

Create a confidence profile of 12 aspects of your game. List out these aspects such as driving, putting, sand game, punch shots, driving, etc. and evaluate how confident you feel in each area. Using a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is the most confident you feel and 1 is the least confident you feel, complete your profile to examine your areas of confidence.

The aspects that you have ranked 5 or less in are the areas you want to begin rebuilding confidence. Start with one area, such as putting. Now, devise a practice plan to make you feel good about improvement. This may include taking a lesson to improve your skill set, adding additional focus during practice time, or creating challenging interval practices to make the time spent practicing more golf course relatable. Create tasks that are challenging, yet allow you to achieve goals. For example, if you want to build confidence in your three-foot putts—make 25 putts in a row from 2 feet. Progress to two and a half feet and attempt the same exercise. Next move back to three feet. While you see yourself succeed, and you put yourself in opportunities to make progress, make sure to reinforce your efforts with positive self-statements. You must be your own best cheerleader during this stage.

Lastly, when you are back on the course and are faced with a shot you are working to build confidence in, remind yourself of the hard work you have put into improving this area. Take a deep breath, relax, and attempt the shot. Be kind to yourself as you work on the course to avoid being overly critical during this building stage. If you feel your confidence has been lost, start with a confidence assessment to begin building it back up.

Alison Curdt is a PGA Master Professional and LPGA Class Professional at Wood Ranch Golf Club. She is the 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year and 2016 SCPGA Teacher of the Year. For golf instruction and mental coaching contact her at alison@alisoncurdtgolf.com or visit www.alisoncurdtgolf.com.