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

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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

 

by Diane Cody

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

Mallott to be inducted into Toledo Golf Hall of Fame

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A storied career on the links will be recognized on Monday in Toledo as Defiance’s Martha Mallott will be inducted to the Toledo Golf Hall of Fame at a Toledo Country Club reception following a scramble fundraiser.

Mallott, who has been inducted into the Defiance College and Defiance High School Athletic Hall of Fames, has a litany of accomplishments considered for the award from a playing and coaching career spanning four decades.

“I was so excited when I was called and told that I would be inducted into this year’s Toledo Hall of Fame,” said Mallott, who coached golf at DHS for 14 years and four seasons at Defiance College. “To think that a little girl from Defiance could come to Toledo and compete and end up being inducted in its Golf Hall of Fame is really overwhelming.

“Another meaningful part of this is that I am being inducted with Sally Robinson, who was a contemporary with me while playing golf in the Toledo Women’s District Golf Association. She and I had great battles on the golf course while I was still playing in the District. What an honor to be inducted at the same time as Sally.”

Mallott has won 12 tournaments in the Defiance area while claiming 10 Toledo Women’s District championships and being named District Player or Co-player of the Year five times. Mallott also finished as runner-up in the 1998 Ohio Women’s State Amateur tournament while qualifying for the USGA Girls Junior in 1975 and the USGA Women’s Amateur in 1998.

Mallott’s journey through the golf ranks has been equally as notable when her name is not on the leaderboard as the DHS grad served as Eagle Rock Golf Club’s head professional for almost four years and has been a site director for 15 years for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Organization, this year heading things up at Inverness Club in Toledo and at White Pines Golf Course in Swanton.

Having also served as First Tee coach for five years at Auglaize and White Pines, Mallott will add to her hardware following Monday’s honors, joining her 2017 LPGA Midwest Section Junior Leader Award.

Mallott’s impact on the local golf scene is unquestioned after helping found the Ohio Women’s Open Championships 12 years ago, which had a record 83 players and 20 pro-am teams at the most recent group in June. Mallott, a previous tournament and executive director is now vice president of the championship tournament.

“I have so many people to thank for my success in the game and the love of the game,” lauded Mallott. “This honor is for many people to share. Of course I had my parents’ support and my mom was able to go to so many of my matches in Toledo and she even traveled with me when I went to some national tournaments in my later years.

“Many professionals worked with me from the time I was quite young until I stopped competing. I also have to thank coaches who made an impact on me and helped mold my competitiveness and perseverance on the golf course. As I said, this is an honor for many people to share, including my family and the Defiance community which was so supportive of me as a player and as a teaching and club professional.”

Mallott currently works and gives lessons at White Pines while also giving lessons at Auglaize Golf Course, The Golf Shop in Napoleon and at Crosswinds Golf Club in Perrysburg.

Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name:

Robin Boretti

Where you live:

Wellington, Florida

Where do you work & what you do:

PGA/LPGA Head Golf Professional at The Club at Ibis

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Class A since 1996

How was the process of becoming a member for you? 

Simple and straightforward

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

Being an LPGA member is an honor. The LPGA brand opens to the golf industry. I particularly enjoy playing in the events although they often conflict with my work demands so I do not get to play nearly as much as I would like.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The networking possibilities are terrific. I also think that the webinar sessions offer a great way to get Continuing Education Units without taking me away from my responsibilities by traveling to a destination seminar. The topics of these webinars has been a good broad range.

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

I would recommend that they dive in and don’t wait. Get on the train and keep it moving. They will be very happy that they did.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

I love the instructional part of the game. Seeing someone’s ball flight change or just getting them to get it up in the air is so very rewarding. Growing the game is truly important to all of us. Juniors and women in golf are the future and I love that I am a Head Professional in this wonderful business.