Building Team BC for the Western Canada Summer Games – Jody Jackson

Junior Golf ImageBritish Columbia, is one of 4 provinces and 3 territories that will be participating in the upcoming 2015 Western Canada Summer Games, hosted in Wood Buffalo, Alberta, from August 12-15th.

The games were established in 1975 to provide development opportunities for amateur athletes progressing to national and international levels of competition.  The Western Canada Summer Games (WCSG) is part of the pathway to the Canada Summer Games and further along, the Olympics.  The Games are a premier multi-sport competition that involves the best athletes to advance their skills in a competitive, but friendly environment.  For our sport, eligible players must be 16 and under as of the last day of competition and each team consists of 4 players and 1 alternate on both the boys and girls sides.  For more information on this year’s event, click the link:

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Best Practices

Creating an open line of communication and student engagement has been a priority in my coaching business for a long time. Finding the right tools to that end, finally came together for me in this past year. No, I am not talking about social media, while that is a great venue as well. This tool has enabled me to be more efficient and effective as a coach and has opened new lines of communication, is an app called EDUFII, and I love it.

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Member Profile – Joan Pitcock

Joan PitcockIn 1987, Pitcock qualified for the LPGA Tour by tying for 14th at the LPGA Final Qualifying tournament to earn exempt status for the 1988 season. In her rookie season, she posted a career-low score of 63 during the second round of the Mitsubishi Motors Ocean State Open and tied for second. In 1995, she posted five top finishes, including a season-best tie for third at the Standard Register PING. Pitcock then became a Rolex First-Time Winner in 1996 at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic. Two years later, in 1998, she crossed the $1M mark in career earnings at the Wegman’s Rochester retired from full-time play on the LPGA Tour in 2003. She now resides in Fresno, CA. and has been teaching and coaching every since. Joan recently accepted the position of Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at UC Riverside under Western Section Secretary and Highlanders Head Coach, Mary Ritchie.

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In the News – Malia Folquet

Malia Folquet ArticleMalia Folquet knows better than most people how few women reach the position of head golf professional or director of golf in the male-dominated business side of golf. That’s why her latest honor means so much to her.

“I’ve been here as a club professional for 23 years,” said Folquet, the director of golf at Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Desert and the winner this year of the Professional of the Year award from the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional division. “This is the biggest honor a club pro can win through the LPGA. It is my biggest honor.”

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Letter from the Western Section Secretary – Mary Ritchie

MaryRitchieHello Western Section!

I’m Mary Ritchie, Head Women’s Golf Coach at UC Riverside  and Secretary of the Western Section. I’m at your service for all things related to information, communication and social media. I’m addicted to technology of all sorts and am eager to share information about anything and everything – including what is happening in your part of our section. I urge you to come out of hiding and share your story with our colleagues. Tell us what you are doing and also what you are thinking will make our organization even better. Your officers are listening deeply and we are invested in staying cutting edge in our industry. We need you: your energy, your thoughts and your participation in all the LPGA T&CP has to offer. Please let me know how I can personally assist you; I’m always happy to lend a hand and an ear.

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Letter from the Western Section President – Malia Folquet

Malia FolquetHello Western Section.  I hope everyone is having a fun and successful season.

We had our first ever conference call inviting all of our members who would like to chime in and give us your feedback as well as your ideas to make our section the best it can be.  From this call we received some great comments and ideas for fun events that include golf and education all rolled into one.  More information to come but thank Kathy O’kelly for heading up this event.  We also received great feedback to bring more benefits for our members and better ways to communicate.

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Congratulations to GolfForHer’s Photo Contest Winner

Junior GolfWe asked you to tell us in pictures what makes golf such a great sport for women and girls, and boy, did you respond. Over 700 images were posted to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #GolfForHer, and 20 were chosen as finalists.

Some 52,000 people interacted with our Facebook album of finalists for the #GolfForHer photo contest, and more than 4,000 of you voted. Our winning image (above), posted by Kristie Griggs from Ocala, Fla., to Instagram and Twitter, shows just how playful golf can be, and resonated so much with our readers and followers that it garnered 926 votes, double that of any other image.

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Top 11 Things That Have Grown My Teaching Business – Valerie Moore

Best Practices1. Gathering all contact data for every clinic, program, lesson, outside groups, etc. (1000+ since Nov. 2007) i.e. Carbon copy sheet, HOA raffle.

2. Building relationships with students.  Getting to KNOW THEM (profession, skill sets, and total person).

3. Creating my logo for branding.  (Valerie Moore Golf used in Gmail account, Twitter, Facebook fan page, future: pens, hats).

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