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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Member Profile – Rhonda Ferguson

Rhonda FergusonWhen did you start playing and how did you learn?

I started playing when I was 15 in Gainesville, FL. Kevin Maris, the son of New York Yankees Great Roger Maris, was my coach and instructor. Kevin was then playing on the Mini-tours and played frequently at the Club we were both members at. He always welcomed me to play with other Mini-tour players (even though I was only 15, a girl, and a beginner). They always made me play from the back tees (the Gator Back tees( with them, which helped me tremendously with distance. I became one of the longest female ball strikers around. Keven taught me to be calm, relax, enjoy yourself and never have a temper on the course. We also played with his dad, Roger frequently, which was always a treat to be able to play with one of Baseball’s greatest players.

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Letter from the Southeast Section President – Carol Preisinger

Carol PreisingerIn today’s digital age, it should be easy to stay connected – or is it? We email, text, facebook, tweet and instagram, but are we really linked in to our T&CP? Many outstanding Webinars are offered that allow learning in the comfort of your home or office.  But, let’s not forget that we are an “Association”of members who must connect, unite and mix together for a common purpose.

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