A distinguished, national journalist, an internationally recognized female pioneer in engineering and a nationally accomplished golfing instructor will join Western Kentucky University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni this fall.
Thomas A. George III, Naomi Jones McAfee, Nancy L. Quarcelino will be inducted during WKU’s 2015 Homecoming celebration. The 24th class of noted alumni will be inducted during a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at Sloan Convention Center.
Nancy L. Quarcelino (’77)
Successful golfer and teaching professional
Favorite WKU memory: Establishing a women’s golf team during my sophomore year and building friendships for life
An accomplished golfer and teaching professional, Nancy Quarcelino is a member of the LPGA and PGA of America. With a career that spans more than 30 years, she is regarded as one of the premier golf instructors in the country.
Over the years, Quarcelino has coached a wide range of golfers, including amateur men and women of all abilities, competitive junior golfers, collegiate golfers, LPGA and PGA club professionals, and players on the LPGA Tour and the PGA developmental tours. At the encouragement of her parents, both of whom were avid golfers, Quarcelino began playing golf at the age of eight. She played competitive golf as an amateur and played collegiately at WKU.
While working on her master’s degree at Florida State University, she began her career in golf as an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Golf Team. A few years later, she returned WKU, where she also coached her alma mater’s Women’s Golf Team and pursued a career as a golf professional. Quarcelino has served as Head Professional/General Manager at Indian Hills Country Club in Bowling Green, Ky., and was also the Head Professional at Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tenn. While at Hermitage Golf Course, she was also the host professional for the LPGA Sara Lee Classic Tournament for many years.
Quarcelino’s passion for golf turned to teaching, and in 1992 she started the Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf, which has been a successful business in the Nashville, Tenn., area for the past 23 years. The Nancy Quarcelino School of Golf is currently located at King’s Creek Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course, in Spring Hill, Tenn.
She is a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Fame, has received numerous awards from the PGA Middle Tennessee Chapter, was named LPGA National Teacher of the Year, and has been named by both Golf Digest and Golf for Women as one of the Top 50 Best Women Teachers in America. She is a member of GOLF Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers in America. A contributing writer for numerous golf and sports publications, she has also been featured on ESPN television and radio, XM radio, the Golf Channel and the PGA Tour Radio Network.