Create a “Ticket” Program to Drive Participation and Engagement

by LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of San Antonio, TX Co-Site Director Manny Guerra

My wife and I wanted to start an incentive program for Girls Golf that would encourage participation, engagement and of course, fun!  As we know, one of the biggest challenges of any program is retention.  That is to keep our participants interested to keep them coming back. We really strive for them to get the most out of our programs, so we thought that by increasing their level of engagement would increase their level of commitment, which in turn would challenge us to offer them a fun and supportive learning environment.

So how could we add the fun factor while maintaining the integrity of the core lessons of the program? We decided to create an incentive program using tickets.

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Jeri Reid

Jeri Reid, 69, of Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Deerfield Beach, FL Avon and Bettsville, OH, passed away Sun-day, April 24, 2016, at home after a long, courageous and inspirational battle with cancer. She ended her life as she lived it: always rising to any challenge with a positive attitude, steely determination, mental strength, intense focus and a keen sense of humor. Her legacy will live on in those she touched through-out her life.

Cremation has taken place and a service celebrating her life will be held at 3 PM Saturday, April 30, at First Church of Christ, 1610 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, with Pastor Jason Wilson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Jeri Reid Memorial Fund, 2565-B East Gate Ave., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858, or envelopes will be available at the church or the Charles R. Lux Family Funeral Home.

Jeri was born April 9, 1947, in Bettsville, OH, daughter of the late Carlos Robert and Betty Jane (Stevens) Reid. She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved brother, Robert Donald Reid.

An LPGA T&CP member, Jeri was most recently a golf and tennis instructor at CMU. She spent many years as a Club Professional at several Golf Courses in Florida, Michigan, and Ohio, and owned golf schools in each of those states. Her passion for teaching and lecturing on the mental game of golf was eclipsed only by her overwhelming desire to help her students succeed in all aspects of their lives. In addition, Jeri owned and operated Creative Business Associates, Inc., taught 6th grade in Ohio, and was a published author of two poetry books and numerous business and golf magazine/periodical articles. Jeri was a natural, gifted and versatile athlete who excelled in almost any sport she chose. She loved golf, tennis, basketball, kayaking, dancing, music, books, learning, solving problems, shoveling snow with Shar, her cat McGill, and the sun, but above all she loved helping others.

Jeri is survived by her cherished friend, Randi Wynne-Parry of Mt. Pleasant; her brother Ron Reid of Florida; several nieces and nephews; dear friends Peggy Clark and Stephanie Snakovsky, both of Ohio; Marcia Mackey of Rosebush; and many beloved students and friends—all of whom she felt privileged to have known. To leave a condolence for the family or to sign the on-line guest book please visit

What I Learned from Lou Holtz – Nancy Quarcelino

Nancy Quarcelino Headshot 1 2013 Quar_2011_rtup_rjI recently had the opportunity to listen to football legend Lou Holtz at our annual Tennessee PGA Spring Meeting.  I have always been a great admirer of Mr. Holtz, and I love football!

He spoke to a room full of golf professionals who were sitting on the edge of their seats listening and learning from one of the greatest coaches of all time.  If you are even somewhat familiar with Mr. Holtz, then you know that he is a man of great character. He shared with us the rules he strives to live by each and every day.

Rule #1  Do what’s right.  Everyone should work hard, don’t blame others, and be accountable.  You have a choice.  You can only control your attitude.  When Mr. Holtz was fired from Arkansas in 1983, he was bitter but he did what was right.  He never said anything bad about the school.  Two years later he was hired by Notre Dame with the recommendation from the AD at Arkansas who had fired him.  He did what was right. Continue reading

Ohio Open Championship Set

Professionals and amateurs alike are invited to play for the $25,000 purse in the 2016 Ohio Women’s Open. The Open, which took a hiatus last year, will be contested on August 1 and 2 in Defiance, Oh at Eagle Rock Golf Club.

“We are really happy to be back in action this year. We look to have a large field competing for our $6000 first place prize for professionals. Eagle Rock is a short, but tricky championship golf course. Its rolling hills and undulated greens can provide a big challenge for all golfers,” noted LPGA T&CP member and Midwest Section secretary, Martha Mallott, who is founder and executive director of the tournament.

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Junior Golf – Sally Krystyn

I was surprised and honored to receive the 2015 Central Section Junior Leader of the Year Award.  I was especially honored because I know each and EVERY ONE of our LPGA members does a great job every day to grow the game of golf and many of us do focus our teaching on junior golf.  There are some fantastic leaders in our organization and I am always proud to say I am a part of such a phenomenal group of women. 

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