One of our most successful groups is our LPGA Girls Golf Club. We regularly have around 200 girls participate in our 12 week, girl’s lesson program. The ladies in the LPGA Girls Golf Club main office make this program easy to run and rewarding for the staff and the participants.
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.
One of the neat things about the Central Section is at any moment there could be an extreme on what the weather is doing! While Arizona and Texas may be enjoying some sunshine and nice temperatures, it’s starting to get cold in Kansas. A great thing about the colder weather is it forces us to get creative.
Welcome to the new format for our Midwest Section News!
This platform not only provides the opportunity to relay up-to-date news to the members of the T&CP, but it also allows us to highlight member achievements, share Best Practices, and expand the brand of the T&CP through the use of social media.
I encourage you to be involved by submitting articles, sharing ideas, and taking advantage of this new opportunity!
By Marvol Barnard, Central Section President
A wonderful time was had by all at the Central Section Meet and Greet held recently during the LPGA Tour Founders Cup in Phoenix, Arizona. Members from Florida, Arizona, and California met in the Pioneer Pavilion to enjoy drinks and appetizers while networking and visiting with one another. We were honored to have LPGA Founder and Western Section T&CP member Shirley Spork join us during the event, and share information about her upcoming charity Pro-Am in California at Palm Valley Country Club. Other members present were Peggy Gustafson, Sue Wieger, Lynn Marriott, Pia Nillson, Gwen Checho, Kiernan Schindler, Ashley Moss, Marvol Barnard, Le Ann Finger, and other members from several sections around the country.
A surprise special guest was noted teacher Mike Malaska, who dropped by to say hello and share ideas with our members. All told, we had about 15 LPGA members in attendance, and a great time was had by all!
I’m super excited to be hosting our 3rd consecutive Midwest Pro Pro Championship in St. Louis on September 11th and 12th. If you haven’t been able to make one yet, don’t let yourself miss out on the laughs, camaraderie, networking and fun competition that lies ahead. The event is growing every year and is simply one of my favorite times of the year.
This year our event features an Education Seminar and a Girls Golf clinic. This will be TWO great ways for you to better your education and earn CU’s.
By Penny Porter
Midwest Section Vice-President
Spring just arrived here and the flowers are already blooming here in central Indiana….thank you El Niño! I expect the jump start to spring has been a welcome for most of us here in the Midwest. After spending the winter in Florida, I was anxious to get home to start my LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Chapter on Indianapolis’ south side.
If you were not able to attend the We Are The Women In Golf Breakfast presented by Callaway Golf this year at the PGA Show, it was so uplifting and inspirational. The theme was “Leave No Woman Behind” and within that theme, I took from it how we as women golf professionals should feel obligated to our gender to inspire every girl we encounter and our vehicle to do this is GOLF. Through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf we have started the movement. The increase is phenomenal. In 2010, approximately 5000 girls participated and in 2015, 50,000 girls participated…..how much growth can we have this year?