Member Profile: Michelle Holmes

Member Profile:

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Michelle Holmes, LPGA

Director of Instruction, Michelle Holmes School of Golf

How did you get into golf?

I began to develop an interest in the game at ten years of age. My Dad and his family always had a great love and passion for the game. He took me to a local driving range where I was approached by the local Golf Professional. He asked me if I would compete in a few junior activities that night, simply to even out the numbers. I won myself two movie theater tickets and I couldn’t wait to return the following week. 

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National Golf Day 2016

30dc011c-8844-4b02-a969-7787eca14201May 18, 2016 marked the ninth annual National Golf Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

This year’s event featured LPGA legend Nancy Lopez, 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III and Vice Captain Steve Stricker.

Golf industry leaders met with members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies to discuss the game’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Throughout the day, participants shared stories about the game’s nearly 15,000-plus diverse businesses (there more golf courses than McDonald’s in America), the two million jobs that are impacted by the industry, tax revenue creation, tourism and ecological value.

Click here for a highlight of some tweets about the day>>

A Woman’s Game: Teaching Pro Targets Untapped Market

Originally published by Green Valley News ( on May 15, 2016. Written by Christopher Boan.

Photo by Christopher Boan

It’s a toasty Friday in April on the sun-baked grounds of Haven Golf Course in Green Valley, where a small group of women will soon discover a love for golf — at least if their teacher has anything to say about it.

She’s longtime Haven teaching pro Marvol Barnard, whose influence and reputation reach across the nation. But who’s most at home right here.

Barnard, 57, guides the women through each shot in meticulous detail, ensuring they’ll catch the same bug she did two decades ago when she learned the game on the same grounds.

Linda Vollstedt Named Pac-12 Coach Of The Century!

php49655bd09a66dOn Monday night, the Pac-12 Networks’ flagship show, ‘Pac-12 Sports Report,’ revealed Hall of Fame head coach and current Sun Devil Athletics Development Director Linda Vollstedt was named the Pac-12 Women’s Coach of the Century.

In Vollstedt’s 21-year tenure at Arizona State, she led the Sun Devils to six NCAA Championships — more than any other program in the country, at the time, and the only program to win three in a row — nine conference championships and four individual national championships. She also coached 41 All-Americans, 12 conference medalists, 71 All-Conference golfers, 15 Academic All-Americans and 11 U.S. Amateur and Public Links Champions.
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Top 100 Alumni Awarded

Congratulations Jennifer Alexander on being selected for the inaugural 2016 Golf Academy of America – Top 100 Alumni List. Jennifer graduated from the San Diego Golf Academy, now called the Golf Academy of America, in August 2004 as the valedictorian. Jennifer has been recognized as a distinguished Golf Academy of America alumnus by her fellow graduates and faculty for her outstanding achievements in the golf industry. We congratulate Jennifer for her commitment as an LPGA Golf Professional and to promoting the game of golf.



Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Monica Sanders 1Shortly after I began playing as a junior golfer I began a new practice in my teen years: yoga. Even then, it was apparent to me the number of benefits Yoga had on my golf game. Not only the physical benefits of flexibility, balance and core strength, but also the mental practices of staying in the moment, quieting the mind chatter when things occasionally get uncomfortable. 

When I began the process of becoming an LPGA T&CP Member I also started my journey with The First Tee. Going through the two programs concurrently was an eye-opening experience. The two programs mesh together so well and provided me with a foundation of understanding learning styles, creating a safe and fun learning environment and taking a student-centered approach to teaching.  Continue reading