Be You – Valerie Moore

13620824_10210002191357074_9141792950425180319_nDo you ever wish you could go back to your younger self and share something of value that you know now that you wished you could have known then?  Every single one of us has value.  We are born with many different skill sets and talents, but as women, we often look more at what we cannot do rather than what we can do!  We focus on that never ending list of things to do, rather than what we have accomplished!

I know I for one would go back and yell at the top of my lungs to my younger self…”BE YOU!”  Now I am not saying I was a liar, imposter, or con artist.  I was just never satisfied.  I was always trying to be better and nothing was ever good enough.

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Meet Janean Murphy – By Kristie Fowler

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Janean Murphy, our newly appointed Area Representative for Texas and Oklahoma. Some of you may already know her.  Some of you may get to know her soon as she reaches out to members in order to  help bridge that connected with Central Section activities.  Well, she has an interesting background that I’m going to share with you along with two of her favorite things about golf.

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A Message from Your Midwest Section President

Hello Everyone!
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I hope this finds you well and that you have had a productive and prosperous golf season thus far this year.

As we head into fall, I wanted to remind you of two great opportunities coming up to be able to connect with fellow T&CP members. Not only will you be able to catch up with friends, but also play some golf, learn new things to help elevate you within our profession, and also earn some additional CUs in the process.

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LPGA Heads to Reunion Resort for the 2016 National Championship

aerialThe Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) is headed to the Orlando area’s Reunion Resort to play the 2016 LPGA T&CP National Championship from Aug. 29-31. 

The 54-hole, stroke-play Championship will be held on The Palmer Course, Arnold Palmer’s signature course, boasting dramatic elevation changes and creating a unique variety of risk/reward shots, a collection of natural preserve areas, generously wide fairways and strategically placed bunkers across all 18 holes. 

The LPGA National Championship was originally organized in 1983 to provide additional playing opportunities for LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. The three-day competition has since grown to become recognized as the premier tournament for women golf professionals in the world. The tournament features three divisions: Championship (6,242 yards), Challenge (5,911) and Senior (50+, 5,577 yards). The field will be cut to the Top 70 and ties after 36-holes.

“We are very excited to be returning to Reunion Resort for this year’s Championship,” said Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer of the Teaching and Club Professionals and President of the LPGA Foundation. “The resort is the perfect setting for the Championship and the Palmer Course provides unique challenges for our professionals, especially on the greens. Female members of the PGA of America will be competing side-by-side with our LPGA T&CP members for a share of the $100,000 purse and the opportunity to compete in the 2017 KPMGWomen’s PGA Championship.”

The top eight finishers in the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour. Defending champion, Laurie Rinker, an LPGA Teaching Professional at Eagle MarshCountry Club in Stuart, Fla., will headline the field competing for the Championship as well as one of the eight coveted exemptions.

A number of LPGA T&CP members who reside in Florida will compete in this year’s Championship, including local favorite, LPGA Tour winner and Orlando resident ANNIKA Academy, Charlotta Sorenstam. Other Floridians competing includes two-time LPGA Tour winner, Laurie Rinker of Stuart, Fla. and Sue Ginter of Jupiter, Fla..

Other notable players in the field include past T&CP National Championship winner Laura Shanahan Rowe of Hampton, N.H.  Most of the top-8 finishers from last year’s Championship return, including PGA Club Professional Karen Paolozzi (Ga.), Lisa Grimes (Minn.), Jean Bartholomew, Hillery Sence (Mo.), Jessica Carafiello (Fla.), and Jennifer Bermingham (Calif.)

In addition to the Championship, family and friends have the opportunity to join in on the action by participating in the Titleist Pro-Am competition and the PGA TOUR Superstore Meet & Greet.

Professionals, amateurs, and the general public will also have the opportunity to discover new products, test golf club equipment supplied by tournament sponsor-partners and meet with company representatives during the on-site Demo Days, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, 2016.

Letter from the Vice President – Carole Clark

Hello, from Cape Cod!  What a beautiful summer we are having here.  I hope you all are busy if you are in the areas of our section that are in the peak of the season.  If not, I hope you are taking time to rest up for the start of your busy season.

Our section has had several members that have worked their way through the process of becoming an apprentice, a Class B, or a Class A.  Although a good bit of the process is now online, the dedication to completing all of the components is still challenging, especially when coupled with jobs and family.  Congratulations to all those who have accomplished “the next level” in their career this year.

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Member Profile: Kate Schanuel, LPGA

NE Section Member Kate Schanuel,
Head Women’s Golf Coach at Towson  University in Towson, MD.

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How did you get into golf?

My parents sent me to golf camp at our club in Connecticut. We had putting contests, driving range activities, and trivia time. During trivia time we had Kool-Aid and cookies and sat in the shade, which was my favorite! If you answered the trivia questions right you won a head cover, balls, gloves, etc…that got me hooked.

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Paula Wagasky Receives Midwest Section Service Award

by Leia Schwartz (LPGA T&CP 2016 Summer Intern)

 

Paula Wagasky has been selected to receive the 2016 Midwest Section Service Award for her all of her contributions through the Goldie Bateson Junior Pro-Am, Goldie Bateson Scholarship Fund, and service in the Midwest section.

Goldie Bateson was considered a pioneer in the field of women’s golf instruction and became the first female head golf professional in the state of Wisconsin. In recognition of her accomplishments, she was honored as LPGA Teacher of the Year and received LPGA’s Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, the National Golf Foundation’s (NGF) Outstanding Service Award, named Honorary Golf Consultant with the NGF, and inducted into the Wisconsin State Hall of Fame.

Paula Wagasky met Goldie Bateson through the Goldie Bateson Junior-Pro Am in the 1980s. At that time, the tournament was tied in with a Midwest Section event in Wisconsin.

“Goldie had always wanted to tie in the tournament with LPGA professionals,” said Paula, “so she would have the professionals come and compete in the Pro-Am. . . . It just got to the point where she was running out of homes up there to do it, and since she wanted to keep it involved with the LPGA, I offered to move it down to my area.”

That began a legacy 31 years and counting. Since that first year in 1986, Paula has served as the tournament coordinator of the Goldie Bateson Junior Pro-Am at the Arboretum Club of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The Goldie Bateson Scholarship evolved out of Goldie’s dream to support junior golf, and the Junior Pro-Am now helps to benefit that initiative of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) Midwest Section membership. Today, the scholarship is awarded to junior golfers between the ages of 7 and 17 who have an interest in learning and playing the game of golf. Ten $250 scholarships will be awarded in 2016.

Paula Wagasky has been a T&CP member since 1978. For Paula, golf was “always in the family, always in [her] blood.” She began playing when she was about eight years old, going on to Maryland to get her degree. Combining her passion for golf and the knowledge that she never really wanted to teach in the school system, Paula turned professional, joined the teaching division, and began working at Pinehurst. She went on to play the WPGT mini-tour for five years before landing at Buffalo Grove in 1981, where she has been ever since. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Golf at Village of Buffalo Grove. She has been an active Class A member of the LPGA for almost 40 years. Throughout her career, Paula has been recognized with the LPGA Professional of the Year Award, Goldie Bateson Service Award, LPGA Midwest Junior Golf Leader Award.

On being awarded this recognition, Paula Wagasky said, “It was surprise. Running the tournament now is like second-hand nature. You got to respect your elders and their wishes, and she [Goldie Bateson] wanted somebody to carry it on, and I said, ‘Well Goldie, I’ll do it for you.’ If you knew Goldie, you’d understand. She loved golf, she loved being around it, and she cared about juniors. It’s just an honor to have known her, to do what her life’s work was all about, and keep it going. I remember following the founding members when they were little. When you saw what they did, helping out Goldie wasn’t a big deal.”