Join Me in Vegas Baby! by Louise Ball

louise-ball-vegasI am a sports nut!  It’s true, I’ve always been that way.  I grew up in a sports crazed family in Boston, a city with a rich sports history.  I guess you could say sports are in my blood.  I love everything about them.  I’ve lived in Knoxville TN now for 16 years.

Knoxville is the home of the late Pat Summitt, one of the greatest coaches in sports history.  What a treat it was for me to watch her coach, to see her love of sport, people and community.

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2016 Section Of The Year Award Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Septamber 22, 2016 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has selected the recipients of annual section Teacher, Professional, Coach and Junior Golf Leadership awards. Each of the six sections of the LPGA T&CP—Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Western, and International—winners are selected by the Section Officers and Section Nominating Committee Chair annually in each of the four categories.

The LPGA T&CP National Awards Selection Committee will select the overall national award winner in each category from among the section award winners. The national winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2016 LPGA T&CP Section Award winners are as follows:

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Kleiman-Daugherty Win Pro-Pro

Seniors Jan Kleiman and Diane Daugherty claimed first place in the Midwest Pro-Pro event at Aberdeen Golf Club on Monday. The duo fired a stalwart one-under 70 on Monday’s alternate shot event to go with their 72 from the best ball on Sunday.

The team came from five shots back of Hillery Wilson Sence and Alecia Larsen, who closed with an 80 (147 total) to go with their bestball score of 67. Angie Ause and Suzanne Noblett took third place with their score of 149.

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Donna White Receives Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September 15, 2016 – Donna White is the recipient of the 2016 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award, which recognizes an LPGA professional who gives back to the game in the spirit of Nancy Lopez. whitedonna

The Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award was created in 2007 and is given to an LPGA professional who emulates qualities valued by Lopez: Leadership, Passion, Giving, and Approachability. Lopez is a 48-time LPGA Tour winner and four-time Rolex Player of the Year. She was inducted into the LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame in 1987 and captained the victorious 2005 US Solheim Cup Team.

White joined the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals in 1997, and since then has served as an instructor at many national program, and served on multiple committees within the organization before ultimately becoming inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame in 2014. Outside of the T&CP she has many other professional accomplishments within the LPGA such as the National Professional of the Year Award in 2008 and the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award in 2006. She has also been named as one of the Top 50 Best Female Teachers by Golf Digest and Golf for Women Magazine, as well as the Bellsouth/SEC Women’s Entrepreneur Award in 2000, the Samaritan Award for community service in 1988, and the Founder’s Cup award presented by Golf Digest for community efforts in 1987.

White’s professional golf career began in 1977 when she was an LPGA Tour Member and winner of three tour titles. Upon retiring from the Tour, she established her flagship business Golf Professional Services, Inc., an independently contracted concessionaire that provides golf merchandise, award-winning program development, instruction, food, and beverage services. It is around this time that White embodied the idea of giving back to her community through its junior programs, co-founding the Junior Golf Foundation of America (JGFA). Currently, White enjoys her “encore” career as a professor at Keiser University, where she inspires her students to pursue a career in the golf industry. White’s Leadership, Passion, Approachability, and desire to Give back to the golf industry as a whole demonstrates the qualities of Nancy Lopez and this award.

“Nancy Lopez is recognized as an unsung hero,” White said, “setting the stage for what women’s golf is today. [Lopez’s] personal and professional leadership, passion, giving, and approachability traits align with the values of the LPGA.  As professionals, we strive to be like Nancy, emulating those said traits and values.  I was grateful to be nominated for the 2016 Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award and elated to learn I will receive it!  To share an award in the namesake of an esteemed friend, competitor, and consummate professional with my business team and Keiser colleagues is truly an honor.”

About Nancy Lopez Golf

The Nancy Lopez Golf (NLG) line provides unprecedented choice to the woman golfer in the selection of golf equipment and apparel. The four-step NLG Match Play Process also provides selection in club configuration to best fit the game of each woman. Nancy Lopez Golf embodies the spirit and energy of women’s golf and of its namesake, Nancy Lopez, who captured the imagination of people everywhere with her remarkable playing career and the genuine warmth of her charm. For more information about Nancy Lopez Golf, visit http://www.NancyLopezGolf.com.

Pia Nilsson Receives Ellen Griffin Rolex Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September 15, 2016Pia Nilsson, an Honorary member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals, joins an elite group of her peers as a recipient of the 2016 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award.nilssonpia

The Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, instituted by the LPGA T&CP membership in 1989 to honor the late Ellen Griffin, recognizes an individual, male or female, who had made a major contribution to the teaching of golf and who emulates Griffin’s spirit, love, and dedication to students, teachers, teaching skills, and the game of golf. Griffin, who passed away in 1986, was one of the best-known women’s golf teaching professionals in American history.

Nilsson has been recognized as one of the best golf teachers in the United States, having been ranked #1 on the list of Women Golf Teachers in America by Golf Digest, awarded the Executive Women’s Golf Association Leadership Award in 2005, the 5-star professional award from the PGA of Europe in 2004, Inducted into the National College Coaches Association Player Hall of Fame in 2001, the King of Sweden’s Medal of the 8th dimension with Royal Blue Ribbon for Leadership in spots, among numerous other accomplishments including co-creating the equally successful Vision54 Golf Schools, which have been repeatedly named one of the best golf schools in America.

In addition to Nilsson’s accolades, she also served as the First Tee Programming and Curriculum Consultant from 1998 to 2005, was Senior Head Coach for the Swedish National Teams in 1999, was a member of the board of the Swedish Sports Academy from 1999 to 2000, Captain for the European Solheim Cup Team in 1998 and Vice-Captain in 1996, Member of the Board of the Swedish PGA from 1989 to 1992, Member of the Board of the Women’s Professional Golf European Tour from 1987 to 1988, served on the LPGA Player’s council from 1985 to 1986, and was an LPGA Tour Player from 1983 to 1987.

“I feel extremely honored to have received the 2016 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and be part of an extraordinary group of game influencers,” Nilsson said. “It fuels my passion to stay on the journey to be the best I can be for the game and golfers around the globe.”

Currently, Nilsson works actively with LPGA T&CP Class A member Lynn Marriott on Vision54, a program which has enjoyed receiving the highest marks by peers of teacher/coach training. The program follows the belief that all players have the ability to potential to excel, a mindset that Nilsson embraces in her life and career as an educator.

Past recipients of the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award are: Peggy Kirk Bell, 1989; Linda Craft, 1990; Shirley Englehorn, 1991; Harvey Penick, 1992; Goldie Bateson, 1993; Carol Clark Johnson, 1994; Joanne Winter, 1995; Ann Casey Johnstone, 1996; Dr. DeDe Owens, 1997; Shirley Spork, 1998; Betty Hicks, 1999; Gary Wiren, 2000; Penny Zavichas, 2001; Annette Thompson, 2002; Dr. Barbara B. Smith, 2003; Marjorie Burns, 2004; Pat Lange, 2005; Donna White, 2006; Betsy Cullen, 2007; Lynn Marriott, 2008; Kay McMahon, 2009; Mary Beth McGirr, 2010, Dr. Debbie Crews, 2011; Dr. Betsy Clark, 2012; Kathy Murphy, 2013, Kerry Graham, 2014; and Dana Rader in 2015.

About Rolex

Rolex is the official timepiece of the LPGA and sponsors of many of the LPGA’s annual awards, including the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, Rolex Player of the Year and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year awards. Rolex honors the LPGA Tour’s Rolex First-Time Winners and is a supporting sponsor of the annual LPGA T&CP National Championship. At tournament sites, Rolex has a presence by providing the official time at selected tournaments and advertises in many event programs.