LPGA Extravaganza presented by GolfZon

LAS VEGAS, NEV.  The LPGA Stroke Play concluded with a win in Championship Division by Alison Curdt with a two-day total of 146 (74-72) and Lori Atsedes wins the Senior DIvison with a two-day total of 152 (75-77).  Also, concluded the LPGA Pro-Am which Gail Graham’s Team won the Gross Prize and Patti Marquis’s Team won the Net Prize.  The LPGA Vegas Conference presented by GolfZon begins on Monday, October 31 for a great line up for the 1 1/2 day of speakers.


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LPGA Vegas Stroke Play

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LAS VEGAS, NV. – At the Angel Park Golf Club, Alison Curdt of Simi Valley, CA leads the 2016 LPGA Vegas Stroke Play with a score of 74 with Kristen Samp of Lawrenceville, Kansas in second with a 75 in the Championship division.  With a 75,  Lori Atsedes of Goodyear, Ariz. and Gail Graham of Naples, FL are tied in the senior division.

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Kristie Fowler Wins 2016 LPGA Central Section Marilynn Smith Award

14610895_10210482221069715_2204422789662752559_nKristie Fowler of Tucson, Arizona, is the 2016 recipient of the LPGA T&CP Central Section Marilynn Smith Service Award.  The award is given to the Central Section member who best exemplifies Marilynn Smith’s famous spirit of giving and generosity.  Past honorees include Penny Zavichas, Peggy Gustafson, Marvol Barnard and Tina Tombs.  The award was presented at Marilynn Smith’s annual Charity Pro-Am in Goodyear, Arizona, on October 10.

Fowler currently serves as the Central Section Secretary, a post she has held for nearly two years.  She has served her section in many capacities over the years, including hosting the LPGA Central Section Championship, and as a long-time member advisor to new members coming into the organization.  Kristie plays in Section and National events, and takes teams to Pro-Am events both on a Section and National level.

As a member of the officer team for the Central Section, Kristie has done a tremendous job of outreach to members throughout the Section in her capacity as Secretary, and has brought many member stories to the greater membership through the Section and National Newsletters.

“I can’t think of a better name to add to the list of those who have received the award in Marilynn’s name,” said Section President Marvol Barnard.  “Kristie has truly gone ‘above and beyond’ for many, many years, and the Marilynn Smith Award is a wonderful way to honor this hard-working, caring Section member.”

Congratulations, Kristie Fowler!

2016 NE Section Teacher of the Year: Debbie O’Connell Best Practice

Best Practices By Debbie O’Connell
LPGA NE Section Teacher of the Year

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The manner in which LPGA Professionals positively impact our students varies greatly. One student may be very competitive and striving to win the club championship, while another has a goal to not feel embarrassed on the golf course. Some students just crave the motivation, inspiration and confidence they gain from time with an LPGA instructor.

One day I asked a new student her goals and she replied, “To hit my 7-iron. I cannot hit my 7-iron!”

I replied with, “You mean you want to learn how to hit your 7-iron even better?”

She asked, “Is that Golf Positive stuff?”

I smiled and said, “Yes!”

I listen carefully to the words of my students as they explain their game and their goals. Negative words, thoughts, and beliefs get in the way of a student’s path to reaching his or her full potential. Continue reading

Barnard, Cobick, Miller-Arndt, and Ritchie Receive 2016 LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals National Awards

Daytona Beach, Fla., October 13, 2016—The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership has selected the following members for national recognition as a result of their achievements: Marvol Barnard, Haven Golf Course, Green Valley, Arizona, Teacher of the Year; Mary-Lee Cobick, Golf Professional Services, Inc., West Palm Beach, Florida, Professional of the Year; Stacy Miller-Arndt, Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Maryland, Junior Golf Leadership of the Year; and Mary Ritchie, UC Riverside, Riverside, California Coach of the Year.

The national award winners were selected by the LPGA T&CP membership’s Executive Committee from the pool of the section award winners voted on by officers of the six regional sections: Central, International, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Western.

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Southeast Section “Of the Year Award” Winners

We would like to congratulate the following Southeast Section “Of the Year Award” Winners for 2015!

Teacher — Nancy Harvey

Professional — Mary-Lee Cobick

Coach — Kelley Hester

Junior Leader — Dona Lerner

We would also like to Congratulate all of the winners from each Section across the country! It is so wonderful to know we are an organization made up of so many talented women!
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2016 NE Section Coach of the Year: Member Profile Molly Braid

Northeast Section Member Molly Braid is the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

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How did you get into golf?

I participated in summer camps with my siblings and cousins when I was very young and really enjoyed my experience at our local country club, so when I had some friends encourage me to try golf in High School I didn’t hesitate. From there, what really got me hooked was playing with my father and his friends on the weekends. My father is one of the best playing partners in the world, I can’t help but have fun and enjoy myself on the golf course when I am with him.

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