Alison Curdt is awarded PGA Teacher of the Year in Southern California

Alison Curdt has been recognized for her hard work the last few years, both receiving awards on a regional and national level in the LPGA. She will also be a speaker at the Las Vegas extravaganza. I caught up with her over the phone recently, and this is what she had to say.

Rebecka: I know you are currently working toward PsyD in clinical psychology. At the same time, you are teaching full-time, involved in the LPGA western section as vice-president, an officer in the Southern California PGA and you run a private practice along with being an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge. 

What motivates you to work hard and how do you have time for all of this?

I don’t have time, but I make time. I sacrifice time to do what I do, because I really enjoy what I’m doing. I also look at as my choice, and to me that’s empowering. 

Everything I do is a reflection of my brand and my character therefore it is important to me to be on time and to follow through with what I say. My tip is to say no to the things that I know I won’t be able to follow though on or exclude things from my life that don’t make me happy.

What would be your advice to someone who is starting out in the golf industry?

My advice is to surround yourself with successful people. Not only is it inspiring to have mentors but also it’s great to learn from people who have more experience. 

My other advice would be to continue to learn. Read different opinions, learn about other teaching strategies, philosophies and methods. It is all helpful and will help you grow. Also, be involved as much as possible. You’ll find out what you like and don’t like and that can help you narrow down your niche.

You are one of about 200 women who has both Pga and LPGA certifications. How do you feel that is setting you apart?

Both memberships have different connections, opportunities, and benefits.  With 30 000+ PGA members it is easy to get lost in the sea of golf professionals.  The LPGA has over 1500 members, and is known to having the best eduction for teachers. Having the benefit of both memberships puts me in a much smaller segment to succeed. It is also helpful for potential job opportunities as employees will see you have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to be a golf professional or teacher.

What have you done in your career that you would recommend more women to do?

Become a dual member. 

Strive for the continuing certifications in both organizations- e.g. Certified Professional and Master professional in the PGA and master professional in the LPGA. 

Participate as much as possible in what’s offered. 

Make time for seminars and tournaments because it helps you grow. Make friends with colleagues in the industry so you have a community that you can engage with and rely on.

Sounds like great advice! Congratulations Alison on being selected as the Southern California PGA Teacher of the year. She is the second female in the history of the Southern California Chapter to win the award. 

by Rebecka Heinmert, LPGA Western Section Secretary

Lynn Marriott “Incredibly Honored” to be Inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame

lynn-marriottLynn Marriott joins an elite group of their peers as inductees to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Hall of Fame, established in 2000, is the highest honor given to teaching and club professional members for extraordinary membership service and leadership while contributing to the game of golf and the golf industry.

Lynn Marriott has dedicated her career to discovering more about how people learn and spreading that information to others. She truly is the student’s teacher. For the entirety of her professional career, Marriott has known that she wanted to pursue golf instruction professionally. Despite pressure from parents, co-workers, and management to pursue grander ventures, Marriott was determined to follow her heart.

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Gloria Armstrong to be Inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame after a Lifetime of Dedication to Teaching and Supporting the Game of Golf

11-gloria-armstrong2Gloria Armstrong joins an elite group of their peers as inductees to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Hall of Fame, established in 2000, is the highest honor given to teaching and club professional members for extraordinary membership service and leadership while contributing to the game of golf and the golf industry.

Gloria Armstrong has always been a teacher, albeit at first an unofficial one. She began on the fledgling LPGA Tour back in its beginnings from 1955-1966, becoming a member of the Teaching Division in 1958. Though she wasn’t a teacher or coach officially, several of her peers described her with the same word: “Unselfish”.

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“Dream Come True” for Dana Rader as She is Inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame

dana_rader-00000002Dana Rader joins an elite group of her peers as an inductee to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Hall of Fame, established in 2000, is the highest honor given to teaching and club professional members for extraordinary membership service and leadership while contributing to the game of golf and the golf industry.

Dana Rader has built an incredibly successful career in her 36 years of membership with the LPGA T&CP and her involvement in and around the golf industry. Her resilient efforts towards growing the game of golf, teaching prowess, and business achievements have brought her to the pinnacle of her career. It is because of these accomplishments that she is to be inducted into the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals Hall of Fame.

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2016 LPGA Las Vegas Extravaganza – Women at the Top of Their Game!

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I attended the 2016 Las Vegas Extravaganza at the Suncoast Resort and Casino at the end of October, and I am so glad I did.  I have been involved with the T&CP since 2009 and this was the best Teaching Summit I have ever attended. The all-female line up of speakers were educational, inspirational and relevant.  The passion of the members that attended the summit was evident by the quality of the interaction with the speakers.  Below are some of the takeaways from the day and a half summit that I wanted to share with you:

  • “A leader is a person with a vision and the influence to make it happen.”
  • Find your power pose and use it! It can change the way you feel in just two minutes.
  • It is possible to quietly break glass ceilings.
  • “People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do what you do.”
  • “Listen actively, listen with empathy, and listen with awareness.”
  • “It is not what you know, it is not who you know, it is who knows you.”
  • It is not too early or too late to start when it comes to your retirement; the important thing is to make sure you do.
  • Find your passion, and ask yourself what you want your legacy to be.
  • The conversations and networking that takes place during breaks, at lunches, dinners and breakfasts are just as important as the knowledge gained from the speakers.
  • People buy the “WHY” not the “what”; DISTANCE, not drivers, IMPROVEMENT, not lessons; EXPERIENCES, not tee times.
  • What you and I do every day matters. It matters to the LPGA Tour, LPGA T&CP and the LPGA Board of Directors.  It matters to your fellow professionals.  And it matters to your students, customers and members.

It is the members that make the T&CP such a wonderful organization to belong to.  It was so rewarding to see and reconnect with friends and to start to build new relationships.  If your schedule and budget allow I would strongly encourage you to attend the next LPGA Teaching Summit, you will not be sorry you did!

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LPGA National Junior Golf Leader: Stacy Miller-Arndt Member Profile

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Stacy Miller-Arndt, LPGA Junior Golf Director Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD

How did you get into golf?

I grew up in Lewisville, Texas and began playing golf at the age of seven with my family. My father, Chuck was my main instructor. I grew up in a family of elite golfers including my father, Chuck, mother, Diane and brother, Clay. I grew up in a small junior golf program at Denton Country Club in Denton, Texas. I started competing on a national level at age 12. I knew golf was my passion when I played in my first national tournament at age 12 at Lakeway Country Club in Austin, Texas. I qualified for the match play and won my first match against an eighteen year old going to play college golf the next year.

What are some highlights/accomplishments that you have had in your career?

My biggest accomplishments are my former junior golfers who are now continuing to play golf in amateur tournaments and have become junior members at Congressional. Many ofne-stacy-jr my juniors have found that golf does not stop after junior golf but can continue to enjoy the game. I have found that helping my juniors’ find their different passions in life and seeing them succeed has been a huge highlight.

How did you become interested in coaching junior golf?

I became interested in coaching juniors the summer of my junior year at Oklahoma State University. I worked with the North Texas PGA Junior Tour with Barry Rodenhaver. I enjoyed helping with the clinics and running tournaments. Barry was a great mentor that help me come out of shy shell and be more confident in myself. I knew that I wanted to teach juniors and make an impact on the game of golf.

What is your game to play with your junior golfers?

A new game that I play with my young girls age 8 and under is called “Girl Power Middle Name”. Each girl chose a new middle name that represented the girls’ spirit. The names ranged from Brave, Power, Amazing, Super, Unstoppable and Fast. The girls wrote their name on their golf balls to remind them of their Girl Power middle names. This quick game was a great way to remind the girls about their amazing abilities as a girl.

What are some for your hobbies/interests besides golf?

I enjoyed spending time with my family and watching my sons, Gustave (10) and Hunter (7) play sports and participate in Cub Scout activities. I love photography and scrapbooking.

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