Dana 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.
After gaining her Golf Professional status in 1980, Rader started as an Assistant Professional at Meyers Park Country Club and worked her way up in the industry until 1987 when she first opened Dana Rader Golf School, which today is one of the most renowned in the golf world and instructs over 17,000 students of all ages and skill levels including over 500 juniors—a passion for Rader.
Julie Cole, fellow LPGA Member and Manager Partner at the Dana Rader Golf School, said, “Dana deserves to be inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame because of her extended influence in the golf industry and the lives she has touched as a result of her leadership, her experience in teaching, and willingness to do what others will not.”
Cole’s statement is corroborated by Rader’s passion for teaching and sharing everything she knows about golf. Because of her determination to grow the game of golf, Rader has been the recipient of many prestigious awards in the industry.
Golf Magazine added Rader to their Top 100 Teachers in America list in 1996, a title she still holds today. She was also named number three in the country and number one in the state on Golf Digest’s Top 50 Greatest Teachers in America list in 2003-2005 and 2008-Present. The Golf Channel Academy made her Lead Charter Coach. In the LPGA, Rader was named LPGA T&CP National Teacher of the Year in 1990 and won the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award in 2015.
Rader’s awards echo her lifetime of work in spreading her love of golf, believing, in her own words, that “in order to serve others, I need to know my industry and develop strong and lasting relationships by networking.” And that she did.
Within the LPGA T&CP, Rader served in many positions, including Treasurer, Vice President, and then President of her section before being elected into the position of National President of the LPGA T&CP in 2010, a position she held until 2015. Her election came at a time of tremendous transition for the LPGA. Roberta Bowman worked with Rader when they both served on the LPGA Board of Directors from 2011-2015. Of Rader, Bowman wrote that she was “a superb representative of, and advocate for, the T&CP with the Commissioner and the entire board” and that “by creating the T&CP Leadership Committee to the Board, she institutionalized the importance of the T&CP to the Tour and made it a priority with the Board, the Commissioner, and the LPGA executive team.”
Apart from her work with the LPGA and the Dana Rader Golf School, Rader has also established herself as an authority in the golf industry as a prolific writer since she began to write for Golf for Women Magazine in the 1980s. Currently she is a contributing writer for Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Golf Tips Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and the Charlotte Observer. She also wrote the book Rock Solid Golf: A Foundation for a Lifetime and was a contributing writer for Joel Zuckerman’s book Pro’s Pro: Extraordinary Club Professionals Making Golf Great.
Upon hearing of her induction, Rader said, “Being inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame is truly a dream come true. I am completely humbled that my life’s work is worthy of such a great honor.”
Her induction to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame is more than deserved. David DeNunzio, Managing Editor of Instruction for Golf Magazine, said, “In my opinion, there are only a handful of current instructors who have had a much of an influence on nurturing and developing future generations of instructors as Dana.”
Pia Nilsson, Co-Founder of Vission54, wrote, “Dana’s leadership, passion, and commitment to the LPGA T&CP and her inspirational way of communicating, has made the whole membership grow in status.”
And fellow LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame member Annette Thompson said that Rader’s “morals, ethics, and personal character represent the very best the T&CP has to offer students, associates, employees, and the public in general.”
And with this, Dana Rader is warmly welcomed into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.
Past inductees to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame are: Peggy Kirk Bell, Marilynn Smith, Patty Berg, Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks, and Louise Suggs in 2000; Goldie Bateson, Ellen Griffin, Dede Owens, and Joanne Winter in 2001; Ann Casey Johnstone in 2004; S. Annette Thompson in 2006; Kerry Graham, Lorraine Klippel, Pat Lange, and Penny Zavichas in 2008; Patti Benson, Carol Clark Johnson, Kay McMahon, and Jane Read in 2010; Mary Dagraedt, Nell Frewin-Hays, and Nancy Quarcelino in 2012; and Shirely Englehorn and Donna White in 2014.