Where you live?
Cary, North Carolina
Where do you work & what do you do?
Dona Lerner Golf Academy @ Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh NC. I am the Co-Owner as well as the LPGA Head Teaching Professional. We pride ourselves in empowering our students to overcome challenges by holding them to the correct level of expectation. “Golf is a game and games are meant to be fun.”
How long have you been an LPGA member?
I have been a member since 2010, receiving my LPGA T&CP Class A certification in 2013.
How was the process of becoming a member for you?
After being in the corporate world for many years I wanted to get back to the game that I loved so much. After a long discussion and review with Dona Lerner, we set a plan in place to start the teaching certification process. She mentored me through the process as well helping me develop as an instructor and today we own and run a very successful fun Academy. I encourage everyone who is going through the process to reach out to a LPGA mentor.
What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?
It is a dream come true and an honor that I don’t take lightly or for granted. The game of golf has the opportunity to teach so many life skills and lessons. Being a part of this organization has given me the tools, relationships, avenues and means to be a successful teacher.
What is the best part about the membership for you?
The LPGA membership has given me the opportunity to have the sky as my office. The friends that I would have never known and relationship that strengthens my career make me feel I belong to an organization that truly cares about a game I dearly love.
What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?
Get a mentor as soon as possible. Locate your local LPGA professionals in your area and discuss the process face to face. The process demands time, financial commitment, dedication and travel; the mentor can guide you through these items. Take your time and enjoy the ride…..
Life does not have a remote, get up and change it yourself…..the LPGA did just that for me and today I am living a dream.