Women in Golf Wednesday – Michelle Holmes

Name:

Michelle Holmes

Where you live?

Norfolk, Virginia

Where you work & what you do?

Director of Instruction for Michelle Holmes School of Golf.

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

3 Years

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The learning process of becoming an LPGA Member for me has been invaluable. I love that the program’s main focus is teaching-based. Teaching is my passion, and I learned so much not only from the program but from my LPGA peers.

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you?

The LPGA T&CP badge is one I wear proudly. I am honored to be part of such a strong community of people who are all dedicated to growing the game.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The friendships I have made along the way is by far the best part for me. I have made some lifelong friends in other LPGA Members who I can learn from, share ideas with, and rely on.

What advice would you give someone just starting the program or thinking about starting?

First off, I can’t recommend the program enough. In this business, you need to find your niche and run with it. Focus on what you are great at and use what you learn in the program to further enhance your strengths.

The greatest advice I can give is to take advantage of the connections you make through the LPGA program. You will meet so many people who look at the game in so many different ways. Be open to their opinions and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

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2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship First Round

LPGA T&CP National Championship
Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club | Southern Pines, NC
First-Round Notes | Sept. 4, 2017

 The first round of the LPGA T&CP National Championship kicked off at the Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club on Monday, and competitors were welcomed by hot temperatures and sunny skies. The heat became a factor in the afternoon with temperatures reaching the high 80s and a scorching sun that made already difficult greens that much tougher.

Wendy Doolan, a 17-year LPGA Tour professional and current teaching pro in Lakeland, Fla., took the early lead in the Championship division as she fired a 1-under 71. Doolan had three birdies in the final five holes of her front nine and made only one bogey on the back side to take a one-shot lead over Joanna Coe (Baltimore, Md.) on day 1 of the LPGA T&CP National Championship.

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Results – 2017 Titleist Pro-Am


SUNDAY, September 3, 2017 at Mid Pines Golf Club the LPGA T&CP National Championship Titleist Pro-Am was held in Southern Pines, NC.

It was a perfect weather day with lots of golf.  Below are the results

GROSS
1. Gail Graham / 58
2. Jamie Zimron / 59
3. Audrey Nelson / 59
4. Charlaine Hirst / 60

NET
1. Cindy Miller / 55.2
2. Cathy Edelen / 56.4
3. Penny Dell / 57.5
4. Liz Cooper / 57.8

ALL LADIES – GROSS
1. Jean Bartholomew /59

ALL LADIES -NET
1. Christi Dorece / 56.9

SPECIAL CONTESTS

CLOSEST TO THE PIN CONTEST presented by Barrington
Male: Rick Edelen
Female: Susie Watterson
LPGA Pro: Louise Ball

LONGEST DRIVE CONTEST presented by Titleist
Male: John Miller
Female: Yvonne Cox

 

Mid Pines Set to Host 2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship

Eight players will earn spots in 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., September 1, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) will head to Southern Pines, North Carolina and the Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club Sept. 4-6 for the 2017 LPGA T&CP National Championship.

The 54-hole, stroke-play Championship will be held on the Donald Ross-designed course, which was built in 1921 and has hosted many national championships including the 2002 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship. The LPGA T&CP National Championship has been contested at Mid Pines three times previously and this year will mark the first time the championship will return there since 2002.

The LPGA T&CP National Championship was originally organized in 1983 to provide additional playing opportunities for LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals. The three-day competition has since grown to become recognized as the premier tournament for women golf professionals in the world. The tournament features three divisions: Championship (6,359 yards), Challenge (6,001) and Senior (50+, 5,716 yards). The field will be cut to the Top 70 and ties after 36-holes.

“We are very excited to bring this Championship back to Mid Pines,” said Nancy Henderson, Chief Teaching Officer of the Teaching and Club Professionals and President of the LPGA Foundation.  “The resort is the perfect setting for the championship and will provide unique challenges for our professionals, especially on the greens. Female members of the PGA of America will be competing side-by-side with our LPGA T&CP members for a share of the $100,000 purse and the opportunity to compete in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.”

The top eight finishers in the Championship division will go on to represent the LPGA T&CP in the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, one of five major championships on the LPGA Tour, which will be held at Kemper Lakes Golf Club outside Chicago next year. The top five finishers in the Senior division will qualify for the 2018 LPGA Senior Championship at the French Lick Resort as well as any competitors over the age of 45 who finish in the top 10 in the Championship division.

Defending champion, Lisa Grimes, an LPGA Teaching Professional from Austin, Minnesota, will headline the field competing for the T&CP National Championship as well as one of the eight coveted exemptions. Joining Grimes in the field will be 2015 champion Laurie Rinker as well as four-time winner Jean Bartholomew.

More than a dozen LPGA T&CP members who reside in North Carolina will also compete in this year’s Championship, including University of North Carolina at Greensboro women’s head coach Janell Howland, Kelly Cap of Pinehurst, Victoria Kuehner of Wilmington and Anne Marie Goslak of Winston-Salem.

Other notable players in the field include past T&CP National Championship Lori Atsedes of Goodyear, Arizona. Many of the top-8 finishers from last year’s Championship return including PGA Club Professional Karen Paolozzi (Ga.), Alison Curdt (Calif.), and Kristin Walla (Calif.).

In addition to the National Championship, family and friends have the opportunity to join in on the action by participating in the Titleist Pro-Am competition and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Clinic presented by Coca-Cola, which precedes the Championship.

Professionals, amateurs, and the general public will also have the opportunity to discover new products, test golf club equipment supplied by tournament sponsor-partners and meet with company representatives during the on-site Demo Days, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2-3.