Karen McMeekin Proclaimed “Certified Humane Animal Investigator”

by Ken Steadman and others

Not Only is Midwest Section Class A Member, Karen McMeekin a great teaching professional, she also has taken on a passion of hers in fighting cruelty to animals.

When Karen moved to Tennessee from South Florida in 2004, she learned the plight of the homeless pets in the area. Her original intention was to move to Crossville to teach golf. She relocated to the mountains after teaching school for 11 years following her graduation from the University of South Florida.

She eventually began playing amateur golf across the State and then climbed to the ranks of the LPGA Class “A” status. While building a golf business in Fairfield Glade at the former 4 Seasons Par 3, she became more involved in animal welfare.

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Women in Golf Wednesday! – Nicole Weller

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Nicole Weller

Where you live:

Savannah GA

Where you work & what you do:

The Landings Club, Head Teaching Professional (create, organize, host golf schools, clinics, new golfer league, guest speakers and golf instruction / youth golf programming as well as instruct over 700-800 lessons/year for adults and children)

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

Started the process in the late 90’s and member for over 16 years

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I entered into both the PGA and LPGA programs at the same time. Lots of studying at that time!  I loved my NEP1 experience… Carol Presinger made it really fun. I had heard and read a lot about her and took my NEP at her facility and she was so nice, I’ll never forget that first experience and enjoyed meeting new lady professionals in the making as well.  Carol also had an incredible spread of snacks J  I went to class there at City Club Marietta and then again for the Level 1 test and took other levels at LPGA International and tested at World Golf Village as well.  I remember the awesome camaraderie at LPGA International and being able to go outdoors and learn how to teach outdoors rather than just in a classroom or thought videos.  Real hands-on experience was fun… helping each other, hitting shots eyes closed or lefty… I recommend going through the LPGA Teaching Education programs for everyone who wants to be a well-rounded teacher, even for men.

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

I love being part of a bigger ‘sisterhood’ who share the sincere desire to learn and not just go to something for the points/credits.  Sharing ideas, reconnecting with those who can discuss similar experiences and are so giving of their time to help each other makes me feel like I’m a part of something very special.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

I love being connected to all ladies who like golf for various reasons… club professionals, teachers, Tour players.  We ARE the Ladies Professional Golf Association.  Love being a Girls Golf Site Director (my chapter in Knoxville gave me some of the best volunteer friends and memories of my life!) and love the support that HQ always provides no matter what.  They’re a great team of leaders!

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

Welcome to a great group of ladies who love golf and love helping other people with their golf!  Enjoy the process, network and make new friends and acquaintances and experience all the Summits / Workshops / Tournaments that you are able to… it’s special!

Preisinger, Fowler, Quinn and Lerner Receive 2017 LPGA Teaching and Club Professional National Awards

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 20, 2017 – The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Membership announces the following members for national awards as an acknowledgement of their dedication and achievements: Carol Preisinger, Kiawah Island Club, Kiawah Island, South Carolina, Teacher of the Year; Kristie Fowler, Tubac Golf Resort, Tubac, Arizona, Professional of the Year; Christie Quinn, La Jolla High School, La Jolla, California, Coach of the Year; Dona Lerner, Dona Lerner Golf Academy Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina, Junior Golf Leader 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.

Teacher of the Year, Carol PreisingerPreisinger_Carol

The LPGA established the National Teacher of the Year Award in 1958. The award is given annually to the female golf professional who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments related to the teaching of golf during the year.

Preisinger was also named the National Teacher of the Year in 1998 and joins Shirley Spork (1959, 1984) and Dr. DeDe Owens (1977, 1993) as the only two-time winners of the national award.

“To be honored again with LPGA Teacher of the Year is incredible,” Preisinger said. “I am so proud to be a member of the T&CP, surrounded by the best teachers in the golf industry. I’m living proof that if you give someone resources to be successful, you can achieve anything. And, you can teach an old dog new tricks.”

In 1988, Preisinger joined the LPGA T&CP and earned Class A status in 1992. She earned Master status in 2010 by authoring “Golf’s Abundant Elements”, a historical perspective of her father’s life in golf and the core values that the game instilled within him.

Preisinger currently serves as the Director of Instruction at the Kiawah Island Club, a position she has held for over 10 years, during which time she has served three terms as the LPGA T&CP’s Southeast Section President.

Additionally, she has dedicated part of her life to serving the Charleston community by acting as Director of the Sea Island Junior Golf Program, as well as being the volunteer Assistant Coach for the College of Charleston women’s golf team.

During her time in the golf industry, Preisinger has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including being named one of Golf Digest’s Top 50 Women Teachers three different times. Since 2005, she has been recognized annually by GOLF Magazine as a Top 100 Teacher in America, and from 2009-2012 she was named the best teacher in South Carolina in Golf Digest’s Best in State list.

Professional of the Year, Kristie Fowler

The LPGA T&CP Professional of the Year was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member primarily engaged in a golf operation, golf association or industry position, promoting the game through player development, growth of the game initiatives and other golf related activities.

Kristie Fowler was named the Head Golf Professional at the Tubac Golf Resort in March Fowler_Kristieof 2017, and prior to landing her “dream job” she was an Assistant Professional at The Gallery Golf Club for 15 years.

“I am very proud and excited to have been selected as the Golf Professional of the Year! It is truly an honor,” Fowler said.

Fowler was a four-year letter winner at the University of Arizona, and has one professional victory to her name while playing on what is now the Symetra Tour. She joined the T&CP in 1990 and worked her way up to Master status in 2012.

In addition to her professional work, she has served on the Arizona Women’s Golf Association committee to assist Arizona high school girls golf programs, and has been involved in mentor programs as an LPGA section member advisor. In recognition of her good works, Fowler was named the Central Section LPGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2011 and 2015, and earned the 2016 LPGA Marilynn Smith Service Award.

Coach of the Year, Christie Quinn

The LPGA T&CP Coach of the Year Award was established in 1980 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member who is actively engaged in teaching and/or coaching golf at the collegiate or high school level.Quinn_Christie

Christie Quinn is the head coach for men’s and women’s golf at La Jolla High School, and she joins Mary Beth Nienhaus (Appleton West High School, 1987) as the only winners in the award’s 36-year history to coach at the high school level.

“I was speechless when [T&CP National President] Deb Vangellow called me to be acknowledged as the Coach of the Year for the T&CP,” Quinn said. “I know so many unbelievably talented coaches in the LPGA so I was in shock that I was chosen! Our school and foundation has had an incredible year making it the most successful in the school’s history for La Jolla men’s & women’s golf. I feel really proud to be a part of that success and receiving this award. Being recognized for doing what I love is a dream come true!”

Quinn joined the T&CP in 2006 and worked her way up to Class A status in 2010. A graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Marketing, she designed and copyrighted her brand for Teaching and Coaching called Discover Your Swing!®. This methodology is athlete-centered deriving from their physical, emotional and equipment-based assessments.

Quinn has established Discover Your Swing!® golf schools in Livermore, Long Beach and San Diego sharing her passion for the experience of golf with high school, collegiate, Olympic and professional golfers.

With Quinn leading the program, the La Jolla High School golf coaching staff won the 2015-2016 Golf Coaches of the Year Award from the California Interscholastic Federation.

Junior Golf Leader of the Year, Dona Lerner

The LPGA T&CP Junior Golf Leadership Award was established in 2012 and is awarded annually to an LPGA Teaching and Club Professional member who excels in teaching and promoting golf for juniors.

Dona Lerner founded the Dona Lerner Golf Academy, Inc. and currently serves as its Lerner_DonaDirector of Instruction. Lerner also serves as the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Green Hope High School in Cary, North Carolina, and is the site director and lead instructor for the local LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program.

“As Deb Vangellow said to me, ‘Good things come to those who wait.’ This was followed by her telling me I had been chosen the 2017 LPGA National Junior Golf Leader,” Lerner said. “My initial reaction was a belly filled with excitement butterflies! I am so humbled by this honor and grateful to the LPGA for acknowledging my efforts relating to junior golf. No one enjoys the kind of success I have by themselves, however. It is the amazing team I have the pleasure of working with every day that make awards such as this one possible. So, it is with them that I will share it. Experiencing the smiles and celebrations with kids in golf as a mentor is a gift. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to surround myself with so many young players and their families. I plan to continue the mission of involving young boys and girls in golf and look forward to watching them learn to play as they make golf a special part of their own lives. Thank you for honoring me with this award.”

Lerner joined the T&CP in 2000 and worked her way up to Class A status in 2005. She is passionate about growing the game through junior golf and is a Master Kids Teacher as recognized by USKids Golf.

Lerner was nominated for the Junior Golf Leader of the Year award from 2011-2016, and in 2017 was named the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Most Influential Person of the Month. As the coach at Green Hope High School, Lerner led the team to the Class 4A State Championship in 2014, and was named the high school coach of the year in 2006, 2011 and 2012.

 

Women in Golf Wednesday – Alexis Sieg

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Where you live? 

Daytona Beach, FL

Where you work & what you do?

I work for Nancy Lopez Golf Company.  I am a Sales Representative and Social media consultant for the Lopez Brand as well as a certified club fitter and Class A member/golf instructor.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1997

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The process was very structured, and I learned a lot about instruction and business management. The LPGA Headquarters was very accommodating to help me through the steps along the way to complete my Class A membership.

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

The LPGA T&CP is an honorable membership and proud to be a part of my career in growing the game of golf. It not only elevated my golf game, it also expanded my education, business contacts and meeting new colleagues to further expand my golf knowledge in the golf industry.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part about the membership is supporting the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf programs as Site Director for many years, growing the game by performing beginner clinics for all ages, playing in sanctioned golf tournaments and attending Education seminars.

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

Do not hesitate….. move forward with the process, there are many great mentors to assist you in your journey. The benefits out way the time devoted to get your class A membership.

Special Thanks:

I want to Thank the LPGA T&CP Founders, all the volunteer LPGA T&CP members that have served as National officers and served on Regional committees to make this great membership where it is today.

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Where you live?

Orlando, FL

Where you work & what you do?

LPGA Foundation, Event Coordinator

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2011

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was great! I was a head pro for the Cleveland Metroparks in Cleveland, OH and was blessed to have my certification paid for as part of my job benefits. I was the first female golf professional to work for them, so I educated them and my male counterparts on the process as well. I’m glad that I took my time and did each level over a one-year period because it really allowed me to mature in how I taught.

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

Being a member of the LPGA is special because I get to do what I love and have done since the age of 7 every day. This membership is such a unique certification and has opened doors for me that I could not have been able to do with my MBA. I’ve also met other women who share my passion and are doing amazing things in this industry. Since coming to work for the Foundation, my eyes have been open to so many opportunities that other members are doing and that is why I joined the LPGA T&CP family.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part of the membership is being able to represent a group of women that are doing their passion and breaking barriers. I meet at least one person every week, who tells me they have never met a female golf pro before. To be the first contact someone has with a certified pro makes my membership even more valuable. I feel like I get to break stereotypes without really doing a lot.

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

I would advise a newbie to find their niche. A lot of people think they must go the traditional route and be an assistant pro, then head pro. But our options in this industry are limitless. In fact, if I started all over again, I think I would consider being a contractor for a least the first year or two of my career, so that I could really figure out my passion. Fortunately for me, I broke away from what I thought was the best route and chose to do work that gives instant gratification every day!

Words of Wisdom:

As a former site director and current member of the LPGA Foundation, I am compelled to encourage members new and seasoned to get involved with the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program. This is our program and its focus is to purely get more females into the game. Who doesn’t want that??? So, volunteer, donate, or darnit run a site!

2017 Section Of the Year Awards

Congratulations to our Section Of The Year Award Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Oct 9, 2017 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership has selected the recipients of annual section Teacher, Professional, Coach and Junior Golf Leadership awards. Each of the six sections of the LPGA T&CP—Central, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Western, and International—winners are selected by the Section Officers and Section Nominating Committee Chair annually in each of the four categories.

The LPGA T&CP National Awards Selection Committee will select the overall national award winner in each category from among the section award winners. The national winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2017 LPGA T&CP Section Of The Year Award winners are as follows:

Central Section
Teacher – Sandy LaBauve
Professional – Kristie Fowler
Coach – Jessica Steward
Junior Leader – Kristen Samp

International Section
Teacher – Stephanie Yu
Professional – Jiyeun Seo
Junior Leader – Yoshie Koyama

Midwest Section
Teacher – Louise Ball
Professional – Sally Collins
Coach – Therese Hession
Junior Leader – Martha Mallott

Northeast Section
Teacher – Joy Bonhurst
Professional – Lynne Hunter
Coach – Patricia Frohna-Post
Junior Leader – Tarah Miller

Southeast Section
Teacher – Carol Preisinger
Professional – Jane Broderick
Coach – Kelley Hester
Junior Leader – Dona Lerner

Western Section
Teacher – Alison Curdt
Professional – Kim Coleman
Coach – Christie Quinn
Junior Leader – Jennifer Alexander