Sandy LaBauve receives Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award

LPGA*USGA Girls Golf founder wins both LPGA T&CP national awards, marking the first time one individual has received both honors in the same year.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 4, 2017 – For the first time in history, the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Membership announces one winner of both the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award in the same year – LPGA*USGA Girls Golf founder and national ambassador Sandy LaBauve.

“Sandy’s dedication to the LPGA and her accomplishments speak for themselves, but it is nice to see her contributions acknowledged through these awards,” said Nancy Henderson, the LPGA’s Chief Teaching Officer. “Sandy had the vision for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and is still a driver for the unquestionable success it is today, and for that I am thankful. If anyone deserves to win both awards, it is Sandy.”

The Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, instituted by the LPGA T&CP Membership in 1989 to honor the late teaching professional Ellen Griffin, recognizes an individual, male or female, who made a major contribution to the teaching of golf and who emulates Griffin’s spirit, love and dedication to students, teachers, teaching skills and the game of golf.

“Winning the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award and the Nancy Lopez Golf Achievement Award is surreal,” LaBauve said. “Like Ellen was, I am passionate about growing the game by empowering others. I am especially grateful to the LPGA Foundation and our members that have grown my initiatives like LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. I celebrate this award in their honor.”

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Women in Golf Wednesday! – Sue Powers

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Name:  Sue Powers

Where you live?

Venice, Fl

Where you work & what you do?

I have several, golf-related jobs.  I am the financial Controller and LPGA Teaching Professional at Pelican Pointe G & CC.  I am co-owner of Nancy Lopez Golf Adventures. I wear many different hats, which makes my career interesting and challenging at times.

How long have you been an LPGA member? 

Member since 2003

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Since this was my second career (corporate/ manufacturing for first career), it was a new and exciting process for me.  I had envisioned learning all about the mechanics of the golf swing and to my surprise, the first educational session I attended was all about ME! and how we learn and process information.  I was fortunate to fast track through the NEP program and became a Class A member in three years.

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

I am so proud to be a member of our elite group and thank my lucky stars every day that I was introduced to the game of golf and the LPGA. Because of my LPGA educational, mentoring, and hands-on experience, I am very fortunate to be in a position where I can give back to the game that has given me so many wonderful memories throughout my life. I love what I do and enjoy sharing my passion, energy and positive attitude with others. One of the most satisfying things in my life is helping my students—especially children and females—appreciate the game and the joy that it brings as their skills and accomplishments develop.  There is nothing more rewarding than the energy and enthusiasm of your student as they tell you about a great golf shot, their best round of golf, an “ah-ha” moment, or a new golfing buddy.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Friendships, networking, and energy after attending events and educational seminars/summits.

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

JOIN and GET INVOLVED!  Having come from a male-dominated industry, it was so refreshing for me to find the place I belonged that was female friendly.  We all have many things in common, and you will get so much support from other LPGA members and staff at LPGA headquarters.  Don’t wait for someone to ask you to something; put yourself out there, get involved and great things will happen.

Words of Wisdom

Be yourself and don’t be afraid to try something new or different. Play Happy!

Marci Bozarth Wins 2017 LPGA Central Section Marilynn Smith Award

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., October 2, 2017 – Marci Bozarth, an assistant golf professional at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas, is the 2017 recipient of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Central Section Marilynn Smith Service Award.

This prestigious award is given to the Central Section member who best exemplifies Marilynn Smith’s renowned spirit of giving and generosity. Previous honorees were Penny Zavichas, Peggy Gustafson, Marvol Barnard, Tina Tombs, and Kristie Fowler.

Bozarth currently serves as an assistant golf professional at Golf Club of Houston where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of two 18-hole courses, one public and the other private. She is also an instructor at the on-site Mike McGetrick Golf Academy.

An LPGA Class A member since 1998, Bozarth conducts more than 145 golf events each year for various charities and companies on the public Tournament Course at Golf Club of Houston while she also organizes and manages more than 20 member golf events there annually. Bozarth served two terms as Central Section Vice-President from 2008-2011 and two terms as Central Section Secretary from 2004-2007.

“I am humbled and honored to even be nominated for such an award!” said Bozarth, who was LPGA Central Section ‘Professional of the Year’ in 2004, 2005 and 2013. “I do what I do out of my passion for the game of golf, and I don’t think twice about it. I work long hours and long weeks, as many of us do, because I love it. I have always approached my work with a servant’s heart, and I always do my best to find a way to say: ‘Yes—I can do that for you!’”

Congratulations, Marci Bozarth!

The Marilynn Smith Service Award was established in 2012 by the Central Section in recognition of the unlimited and outstanding service, time, and dedication demonstrated by Marilynn to the LPGA Central Section, the LPGA and the game of golf.

One of 13 LPGA Founders, Smith earned the nickname “Miss Personality” on the LPGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006. She served as president of the LPGA from 1958 through 1960 and was instrumental in founding the teaching division in 1959 (now known as the LPGA T&CP) along with Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks and Barbara Rotvig.

Smith helps organize the all-women’s Marilynn Smith Golf Classic, which benefits the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and the Marilynn Smith Scholarship. In 1999, she established the Marilynn Smith Scholarship within The LPGA Foundation.