Women in Golf Wednesday!

Name: Camille Surdi

Where you live?

St. Petersburg, Florida

Where you work & what you do?

Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf and Sports Complex

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Joined in 1987 and became Class A in 1992

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The membership process was very rewarding. I was late to the game of golf, and my mentors at the time gave me great leadership to guide me.

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

Everything! To be an accredited member of an organization that promotes a woman’s sport is a dream come true.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part of membership is simply being able to use my skills as a communicator to help golfers improve and grow the game. The best part about the internal membership of the T&CP is the camaraderie and respect we have for one another.

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

I would tell them to Just Do It! The rewards they will receive from whatever career path they take using the organization will be amazing. I took a leap of faith when I joined and 30 years later I’m still going strong!

Special Thanks:

I would just like to say thank you to all the women that are not only in the T&CP, but on the Tour as well. We as women have the tools to be the best women’s sports organization worldwide! I am proud to be a part of that!

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Meet Susie Myers

Susie Meyers LPGA, PGA has been coaching at Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club in Tucson, Arizona for over 20 years. In that time she has coached players to the LPGA and PGA Tours. Susie loves coaching people of all ages and skill levels. She has assisted many of the club pros in her area and also the young golfers that rise through the junior ranks. Susie’s son now plays golf at Stanford University and there have been countless others that have gone on to play collegiate golf. Recently Golf Magazine selected Susie as a Top 100 Teacher in America and she has been honored by the University of Arizona as a Silver Anniversary C.A.T.S. Award winner. Susie just published her first book, Golf From Point A. The testimonials about her book can be found on Amazon. Check it out. The reviews have been awesome! Thanks Susie for sharing your story.

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Women in Golf Wednesday! – Gennifer Garvin

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Where you live?

Stuart, FL

Where you work & what you do?

I work for The First Tee of The Treasure Coast and am their Director of Operations. Meaning I oversee all areas of operations, programming, coaches, volunteers, budgets, fundraising, and report these back to our parent chapter The First Tee of the Palm Beaches

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I started my track in September of 2011 when I passed my PAT at LPGA International in Daytona.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I just recently became a Class A member this summer, so it took me about 6 years to complete the process. All along the way, I learned and grew as a professional with the instruction I received at the national trainings, and even more so from the amount of networking with other professionals made possible by the commitment and care of each LPGA member. I was encouraged by an LPGA member to begin the process in 2011 and can honestly say I was continually encouraged along the way, I am not sure I would have completed if not for the persistence of my peers. 🙂

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

It means I am part of a strong network of professional ladies who are serious about their passion to help others. LPGA T&CP is committed to student focused teaching and excels in teaching teachers. I am proud that being an LPGA member means I am trained to introduce and grow the game because I can help any golfer improve and have more fun.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

I work in the sector of junior golf, so for me the best part is our mission of growing the game for young ladies through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf. This organization is a perfect partner because girls really do excel and love the game more when we provide them opportunities to play and learn together.

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

Keep at it and reach out to those around you for help! As I mentioned, everyone is so willing to help and their insights and lessons they’ve learned throughout their career is icing on the cake to your LPGA book work. Also, take your time; each “assignment” is carefully designed to make you a better teacher, and they will if you take your time to assess your current ability and make improvements along the way.

Women in Golf Wednesday! – Anne Cain

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Name: Anne Cain

Where you live?

Amelia Island, FL

Where you work & what you do?:

The PGA TOUR Academy at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1995

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was fun and educational; I think it is even much better now

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

I feel I am part of bigger organization and have the support of the LPGA.  When I joined, there were so few women in the golf industry it was easy to feel isolated.  I really like how the LPGA education system has prioritized teaching and coaching.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The friendships, professional relationships, and education

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

Most LPGA members are willing to mentor and support each other. Reach out to as many people as you can and seek guidance and advice.

Words of Wisdom:

I encourage everyone to be involved and serve the organization either on a sectional or national level.   I hope the LPGA organization will continue to offer opportunities for people with areas of expertise to contribute to the education curriculum moving into the future.

Louise Ball wins Jeri Reid Spirit Award

Midwest Section President and Class A T&CP Member Louise Ball has been awarded the LPGA Midwest Section Jeri Reid Spirit Award.

After joining the LPGA in 1997, she built her career in golf, starting as a teaching professional and owner of Tennessee Golf Academy at Gettysvue Polo Golf and Country Club in Knoxville, TN, where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of instruction, programming, bookkeeping, lesson scheduling, and branding. And she served as EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association) Teaching Professional for Greater Knoxville Chapter, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Academy Lead Instructor, and LPGA Leadership Academy Instructor.

“Jeri Reid was a fantastic member of our organization, and a great friend and confidant to so many.” Ball said upon learning she had been selected for the award. “In one word, she was inspirational!  She never missed a teachable moment.  She battled cancer 7 times in her life, and even towards the end of her life when referring to others going through challenges, she was quoted as saying ‘if they just gave a little more effort or a little more concentration towards what they want to do be doing, instead of what they don’t want to do, they would be better off.’ Jeri had a positive influence on everyone she touched, I’m so glad the MW section has named The Spirit Award in her name; it personifies Jeri perfectly.  I am truly grateful to be chosen in 2017 for this honor.”

Jeri Reid became a member of the LPGA T&CP in 1985. She was an active Tour Player whose playing career was cut short as a result of an injury sustained in a car accident.

She then picked herself up and started putting the pieces back together and began on a successful career path of teaching and inspiring golfers to play the game she loved so dearly.

But she never gave up, and, in Jeri’s words, “You have to pick yourself up and move on.”

Unfortunately, Jeri dealt with these numerous health issues until she lost her long, courageous and inspirational battle with cancer in April of 2016.

The Jeri Reid Spirit of Golf Award was established in 2014 and will be awarded annually to a Midwest Section member who inspires others by their actions just as Jeri Reid has touched countless lives throughout her career.

Women in Golf Wednesday – Dawn Pentesco

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Name: Dawn Pentesco

Where you live? 

Venice, FL

Where you work & what you do?

Plantation Golf & Country Club, Sales and Marketing Director

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 2009

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Life transforming!  I have met so many wonderful people. It was a long road but worth it.

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

It is a huge feather in my cap. I am proud of this accomplishment and being one of few Class A LPGA Professionals in the world. The LPGA has helped me become a better golf professional and a better person.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The people you meet and sharing best practices.

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

Do it! The LPGA is the best organization in the world to help you with your golf career and personal development.