Member Spotlight: Debby King

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Name:  

“Debby King”

Current position/work:  

“Co-Owner/The Kingdom of Golf Experience School”

LPGA Member since:

 “1995”

What does your day look like?

“My days are quite different now. I used to operate a 9-hole golf course for the city for the past 10 years. My last day at that job was December 31st. Now I am operating my golf school full time, even though it has been in existence for 5 years.  It  was basically dormant as my job as Head Professional & General Manager at the golf course took precedence. I have to humbly say my golf school is probably the most unique golf school ever! It is located on the bottom floor of my home. Each day has been different so far in 2018: Mondays are usually filled with a local tournament or pro-am, Tuesdays are attending to marketing and social media; Wednesdays & Thursdays will be teaching private and small group lessons for my golf school and Fridays & Saturdays I have partnered with a local public golf course in which to teach my larger group lessons, PGA Junior League, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and other programs of that nature; and Sundays are usually my day off.”

Who was your idol growing up?

“I never really had an idol. I had many influential people throughout my life who I admired along the way. I have been very blessed with the many people golf has introduced me to.”

What are you obsessed with right now?

“Building a golf simulator for my golf school.”

What do you wish you would have known 10 years ago?

“How literally almost everything works out for the best, so quit worrying!!!”

What was the last time you tried something new?

“5 years ago my business partner and I designed and built a home business golf school from the ground up. We are on a 1/4 acre piece of land. We live upstairs and the golf school is downstairs which includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, wet bar and a living area and a golf studio. Our backyard has a 1,500 sq.ft. putting green, 3 target greens and a bunker. The studio is equipped with work-out equipment, pro-shop merchandise and soon to have its own golf simulator. This adventure was built with finances and love acquired from family members we lost to cancer. It is a true memorial to them.”

What books would you say have had the biggest influence in your life? What book have you gifted the most?

“Most recently I have enjoyed “The Impact Zone” by Bobby Clampett and “Be a Player” by Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilson. Other books I enjoyed which are more philosophical would be “Days of Awe and Wonder” by Marcus Borg and “You Gotta Keep Dancing” by Tim Hansel. The book I have gifted the most would be “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect” by Dr. Bob Rotella.”

What do you most want to be known for?

“Fun-loving, generous and a great golf instructor!”

What’s next for you?

“To be more involved in charitable organizations. An organization close to my heart is St. Vincent’s Home for homeless teenage girls.”

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Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Kandace Clatterbaugh

Where you live: 

My husband and I just moved to Palm Beach Gardens, FL about six months ago.

Where do you work & what you do: 

I am a General Manager for Billy Casper Golf Management at Cypress Creek Country Club in Boynton Beach, FL.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I’ve been an LPGA member since 2000.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

Great, I learned so much while going through the process of becoming a member; it helped me grow personally and professionally.

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

It is truly an honor. When I think back on the history of the LPGA and the LPGA T&CP and all the amazing women who have helped make this organization what it is today. I am so very proud to be a member.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

For me there are two, being able to help grow the game of golf and working with charities to help raise money and awareness through golf.

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

Go for it!  You will be able to learn from and network with a wonderful group of women professionals.  If you have questions along the way, don’t hesitate to ask because there is always someone there to help.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

I grew up playing golf with family and friends and although I don’t get to play as much these days, I love the atmosphere surrounding the game. People learn the game and play golf for a wide variety of reasons but regardless of the reason, golf is meant to be fun. I’m thankful to my parents for introducing me to the game of golf and to all the golf professionals who encouraged me along the way. Now it’s my goal that each guest that visits our club has fun and looks forward to coming back.

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Karen Palacios-Jansen

Where you live:

Mooresville, North Carolina (suburb of Charlotte)

Where you work & what you do:

I own my own golf events company called Swing Blade Enterprises and I operate out of Trump National Charlotte in Mooresville, North Carolina.  I teach golf, Pilates, and do golf-fitness training.  I developed a golf-fitness system called Cardiogolf.  It is a class that I teach at Trump National Charlotte and at 15 to Fit Pilates, Barre and Fitness Studio. It is also a program offered online at Cardiogolf.com.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I became a member in 1994.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

To be honest, I remember it being a little overwhelming at first, but now looking back I realize why it was so important to learn all aspects of teaching the game.  I couldn’t have accomplished all I have without my LPGA T&CP credentials and the education they gave me. Now as a member of the LPGA T&CP Education Committee and Vice-President of the LPGA, I am getting to go through the process all over again and am I able to witness first-hand how our education programs are transforming the game and how it is taught.

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

Sometimes I pinch myself because I can’t believe that I am a member of the LPGA T&CP. Being a part of the LPGA is one of my most important accomplishments of my life.  I didn’t come from a golf family or ever have any ties to the LPGA, so for me to work myself all the way up to VP of the T&CP was a lot of work, but I would do it all over again.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

I love being part of a prestigious organization that is known all over the world. I love being a part of an organization that is comprised of powerful women who want to make a difference in the lives of golfers and now young women with our Girls Golf Sites. Everyone knows the LPGA is comprised of the world’s best players, teachers, and coaches and now we are inspiring young girls to take up the game and helping them become leaders.

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

Write a diary and write down all the funny things that happen to you on the lesson tee and golf course. I have hundreds of interesting and funny stories, but have forgotten a lot of them because I didn’t write them down. Keep a diary and maybe you will write a book like Harvey Penick too.

What do you love most about the game of golf?:

I am sort of a pack rat and I love to shop, so golf is very conducive to a person that likes to shop and get free stuff like me. I own just about every new piece of equipment that has come out, I have a separate closet just for my golf clothes. I am always looking into the new training aid. I collect logo-ed towels and golf balls. I pretty much keep everything too.  As a joke, at my husband’s family golf outing, they gave one group a gift certificate to ‘Dan and Karen’s garage to pick out any golf equipment that they wanted.  So that kind of tells you how much golf stuff I have….

Special Thanks:

I have a lot of fellow LPGA members that I would like to thank for helping me in my career and supporting me all these years including-Deb Vangellow, Nancy Henderson, Kiernan Schindler, Oneda Castillo, Joanne Forman, Gwen Checho, Debbie Doniger, Carol Preisinger, Abby Welsh, the late Dede Owens, Sue Gintar, Christi Dorce, Cheryl Anderson, and Christina Ricci. Also anyone that I have played with in a LPGA national or section tournament that laughed and cried with me before, during, and after the round!

Member Spotlight: Jenn Holt

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Jenn Holt, Class A LPGA since 2012. 

Independent Teacher at Murrieta Valley Golf Range (home of Rickie Fowler).

My average day: I have morning private lessons with varied adults and few hour lunch break. I then go back to teach private half hour lessons with kids after they get out of school. On Friday mornings I volunteer teaching golf to the adults who have developmental disabilities, which I really enjoy. On Friday afternoons I take a group of high school girls out on the course for 2 hours. Weekends are my busiest time with loyal students who have had the same time for a few years. I work 7 days a week but keep Monday mornings to myself.

My idol growing up was Bjorn Borg. I found him to be so strong and stoic. Every time I was in a golf tournament as a child and wasn’t happy I had a picture of Borg in my bag and would remember his stoicism and fashioned myself after him. No crying for me!

I’m obsessed with my new Run Keeper app that allows you to track how far you walk, run or ride a bike. You make your goals and it keeps track. I am on a walking team with my mom so even though we live far apart we have a team goal to walk 1,000 miles in 2018. It sure gets me out walking!

Who I wish I knew 10 years ago: My best friend Chris Vatcher. I met her 5 years ago at the LPGA Level 1 training in Florida. I would of really appreciated her friendship 10 years ago as I was a newly divorced and a struggling single mom with three kids. I enjoy talking to her often as we are both teaching professionals in Southern California.  We help each other out and talk about how to improve our lessons.

The last time I tried something new was when I went to the Blast Certification Training to learn about using Blast in my lessons. That’s new to me since I am not a techie. Blast is a great tool for golf!

The book that is been most influential to me is called Soul Survivor by Phillip Yancey. It opened my eyes, my mind and my heart at a time when I was very regimented in my thinking towards my faith. It pointed me into a new, more freeing direction in my life. However, when I gift books I really try to think of that person and what would appeal to them, so what book I gift is different each time.

I would like to be known and remembered as being a kind, patient and gentle person that really cares about each person she encounters. I really try hard each day when I teach to be in the present and figure out what each student needs individually that would make their day happier. I want to be there to listen to them.

What’s next for me: I will continue to teach golf, and if I’m really inspired and the stars align I would like to have a kids intensive golf training academy.

To learn more about Jenn and book a lesson, check out her website.

 

 

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Jodi Wendt

 

Where you live:

Rock Hill, South Carolina

 

Where do you work & what do you do:

Winthrop University Women’s Golf Coach

 

How long have you been an LPGA member?

19 years

 

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The process was very educational!  The LPGA does a great job teaching you to be a great teacher of the game of golf!

 

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

Being an LPGA member means belonging to a great women’s organization that has been professionally educated to help others with the game of golf!  I truly feel pride when I wear the LPGA logo!

 

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The best part of the membership for me is the education we receive as we get certified plus the continual education we get to stay certified. Also, I appreciate the faith my students have in me knowing I was professionally certified by the LPGA!

 

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

You can never go wrong with the education you will be receiving from the LPGA!  It will make you a better instructor, coach, club professional, and person!  Also, you will be joining a group of amazing women who are making a big difference in the world of golf!

 

What do you love most about the game of golf?

What I love most about the game of golf is that this sport can be played by a whole family!  It gave me so many wonderful memories of family vacations spent on the golf course!

 

Words of Wisdom:

Being a member of the LPGA opened doors for me in my profession that would not have been opened without it!  I am very thankful for all those that came before me that made this organization such an outstanding opportunity for Women!

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Jennifer Cully

 

Where you live: 

Saint Petersburg, Florida

 

Where do you work & what do you do: 

Apollo Beach Golf Club …Independent contractor/Teaching Professional, 

LPGA T&CP …Global Education Team Member, Educator and PTE Evaluator 

 

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1992

 

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I thoroughly enjoyed the process of becoming a class A member in the LPGA. I went through the PGA education at the same time and quickly realized that I was drawn to the teaching education that the LPGA is known for.   I love to learn and thought going to education and seminars was fun. I had great mentors paving the way. I am thankful for the friends I have made though the LPGA too.  

 

What does being an LPGA Member mean to you?

I have been a fan of the LPGA since I was a child. To be a member of the LPGA makes me very proud. Doing what I love and sharing the game of golf with others drives me every day. It is awesome to see the game growing rapidly amongst women and girls and know the LPGA organization and I am an influence. I take my roles very seriously and feel honored to be able to be a caretaker of the game I love. 

 

What is the best part about the membership for you?

The LPGA sisterhood.  I enjoy playing in tournaments spending time with friends, learning with friends, sharing ideas, being mentored by wonderful role models and now mentoring others myself. It is the supportive people who all share the same mission that I enjoy the most.  We are here to help nurture each other and watch each other grow greatness! 

 

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

Set goals and write them down. Take your time, be patient and enjoy the process.  Read the manuals, use the resources, practice and do not be afraid to ask for help.  Teaching is an ongoing process of learning about your students and yourself and there is always more to learn. Seek people who do what you want to do. Spend time with them and ask questions. Be active in the association and it will give you more than you asked for in return. Be prepared to stand up for yourself in this business of golf. 

 

What do you love most about the game of golf?

Oh my list is long….Golf has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. The game runs in my family!  It is a game that brings people together. I love being in nature and relish in the stillness and the peacefulness I find on the course. I love the traditions and history of the game. I mostly love the never ending challenge that golf provides.  I never tire of seeing a beginner get hooked on the game when they hit the sweet spot the first time. I enjoy seeing great shots whether I hit them or someone else. For me, it is a satisfying game on so many levels and there is no other game like it. 

 

Anything else you would like to share:

I love to play golf and enjoy using my old hickory clubs circa 1925.  I welcome my LPGA friends to come play in the annual US Pro Hickory Tournament in Tampa, FL next winter. We want to grow the ladies division. Bag and clubs are provided with entry if needed. C’mon it is fun to play golf dress up and go back in history. Grab a friend & join me!