Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Mary Galvano-Bajohr

Where you live:

 I have been living in Jacksonville, FL for the past 9 years with my husband and our daughter Abigail, but I was born and have been living in Southwest Florida before then. I took my first steps onto a golf course at my father’s course Santa Rosa Country Club in Bradenton, FL. Golf has been a part of my life since birth. My late father, Phil Galvano, was a Life Member of the PGA and a pioneer in the golf world. He coined phrases and methods of teaching golf that are still being used today, had the very first Live TV show of golf instruction in the world and had #1 Best Seller books on golf. It was his influence that led and inspired me to the game.

Where you work & what you do:

Currently my family owns a golf development company. However, I work for a large homeschooling family of 14 children teaching both golf and voice. Each year for the past 21 years, the Galvano family hosts a memorial golf tournament to charity education in Manatee County called the Phil Galvano Classic, after my late father. The charity golf tournament has been incredibly successful in giving back to the community.

How long have you been an LPGA member?

I have been a Class A Member of the LPGA since the year 2000, and joined in the process of becoming a member while I was touring with the Futures Tour in 1994.

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

The process of becoming a member was one I found challenging yet exciting! I was very anxious to hurry up the process, though. When I finally did become a Class A Member I felt an awesome feeling of accomplishment!

What does it mean to be an LPGA member to you and what is the best part?

Being an LPGA Member is one I take great pride in. Over the years not only have I learned a great deal of knowledge and wisdom from my peers but also the LPGA has been like a family to me, which is the best part. Most of the older members of the community know that I am a singer. I had the honor of singing the funeral of the great Patty Berg in Fort Myers, FL. It doesn’t get closer than that. This is a memory I will always cherish.

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

For anyone starting the program, my advice is to enjoy the process and don’t rush through it. Step by step you will get closer to your goal. Seek the wisdom of other LPGA professionals, whether personally or learning stories about them. This will build some pride and passion in your endeavor. Having that since of pride in the community you are seeking to be a part of is golden. The LPGA didn’t just form overnight! Many women sacrificed so much so that the LPGA is what it is today.

Words of Wisdom

Above all, have fun! The purpose of the LPGA is the game of golf. And don’t forget to give back to others!

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Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Annette “Babe” Deluca

Where do you live?

Tequesta, FL & Cashiers, NC

Where do you work & what do you do?

In Florida I work at Park Ridge Golf Course and in North Carolina I own The GolfBarn

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Tour Member since 1995 & T & CP Member since 2009

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was a smooth transition from the LPGA Tour to T & CP and was able to attain Class A status in 2009.

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

It means a sisterhood of remarkable women!

What do you like about golf?

I started playing golf when I was 18 years old.  Dr. Gary Wiren is my mentor.  He gave me the nickname “Babe”.  I wanted to be on the LPGA Tour since I started this game.  Playing the Tour was a dream come true and the friendships, people you meet, and people you inspire are all icing on the cake.  To play a sport you love for a living “WOW”.  I like playing but love teaching more; making a difference is the real success in my book.

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

“I am not going to tell you it’s going to be easy, but it will be worth it” (A. Williams)

Words of Wisdom

Have fun!  Make learning fun! Take Notes!

2018 LPGA T&CP Southeast Section Mixed Team FINAL RESULTS

Pro-Am Team

1st Place   Nancy Henderson, Tucker Guisewite, Katarina Hodge, Dean Schneider
$350 Per Team

2nd Place  Teresa Zamboni, Rod Perry, Suzanne Byrne, Ron Byrne
$300 Per Team

3rd Place   Charlotta Sorenstam, David Hronek, Mark O’Neal, Gary Kindsfather
$250 Per Team

4th Place Andrea Knox, Billy Van Arsdale, Gary Lefler, Bob Malone
$150 Per Team


Mixed Team

Place LPGA/PGA Pro Score  Purse
1st Cindy Gschwind & Jerry Tucker 135 $1,500 Per Team
2nd Charlotta Sorenstam & David Hronek 138 $1,000 Per Team
3rd  Susan Fasoldt & Dan Olsen 140 $800 Per Team
4th Teresa Zamboni & Rod Perry 141 $400 Per Team

 

Hammock Beach Golf Resort – Palm Coast, FL
April 15 – 16, 2018

 

Member Spotlight: Sofie Aagaard

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Current position/work:

“Head Coach Women’s Golf at Cal Poly” 

LPGA Member since:

“2015. Currently Class B Member.”

What does your day look like?

“As a college Golf coach Monday looks like any other day! Variety is one of the great things I appreciate about my job. At some point during the day I will see my team in practice, at workouts, and/or in a meeting. When I’m not with my team, I spend my work day in the office planning and scheming for how to support my players individual growth. I help them develop skills and use the tools they already have.”

Who was your idol growing up?

“Annika Sörenstam”

What are you obsessed with right now?

“Essential oils.”

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

“That everything will be OK and if it isn’t, I have the energy and power to make it OK.” 

What was the last time you tried something new?

“I tried a group fitness sculpt class a couple of months ago.”

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

“One more day- Mitch Albom”

What do you most want to be known for?

“Positivity and making people around me happy.”

What’s next for you?

“Finishing up level 3 and become a class A member!”

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Maria “Loopy” Lopez

Where you live:

Ormond Beach, FL

Where you work & what you do:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona, FL/ Women’s Golf Coach

How long have you been an LPGA member?

Since 1998

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

I was working at LPGA International as the Director of Tournaments and Marketing.  My boss Pam Phipps was supportive in setting me on my way of education and certification. Then when I transitioned to collegiate coaching, my university provided for professional development.

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

EVERYTHING! At age 8 I knew I wanted to play professionally. As I grew in the game some amazing mentors and women of excellence from the LPGA were put in my path; Nancy Lopez, Jane Frost, Linda Voldstedt, Beans Kelly, Suellen Northrup and Dr. Debbie Crews. They were instrumental and inspirational to my paths of touring professional, coach, instructor and doctoral student.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

Cutting edge education, and a network that is willing to mentor and share information.

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

DO IT!!!! Every chance you get to learn, grow and shape your vision as a instructor and business person, go for it. No matter how long it takes you, STAY THE COURSE!

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

Every day it is different, and it is the shaping of your character, mental toughness and creativity. It is the mirror of life.

Words of Wisdom:

There are no coincidences. You are exactly where you are supposed to be and the next great opportunity is coming, but don’t miss the gift of the present while you’re looking for it. Someone is there for you to make a difference for, a lesson to be learned and possibility to be had. Always believe, and strive to “be the change you want to see in the world (Gandhi).”

Women in Golf Wednesday!

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Name:

Cheryl Anderson

Where you live:

Heathrow, FL

Where do you work & what do you do?

Mike Bender Golf Academy, Director of Instruction

How long have you been an LPGA member?

21 years

How was the process of becoming a member for you?

It was more challenging than I thought it would be, but very well worth it.

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

In the beginning it was motivating to me to be a member because of the playing opportunities. I really enjoyed competing during my first 20 years as a golf professional. I have had the opportunity to play in six LPGA Tour events. I never would have had that opportunity without being a member of the LPGA. I’ve also played in the National Club Pro Championship nearly every year that I’ve been a member. I still like to compete but my reasons for being a LPGA member now are different. I enjoy seeing the other LPGA members throughout the year at various events and interacting with them about their businesses. It’s a team environment and I feel that I’m part of something big rather than just being one teacher. It feels like a sorority.

What is the best part about the membership for you?

I love playing in the LPGA National Club Pro Championship each year, even though I’m not playing at the level that I once did.  I also love learning from great women LPGA members. I will never forget attending one of my first LPGA seminars at the PGA Show. Dr. DeDe Owens was the speaker and she instantly became a role model of mine. I loved how she presented and I loved how good she was at teaching golf. She was so smart and sure of herself. I loved that confidence.

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

Understand golf equipment and club fitting, understand how the body works and understand how people learn. Find a mentor that knows these things if you don’t and learn from them. I used to go to Florida each winter for 10 years to take lessons from Mike Bender. I also worked for a PGA Master professional, Gene Borek, in the Metropolitan PGA Section. Pia Nilsson, Lynn Marriott and Dr. Rick Jensen have all had a huge impact on my teaching as well. Having all of these great coaches in my life during those early teaching years of mine was critical because I had so many questions. They were always there to guide me. Surround yourself with your personal team that you trust.

What do you love most about the game of golf?

It makes me complete, as corny as that sounds. I love golf because I love to walk, I love nature, I love to compete, I love that I’m pretty good at it, I love the clothes, I love that I met my husband through golf, I love that my daughter plays, I love that most of my family plays, I love that I gave a 100-year-old lady a golf lesson, I love that I get to teach some amazing people, and I love the many friends that I’ve made.

Words of Wisdom:

I’ve had so much fun teaching the LPGA 101 class this month. Every member should do this. It’s all laid out so well for us by the LPGA. The LPGA/USGA Girls Golf program has been wonderful too. Let’s all take advantage of these great programs and keep bringing more girls and women to the game.