Jane Frost, a member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals (T&CP) who has coached LPGA Tour legends such as Jane Blalock, Nancy Lopez, Sandra Haynie and Pat Bradley, joins an elite group of her peers as the recipient of the 2018 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award.
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.
“I am humbled and extremely honored to be recognized as the recipient of the 2018 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award,” Frost said. “Along my journey in the LPGA, I have always been inspired to contribute all I can to the Association and to be a better teacher every day I step on the lesson tee. Ellen Griffin certainly was one of my key spark plugs that ignited a passion for teaching that has brought so many incredible opportunities around the world. I am grateful for all of the gifts that teaching has provided and I will continue to plant the seeds for future generations so that they too will be touched and invigorated by the spirit of Ellen Griffin. Thank you to Rolex for contributing and supporting Ellen’s joy for this great game we all love. Her legacy lives on.”
Frost has donned several hats during a 36-year career as a golf teacher, including assistant professional, teaching professional, director of instruction, director of golf, general manager and head professional. In 2002, she established the Jane Frost Golf School “to better provide a variety of programs for golfers of a wide range of abilities and economic levels” and in 2014 the school transitioned into The Jane Frost Golf Performance Center. One year later, the Center opened a state-of-the-art Golf Studio affectionately called ‘The Barn’ – a direct inspiration from Miss Griffin’s ‘The Farm’.
The Center’s coaches provide club fitting, youth programs, adult new golfer programs and family programs, while the Center has also established a tradition of organizing charitable benefits for organizations such as The Sandwich Food Pantry, Breast Cancer Research, The American Heart Association, Alzheimer’s and Lupus Foundation.
Kathy Murphy, an LPGA T&CP Master Life Member who was the recipient of the 2013 LPGA Ellen Griffin Rolex Award said of Frost: “For three decades I have witnessed Jane’s development becoming one of the most well-known instructors in the golf industry. She always exhibits great passion for her student’s learning and for her own learning. She carefully chooses her support staff and has welcomed other instructors to utilize the benefits of an indoor/outdoor first-class facility. Growing the game of golf is a key motivation of her business. It doesn’t matter if you are new at the game of golf or a seasoned veteran, Jane’s dedication to golfers and the promotion of the game is always evident.”
Past recipients of the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award are: Peggy Kirk Bell, 1989; Linda Craft, 1990; Shirley Englehorn, 1991; Harvey Penick, 1992; Goldie Bateson, 1993; Carol Clark Johnson, 1994; Joanne Winter, 1995; Ann Casey Johnstone, 1996; Dr. DeDe Owens, 1997; Shirley Spork, 1998; Betty Hicks, 1999; Gary Wiren, 2000; Penny Zavichas, 2001; Annette Thompson, 2002; Dr. Barbara B. Smith, 2003; Marjorie Burns, 2004; Pat Lange, 2005; Donna White, 2006; Betsy Cullen, 2007; Lynn Marriott, 2008; Kay McMahon, 2009; Mary Beth McGirr, 2010; Dr. Debbie Crews, 2011; Dr. Betsy Clark, 2012; Kathy Murphy, 2013; Kerry Graham, 2014; Dana Rader, 2015; Pia Nilsson, 2016; and Sandy LaBauve, 2017.
Rolex is the official timepiece of the LPGA and sponsors many of the LPGA’s annual awards, including the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, Rolex Player of the Year and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year awards. Rolex honors the LPGA Tour’s Rolex First-Time Winners and is a supporting sponsor of the annual LPGA T&CP National Championship. At tournament sites, Rolex has a presence by providing the official time at selected tournaments and advertises in many event programs.
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