Lynn Stellman to be Inducted into the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals Hall of Fame

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 Stellman and fellow teaching professional Jane Frost represent the Hall of Fame class of 2018

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 21, 2018 – Lynn Stellman, a long-time member of the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals (T&CP) who was ranked in Golf Digest’s inaugural 50 Best Women Teachers in America in 2010, has been elevated into elite company as a 2018 inductee to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.

Stellman, who was employed by Martin County Golf & Country Club in Stuart, Florida for 32 years after joining the club in 1979, joins fellow LPGA T&CP member Jane Frost in this year’s Hall of Fame class. They will both be inducted at the 2019 LPGA Teaching and Coaching Summit, at a time and place yet to be determined.

The T&CP Hall of Fame, established in 2000, is the highest honor given to teaching and club professional members for extraordinary membership service and leadership while contributing to the game of golf and the golf industry.

“Great women, great careers and the ability to look past what’s ‘good enough’ and focus on making everything ‘better than it has to be’ – that is the spirit behind the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame,” said Stellman, who has held several positions within the LPGA T&CP, including serving on its executive committee. “The LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame is known as the association’s most prestigious honor. The LPGA T&CP recognizes individuals who, through their exceptional work and achievements, have made a significant contribution to the Business of Golf and Events Industry and a profound difference in the communities they serve, both locally and internationally.

“Selected from a group of their industry peers, inductees join the prestigious ranks of 28 others inducted into the hall over the past 18 years. Thank you for letting me be part of the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame. I am truly humbled!”

In 1979, Stellman began her lengthy stint at Martin County Golf & Country Club picking up golf balls on the driving range before moving on to roles as a starter, a ranger and finally as a pro-shop clerk – the perfect place from which to launch her career as a teaching professional. She steadily worked her way up the ranks, first as an assistant professional and then as head professional where she had 72 employees under her direction at the second busiest public golf course in the United States. Stellman eventually became Director of Golf before ending an association of more than three decades with the club as she began to focus her attentions on thinking globally more than on just community.

In 2006, she was a co-founder and CEO of Ladies Links Fore Golf (LL4G), a company that became the official online amateur golf community of the LPGA, designed to offer women golfers instruction, support, and mental and physical strategies to improve their golf games. L4G offered golf programs for female amateurs in the United States, Mexico and Canada, and owned the only golf magazine for women that highlighted the LPGA Tour, travel, information for beginners and merchandise.

Among her various other contributions to the game, Stellman sat on the first committee that developed the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame and she developed the LPGA T&CP ‘Front Row Experience’ where fans at LPGA Tour events could receive a complimentary 10-minute lesson from a LPGA T&CP member. This program proved to be a highly successful marketing program for LPGA T&CP members while also being an enjoyable activity for golf fans.

“Lynn excels at everything she does,” said 2010 LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame member Patti Benson. “Just read her resume and you will see a golf professional who has furthered her education; hosted events, held fundraisers; owned a business, published a golf radio show and magazine; won many teaching and club professional awards; introduced new concepts and events for the LPGA T&CP, and has given back to the golf industry in a multitude of ways. That is all about business, which, of course, this award is about. But there is more to Lynn than just being a golf professional.

“Lynn is a loving friend to many, and is a sister and an aunt. I’ve watched the love that exudes from Lynn to her family and they back to her. And when you are a friend of Lynn, she will always have your back. She will add a huge amount of credibility to the Hall and represent it with humility and grace.”

The inaugural class of Peggy Kirk Bell, Marilynn Smith, Patty Berg, Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks and Louise Suggs was officially inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame on Oct. 25, 2000, at the kickoff dinner for Celebrating Women in Golf – which was held at the World Golf Village as part of that week’s LPGA’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Inductees to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame since then have been: Goldie Bateson, Ellen Griffin, Dede Owens and Joanne Winter in 2001; Ann Casey Johnstone in 2004; S. Annette Thompson in 2006; Kerry Graham, Lorraine Klippel, Pat Lange and Penny Zavichas in 2008; Patti Benson, Carol Clark Johnson, Kay McMahon and Jane Read in 2010; Mary Dagraedt, Nell Frewin-Hays and Nancy Quarcelino in 2012; Shirley Englehorn and Donna White in 2014; Dana Rader, Gloria Armstrong and Lynn Marriott in 2016.

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics and the LPGA Lesson Zone.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Media Contact

Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA

mark.lamport-stokes@lpga.com, +1 386-274-6260

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Jane Frost to be Inducted into the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals Hall of Fame

 

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Frost and fellow teaching professional Lynn Stellman represent the Hall of Fame class of 2018

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 21, 2018 – Jane Frost, a long-time 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, has been elevated into elite company as a 2018 inductee to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.

Frost, who earlier this month was honored as the recipient of the 2018 Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, joins fellow LPGA T&CP member Lynn Stellman in this year’s Hall of Fame class. They will both be inducted at the 2019 LPGA Teaching and Coaching Summit, at a time and place yet to be determined.

The T&CP Hall of Fame, established in 2000, is the highest honor given to teaching and club professional members for extraordinary membership service and leadership while contributing to the game of golf and the golf industry.

“I am incredibly honored to receive the Call to the Hall and thank the committee for their belief and support of my contributions to the LPGA T&CP and to the golf industry,” said Frost. “It is validation that I have made a difference along the way and to be recognized by your peers with this high honor is simply astonishing.

“To each member of the LPGA T&CP, thank you for inspiring me throughout the years. I share this recognition with each of you and will continue to challenge myself to be better each and every day. May this inspire all teachers and coaches around the world to make a difference and to strive for excellence in all they do.”

During a 36-year career as a teaching professional, Frost has demonstrated a deep passion for the game of golf and a heartfelt desire to pass along her knowledge and guidance to students and aspiring LPGA T&CP members. She is constantly studying, learning and researching the best ways to coach each person, and her methods and programs have evolved as she combines new research and technology with perceptive and sensitive personal interaction.

Frost has donned several hats 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.

“Jane’s exemplary accomplishments and accolades are well chronicled and undoubtedly speak to her worthiness of an LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame honor,” said LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Pat Bradley. “However, in my opinion, she is an LPGA and golf industry standout because of her unrelenting passion to see more and more people enjoy the experience of playing golf. She combines expert knowledge of the various components that contribute to a golfer’s ability to discover a better game.”

The inaugural class of Peggy Kirk Bell, Marilynn Smith, Patty Berg, Shirley Spork, Betty Hicks and Louise Suggs was officially inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame on Oct. 25, 2000, at the kickoff dinner for Celebrating Women in Golf – which was held at the World Golf Village as part of that week’s LPGA’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Inductees to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame since then have been: Goldie Bateson, Ellen Griffin, Dede Owens and Joanne Winter in 2001; Ann Casey Johnstone in 2004; S. Annette Thompson in 2006; Kerry Graham, Lorraine Klippel, Pat Lange and Penny Zavichas in 2008; Patti Benson, Carol Clark Johnson, Kay McMahon and Jane Read in 2010; Mary Dagraedt, Nell Frewin-Hays and Nancy Quarcelino in 2012; Shirley Englehorn and Donna White in 2014; Dana Rader, Gloria Armstrong and Lynn Marriott in 2016. 

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics and the LPGA Lesson Zone.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Media Contact

Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA

mark.lamport-stokes@lpga.com, +1 386-274-6260

Kiran Kanwar Earns Master Professional Status with the LPGA T&CP

‘Achieving this landmark is very satisfying,’ says Kanwar

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 20, 2018 – LPGA Class A member Kiran Kanwar, who has developed a unique golf swing system for both short game and full swing (The Minimalist Golf Swing), has earned Master Professional status with the Ladies Professional Golf Association Teaching and Club Professionals (LPGA T&CP).

This gives Kanwar her fourth Class A teaching credential, following those she has already attained with the Professional Golfers’ Association (Great Britain and Ireland), the National Golf Academy of India and the PGA of India.

“I have always wanted to achieve the highest accolade that the LPGA offers and achieving this landmark is very satisfying,” said Kanwar. “In fact, when I was first a member, I pestered the T&CP committee to let me do the research towards the Master Professional status way back then. Luckily for me they said, ‘No, you have to have been an LPGA member for 10 years’!

“Just as well, because the thesis that I have now written is based on my eight-plus years as a full-time graduate student and could not have been written before my having acquired all the education that I now have. As a result, the thesis is on a topic which is very important for all golf instructors to learn more about – types and causes of swing-related injury.”

To attain Master Professional classification, the aspiring LPGA T&CP member is required to have been a Class A member in good standing for 10 or more years; have accumulated a minimum of 300 points as a Class A member, 50 of which have been earned as service points; and have completed and presented a golf-related thesis.

The thesis which Kanwar wrote was entitled: ‘The Mechanics of Golf Swing Related Injury: A Literature Review, Synthesis and Analysis’.

Kanwar became India’s first female golf teaching professional in 1989, six years after winning the All India Ladies’ Open Amateur Golf Championship. She went on to develop the Minimalist Golf Swing (MGS) system, which places the body in position to deliver the club at maximum speed, from an inside path and at a shallow angle. In total, this translates to better distance, direction and trajectory. The essence of her golf swing method is to reduce backswing movement by positioning joints according to their design capabilities, thereby reducing the likelihood of injury.

The only woman invited to be a speaker at the PGA of Asia’s first two Golf Teaching Conferences in 2010 and 2011, Kanwar has presented her golf swing research at three World Scientific Congresses of Golf (in 1994, 1998 and 2012). She has conducted workshops on golf swing biomechanics for the LPGA, the PGA of America’s Gateway section, the LPGA’s Mid-West section teaching professionals and Professional Golf Tour of India players.

She has nearly 30 years of experience in golf journalism and is a columnist on golf science for both My Avid Golfer magazine and Golf News Net. She is a member of the Golf Writers’ Association of America.

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics and the LPGA Lesson Zone.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Media Contact

Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA

mark.lamport-stokes@lpga.com, +1 386-274-6260

Alexander to Receive 2018 LPGA T&CP President’s Award

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‘This is an incredible honor,’ says U.S. Air Force veteran Alexander

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 7, 2018 – The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership announced today that U.S. Air Force veteran Jennifer Alexander will receive the 2018 President’s Award during the LPGA T&CP National Awards ceremony at next year’s PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

The President’s award is awarded by the LPGA T&CP National President to a member or a non-member who has provided exceptional service, contributions, and/or leadership to the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional membership.

This person is chosen for his or her:

  • Significant contributions to the LPGA or LPGA T&CP
  • Long-term service or leadership to the organization
  • Serving as a member of the Executive Committee or T&CP National Committees

“I believe I am the messenger of many who will wholeheartedly agree that Jennifer is an excellent choice for this special award,” said LPGA T&CP National President Deb Vangellow. “Jennifer is a tireless and passionate LPGA T&CP member who has given so much to the Association.

“Her mentoring role with new members matriculating through our Teacher Education Program is truly inspirational and her incredible work with development and implementation of two very successful Girls Golf Programs (in San Francisco and Las Vegas) speaks volumes about this beloved teacher who simply gives, and gives freely of her time and talent. We are lucky to have ‘the Colonel’ in our LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Membership. Congrats, Jennifer!”

Alexander, a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, became an LPGA Class A Teaching & Club Professional in October 2008 and is now a site director for LPGA*USGA Girls Golf at Las Vegas Golf Club. When she first moved to Las Vegas in 2012, she learned there was no Girls Golf program in the area and decided to start her own program. After successfully launching a site at Las Vegas Golf Club, she helped fellow LPGA Teaching Professionals start three more sites in Southern Nevada.

“To be honored with the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals Presidents Award is an incredible honor,” said Alexander. “I was truly surprised when Deb Vangellow called to inform me. I love being an LPGA T&CP member and take great pride in representing our organization with professionalism and supporting my colleagues. We have so many talented members who continually inspire me and I am thankful to be in a position working to grow our membership.

“My Girls Golf program in Las Vegas has grown to more than 70 girls (and a few boys). When I first moved to Las Vegas, my goal was to touch the lives of 1,000 girls through golf within 10 years. I easily achieved that mark a few years ago.”

Before moving to Las Vegas, Alexander ran a successful LPGA*USGA Girls Golf site in San Francisco where she had 74 girls in her program. “In California, I gave about 1,200 hours of golf instruction every year to adults and juniors,” she said.

Alexander was honored with the 2017 Sandy LaBauve Spirit Award for her work with the LPGA*USGA Girls Golf program. She is also a four-time recipient of the LPGA T&CP Western Section Junior Leader Award (in 2012, 2014, 2014, 2015).

Past recipients of the President’s Award have been: Karen Stellick (2018), Nancy Henderson (2014), Malia Folquet (2010), Amy Fox (1999), Executive Committee (1998), Kay McMahon (1997) and Marion Walker (1996).

 

About the LPGA T&CP

The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership, founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA T&CP members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.

More than 1,700 strong, LPGA T&CP members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.

LPGA T&CP members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics, and the LPGA Lesson Zone.

The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.

Media Contact

Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA

mark.lamport-stokes@lpga.com, +1 386-274-6260